Thursday, December 27, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
I ran across this KAL through RubysnPurls. I've been on a real red kick, so this is perfect! Here is my latest FO finished the Friday after Thanksgiving.
I'm currently working on Tomato. This is being done in a rich burgundy color. I hope to have progress pics soon.
Feel free to check me out on my blog at: Knitters-Delight.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
A bit of background since it's been so long in the making.
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers Sonoma (This particular colorway is sold out) Chris donated this yarn for the first Red Letter Day here at the Red Sweater KAL. Chris sent two skeins with approximately 487 yds each in matching but different colorways. The yarns were alternated with every round. The sweater came down to the wire with the yarn, I really could have used about 10 more yards to tidy up along the neck. The second sleeve was moving right along when I read that seed stitch uses up a lot of yarn. If I'd known that sooner I wouldn't have put so much seed stitch in the pattern.
Pattern: Started out using the basic Pure & Simple pattern but quickly realized I wanted my own design. Which really isn’t something I advise a rank new sweater maker to undertake. With the exception of a newborn sweater I made for Faith about the time I received this yarn, I’d yet to knit a sweater. By the time I’d hit the area of joining the arms the pattern was discarded. Top down, knit in the round.
Needles: Jenkins US9 24″ Circulars
Project on Needles: 1 year
This sweater is super comfortable and the colors are great. (Second picture is truest colorwise.) This is a sweater that will be worn to death. :-)
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
1. A red moebius shawl in Garnstudio's Silke-Tweed and Vivaldi (mohair). I think I finish it tonight because it's not much left.
2. My next knit project is a Sadie cardigan in red Silky wool from Elsebeth Lavold.
I let you know how I progress. Welcome to my blog, written in swedish
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I actually finished it a few months ago but was waiting for the right buttons!
This isn't a very good picture, but was snapped early in the morning after dressing for work, but it is RED, a Knit Picks Alpacha and Silk yarn, and Jean Frost jacket design. I altered the pattern by adding bust darts. I'm very pleased with the fit -except that I wish the sleeves were a "tad" longer - maybe a full inch. I find that I tug at the sleeves on a regular basis.
The buttons were purchased at the Stitches Midwest Market from the Geddes Studio http://www.geddesstudio.com I purchased fused glass pins and buttons from them before at Stitches West, so I was thrilled to find them at Ss Midwest this year. I think I have more money in the buttons than in the yarn!
I'm wearing the sweater to work this week and getting great compliments. It is professional enough to team with pants and not look too casual, thanks Jean Frost!
I've enjoyed seeing others designs and red sweaters, thanks for letting me be a part of the KAL! Be sure to visit my website http://www.nansknitting.com- and let me know what you think!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
red cardigan of my own design, knit with briar rose grandma's blessing on size 3 needles.
everything felt right about this project from the start. a few bumps in the road at the blocking stage, but all's well that ends well, and i finally have myself a much-needed new sweater. it also feels good to accomplish a knitting goal that's been on the fire for a while.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Since I'm Italian and my English/American is not really good, do not hesitate to correct words/sentences and so on! I think this will improve my English too!
Thank you all!
Ai Ferri Corti
Thursday, September 20, 2007
1) I love red! It is most definitely my favorite color.
2) I love knitting!
3) I have nothing in my wardrobe that is red and hand knit.
Therefore, I must join although I have 6 WIPs and at least 30 projects waiting in my stash closet. Since none of those projects were red, I had to go buy more stash! Which I love doing about as much as knitting. This is what I bought.
The Patons was on sale at Michaels for $3.79 this week. I am trying to decide between these two projects.
What do you think? I am leaning at doing the vest because I am afraid the Patons wool may be too scratchy against my skin. But I have yet to knit an adult size Aran sweater. Isn't knitting great there is always something you can do that you've never done before and you can spend your entire lifetime challenging yourself.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
so far i have one front piece completed and part of the other. i usually start with a sleeve, but decided that i needed to see the buttonbands and neckline before i went on to the rest.
i am knitting it on size 3 needles and couldn't be happier with how it is turning out. i'd like to have it done to wear to rhinebeck.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
I'm loving reading about everybody's knitting projects. Will let you know how my sweater comes along!
You can see how I'm progressing, and my other projects, on my blog.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Actually, I finished over a week ago but I haven't had a chance to take photos and blog about it. I ran out of yarn for the shawl collar so I went with just a ribbed edge. It's not ideal, but I still like the sweater. Plus, I'm trying to stash-bust and so I didn't want to go buy MORE yarn just for that. Overall, I think I'll get lots of use out of this sweater when it finally cools down around here! P.S. Note the kitty toy my "assistant" left in the photo.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I'm joining in! Red is my favorite color, and I have quite a bit of red yarn in my stash. Here is my current project, Paton's Cabled Cardigan, in a red wool-acrylic mix. (I know, I know, horror of horrors...Acrylic, but I am a poor graduate student with little time for handwashing.) Anyway, here is where it's at right now. Both sides of the front and the back done (modeled by my assistant - he know's red is his color too!) I am about half-way done with one sleeve as well. I have a blog about my other knitting pursuits as well.
Monday, July 16, 2007
yarn: Cotton-Ease ("Cherry Red" #113)
pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple Babies Neck Down Cardigan #982
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
My red sweater is finished. I have included the basic information below but more photos and details are on my blog if anyone is interested
Pattern: Patons "Must Have Cardigan" in their "Street Smarts" pamphlet
Yarn: Cascade 220 worsted weight wool
Needles: Knitpicks Options Circulars, size US 7
Monday, July 02, 2007
My "Red Sweater" is the Must Have Cardigan from Paton's "Street Smarts". I am currently knitting the second sleeve and then have only to sew it together and knit the band. If anyone is interested in seeing the process, there are photos on my blog.
I look forward to seeing everyone's sweaters! I am already looking for another pattern for my next sweater.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I chose to turn the picot edge as I knit as I'm not great at sewing and use this method often when knitting socks .
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I'm so pleased that I finished this because I usually enjoy stranded knitting and this lace was hard. I had to revert to being a knitting student again complete with ripped out portions, etc.
Now I can concentrate on my favorite kind of knitting. Stranded color work... another Dale of Norway baby sweater for the same grandchild.
You can see that one on my new and under-construction blog.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
This is my first post here and I am delighted to meet you all! I am currently working on my second red sweater Tomato--the first one being Poppy. I am really enjoying this knit and I must say the knitting seems to be cruising right along... I'm about 10 repeats away from separating for the sleeves so that I can increase on the chest area.
This is my first time knitting wity Blue Sky Dyed cotton---I am so loving the experience! I can hardly wait to have this little number off the needles for the summer:) Oh and the color --is the original colors Wendy Bernard used for her design Tomatoe and . I love reds! Can you tell?
Thursday, June 14, 2007
After I stumbled across the KAL red sweater blog June 1, I thought that it would motivate me to begin this new sweater for my granddaughter that I had been procrastinating. While I love stranded color work knitting, I have only knit one or two lace items. Both were quite simple and completed with great difficulty. That was several years ago and I have been avoiding lace ever since. But, time to learn something new!
I have made progress on this baby cardigan, but had to rip out and reknit many rows when my count got off and the pattern became randomly lateral instead of uniformly vertical and horizontal. I am so easily exasperated with this. Luckily, I am making a size 2, and my granddaughter is 2 months old so I should be able to finish it in time… even with all the stops and starts.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Pair 20 -
Is medium weight Fire on the Mountain from STR. Just a simple 4/1 rib over 65 stitches on 2,5 mm needles.
Pair 21 -
Victorian Lace from the 6 Sox KAL are finished. Since I am not planning on wearing these with sandals, I ended the lace partway down the top of the sock and finished it with 4x4 ribbing.
Knit out of Angel Seawool from Fleece Artist on 2,5 mm needles. Once I memorized the 12 row pattern (which really is many less rows) it went incredibly rapidly.
Since I am out in the field playing Army for the next couple of weeks, it turns out I have lots of knitting time. Rest of the details can be found here.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
I knit the Medallion Cardigan pattern by Meg Swansen from her book Knitting. The original pattern is in white and black. Me? of course I had to make it Red!
The inside of the cardi just to show my strands.
More detail in my blog. I am in love with this one!
Pattern: Zephyr Style
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Candy Apple
Modifications: I lengthened the body and sleeves; and increased at the hips.
Pattern: Martha Lazar
Yarn: 4 skeins KP Suri Dream in Strawberry
I'm currently working on this.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I finished a red hoodie for my 4yo Little Man in April.
Pattern: Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic
Yarn: 4 skeins Lion Cotton-Ease in Cherry Red for size 6
Needles: Addi Circulars in US #7 and #8
(04/06/07 - 04/18/07)
Modifications: I made the neckline bigger by deepening the V. I lengthened the hood using one of his hoodies as a comparison.
Technique Learned: Grafting garter stitches.
The pocket was the first piece knitted up but as you can see a month later I haven't sewn it on yet.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Pattern: Lola, free pattern from Berocco
Yarn: James Brett Marble, Berries colourway
Modifications: omitted the novelty yarn trim, made the sleeves top-down, and much shorter than the pattern, added keyhole slit to the neck, and changed neck edging to one row of single crochet.
As you can see, I modified the pattern quite a bit, mainly because I didn't have enough yarn for the original long sleeves. I guess the slip-stitch ribbing ate up a lot more yarn than I had anticipated. I had one ball of yarn left by the time the front and back were done, so I divided it evenly by weight, started the sleeves from the top, and stopped when I ran out.
The result is a soft, cozy top that is perfect for lounging on chilly spring days. It was different to go back to acrylic, which I haven't touched in a while, but I have to say this is a nice soft acrylic, affordable, and easy to care for. And I'm a sucker for self-striping yarn! It would be great for kids clothes.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
When I got all the peices out, I discovered I had some how knit two backs. UHG!! I did have one arm pretty much done, though, so I was enthused. I got to work on the other arm. It went pretty fast and it helped alot to read here and see how everyone else was doing.
I finally got the front,back and arms sewn all together only to see that I had made the arms a couple inches too long and the body wasnt long enough! Poop! But, hey, its still lookin ok fer my first sweater :)
I added a few inches of double crochet to the body hem. And after looking at the arms for a bit, I decided I didnt mind them a little long. Cozier that way!
So now Im working on the hood. It calls for circulars but the only size I have was one a little too small. Its taking ages to knit! The stitches are smaller so I have to do more, you know? But it will be fine once Im done. Then I was going to crochet around the front of the hood instead of knit and then make a souped up pocket for the front.
Here she is so far!Thats one of my tooties, Weem, lovin up my sweater. She adores anything knitted!
Saturday, May 05, 2007
This is the second of two Wallabies, knit as gifts for a friend's boy/girl twins. It is the first time that I have used 1824 wool for anything more than a hat or mittens, and I loved it. I will definately be using this yarn again.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The pattern is the Sand Dollar Pullover from Norah Gaughan's book 'Knitting Nature' (apologies to aunt nancy for the delay in providing the source). The yarn is Victoria by Posh Yarn in pillarbox red.
Now for a nice thick winter sweater...
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
I picked it up this morning and started to knit, first completing the fronts, then the back to finish up the main body of the vest. And then came time to bind off the shoulders.
Fighting to stay free, the stitches kept jumping off the needles when I wasn’t looking. Taking a leap, they ran down away from the bind off. A springing yarn, the Gedifra merino had plenty of energy and obviously a mind of its own. Added and abetted in this endeavor by the ebony needles, I finally cried enough, sliding them onto one needle. Alternating the recalcitrant escapees from both front and back I forced them into submission with a K2tog and psso, locking them in pairs for the life of the waistcoat.
You think I could find my scissors after this?
No, they were declaring its support for the integrity of the yarn by hiding.
I hate biting off yarn.
And finally, my status just before going out the door for services. The facings are done on the fronts, and the neck is finished. Although not without spending 15 minutes rooting through the stash before finding the remaining ball of yarn from the same dye lot. [I had decided I was not going to cry even if I was 20 m of yarn short].
Now on to do the armhole finishing and blocking. [and we will not talk about the two orphan socks I discovered while on my yarn search, increasing my numbers of UFOs....]
ah well, it will give me something else to complain about on my blog
-Holly in Heidelberg