My Basic Baby Doll and Panty #ravulous
Petite Purls Fall 2011 issue went live today. And in it was my pattern, “Tweedy.”
When I saw the Petite Purls submission call, by accident, I wondered if I could do it. I have no children on my own, but have few friends who do and I’ve been really wanting to make something really cute for them.
With colorwork in trend this season, I wanted to create a garment that has some colors but very simple stitch pattern so that I can knit without looking at the pattern all the time.
I experimented with this Tweed stitch with solid yarns first, and liked the look… But something was missing. More colors? Texture? I wanted to see how it would look in variegated yarn.
While shopping for an appropriate yarn, I fell in love with Ultra Alpaca Tonal yarn I saw at my LYS, and instantly knew this yarn would be in my project. It adds the soft halo because of the alpaca content, and the light-to-dark tonal quality of this yarn adds subtle but interesting tweed look.
Then I created a silhouette that looks really grown up. This meant waist shaping and choosing grown up colors. Instead of casual-looking ribbed hem, I opted for i-cord hem. Really, this garment was more or less inspired by the boring navy-colored school uniforms at clothing stores during the Back-to-School season.
If you know how to do i-cord cast on, you can certainly start with i-cord cast on, instead of the provisional cast on and then doing i-cord bind off. My i-cord cast on is a little bit sloppy looking so I chose to do the i-cord bind off.
And one word of caution, taking gauge swatch for both St st and the Tweed stitch is really important, especially the row gauge. The first version I made turned out really droopy in the middle and the tight at the color change.
2 out of 14 down!
So, this sweater has a story:
Summer of 2009, I had just graduated from law school and was studying for the California bar exam. I took advice from many people and made sure I had certain part of my day dedicated to my hobby.
I worked on this sweater and finished for the first time on July 20, 2009. Bar exam was July 27~29 or something.
This is a top-down sweater, so I did the sleeves the last; I worked on the sleeves at-the-same-time 1~2 weeks before the exam. And…. I guess I was really stressed out and it messed up my tension.
When it was “finished” and I tried it on in the library restroom, the sleeves looked stiff and tight… Kind of reminded me of the Middle Ages armor.
I frogged the sleeves back to where I picked up.. put it aside until after the bar exam; and after the exam, I wanted to move onto a different project.
2 years have passed.
I found this hibernating project in a plastic bag when I moved into my husband’s house. I put it in the closet so I can work on it soon. That was summer LAST year.
Finally, I picked this up again because of this little challenge I’m doing. Those of you who’s not following my blog: I had 14 hibernating UFOs, I promised that I’ll finish 2 projects before casting on 1 new project.
Yarn: Berroco Comfort Worsted (Spruce; 4 balls)
Needles: US #8 (5.0mm)
Pattern: Diminishing Rib Cardigan from Interweave Knits Spring 2009.
In the past 7 days, I finished one adult men’s sweater, and this cardigan. Which means I get to cast on for a NEW project. I think it’ll be Juneberry Triangle. Or something quicker.
Anyways, this time the sleeves fit perfectly, and I love how relatively light this sweater is.
When I knitted this, I was vegan and did not use any animal fiber. This is a top quality acrylic yarn, as far as acrylic yarn is concerned. The only cons would be the splittiness of the yarn.
I wish I could make this again with a silk-blend or at least bamboo blend, something I can block into shape better and something that is more drapey.
This is the third project I’ve worked with designer Rose Beck, aka RosyPosy. With my traveling and the yarn almost running out, the sample knitting took longer than expected. The knitting time actually wasn’t that long. I knit mostly on the plane, and few rows everyday while I was traveling. If I just sat down and knit, probably within a week time?
Photos: All of the photos with the model are done by Catrina (Rav ID: CatReading)
Needles: US 3
Yarns: Madelinetosh Pashimina in “Rose” and “Posy.”
The yarn is absolutely pleasant to work with and the pattern is simple enough for it to be more mobile knitting (taking on your commute, etc). But the overall effect of the knit-and-purl pattern repeat at the end and the garter body, as well as clever YO border is very beautiful. I would love to make this again. :)
Really late posting this.
So for my knitting-related resolution of the new years was to make a pair of socks each month for myself. This of course excludes any sock knitting I do for samples and gifts.
These, Jaywalker, are my Socks of the Month–January.
Pattern: Jaywalker (Rav Link) – by Grumperina
Yarn: Sock-Ease by Lion Brand
Needles: US 1 Addi Turbo
It was a really easy pattern to memorize, but I got totally arrogant and knit on as I usually do with other socks. I didn’t decrease sts for the feet portion…. I thought about ripping back but just knit on. I’m kind of glad I made that mistake, because this pattern does not give any stretch. And after blocking, they totally fit my feet.
Yarn – not loving the yarn too much. It’s rough to work with, my left index finger where I hold my yarn felt pretty irritated whenever I knit for long. But it does seem very sturdy. I washed it once through the washer and it came out beautifully, but not as soft as I had hoped.
I’m working on my Feb & March socks right now. With all that traveling, I couldn’t cast on for my Feb socks until Feb 25th… :( But 1 sock already done for Feb! Just 1 more to go.
Continuing the Christmas tradition, on the Christmas Eve, I woke up and went grocery shopping. This year, with Bagel and Marty. :) It’s our first Christmas together as a married couple and Marty never really had family Christmas traditions as his family doesn’t really celebrate Christmas.
So, I told him that I’d bake and cook for this Christmas. Which is a fascinating thing in our household because I never do that. Cooking and baking. Marty cooks, I clean. We have our roles, you know.
But I did it. I baked chocolate chip cookies right away. It was a bit hard to do everything without my usual equipment and Marty’s hand-held blender with whisk extension was really difficult to use. But it was all worth it. Ahhh nothing beats homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Then, chayotes go in boiling water.
About 2 years ago, a friend of mine invited me over and cooked chayotes. it was sooo good. And I tried to recreate the dish and put it in the pasta.
1. Boil chayotes, whole.
2. Cook sauce – tomato, tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, basil, Parmesan cheese,
3. When chayotes are fully cooked, pull them out and slice. While cooling, make egg white batter.
4. Fry the chayotes, covered in batter.
5. Dump everything in the sauce and cook 3 minutes. Serve with pasta.
So that was our Christmas eve, and today we went to Christmas Mass together for the first time. :)
In the spirit of Christmas, this is my last of my Christmas FO.
Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Seamless Hybrid Pullover
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of Andes in Chocolate
I followed Brooklyn Tweed’s turned hem and other notes. I loved knitting this, but not finishing it. There were soooo many ends to weave in. WOA is very soft, but not ideal for sweaters: 1) There are knots and weird twisted bits; 2) because each ball is 50g, I had at LEAST 20 ends to weave in, and then more because of the turned hem. And then, it took me 3 days to dry the whole thing after wet-blocking it.
Sweater #2, Basic Pulli for Mom
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Aran (3 skeins) and Black (1 skein)
Needles: US 5 and US 2 for ribbing
So, this is Sweater #2 of my November challenge. Wee~! The third sweater, which I finished knitting before I cast on this Chic Knits Basic Pulli, but just started blocking it. It’s a men’s sweater and the thought of wet blocking it scared me…. AHHH~!
So, this is my second sweater. And I really enjoyed knitting it! I didn’t even do the sleeves at the same time, but still they came out perfectly, thanks to the stripes.
November soooo didn’t go as I planned it. 1) National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s convention in LA, and 2) San Jose trip, and 3) Sample Knitting. I wasn’t going to attend the convention but the opportunity presented itself and I took it. I attended as a volunteer and that was the only way I could afford to go; which meant that I didn’t have much time to myself for that week. But I don’t regret it at all of course. I met some amazing people and really enjoyed the seminars/CLEs. And next year, NAPABA’s going to Atlanta! I’m so there.
San Jose trip was planned, but I didn’t expect it to be so…. energy consuming. Lovely road trip, Bagel loved his new bed in the backseat, everything went smoothly. I expected a small dinner with few people turned out to be 12-course banquet at a restaurant. We didn’t even get to say hi to our friends. I barely… BARELY, made it out to Purlescence Yarns.
3 skeins of Cascade Sierra, 4 balls of di.Ve Automne, and 2 balls of 100% cashmere yarn. All came out to be $20. MUHAHA.
Purlescence is famous for their annual Black Friday Pajama Jammie Jam, which starts at 6AM on Friday. People show up in their PJs, coffee and breakfast/snack provided by the store. Of course, I had to miss it because we started driving up on Friday morning, but even on Saturday, the 75% off table was full of gorgeous yarns.
Oh, Black Friday. Evil evil evil for people with specific shopping addiction….
Other than that, I’m busy as usual, with work (yah, real work), and sample knitting (3~4 projects going on right now…). Cannot believe Christmas is just 2 weeks away!