Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Above the armholes

It has been awhile since I posted! I have joined up the sweater at the armholes - aren't those first few rows on a yoke sweater always awkward to get around! I liked what 'Spinning Jenny' on Ravelry did by raising the neckline, but I wanted it higher than level with the underarms. So I rejoined my yarns at the center front like the pattern said, intending to knit the band of crosshatch and then set my neck steek.

That was a dumb thing to do. It put the 'jog' between rows in the center front. After 6 rows I realized I just could not do that. I ran a size 1 circular into the gold joining row as a 'lifeline' and ripped back, tinked the joining row but left all the parts on the needle, then joined my yarn again at the left back raglan line and started again. Much better. I am going to set the center steek after I knit the solid gold row above the crosshatching.

Here is how it looked on Sunday right before I resigned myself to ripping back to the join.

I am happy with the way the colors are working out, but I do enjoy seeing other color schemes that people are devising, and I would love to try that myself someday.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Question about neck shaping

Hey everyone,
I'm getting to the point where I will be doing the neck shaping on the sweater, and I have a question for those who have finished. Where does the steek actually go? Is it in the middle of the neckline stitches I'm holding on the stitch holders or is it to one side? Thanks for the help.

Oops, I did it again!


My second autumn rose is done. Now I think I will take a break with knitting for a few days :o)

It's an "autumn violet" with loganberry (4sk), mulberry(2sk), lemon (<1,5sk) and white (<1sk) instead of the original red and yellow shades. I made the bigger size, added length (one more repeat on the sleeves and the belly) and was a little short with mulberry : i have accelerated the diminution at the end to finish 4 rows earlier.

I've used Harmony wood circular needle this time and it didn't tension the yarn as much as with metal one. The result is bigger this time... luckily not too big.

Have fun with this pattern!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Finally cast on

I have started my Autumn Rose after completing my previous project. I love the colors, but I'm not in love with this yarn; I'm finding it very scratchy. I think it will be better once it gets blocked, but I'm a little worried. How has it blocked up for people who have finished the sweater? I'll post pictures once I get to something interesting.

Friday, January 18, 2008

It has begun...

The beginning of a my first semester back at university may not be the best time to start a new relationship, but I'm afraid I had no choice. Love moves at its own pace, and I could resist no longer.

I received the Knitpicks Options needles in the size I needed (2.75mm) and cast on almost immediately. I am already in love with the shifting colors, the tiny stitches, the clever shaping... I can tell this feeling will last.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Autumn violet


I received yesterday some other violet shades for my mother autumn "violet".

I tried a few combinaisons, nothing is exactly what I wanted but here is the best match I could find.

I don't have enough time to order others shades...
I hope she will like it!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Finally blogging the finale

I actually managed to finish my Autumn Rose before the end of 2007 (just barely!) but because I've been at half-speed lately, I didn't get round to telling you guys about it before now (sorry).

All in all, I'm really pleased with it. Not only does it fit, I'm happy with the evenness of my knitting, it forced me to learn how to steek (!!!), and I can now say that I've actually knit and finished a sweater!

The only thing I'm not pleased with is the fit around the shoulder area. I assume has more to do with my body shape than the pattern itself; it's as though I have too much fabric in the shoulder area so unless blocked rigorously, the shoulders puff out slightly at the front between the neckband and the arm. Maybe I need a set-in sleeve shape, or less ease above the bust line?

This has been the most fun I've ever had knitting, and apart from the weaving in of 15 billion yarn ends, I enjoyed every second of it. Yes, even the parts where I had to rip back to the armholes.

I had so much fun that if I can figure out how to adapt the pattern to fit my shoulder area better I will certainly be making another one, albeit in a colour scheme of my own devising.

Long-winded details are on my blog along with a few more pictures.