general adventures in craftiness

Friday, May 27, 2005

Up Front

I finally started the two front pieces of the tank a couple of nights ago. As I continued my knitting on them last night, I realized that I wouldn't be able to keep working on them silmutaneously because of the buttonholes. I have to mark the placement of buttons on the left front before I can know where the buttonholes will match up. So, I have halted work on the right front until I get that other piece done. I'm happy to have a three-day weekend to work on this project!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Pinned Down

I was watching the Tivo'd season finales of Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy when I finished the back of Gracie. You can't really see it in the photo, but the hem and top third of the tank are done in moss stitch. I haven't cast on yet for the two front pieces, but I am thinking that I will do them at the same time. I also got the yarn I ordered from KnitPicks: Shine in violet for another tank and some Wool of the Andes to do some experimental knitting.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


On Friday night, I went to one of my LYS to get some Rowan 4-Ply Cotton for Gracie. I was really dissatisfied with the muted color selection and decided to go with a substitute yarn. I ended up with Katia Mississippi 3 in off white since there weren't any exciting colors in that yarn either. I made gauge and immediately started in on the pattern. Once the moss stitch hem was finished, I was able to start cruising along.

Monday, May 16, 2005


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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Weekend Wear

I'm wearing this finished tank as I type. I wish I had worked on it yesterday because it was perfect tank weather, plus I absolutely love it! I was a bit skeptical when I first started this project because I didn't like how the fabric was feeling and how the ribbing looked. But now I can see the benefits of the Linen Drape. It hangs beautifully and I like that the ribbing isn't super clingy. I can also wear it over a long or short-sleeved tee.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Tied Up

I finished the tie last night. Using such small needles and fine gauge yarn to make I-cord really made the tips of my fingers numb. It didn't help that I was chilly too. This is what my next project is going to be. It's Gracie from Rowan 31. You can't tell from the photo, but the top part, the straps, and the hem are done in moss stitch. I plan to head over to Lint this weekend to buy some Rowan 4-ply cotton. I have no idea what color it will be.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

I'm Actually Posting

Sorry for the lack of updates! I was able to finish up the last half of the back last night and pin it down for blocking. This project is turning out fine, but it has sure taken a while. It must have been all the K2 P2 rib that I had to do, as well as the fine gauge of the yarn. The Linen Drape has softened up after blocking and the fabric created does indeed have a very nice "drape." Aside from the seaming, all I need to do is knit up the tie. I should be able to wear this during the weekend!

Sunday, May 08, 2005


Friday, May 06, 2005


I don't know why the front of this tank is taking me so long. I feel like I have been working on it for ages. I should be done with it this evening and then I can post a photo and cast on for the back.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


On Sunday, when I realized I was past the point where I was supposed to start increasing, I decided to rip all of what I had started because I wasn't happy with the way my stitches were looking anyway. In addition, I had screwed up one of the first set of decreases. I'm just about caught up to where I was before. So far, so good...