Sunday, September 30, 2007

Still trudging along

Well, here is a picture of what I have so far. I haven't decided what style I want the sleeves yet, but I still have a little time. I am looking forward to being able to wear this one since the yarn just feel wonderful. I am quite sure I'll be using it on other projects in the future.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Finally starting!!

My yarn and new needles from KnitPicks finally arrived and I have just swatched!

I really like the yarn so far, and how soft it is. This is my first time using needles from KnitPicks and I Love them! They are so amazing and wonderful to knit with - I'm going to go cast on now!

(and I think blogger just ate my post, so if this posts twice I'm sorry)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

I'm Done!

I loved this pattern. The yarn (Lion Brand Cotton Ease) was okay but I like the fact that it isn't a wool sweater.

Finished WECY

I made several modifications by working it in the round but with flat sleeves, which made me conquer my fear of seaming (which turned out great by the way).
When I first did the yoke it came out way too long and it didn't fit right so I ripped it back and switched needles at 3 inches while placing a decrease row every other row. So the yoke turned out to be 5 inches long not counting the ribbing.
I also unpicked my cast on edge and worked a 1x1 rib for 7 rows to make it stay flat and not curl up in the back.

This was a fun KAL and I'm so happy to have finished a sweater that I can wear.


Slow progress...

I wanted to start out by saying that this is my first Knit-A-Long, and so far I love it! It's so reassuring to come and see everyone else's progress, and it really inspires you not to give up when you get frustrated with it.

I have the front and back pieces of the sweater finished, and I'm working on the sleeves. I'm going to take someone else's suggestion and knit them both at the same time on a circular needle (GREAT IDEA!). Looking forward to seeing how it turns out for everyone else!

I tried to get a close up of the cabled portion, but it's difficult to do so ... maybe once the pieces are seamed together it will show up more clearly. :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

front [almost] complete

The front of my WECY is almost complete... I just have to do the 4 rows of decreases for the armholes... but, of course, it looks exactly like the back, so no need for another picture of the same thing!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I have finished the body to the point where I would add the sleeves. This is the second time I have knit this %#@! Not sure what happened the first time but after I knit about 9 inches or so it became apparent that it would fit a Volkswagen. I altered the pattern and am pleased with the fit so far. I have about 8 inches of the sleeves completed. I am knitting them the same way I knit socks: 2 at a time on one circular needle.

Friday, September 14, 2007

First Rows

I'll admit that I've been distracted by other projects, but I formally started my WECY yesterday. I'm having a hard time staying away from this project. Not only am I drawn to the colors, but the yarn glides off my needles effortlessly and feels wonderful.

I'm on row 32, & counting!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hello Everyone!

I just joined, and am very excited! This is my first sweater so hopefully this will go well. When I saw the magazine in my LYS I bought it just for this sweater. I'm going to go shopping for yarn tomorrow and see what I find. I'm hoping to knit this in the round so I can avoid seams. Any starting hints would be greatly appreciated, thanks and good knitting times to all!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Back complete!

I'm done the back!!! Wohooo! I'm not sure that the Baruffa Merinos Sei was the perfect substitute yarn for this sweater, but it's doing ok. Even though I swatched, and my stitch gauge was good, the row gauge must be a bit off because it's way longer than called for. When I finished the increases and it says to work even until it is 14.25" (for the smallest size) from cast-on it was already 15" or so.... so I immediately went to the cabling. However, I'm happy that it's a bit longer because I have a fairly long torso and don't like when sweaters don't overlap at least a bit with whatever jeans, etc that I'm wearing. Maybe that's the Canadian in me, but I just don't get short sweaters.

Anyway, to the pictures!

I tried to get a picture of the cabling up-close, which is not very easy to do when trying to hold it stretched out and take the picture with your other hand....

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

At the Starting Gate

Because winding 1100 yards of this yarn was a big effort, all I managed to do on the first day was to wind it (with a lot of help) and knit the swatch.

I usually go down 2 needle sizes to get gauge on most patterns, but I had to go down 3. I will be knitting the majority of this sweater on US 5's.

I'm encouraged by the short pooling of this yarn, and have no doubt that I will love this pattern with this variegated yarn. Based on my swatch, I believe my sweater will look like this one and that the patterning will not be too obscured.

I do love how it feels against my skin.

cast on!

Well, there it is! I've cast on. I've decided to stay true to the original design of working the back and front separately... which I may or may not regret later!

Also, I've finally gotten my invite to ravelry, which means that I may not be knitting so much as sorting through all my wips, FOs, stash, etc. Look me up: gradskoolknitter

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Hi all,

I haven't forgotten about this KAL, and I'm still super excited about the sweater, so I'm hoping to swatch and cast on this coming weekend!!! I just have to finish up the sweater I'm currently working on (not that I'm anti-multiple WIPs or anything, I just have this need to finish the other sweater) and then I'll cast on the WECY.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress and completed sweaters!

Monday, September 3, 2007


Hi everyone!

I just thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Jenn. I'm a college student who learned to knit this summer and I'm already obsessed. This sweater will be my second (first is still in progress) and I plan to knit it with Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK in a cream color.

I can't wait! I'll be swatching tomorrow before class!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

I may have started before the starting date...

And here's the proof:
Cable Yoke body

I've been knitting it in the round with a few mods that I've mentioned on my blog.

So far the main body is done and I'm currently working on the first sleeve.

I've been using Lion Brand Cotton Ease and so far I've liked it. Hopefully that means I can get more use out of it rather than just the two months where it actually feels like winter.

Anyway I'm happy to be part of this KAL and I can't wait to see how everyone else's sweaters knit up.


Saturday, September 1, 2007

Yay! I finally got to start!

I began as early today as I could (after all the running around). I figured out where to place the "extra" parts of the cables and will have to remember to add the extra stitches later. (The beginning of the yoke starts as 95 stitches and ends as 102 stitches for my size.) Here are a couple pictures. The red dots are the "wheat stalks" while the blue dots are the "twist" -

I hope everyone can see those.

I have to say that I love this yarn so far. It is the KnitPicks Super Swish in Indigo. It feels soft throught my fingers and drapes gently so far. I am looking forward to having a larger section done so I can tell better.

Good Luck to everyone!

I Swatched * I loved It * I Cast On

Hello from hot, hot California where I am thinking that I must be more than a little nuts to start a sweater on a day that will be well over 100 degrees. The bright side is that my sweater is proof that Fall and Winter will really come!

I am knitting my sweater with Debbie Bliss Alpaca/Silk. It is a really pretty deep plum color. This yarn is soooo yummy! I am knitting mine in the round from the bottom up. I did not change the number of stitches to cast on. When I do the math with my gauge, it still comes out as the published size small. I want it snug and a little higher up on the shoulders. Haven't decided how I will do that yet. I knit my first two rows with Knit, Purl in the back loop.

I can't wait to see how the rest of us are doing.