Archive for ‘June, 2007’

Book Knitting

Over the last year or so, I’ve done some pattern designing on the sly. It’s awful not being able to show what I was knitting here. I’ve grown so used to it! FINALLY, there’s a photo I can show.

You may recognize the black sweater on the cover from way back when. It’s revamped in Peace Fleece in a gazillion sizes with a brand new, extra menacing skull. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to get the cover.

To! It’s still four months away from release, but don’t let that stop you. :)

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes is another book I designed patterns for. This is going to be a super interesting book that explores fibers, yarn construction, yarn weights, etc., and provides patterns for each type/style of yarn.

I’ve also got some stuff in Larissa and Martin’s Knit-Along(link to the blog), but that’s not on Amazon yet. Hurry up, Amazon!

I really lucked out with these jobs. With the exception of the SNB sweater (Debbie knew exactly what she wanted as far as the design went. I did get to choose the Peace Fleece and was very happy to be allowed to use a small company’s yarn.), I was given so much freedom with designs and got to do some crazy modern takes on traditional stuff. Many thanks to the authors.

Shop Update:

The next shop update will be next Tuesday, the 26th, at 2 pm EST. Sarah’s sending tons of stuff, and I’ve been dyeing, dyeing, dyeing.

After dyeing up a bunch of the BFL laceweight yarn in semi-solids, I got to wondering if anyone was interested in semi-solid sock yarns. Speak up and I’ll dye some for the update to see how it sells. thanks!


Tomten Well Underway

I’m still cranky about the Bohus, so decided to try to catch up to Jared on the Tomten. He got a lot done while I was on vacation, especially considering his gauge is smaller. With just a couple of evenings at it, I’m already on the hood, with just that to finish and the sleeves to go. Oh, and that gigantic red garter front edge.

I’ve made some changes to the pattern in the name of fit. First, I cast on 120 sts. instead of 112. I added waist shaping borrowed from a favorite North Face hooded jacket. The shaping is at the side “seams”. I just decreased a few times, knit straight a couple of inches, and increased back up to the magic 120 sts.

After that, I put an underarm gusset in and reduced the depth of the armholes, hoping to get rid of the big blob of fabric that comes from having those deep arms. To make the gusset, I increased at the side seams, at the same rate as the increases for the waist (every 2 ridges), starting a few inches below the underarm cast off. I did 3 increases, giving me about a 2 inch increase in width. She’s just a little gusset. The sleeves will be sewn to the body like usual, only the seams will be a little longer. The ease created by the gusset will hopefully allow the narrower sleeve to still be comfy with a full range of mobility.

A fake seam was added to the sides, which causes a sharp fold that’s really attractive plus adds structure. As I was casting off the underarms, I stopped at the center stitch and let it unravel to the bottom. On the first side, I let it drop ALL the way down. Knitted cast on + dropped stitches = un-knitted cast on. Whoops! After dropping that single stitch, I knit it back up, all knit stitches, two at a time, with a crochet hook. The usual fake seam is done at a rate of 2 stitches, then 1 stitch, then two again, but with garter, it’s two at a time. It looks nice and tidy and does its job perfectly.

I also added a v-neck in an attempt to prevent the giant hood problem. Instead of 15 sts. on each front, there are only 6. When I add the garter stitch button band, which I can adjust the depth of as needed, the hood will hopefully be a perfect depth. Seeing as how I completely winged this bit, I’ve got some serious finger crossing to do! Let’s also hope the V is not so severe that the garter stitch edging buckles or bumps. I don’t want to do any kind of mitre, mainly out of sheer laziness, but also from a desire for simplicity.

I’m so very glad I tried the jacket on when I was ready to join the fronts to the back and start the hood. With this chunky yarn and garter stitch, the jacket weighs a lot and stretches bigtime. The armholes were definitely too deep once the jacket was hanging, so a few rows were ripped. If you make this sweater, definitely stop and try it on!

Keep your fingers crossed I don’t run out of yarn, will ya? I never thought I’d need more than 2.5 lbs. of yarn for this, but I am halfway through that already. Yikes!

Thanks so much for all your comments on the Ireland photos and my vacation in general. Boy, it kind of stinks coming back and having to cook and clean and work again. :)


I Almost Forgot

I bought yarn! For all those Aran jumpers, Ireland really seems short on wool and yarn. I found some in two shops on Inis Mór, but that’s it. One shop was a big sweater market selling machine knit sweaters (the site says hand knit, but the locals we knew warned us away from there, saying they’re made by machine), Clan Aran patterns (20 Euro each!), and cream Tivoli wool. The other was a small shop called An Tuirne that sold mainly handknits. They had this one yarn in a few colors. It’s super sheepy and rustic and a little scratchy, just as it should be. I’m going to knit me an Aran jumper.

I got a 1 kilo (2.2 bag) for 30 Euro ($40!). I should have gotten a lot more.

From An Tuirne (sweater shop), Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Ireland.
Tel: ++353 (0) 99 61387/61375
Fax: ++353 (0) 99 61375
According to this, they provide worldwide shipping at cost. I might have to call. :)

I should note I’m not affiliated with An Tuirne in any way. I just know that lots of people ask where they can get good yarn in Ireland, so I’m passing on the info. I was supposed to meet one of the owners of the shop, a woman named Rose, who is a prolific knitter. We didn’t manage to get together, sadly. The other owner was in when I visited the shop, and I got to see was her personal stash of wool, strewn around the shop, hiding under tables and behind the counter. She has a lot of yarn!