April 21, 2005

Another FO

This one seemed to go very quickly indeed. Here’s the silk top-down raglan, picture by Dani at Lettuce Knit last night:


There’s another picture that shows the top better, but I look like even more of a crazed woman in it, so I’ve cropped it to show just the top itself.

I finished it Tuesday night and washed it; yesterday I was drying it on top of a box fan to try to get it dry in time to wear to the SnB. It relaxed a bit with washing, so it’s not too tight. I’m very happy with how it turned out, actually. I think I’ll be wearing it alot. As always, details are in the sidebar.

I still have more of the silk, but I’ll get back to that later. For now, I’ve got complicated plans for designing a felted vest — but I’ll talk about that more in the next entry. For now, thank you again for all the nice things you all said about the Tintin sweater. Mark says thanks too!

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April 19, 2005


The official modelled shot:


Of course this occurred on the warmest day of the year so far — it’s 27C out there! The house is substantially cooler than the outside world. Mark wasn’t thrilled about putting on a wool sweater and standing in the sun, but he understands his responsibility to the blog. And, just for Jacqueline, here’s a close-up of the tag I put in the sweater:


It’s just a generic tag I bought from the local Lewiscraft. It finishes the sweater off nicely, and makes it easier to tell which is the back and which the front — though with this particular sweater, that’s hardly a problem!

Because the day was so beautiful, I spent some of my afternoon marking exams on the back porch, and even took a brief break to clean up some of the back garden (though there’s tonnes of work still to do).

I also took a picture of the progress on the silk striped raglan, though the sunlight seems to wash out the colours a bit:


I did rip out the first attempt at a sleeve and redo it a bit longer, and now I’m about halfway done the second sleeve. This is going to be quite a close-fitting top — just as well, since I don’t think I’d have had enough yarn for a roomier one, without making it short-sleeved.

And I’ll close with the requisite “I want in the picture too!” shot of Tigger:


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April 13, 2005

Voila Tintin!

Here it is:


I haven’t got a modelled shot yet, though I promise I will. Here’s a picture of it with the sleeves extended, though, to tide you over until then.

Specs for the sweater are in the sidebar. Notes to myself for the next sweater I design for Mark — make the body longer (hip length) and the sleeves a little shorter. They’re ok, but not perfect. Otherwise I’m really happy with how this turned out. I love the blue, and the picture came out even better than I’d hoped. Now all we have to do is find occasions for Mark to wear it! Probably not until the fall, though….

While I was waiting for the back to block and seaming up the sweater, I cast on for my next project, out of the Turino silk I mentioned a few entries ago. I decided on a top-down raglan, following the formula given here. This is my first top-down project and I’m liking it so far — it certainly gives me alot of flexibility. I don’t have enough of any one colour to do a whole top, so on the advice of some of the ladies at the SnB I’m combining the blue and grey, with some stripes on the yoke, the cuffs, and the hem. Here’s what I have so far:


I still may not have enough yarn for a full sweater, so this may end up being a t-shirt. I’ll see — I’ll finish the body, and then see how long I can make the sleeves. I’m not quite sure what to do about the collar, though — it curls a little, especially at the v-neck, so I thought about putting a row or two of garter stitch around the edge — but how would that look down the edge of the stripes? Would it break up the pattern too much? Any ideas?

I’m off to Stephanie’s book launch tonight — I’m starting to think it’s going to be quite crowded, so I think I’ll try to be there pretty early. After all, I can just knit while I wait! If you’re going, I’ll see you there! I’ll be working on my silk raglan.

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