Monday, September 26, 2005

Picking up stitches

The other button band was not as traumatic as the first. I still had to rip it once to get the same number of stitches as the previous button band. The collar was a breeze since I knew what I was doing.

Need to go pack for a business trip. Finishing will be done when I get back.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Button Band Hell

What I didn't know did not scare me until I attempted to try doing it. For all you experienced knitters, I'm sure you're probably laughing at me. It took me four times to pick-up and knit the right front button band. I almost gave up on this project after the first 3 failed attempts.

Whew! I'm tired. At least I know what I need to do for the other side. But it'll have to wait until tomorrow.

Good Night!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Sitcom Chic update

I am so close I can taste it. On the other hand, the last finishing touch scares me. I am at the point where I need to pick-up and knit the button bands and the neckline. I've never done this before. Yikes!

I still need to weave in those ends first and attach those bound off armpit stitches. In retrospect, I should have left them as live stitches so that I could just graft the stitches together. Oh well. Maybe when I have more knitting experience, then I can stray from the pattern. After all, this is my 1st Cardi.

I will upload some pictures soon. I promise.

Monday, September 12, 2005

My First Sweater

Presenting the Hourglass Sweater in all its glory. The pattern was so simple and easy to follow I will definitely make another one. The only modification was I followed the NBaT instructions for knitting the sleeves/waist hems (no sewing there!).

This project has a lot of firsts for me. I learned a lot! Let's mention a few:
1. Knitting sleeves and attaching them.
2. Grafting.
3. Sewing down the live stitches at the neckline. That was loads of fun!

See Bear give his stamp of approval.

Hourglass Sweater
Pattern: Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: KP Andean Silk
Needles: Addi Circular in US 6
(08/01/05 - 09/03/95)

Friday, September 9, 2005

Weekend plans

I finished the one red sleeve (pictured in previous post) but am not happy about it. I may need to rip it (again!). I haven't been knitting since Wednesday night. Life (kid's homework) just gets in the way, ya know. Anyhoo, this weekend will be a finishing/seaming weekend.

What needs to be done:
1. Hourglass Sweater - Seam the neckline; graft the sleeves; and weave in all those ends.
2. Carnival Hat - Add a pompom or tassle.
3. Mesa Hat - rip and wind into ball. I'll deal with knitting a smaller size another day.
4. Finish other UFOs, time permitting.

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Sitcom Chic revisted

Back in July I started working on the sleeve and realized my error in interpreting the pattern instructions. I had to rip out the sleeve. I was so upset that I returned the project to its Ziploc bag.

Now that I've completed a few projects which still need seaming, I've found the courage to revisit this project. This is my way of shying away from all the finishing/seaming that need to be done.

I picked this up the other evening and once again took 3 times to cast on and join on DPNS. Sheesh! I'm so glad that I'm at a point where I can use my beloved Addi Circulars.

Monday, September 5, 2005

Carnival Hat

Here is another instant gratification project I worked on while finishing off the Hourglass Sweater. My son indulged me with some pictures yesterday while I was finishing his hat. What a ham! It's a carnival hat befitting his personality.

I'm still debating whether he gets a tassle or a pompom on top.

Carnival Hat
Pattern: Ann Budd
Yarn: KP Sock Memories in Carnival
Needles: 16" Addi Circular in US #4
August 27 - September 4, 2005