Sunday, May 16, 2010

a lot of stuff all at once.

I am SUPER excited to let you all know that I finally got my act together this week and listed my first items for sale on Etsy, fun!

After the Frolic (which was a great success btw) it took me a few days to get back into the swing of things- its not easy to recover from such a fiber frenzy - but when I did, Etsy was my first priority! I was spurred on by the encouragement from out-of-towers who can't make it to the shop, so hope you can find something you like...if not you can always message me to ask...I may have your dream colour squirreled away somewhere. I do have a nasty habit of hiding things, always thinking, "I'll keep this and knit something fantastic" but forgetting all about it moments later. Currently there is a smattering of spinning fiber, lace and sock yarns up, but keep checking in for more!

I know that I've already mentioned my Forecast in Dream in Colour Classy in the Black Parade colourway...and its finished! I knit the entire sweater in exactly 2 weeks, it was just that much fun!

OK, almost still needs buttons. This sweater was the perfect thing to knit after the sleeve agony of my featherweight! There was no point in me modelling it for these pics, it looks a bit silly when it's not buttoned you might be able to guess from the ridiculous picture above!

I made just a few mods:

- knit to gauge of 18 st over 4" instead of 16 st over 4". I just can't handle loose saggy sweaters, it looked like some people's were a little see through!
-lengthened the body a good 3-4 inches before the ribbing
-knit 3 stitch instead of 5 stitch bobbles (as most people have it seems). The 5 stitch bobble was so huge that it was all you could see in the swatch!
-knit the buttonband in seed stitch to match the collar instead of that silly horizontal rib.

This sweater fits me PERFECTLY and I just can't wait to wear it, but deciding on buttons is a bit tricky...I'm leaning toward some very plain metal buttons at the moment. What do you think folks?
Oh yes, and I have to say that I love Classy; this was my first and certainly not my last time knitting with this lovely yarn.

My Forecast success has spurred me on ( haven't yet given up on 12 sweaters is 2010...though I am still considerabley behind...) and the next sweater up is Paper Dolls take 2. When the lumpy yoke disaster struck with version one I vowed I'd give it another shot, so I am. This time I'm knitting it from my own yarn, Viola Sock. I'm using Cinnamon Spice as the main colour with Nut Brown and Robin's Egg as the 2 accent colours. I flew through the ribbing and I'm into the body of the sweater...really I just want to get to the real action at the yoke!

I've been spinning just a bit lately. At the Frolic I saw vendors that I'd purchased fiber from last year (and haven't done anything with...) so I decided to start spinning one of last year's buys; Wellington Fibers wool and mohair blend. So far its spinning up great, there is quite a lot more colour variation that I expected...though I may not have captured it very well in this pic...

I just love how bright and sunny this colour is!

This year at the Frolic I managed to stay away from fiber, but yarn was a different story! I am now the proud owner of 5 skeins of Peace Fleece in the colourway Ancient Fern

A cone of Habu 100% silk tweedy lace stuff (amazing right?!)

and the most beautiful Japanese book on fair isle that I have ever seen!

This may not be new to everyone out there, but the charts are all so easy!

I want to knit this dress if its the last thing I do!

Well thats all for now. Sorry this post has been all over the place...once again, I really need to blog more!

1 comment:

  1. The colors for your Paper Dolls are looking amazing! I attempted one myself last summer, got all the way past the yoke and to the short rows, and then it all went to hell... Still waiting to be ripped, but I swore I'd make another one, properly, some day...