Thursday, May 31, 2007

shopping tunic

Big City Knits is a great book to knit from if you need some fairly instant gratification. Super-bulky yarn and big ol' needles means only about 3 evenings of decent knitting to finish the Shopping Tunic:



I substituted Cascade Magnum for the Twinkle line of yarn as it was slightly more in my price range for the yardage. I haven't had a chance to see Twinkle's yarn in person (though I only hear amazing things about it), but from the photos of projects others have completed from the book, it seems like a pretty good substitution. The Twinkle yarns come in some ahmaaaazing colors, though...

I'm really pleased with it! I've liked the pattern since seeing it in Vogue Knitting last winter. Putting it on for the first time I didn't love it as much as I had hoped - BUT, I let it sit for a week and now looking at the photos I'm happy with it again.

So much that I'm going to include the happy sunshine shot:



Project Details
Pattern: Shopping Tunic from Big City Knits
Yarn: Cascade Magnum in Lichen (just over 2 skeins)
Needles: US16
Finished: May, 2007

Sunday, May 27, 2007

7 random things

Thanks to Freak Knitter for giving me my first meme tag. Here's 7 random things about me:

1. I can roll my tounge in three rolls. I taught myself in the mirror after seeing it on TV one night when I was on a trip to the U.K.

2. I've been feeling really torn between wanting to stay in NY or move back down to my hometown in North Carolina. As much as I love city life (and my job), I would love to be closer to my family, buy a house, grow a garden, settle down a bit -- I've been finding it hard to feel centered and healthy recently, trying to figure out my priorities.

3. I'm fascinated by knitting blogs. I'm pretty sure I read more about knitting than I actually knit myself.

4. When I was in high school I wanted to be an FBI agent.

5. I'm extremely clumsy. I'm always dropping things, tripping over something, or knocking something over.

6. I don't really enjoy shopping unless it's for groceries.

7. I played the violin for 12 years while growing up. I really enjoyed it and I suppose I was fairly decent, but as I got older I started having a lot of performance anxiety and it really had an effect on my desire to keep at it.

Looks like this meme has pretty much done the circuit through the bloglands, so I don't think I'll pass the tag along.

On another note, thanks to Jeffrey Yamaguchi at 52 Projects for including a link to lekkercraft in his blog roundup! That was exciting :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

finally, a gleeful f.o.

I am very happy to finally show off Glee in all of its finished glory!

glee_fin1

I'm glad to have taken the time to frog it and re-knit in the smaller size--this is much closer to the fit I was hoping for, and I even believe I'll be wearing this in public! I do find it to be a bit bunchy in the shoulders (I find this a lot in sweaters that I've knit--Does anyone know how I might fix this in the future?).

I ran out of yarn right before picking up the armholes to knit the couple rows of ribbing before the sleeves are cast off. Instead of ordering more yarn just for those few rows, I found a remnant of a similar color in my stash and figured it would be good enough for the bands. I actually really like it as a bit of an accent.

glee_fin2

Sewing on hooks and eyes is pretty much my least favorite task ever. But the effect is cute and worth the time spent in the end.

Project Details
Pattern: Glee from Zephyrstyle
Yarn: Knitpicks Andean Treasure in Lilac Heather
Needles: US 3 and US 5
Finished: April, 2007

Saturday, May 05, 2007

twinkles

The Shopping Tunic is a lot of fun to knit. Below is a photo of it after just one night of knitting. The waist decreases are finished, and there are only a few rows to do before starting the increases for the chest. I love the instant gratification of watching it grow so quickly!

I'm just sort of winging this following the instructions and learning about the construction as each step comes up. The pockets are interesting. They were added on a couple rows in and will later be picked up from the live stitches on those holders and worked in ribbing for a couple of rows.

I'm using one of the suggested alternate yarns: Cascade Magnum in a dark loden green color. Very soft, and I think it's a good substitute. This should only take a couple more days of knitting to complete, however I'll be in Boston over the weekend so no more knitting until next week.