Friday, March 30, 2007

Starting Elfin Bride

Hello everyone,

I'm Mairead and I live in Ireland. I've just started Elfin Bride and here's where I've got to so far. My next step will probably be to start the other side of the yoke, as I don't think I want to make any decisions about the length of the sleeve until I have a better idea of how the whole garment will hang together. I think I want to make it more like the original Elfin Goth, i.e. as a jacket with a higher neck. But I won't need to make that decision until I have the back done.

I didn't realise there were 'tail feathers' until I had a closer look at the Domiknitrix gallery pictures, but I love them. Looking forward to getting to that part.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Color decision

I decided to knit the Hoodie in red and this is my fiber to spin the yarn:

That is merino fiber in color "red of roses" from Wollknoll.

Monday, March 5, 2007


Hello everybody,

I'm Anne from Germany and it's the first kal I joined.
I like the book very much and at first I want to knit the L'il Red Riding Hoodie but I can't decide between red and black yarn.
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Sunday, March 4, 2007

The City Coat

I actually started the City Coat a few weeks ago.

Even though I didn't intend to start it already.
(Mostly because of the 20+ skeins of merino needed.)
However, I bought some lovely wool for something else.
A beautiful creamy white 100% wool.
Not cheap, not expensive. Wonderful wool.
And soon it wanted to become the City Coat.
But the merino used in the book is a merino/microfiber blend.
And my wool is not.
So I decided, of course, to just start - and not start swatching, there is too much of a difference from just knitting a square and knitting a full, rather big, somewhat complex garment.
So I started knitting a sleeve. This would give me a good idea of springiness and gauge and drape.
And it works wonderfully.
Still, the arrival of spring and the Elfin Bride Gothlet pattern has put it on hold a bit.
But for now there is a sleeve!

And I never thought garter stitch could look so beautiful.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

The beginning of the Elfin Bride

I have found my camera, and can now prove that not only has the Elfin Bride/Gothlet pattern been released but I have actually had the courage to start.

The pattern is exceptionally well written and very detailed and precise, and in addition to this Jennifer Stafford offers a brilliant visual aid gallery showing the complete process.
I fell in love with this piece of knitted genius during my first forays into the online world of knitting.

And it still seems a bit unreal that I am actually attempting it.

Of course I have already shown disobedience by not using the recommended cotton, mostly because I was eager and impatient to start, and March will be a bit low on the money front, but also because my lovely green Silky Tweed seems so very perfect for it.

And the first sign that it's meant to be, is that first swatch hit gauge right on.