general adventures in craftiness

Friday, November 30, 2007

Mini Cardi is Done!

I finished the cardigan a couple of days ago, but decided to actually wear it today. I made the smallest size and it fits great. I was worried about the stockinette stitch bands rolling, so I did a two-stitch garter selvage. Instead of the edges rolling, the selvage just folds over, as you can see in the photo on the far right. The color of the sweater showed up differently in all three photos, but the truest one is the close up of the band. It's a very purple-red even though it's called garnet.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Nearing the End

I finished both of my sleeves last night. I was worried that I would run out of yarn, but I have a little less than a full skein and that's plenty for the seaming. I thought I'd have to knit on the back neckband, but it looks like it's just grafted together. I plan to steam block the pieces tonight and start seaming them. It looks like I can wear this new sweater at the end of this week!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mini Cardi Back

I finished the back of the Minimalist Cardigan during this past weekend. Once I got going, it actually went pretty quick. I cast on for both the fronts and am just past the ribbing.

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Beginning of the Minimalist Cardigan

I was surprised that my Elsebeth Lavold yarn was waiting for me when I got home from work on Friday. I had only ordered it at the beginning of the week. After swatching some moss stitch and getting gauge, I cast on for the back of the cardi. I haven't had a lot of continuous knitting time this past week, so it's a little slow going, but it's coming along.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

It's Time for a Cardi

Here's my next project, the Minimalist Cardigan, from the fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I just ordered the yarn yesterday. The pattern calls for Lily Chin Signature Collection yarn, but I decided to substitute the Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL, which I just used for the striped sweater. This time I'm going with the garnet color, which is similar to the color of the sweater in the magazine.

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Finished Projects

Here's one of the felted Tyrolean stockings. They turned out really nice and keep my feet very cozy and very warm. I also decided to make the Snowball Hat, which is also in the fall issue of Interweave Knits. I had some Lion Brand Kool Wool left over in my stash and used that to knit up the hat is a couple of hours. As the weather is suddenly getting cooler, it's the perfect time for hats and wool socks.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Next on the Needles

After finishing the lacy yoke sweater last week, I had no clue as to what my next knitting project would be. Then I caught a preview of the fall 2007 Interweave Knits. I saw several patterns that I want to knit up, but found this free web pattern that I loved, and even more perfect, it's a vest! You know I love a great vest. The vest knits up with only five skeins of yarn, so I may just use what's called for in the pattern. It should be a challenging project with a master color and contrasting color to deal with and a bunch of slip knit stitches for the tweed pattern.

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