Friday, March 23, 2007

Simple Wrapover finished.

Yea! I was not in my grove on this one, so I had to re-knit the fronts (several times). But I am happy with how it turned out. You wouldn't know it on my blog because I got so frustrated with myself. The sweater is soft and feather light. I love the dark blue color, but it's so hard to photograph. Here are the details:

Pattern: Simple Wrapover from Alpaca Silk Two by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK in Dark Blue
Needles: Bamboo US 7 Circ
Started: December 4, 2006
Finished: March 21, 2007
Notes: After getting through the wonky increases on front panels, all went smooth. In retrospect, I could have made the next size or two down. The alpaca is quite stretchy, which I did not factor in. Lesson learned. I also used 3 yds of ribbon to allow for a wrap all the way around for a front tie, instead of tie in the back.

I have some baby knitting to do for a friend, so I am turning to another Debbie Bliss pattern or two. Watch for details.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

It seems like lots of knitting these days is Debbie Bliss, so I thought I'd update the KAL! I finished the knitting for the Humbug Pillow from Home, and it will probably be a while before making the inside pillow . . .

In the meantime, I'm discovering Debbie Bliss' baby patterns! There's a new baby on the way in my circle of friends, and I couldn't be more excited! After extensive searches through every baby knitting book in three bookstores, I picked up Debbie Bliss' Simply Baby, which is full of cute patterns that are simple enough even I am not bothered by the author's complete and utter refusal to ever use something as plebian as schematics. But I digress.

So, the baby sweater. I started with this cute little gem called something creative like "Hooded Jacket," and it's coming out very well.

Above you see the back up to the armholes, and since taking that photo (on the beach chair again - this is great SoCal knitting!) I've finished both fronts also up to the armholes. A couple of sleeves, a yoke, a hood - something tells me picking the button could be the hardest part!

More details, and follow along, at my blog.