Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Progress on the City Coat

I have started on the body of the City Coat.
So far one sleeve and the pocket welts are done.
But those alone do not a coat make.
I cannot wait until it's done but it's pretty hard work knitting bulky wool on smaller needles. Especially when you're working with 150 stitch rows.
And it's not really doable on hot summer days, but June usually offers rain and coolness here in Copenhagen, and I am now close to or at least moving towards the middle.
And I'm terribly excited, even if photos lend little to be excited about.

I'm using a delicious creamy wool with the simple name "Natur Uld".
Unfortunately the selection here is rather limited in the bulky department.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Elfin Sleeves

Got the sleeves done for now. I'm going to wait and finish the rest before I do anymore on the sleeves. 1) I don't know how long I want them yet and 2) If I don't have enough yarn I can decide to just stop where they are or get more. I always like options. :)

One side is bunched up because it's on the smallest Denise cable.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


I was wondering if someone could help me out, I emailed Jen about my problems, but she hasn't gotten back to me yet. On the sweetheart sweater, I'm now on the first row of the front, after completing the chart I was ready for my second row of intarsia, however then I noticed that it told me that I was to complete a darted waist decrease. However, it didn't say which row to do the decreases on. I assumed that it meant row two (but row two is a purl row of intarsia).

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Elfin Bride clarification

I emailed Jen and she replied with some very good info that might help Hazel out too, so I'm going to copy and paste the email here.

[[That's alright, you've just been distracted by the increase method info. Here's how this is supposed to work:

FIRST Read through the increase instructions and decide which one you want to do. Then go to after the increase methods to resume the pattern, which refers back to those increase methods.

The pattern resumes here:
Left Shoulder shaping (apply chosen method as above)

RS rows: Inc 1 at beg of row only while work in lace patt.

Rep until piece measures 9 (9.5, 9.75, 10, 10.5) inches or 23 (24, 25, 25.5, 26.5) cm long and 8.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.75, 9) inches or 21.5 (21.5, 21.5, 22.5, 23) cm wide with 7 (7, 7, 7.25, 7.5) lace repeats. All sizes end with a RS row—54 (54, 54, 57, 60) sts

Left Gusset and Shoulder Shaping

Do not break yarn. While casting on 25 new sts simple loop style at end of RS row, PM after the first cast on st, and PM before the last cast on st. You will pick up sts in this cast on row later. Gusset sts are knit plain while shoulder sts knit in lace patt.

Gusset row 1 (WS): K1, purl to end.

For this section, inc 1 at beg of sleeve and inc 1 at end of sleeve; dec 1 at beg of gusset and dec 1 at end of gusset. For feather tip, refer to lace shaping guidelines for left edge (end of row). Stitch count remains the same for all rows, specifically: etc…]]

Hope that helps anyone else that's confused!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

elfin help

That doesn't sound too good but I'm getting all confused with the elfin bride top. I've just started and I seem to be getting all confused with the pattern. I did the start of the left yoke fine but now that I'm increasing I'm getting a bit muddled. Any tips?

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Swatch, swatch, swatch

I'm finally swatching for the Elfin Bride. The cotton isn't driving me nuts like I had feared, so that's good (I'm not a fan of cotton.)

I think I got gauge with the plain knitting, and I'm swatching the lace part right now to see if that works too. I have a feeling that it will. :)

Oh, I'm using Paton's Grace in Black.

You've Got to Pick Up Every Stitch/ Oh No Must be the Season Of the Witch

I have finished the left sleeve of the Gothlet rather quickly and now I have to pick up stitches. I can't pick stitches to save my life. They end up very crappy.

It's not perfect at all, but hopefully this will be the only problem I have with this. And, maybe this time the pick stitches won't be bad at all.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007


I swear I've been knitting. Bob is coming along fine, the intarsia is fun and I really enjoy the colors.


That said, if I see another spot in the chart where I have to start a new strand of yarn for the same color block just because the side I'm working on starts six stitches over and the side I'm not working is one or zero stitches over, I'm going to sell it to drug traffickers to gut, stuff and carry on the plane.