7/29/11

Girl's gotta have sweaters!

Here is Part II of my "What have I been doing" report.
I discovered for myself Japanese Lace Patterns. Well, decided to try one (or two) out.
Here is the first attempt:
and couple close ups:

The pattern is from Couture Knit 14 (Here it is on Raverly). Here is the picture from the magazine:

I LOVE -LOVE-LOVE how this sweater came out. It looks great. I am also proud to report that the yarn here is a re-claimed wool ( I think) from a sweater that was given to me to "get rid of". So, would it be a "recycling" or "re-using"? :)

The other sweater was made using the pattern from Couture Knit 7. The original sweater looked like that. Lovely, isn't it?
I started to knit this sweater with a full intention to replicate the original, but 2 inches into the project I realized that I would have to spend MONTHS (if not YEARS) if I wanted to do so. The combination of the pattern and the yarn just was not good for a quick knit. So, I have truncated the pattern. Here is what I came up with. (the sweater is still in a blocking stage). You can see the main pattern on the front panel.
Here it is finished:
 and a close up detail on a sleeve:
By the way, the yarn I used was SPA by Naturally Caron: Spa is a silky bamboo blend, multi-ply yarn that offers knitters and crocheters lustrous finish and ultimate drape for all your projects. ( Fiber: 25% Rayon from Bamboo; 75% Microdenier Acrylic; Weight: 3 oz / 85 g; Length: 251 yds / 230 m).

The finished sweater feels great, but I really do not recommend this yarn. I am a fast knitter and this yarn slowed me down because it splits into threads all the time. Plus, gets very stiff if sucked on by your 4-years old (don't ask - long story).

OK for now with Part II of the report. Still to be continued...

Happy Knitting Everyone!
 

7/25/11

Free Pattern: Ruffles Skirt

Cute little skirt with fun colorful ruffles that your girl will love.
Knitted in round, it uses only knit and purl stitches.
The ruffles are joined with the rest of the skirt during the knitting. The pattern includes a photo-tutorial on just how to do that.

Pattern is written in words for sizes 3, 4 and 5 years.
Finished sizes:
3 years (3T), waist  diameter 46 cm (18 inch)
4 years (4T),  waist diameter 49 cm (19⅟₄ inch )
5 years (5T) , waist diameter 52 cm (20⅟₂ inch)

Materials (for all sizes)
White yarn: KnitPicks Bare (Fingering weight 462yards/100 g), 1 skein
Multicolor yarn: KnitPicks Felici, Rainbow (Fingering weight, 218 yards/50 g), 1 skein
Tools: 2 circular needles, 24 inches, 3.25 mm (US3)


I am offering the pattern as 
an instant  FREE PDF download. 
 

Thank you!
Happy Knitting Everyone!


7/20/11

Four month of absence, well, not from knitting!

 As I am sitting here to write this post I realize that it has been more than 4 months from my last one.
What happened? Well, let me try to summarize it:
1. New responsibilities at work: my University is starting a new program and I am named as a director. So, I spent a lot of time this spring trying to make things happen ASAP.
2. A promotion at work (aside from the directorship). That also required a lot of preparation and thinking.
3. Couple conferences to attend and present.
4. A four-week trip out of the country.
5. A kid who finished daycare in May and does not start a preschool until September.

All these kept me away from blogging, but not from knitting!
So, here is a Part I of the "What have I been doing" report:

A few custom-made projects:

From: "Knitted Lace of Estonia" by Nancy Bush. Slightly modified "Lilac Leaf Shawl". Yarn: Gloss Lace by Knitpicks

From: "Knitted Lace of Estonia" by Nancy Bush. "Triinu Scarf". Yarn: Bare Lace by Knitpicks
From: "Knitted Lace of Estonia" by Nancy Bush. NO-NUPP version of  "Mikell Shawl". Yarn: Shadow Tonal Lace by Knitpicks

A few Lace things for my Etsy Store:

StellaLuna in white by me. Yarn: Bare Lace by KnitPicks

Dunes and Waves in White, again by me. Yarn: merino/viscose by Colourmart

From: "The Haapsalu Shawl" by Siiri Reimann and Aime Edasi. The motif name is "CUBE Pattern" (page 154). Yarn: Super-Thin Sim (Mohair) by Oki.


Oooof, good for now! The "What have I been doing" report is to be continued...
Happy Knitting Everyone!