Monday, January 29, 2007

I worked on my lace & bobble jacket this weekend for a little while and finally put it on longer needles so you can actually see it - details on my blog.

Blogger conversion worked well!

Monday, January 22, 2007

I am having gauge issues. I hate gauge issues. Oh, and I hate reading directions correctly issues. And executing simple MA issues. And project attention deficit issues. And . . . Need I go on? This project has not been blessed by the knitting goddess.

I love Debbie Bliss Patterns and Debbie Bliss yarn. Period. End of Story. But I don't like when I rush into something, completely disregarding my responsibility to pay attention. It seems that I jumped in too fast. In my excitement, I did not read the pattern correctly or count my number of stitches on the gauge swatch correctly. I think Mr. Rogers sang:
I like to take my time to do it right.
I just might have to make a mistake
If I should have to hurry up
And so I like to take my time.
Well, I did not listen to Mr. Rogers on this one. I will be tinking back to before the increases on the front left panel. Ouch. That's 30 rows. Guess I'll slow down a bit.

*This is a partial post from my blog. Sorry, but I wanted to give an update on the wrap, but have little time right now. I'll do better next time.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Here's progress pics on the Lace & Bobble Jacket - I'm working on the back, but it looks a little odd, as it's crunched up on the needles.

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close up on the pattern:
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Friday, January 19, 2007

I joined the KAL awhile back, but didn't cast on until this month. I'm making the Cable & Rib Jacket from Wish You Were Here. I'm really enjoying this pattern so far. The twisted stitches mixed in with the rib pattern keep the knitting interesting. I love the texture of the pattern and the stitch definition of the yarn. I'm using Debbie Bliss Wool/Cotton (the pattern calls for DB Cotton Cashmere). I've had this yarn in my stash for two years and have been waiting to find the right pattern for it. I finally found one I'm excited about. The yarn is nice and soft. It's a little splitty though. Only a problem with the twisted stitches and if I drop a stitch. I can deal with it. I'm looking forward to finishing the back and getting to the front panels which involves cables.

Here's mine:

I'm a little over halfway done with the back. This project involves a zipper which I've never attempted before. So anyone with experience and tips, your suggestions are welcome. For now I'll enjoy the knitting.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

2nd attempt - does anyone else notice that Blogger is behaving really really strangely after its "conversion"?

Anyway, I'm Robin and I'm new to this KAL. I'm working on the DB Lace & Bobble Jacket from Wish You Were Here, which I'm hoping will look like this when it's done.


Has anyone else made this? If so, any hints? I just finished the left and right front and am starting the back now. I'll take a progress pic and post it later today or tomorrow.

Look forward to talking with everyone!
Sorry ladies that I have been slacking. Heck, I haven't even started a DB knit for the KAL!! I think I have added/removed anyone that has left a message on the join in link. Let me know if there are any problems...and hopefully I will have something to show you soon!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

On hold . . . is the project I originally thought I'd contribute, the Denim Aran I blogged about here. Instead, recently I've been working on the Humbug Pillow from Home.It's a great mindless project for studying or reading or catching up on knitting blogs. As for that Denim Aran, it'll make an appearance sometime this year as part of the 2007 UFO Resurrection Challenge.


Saturday, January 13, 2007

I have finished my Debbie Bliss project! Took me a while, because a rib pattern throughout an entire project feels, after a while, as is it's taking you twice as long as a normal sweater. But it's done and I wore it today for the first time.
Pattern: Shaped Edge Sweater, from Out of Town. I knit it in small with 14 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino aran, and ended with only half a ball left over. I had to shortern the raglan part of the sleeve, because while my gauge was accurate from a number of stitches point of view, it was off for the number of rows (24 rows for 4 inches instead of 26 rows). And since the whole portion of the sleeve is calculated on # of rows rather than measured length, I ended up with a humongous sleeve. I had to frog part of one sleeve, recalculate the decreases and it was fine. The sleeves are still long, but I wanted them long, and I just roll the ends when I don't want the length. I also made the turtleneck a bit shorter, just because I didn't want that long.
It is a very comfy, soft and warm sweater to wear. I love it!
The real colour is actually darker than this, more wine-coloured (the colour code is 330013, for those who are interested). The flash makes it look a lot lighter than it is. My next project is the shrug from the Debbie Bliss Cathay book in a lovely blue colour.