Thursday, November 27, 2008

happy Thanksgiving

So I have a dilemma. I was going to start Vivian, using this grey Rio.
That one skien is totally a different dye lot so I'll have to be tricky and sneek it in or pray that I don't need it.

But!! Then my yarn for Sylvi came in the mail while I was at work yesterday. Look at all that red happiness. This is going to be a big project. I feel like if I start it I will need to work only on this and nothing else. ( except the two Christmas presents I'm working on).
But I love this and the red yarn is a perfect color.

I wasn't able to finish Sweet pea because I ran out of yarn. I am waiting for another skien of this malibrigo to come so I can finish half a sleeve and do the collar.
Here is the body of the sweater on Ginna. It needs buttons of course.
It's not at all boxy like it looks in the pattern. I only spent 4 evenings knitting it. It went super fast.

I can't decide, Sylvi or Vivian too much stress, maybe I'll go work on a hat instead.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dreaming of projects

These are my favorites from the new Twist collection.

The red one is Sylvi, I plan to make it in red cascade chunky.

This green one is Vivian, I have just barely enough Rio De LA Plata in my stash to make this. I have a pretty grey color.

This is sweet pea, Love this and am trying to hunt down another skien of malibrigo chunky. I have 5 skiens of a purple blue color that I think will work.

Then the last picture is the coat I was swatching for in my last post. I have decided that inorder to use my stash in the most efficient fashion I will use the cascade 220 in blue to make this. I need two more skiens. Luckily webs has it so I can order it from them. I still think making this in Malibrigo would be heavenly but I only have half the amount of yarn needed and I really am trying to shop the stash.
Alright then, that's the plan , to bad it's 80 degrees here in sunny california.

Monday, November 17, 2008

sweater planning

There is a whole lot of sweater planning going on over here. Why? Because the new Twist came out and I love several of the patterns. The challenge now is to match yarn and patterns.
I love the felted jacket called Heroine. It uses cascade 220 held double, but I was thinking a softer yarn might be nice. So I swatched with some blue heathered cascade and with left over malibrigo from my whisper cuff cardigan.

The before felting gave me the perfect gauge in both yarns. The blue one is slightly bigger only because I accidently miscounted and knitting less rows in the malibrigo .

After felting, the malibrigo was sinfully soft and didn't have that sheepy wet wool stink. BUT it also felted ALOT maybe too much.
The cascade didn't felt hardly at all and I believe needs another un through the wash to really get a felted swatch. It's about a 1/4 of an inch shorter then it started but it's the same width. It also smells like you would exspect wet wool to smell like. It did soften up as well just not a much as Malibrigo.

Then I also love the vivian sweater and was wondering if my stash of Rio would work.
Problem is I am short on stockinette but perfect on seed stich with the size 8. The size 9 is slighly too big. The 8 is also much firmer maybe too firm to be comfortable.

The sweater I love love love is called syvi and I ordered a bag of red yarn to make it.
I also finally got around to sewing the handle on this bag.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Ginna

Today is my one and only childs 15th birthday. Happy Birthday Ginna!!
Ginna the lion tamer
Hat model

Rock star

The next Michelangelo

ummmmmmm not sure what to say about this one. That's a cat bed on her head........

The next iron chef.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

November is NaKniSweMo! National knit a sweater month. So On Nov 1st, yesterday, I cast on for a new sweater. Anybody else knitting a sweater for NaKniSweMo?