Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Not Your Grrandma's Christmas Sweater

Remember the Christmas sweaters of yesteryear?  The ones in bright red, white and green?  The ones with Santas or bells or reindeer prominently displayed front and centre?  Well, that's not what mine  looks like.

Check out  my Christmas sweater.  Not your Grandma's sweater!
Knit in my colour palette with just enough bling in both the yarn and the buttons  to make it 'seasonal'.

Pattern:  Snowflake by Tincanknits.  Based in British Columbia, Tincanknits produces all their patterns in a great range of sizes.  From 2 to 52.  So you can make Father/son, Mother/daughter look-alike garments.  Many of their patterns are free and on their blog they feature great tutorials.  Check them out.

Needles:  Trim 3.75mm  Body 4.mm

Yarn:   Yoke and trim was knit with Nashua Grand Opera in 'warm brown' with a strand of sparkle woven in.
             Body was knit with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in a shade of gold that compliments the warm brown.
The pattern for my size called for 360 yards of trim yarn so I purchased 3 balls of the Nashua at 128 yards per ball.  I used almost, but not quite, two.  The body called for 860 yards. At 110 metres per ball, I purchased 9 of the Cashmerino and had one plus 95% of a second left over. Accessories to come it seems.

Mods:  As you know from a previous post, I knit the body below the divide of sleeves from body on my machine.  Time is of the essence after all.  I have another sweater to knit before our family get- together on December 12.  By hand, I knit as far as the  completion of the bust darts  then hung the sweater on the machine.
Bust darts were not part of the pattern but since coming across Deb Gemmell's easy peasy bust darts in her Need A Circular Yoke? book I now put them in most of my sweaters.
Waist shaping was an option in the pattern but I didn't do it.  I  forgot.   I chose to start with a  size  smaller than my norm because of the stretchiness of the lace work in the yoke.  The design is fairly  open at the neck and I didn't want it falling off my shoulders.  As with many, top-down sweaters that I knit, I start with the size that gives me the neck opening I want, then just keep increasing until it fits.

My sleeves are a couple of inches longer than suggested in the pattern.
On me, the pattern-length sleeve came only to my elbow.  Since I intend this to be a winter sweater, I thought a  longer sleeve might keep me from having to throw  a sweater on  over my sweater.

I am very pleased with this sweater.   My colours, yet  a bit blingy for  a great seasonal piece.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Not Quite

I had hoped to have Snowflake finished by Sunday night of this past weekend.  Substitute the name of a work-in-progress and you can hear knitters around the globe uttering those same words - I had hoped....

Having leaped closer to the finish line last week by knitting the body of the sweater on the machine, then getting a further nudge to speed things up because the yarn ordered for my niece's sweater arrived, I , nonetheless, fell a few rows short of the finish line by bed time last night. 

I have one cuff to finish,

plus the button/hole band on the yoke. 

 My new goal - it pays to be flexible - is tonight. I'll let you know tomorrow how that works.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursdays Are For Knit Group

Some knits were finished and on display and other knits were barely started today at knit group.

Deana showed off her lovely, finished  cowl. 

Knit from a kit she purchased at the KW Knitters Fair.  Several colours  with an easy formula.  Knit until colour #1 is finished.  Then with colour #2, purl until you run out of that colour. Repeat until all colours are used.  Lovely and cheerful for the grey days ahead, Deana.

Gail is still busy outfitting Miss Barbie.
Besides these little sweaters, she plans to knit Barbie a Bikini.  She read us the pattern for the  Bikini Top - Cast on 12 stitches.  Work 2 rows of K,  P1, cast off. Now, that's funny.

In between Barbie Doll items, Gail also knit a hat, with yarn gifted from Sandy's sister Sue.

Can you tell Gail has Grand Daughters?

Both Sharons had sweaters on their needles today.  Sharon R started her winter project,
 with bright red Berrocco Dk.   A  colour that will look great on you, Sharon.

Sharon also told us she feels like a 'real' knitter now.  She has a row counter around her neck. 
Yep, that's a sign for sure.

The other Sharon has a sweater started too.
 A Knit Picks design
she is  knitting with Knit Picks Gloss - a wool silk combo.

Lots of knitters, lots of laughter, lots of knitting.  A great Thursday.  And just a reminder - in the Owen Sound area this weekend?  Stop by the main library to visit the Spinners and Weavers Guild sale.  Sharon and Jean and all their fellow spinners and weavers will be there with their wares.