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I’m knitting a sweater: swatching

I’ve finally gotten around to knitting a whole sweater. When Lion Brand released the new version of Cotton-Ease yarn and I saw the Charcoal color I decided to use that to make ChicKnits fabulously basic Ribby Cardi. I’ll be keeping notes on this site (otherwise I’ll lose them).

The beginning of the notes:

To be safe I bought eight balls of the yarn, which I finally found at a Michael’s craft store. I swatched last night using size 6 needles and came out with 17 sts/ 24 rows over 4″ St st. The gauge is 19 sts/24 rows over 4″. I’ll be making the all-ribbed version of the sweater so I’m slightly less concerned about gauge. I’ll go ahead and make the size sweater I would be making if I did get gauge. Should I do a size smaller instead?

The pattern calls for certain parts of the sweater to be done on smaller needles, so I’ll be using a size 5 for those. Since ribbing often does better on smaller needles, I’m not too concerned about using needles smaller than the size 7 called for in the pattern.

I’m going to do the all ribbed version of the sweater with the stand up collar. I’ll be sewing in a separating zipper. I might make the sleeves slightly long as I like longer sleeves to snuggle into. I’m going to use a tubular cast on for the hem and cuffs, but need to learn a tubular bind off for the top edge of the collar. Also, I have to learn to do finishing seams. This might take me a while.

links to tubular bind offs (thanks Maggi!):
at Savannahchik Knits
at My Fashionable Life
at Crankygrrrrrl
list of techiques at Knit Flix, including a note for the My Fashionable Life bind off

· comments [8] · 06-26-2007 · categories:knitting ·

this book makes me happy

I borrowed The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques from the library, but I think I’ll have to get my own copy. I got the book to see if I could learn some stretchier cast on and bind off techniques for making the Calorimetry. This book goes though a bunch of ways, details the advantages and draw backs of each technique, then clearly describes how to do them. The book also covers increases, decreases, selvages, seams, borders, buttonholes, and joining and weaving yarn ends. I can find all the techniques in this book online in various places, but I find having them all laid out with clear comparisons to be tremendously helpful for my scattered mind.

· comments [18] · 02-21-2007 · categories:books · knitting ·

things I want to have or imitate

Curtains by Nienke, via Apartment Therapy.

Seattlest makes honeycomb candy and gives up a recipe. See also: homemade Violet Crumble at Baking Sheet.

Dramatic cowl at Thrifty Knitter, via Craft.

· comments [5] · 02-16-2007 · categories:knitting · recipes · the home ·

knitty gritty

Vickie Howell is coming to Seattle for a book signing at the Northgate Pacific Fabrics & Crafts for her book Knitty Gritty Knits (DIY): 25 Fun & Fabulous Projects on February 3rd from 1 to 3 p.m.

· comments [6] · 01-26-2007 · categories:events · knitting ·

Knitty winter 2006

The winter edition of Knitty is out and I’m loving the stuffed animals included in the patterns – Norberta the dragon and Sheldon the Turtle. See also the geeky goodness of the Binary scarf.

· comments [2] · 12-11-2006 · categories:knitting ·

This has already made the rounds, but just in case you have not seen it yet – this free pattern for a Princess Leia hat is Halloween perfection.

· comments [0] · 09-14-2006 · categories:halloween · knitting ·

The new Knitty is out, and it’s great, as usual. I particularily like the simply well designed cardigan Serrano, and the double duty of Sugar on Snow. Also take a look at the ways to bind off and the Knitter’s Guide to the Movies.

· comments [0] · 09-13-2006 · categories:knitting ·

Vancouver was outstandingly lovely, bravo. I took some pictures if you’re interested, and I plan on putting together a little list of places people recommended. We did not make it to Mondo Gelato or Cupcakes on Denman St., but I figure we have to save something to make an excuse to return.

Yesterday we took yet another trip to Ikea and bought some Pax units so we can finally put away our clothes which are in boxes in the dining room, then we’ll have space to put the as-of-yet unpurchased dining room table, then we can buy a sideboard to store the miscellaneous kitchen items which are currently taking up space in the living room and preventing us from having room to figure out what type of sofa/seating would make sense. Yes siree, it’s all finally coming together. I’m tired.

While I was away the knitted wig got up on Boing Boing. It’s startling to be scrolling down a familiar site and come across a picture of yourself.

· comments [0] · 07-31-2006 · categories:knitting · mumbling · the home ·

Yay! Debbie Stoller is going to be Portland and Seattle promoting her book Stitch and Bitch Crochet, The Happy Hooker. Here are the dates:

Tuesday, May 2 � 7:00 pm -8:00 pm : Portland, OR: Powell’s Books

Wednesday, May 3 � 1:00 pm -2:00 pm : Portland, OR: Yarn Garden

Thursday, May 4 � 7:30 pm -8:30 pm : Seattle, WA: Eagle Harbor Books (listed on as Edge Harbor Books)

Friday, May 5 � 7:00 pm -8:00 pm : Seattle, WA: Ravenna Third Place Books

Saturday, May 6 � 12:00 pm -1:00 pm : Seattle, WA: Hill Top Yarns (not listed on their website)

Also! The Subversive Cross Stitch book is out.

· comments [0] · 04-24-2006 · categories:craft · knitting ·

This rug is amazing. It’s by Flocks, a project by Dutch fasion designer Christien Meindertma. Click on the little field of sheep (on the right of that page) to see more pictures, including someone weilding some very large knitting needles, and take note of the little knitted swatch they are using as a guide. Also take a look at the sweaters made using wool from just one sheep, keeping the color of that animal’s wool. via Cool Hunting.

· comments [0] · 03-29-2006 · categories:knitting ·

The cover of The Stranger (Seattle’s cooler-than-yours free weekly) this week is a photo of little tree sweater made by Erika. It’s so exciting.

Also Seattle related — I have recently become interested in tracking down a VHS tape (not on DVD yet) of Solarbabies to watch. This is likely a result of my lingering fear of post-apocalyptic societies, love of bad movies I can barely remember and Scott has never seen, and the Rat City Roller Girls. We found a copy at the mecca, Scarecrow Video, but it takes a three-figure deposit to borrow. This means it is rare, and makes me want it all that much more. (We didn’t rent it though, our VCR is unreliable and we didn’t feel like risk takers at that moment.)

· comments [0] · 03-27-2006 · categories:knitting · misc ·

Superfun day off! I sold some books for store credit, a new and happy experience, and tonight I’ll have the time to actually cook a dinner. After the demise of our many years old coffee maker and the kettle (electric stoves cause me to ruin cookware) we’re digging a cheap-with-giftcard electric kettle. Yay for fast hot tea. And right now I’m felting* an old store bought sweater in the washer, my first test with felting. I consulted both the Readymade #1 (wash hot, tumble dry hot) and this fantabulous how to felt page on Knitty, which includes tips on how to save your plumbing should it come to that. (This applies more to hand knit items, which I suspect will shed a bit more in the wash, but I’ll let you know how my experiment goes.)

* Hot washing a knit item is really called fulling, but we’re all about the vernacular.

· comments [0] · 12-21-2005 · categories:craft · knitting ·

knit graffitti

· comments [0] · 12-20-2005 · categories:craft · knitting ·

I like these felted pumpkins at Knitty, by the very talented Jordana Paige.

· comments [0] · 10-19-2005 · categories:halloween · knitting ·

I have put up a new thing to make – a pointy little hat using hand painted Inca Cotton yarn called Cotton Candy from Woodstock Wool Company. Oooh, yummy colorful cotton yarn.

· comments [0] · 10-14-2005 · categories:knitting ·