January 30, 2005
Today finally I put the SEcretPals4 buttons at the side bar and here is my answers. :
1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high- and/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I am definitely hopelessly yarn snob... I prefer high-end yarns, but I don't like novelties. As the fiber, I love naturals, like wool, alpaca, silk, etc. Some brends also acceptable.
2. Do you spin? Crochet?
Before I have tried to spin once, but that experience taught me I am not the person for spinning. I can crochet a little, not so much. Normally I prefer knitting.
3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Nothing as allergies, but I hate smoke.
4. How long have you been knitting?
My first knitting experience was when I was a kid. But my current craziness about knitting has exploded two years ago.
5. you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
I don't think so. I prefer salty stuff to bite.
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
Well, not so much other than knitting for the craft. I like baking bread and cakes for my family.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Old jazz, gentle classic, or..almost anything. I listen to the radio often. Mine is not but DH’s computer can play MP3s.
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer?
My color is deep red(both bordeaux and brick red), slate-blue-grey, and vanilla. Also, I like warm autumn palette. I like Italian sandy gentle shades too, like Armani.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
My family is DH, 5 yrs old and 8 months boys. No pets.
12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
Have my own atelier and stock room for knitting, and time to knit...my dream is not so huge. Really. I know what I need and what I have.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Alchemy, Debbie Bliss, Lorna's lace, Koigu, Colinette, Adrienne Vittadini.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I would say I don't like "Itchy" or "fruffy" fiber.
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Usually I prefer dpn than circular. other than that, I am normal yarnholic, stashy knitter.
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like to knit small stuff, especially gloves. I am rather glove knitter.
17. What are you knitting right now?
Cardigan, socks, baby sweater, shawl, scarf...
18. What do you think about ponchos?
This winter I knitted one for myself, and I am happy about it. But that's enough.
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
I am bamboo straight needle person. But when I bring WIP along, I put it into circular.
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
21. Are you a sock knitter?
Well. sometimes I knit socks and I like it, but I cannot call me sock knitter.
22. How did you learn to knit?
First from mom. After and most techniques, I self-learned from books.
23. How old is your oldest UFO?
One year. I don't have many UFOs, for even if I cannot complete a project, I would be back again one day. Or, I flog it.
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
No favorite animated character. Though, I could be friend with cats.
25. What is your favorite holiday?
26. Is there anything that you collect?
Nothing other than yarn, for now. I consumed all the space at home to stash yarns...ugh.
Hey, it is long....
January 28, 2005
As I have less time for knitting recently, my WIPs stay very calm... I only knit a bit, day by day, this swatch:
This is for my secret project, with Rowan's "4ply eighty" yarn. The yarn is very fine and I knit it with 2.75mm needles, just some rows a day, so very slow progress....
But anyway I try to start the project itself within this week end.
Also, I have applied to SecretPals4, so next time, it is very likely within this week end, I will post my answers and put SecretPals4 button.
January 25, 2005
Since I have come back to work, not only my time for knitting reduces, but also my daily errands make me exhausted...BUT I managed to take some photos:
Not spagetti. Yarn ends of Leftovers vest. Yup, I completed:
It fits snugly, so the form is nicer when it is put on. I like this style. I really like this vest. But as the result, I've got more leftovers...gee...
By the way, I knitted this hat yesterday night.
This is a baby hat as a gift, for a just one-month baby boy. Knitted by Baby Cashmerino. I have frantically knitted it yesterday, for I needed to offer it today to the baby's mother. Actually it took less than three hours to complete. The mother looked glad, so far me too.
And for that reason I need to go to bed earlier today....zzz...
January 23, 2005
As planned, I completed my Abfab. I am very happy, but look:
Mine is a shawl, not throw, but it is throw-ish BIG and long. It is surely warm....but a kind of embarrasing to wear out in town. Though, I will try to wrap tomorrow to go to work....
And, the leftovers. Quite a lot. What can I make with? Might be possible to make a mini-Abfab scarf? Any idea?
So far my weekend-resolution worked out minimum one, but I cannot finish to weave for Leftovers vest, though it is near to end, and cannot even finish a swatch...Gee. Well, anyway I knit.
January 21, 2005
This weekend's plan
1. complete my AbFab, shade French Vanilla, shawl pattern
2. weave all ends of "Leftovers" vest and take the wearing photo
3. finish swatch(yup, not yet..) of Rowan "4ply eighty" yarn
4. start my secret project with "4ply eighty" yarn
Do you think I could make them all?? We'll see....
January 19, 2005
Since I have finished Leftovers vest, I am working on AbFab....I hope I complete it within coming weekend. Now it is the end of fourth pattern set, so only one more to end. But I haven't show you yet the frill of sleeve of Elise. Here it is:
This frilly cuff is made separately, and joined to the edge of the sleeve. First I have started this cuff to learn how to frill, and I wanted it off the needle. For it, I have to know the length of the sleeve edge, so I started the sleeve, and knitted the frilly cuff a little more, and started to join the part while the cuff has been yet on the needle. Finally it found out that I have knitted too much the frill, so ripped out some rows, and casted off, completed the joining.
This is the close-up:
It is much fun to frill! After I finish my AbFab, I want to knit Elise, but I have to swatching for "4Ply eighty" yarn....
January 16, 2005
Second FO for 2005
Just finished the vest....
I wrote "finished", but actually I have NOT yet completed....I have to weave all ends. Gee. You can imagine. I like the stripes, but the form is not so nice....I will try to take a photo the vest on me, when it is really completed.
Now, I am swatching with a very old Rowan yarn, named "4ply eighty". Someone ever heard about this yarn?? Me never. Here is an episode why I've got this yarn and am swatching now.
The other day when I visited Rowan Shop, the lady showed me this yarn. She explained that she found it somewhere in their warehouse and there many packs of 10 balls, for only two colors(ivory and brick orange). Originally that yarn had eighty colors and sold in the big box of eighty balls in it. She herself has this yarn box in her private stash but she doesn't know the price for each ball. The ball is 25g small and very fine yarn. She doesn't know how to do with them now. Looking at this yarn, I've got an idea and asked her if I can try it. She was very glad and gave me two balls. That's it. I will show you soon....
January 13, 2005
First of all, thank you for comments about Elsebeth Lavold's yarn. Soon I will try to get some at eBay. I have already her viking pattern book, now I have to decide which pattern I would knit, so that I could know the quantity of yarn I need....
Yesterday and today, I was out and could not find time to complete my leftovers vest....but I've got a nice bunch of flower:
My flower, coquelicot. I LOVE this flower!
So please be patient for the FO photo, I can see the end...I plan to finish it within coming weekend, and next I have to knit a kids scarf for DS, for he is asking me to knit one....he has destroyed the first one that I had knitted for him this winter, but now he promised me not to destroy(!!) the next one. Sigh....
January 11, 2005
Leftovers vest and the leftovers
I have finished the body of the vest, and now I am knitting the neck rib. I believe I could show you the FO next time.
And now I noticed I made a fatal mistake for it.
Not for the pattern. Not for stripe combination. Not the size.
So what? It is my estimate for the yarn quantity.
I no longer use that Kid Classic nor red yarn for this vest, because I have already finished the part. Now I am knitting with Matchmaker Merino Aran only and will until the end. BUT I have much leftovers of them!!! Hey, this pattern's original idea is to use the leftovers. But I re-produced "The leftovers" in making "Leftovers" vest.....what I can do with???
By the way, anyone has tried "Silky Wool" of Elsebeth Lavold? I am very interested in the yarn recently. I think its taste suits well us, Japanese. I mean, not only the yarn, but her design too....now I am watching ebay. As usual....
January 09, 2005
I didn't forget
This time, to take the WIP vest photo:
The pink rib part is knitted by Jaeger Matchmaker Merino Aran and the rest is Kid Classic, except Red yarn. I am quite enjoying this knitting now, but at first, I had some problems to solve.
1. This pattern calls for DK weight yarn.
2. This instruction is asking to use two strands of yarn for rib part, and the rest is normal one strand.
3. Number two requires the number of stitch to cast on as if you use aran-chunky yarn, but for the body with DK you need to increase stitches to adjust the size
At first I didn't read well the pattern and I was confused why I have to use #8/5mm needles for ribbing and after to use #6/4mm needles for body. I also didn't notice that pattern requires DK and I assembled my aran weight leftovers. But after I found out above, I understand my problem.
So far these are what I did to adjust:
1.I anyway use my leftover yarns of aran weight
2.In the contrary of the pattern instruction, I used #6 needles for cast on and ribbing, #8 needles for body, using the yarn one strand throughout.
3.I didn't increase stitches at the end of ribbing as instructed, however as there is some decreasing just before this increasing row, I added the lost stitches again as it was. Normally I have to increase stitches by many kbf, but instead I did M1 four times and that's it.
Until now, my adjustment looks OK...we will see if it work out.
By the way, this is a photo taken this morning:
This is the hat for DS, by Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran which I showed you at the previous post. And this evening:
My first FO for 2005. Modeled by DS. The pattern is Isla, from Rowan Junior, slightly changed the ribbing and no ponpon. It completed bigger than estimated, so I sewed inside a stretch trasparent cord to tighten the edge. Now looks OK... Tomorrow he will put it on when going out, I wish....
By the way, this is the first time I tried Yorkshire Tweed Aran. I found this yarn is quite hard, like felted, AND fragile. It was cut off twice when I was casting on. I doubt the elasticity isn't enough as 100% wool yarn, for my shoulder ached after knitting this for a while. The only good points are that is NOT itchy, and is very beautiful color combination. But other than that.....I might make a matching scarf for him with the same yarn, but I will never make sweaters or something bigger than that using this.
January 07, 2005
I forgot and lost
what? an opportunity to take a photo of my leftovers vest, today. In the daytime I didn't have a time to do, and now that WIP has left in the room where my baby is sleeping....I so will show you that next time, promise! Now I am knitting in stripe zone, about 7 inches from cast on edge. Not much progress for Elise....
Instead, look my newest stash enhencement:
Sorry the photo is not in good quality to show well the colors. The left green Rowan's Cork pack arrived yesterday from Rowan, as the membership free gift. I do NOT intend to make that poncho with the yarn, it would be transformed a little sweater or something, maybe.
The center Yorkshire Tweed Aran is for my boy's hat. This shade has just the same color frecks in it, with his winter jacket. And it isn't itchy. So I will make it within this weekend, if possible...
The right pale apricot boxed-yarn is, yup, Jaeger Cashmere 4ply. It is old discontinued yarn, and yesterday when I visited Rowan&Jaeger LYS, they just had this orphan box alone. AND, the price tag showed only JPY1,000, slightly less than $10!!! That normal retail price should be three times more expensive, so it's a bargain. I grabbed it of course. and the showed photo of little lace scarf is the project I want to make with. It is from Joelle Hoverson's Last minute knitted gift. I really love this book!!
January 05, 2005
Yesterday I finished the back of Elise:
The gage is slightly different for the vertical length, so I reduced some rows to adjust. For the shoulder I used short-row method so that I can do three needles bind-off. I think it is more neat and easier.
When I knit patterns from Rowan, I find often the number of stitch of shoulder of the back doesn't match with the front. When first time I noticed it, I was stunned and confused. Because in Japan, generally shoulder seaming is "always" three needles bind off and it is NOT possible to be dirrerent the number of stitch. But if you don't do it and instead you simply sew them, it could be possible....it was a discovery for me! So far it is interesting to try the pattern of other countries. I like to learn that kind of bit of differences of culture. That enrich my knitting knowledge and experience.
And today I casted on the first sleeve. Why? because, I have already tried to knit one frilly cuff, and I need to know the bottom of sleeve length to decide my cuff length, for finish the cuff left so long untouched. Also today I knitted a little "Leftovers" vest. I will show you soon...
January 03, 2005
New year bread baking
This new year days passed nicely. I have knitted of course, and also cooked a lot, or rather intensely. I prepared new year meals, a little Japanease traditional and a litte not. Our refridgerator has been fully stuffed since a week ago, and finally I could put it in order as usual today. And yesterday, I baked breads:
This is sweet-beans-mini-bread. It is rather sweets, and DH loves them so much. Before having kids, I used to bake breads friquently. Now I don't, and instead I knit :)
Not so much progressed, but what is amazing is that this photo has taken when I had just finished first ball and it is only one row less than armhole shaping. The yandage is not bad. I think I will finish the back tomorrow.
And this is my another WIP:
An airy scarf for myself, by Alchemy Japanese Lantern, colorway "SanFransisco Sky". There is a model for it. Last year Wendy made a scarf with this yarn for KnitHappen's shop simple, and showed the photo on her blog. I loved it so much, so far I decided to make one for myself. That's it. I hope I could finish soon....
January 01, 2005
Happy new year to you all
I wish you a real happy and relaxed new year.
This new year I start with my Elise:
This is from Rowan Vintage Style. When I saw this page, immediately I fell in love with this classic elegance. I checked the called yarn and it is Felted Tweed, which I had just enough quantity in my stash. When I bought this Burgundy yarn two years ago, I didn't have any specific project for them. But the yarn was stunningly beautiful, and besides it was the moment of winter sale of LYS, I so could not resist to get them.
Actually this yarn is amazing. The looks is like other DK tweedy yarn with slightly delicate touch, but when you knit it, it acts like thin slab yarn. The thickness is changing from fingering to almost aran, but keeping enough solidity(I compare with Rowanspun's fragility) and it is knitted up fairly rapidly, with US #6 needles. The composition is 50% merino wool, 25% alpaca, and 25% Viscose, very confortable to knit, and very light. The chosen color combination for frecks gives it very sophisticated look, though the yarn itself has relaxed, country style atmosphere when knitted up.
This is the back yesterday:
The more I knit this, the more I love the yarn. I am very enjoying to knit this!!
By the way, I have another project that I have just casted on on December 31, some minutes before new year. It is a "leftovers vest" of Alison, that I have promised her to cast on within 2004. I will try to knit it too. I casted on with Jaeger Matchmaker aran.
Oh, I have just decided to reduce my parallel projects, as one of my resolution for 2005, but look....