It’s a Cardi Queue Up!!!

April 30, 2012 § 5 Comments

So here goes … my instant gratification knitting, has armed me with enough inspiration and stamina to get my needles stuck into some cardigans! Yes, you heard cardigans!! I cant believe it myself … those things intimate me.

For the last year, I’ve been lurking around bespoke cardigan project pages, marvelling at other knitters interpretations and use of yarns. Often wondering if I myself would have the patience or stamina to knit a cardigan myself, for myself!

Well, the wait is over! I’m there!! I have finally drooled myself into irevicable cardigan knitting submission, and have queued up 11 cardigans for my knitting pleasure!!! (I’m so excited I cant stop “!”ing … hahahah)

In no particular order of importance of preference, I give you my list ….

1. Kara by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

2. Chalet by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

3. Leaflet by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

4. Girl Friday by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

5. fall away cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier

6. Acorns by Carol Sunday

7. Old Town by Carol Sunday … Interesting construction.

8. Nanook by Heidi Kirrmaier

9. Off-Rib Cardigan by Stefanie Japel

10. Rivel Cardigan by Miriam L. Felton

11. Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti

Isn’t there something like a knitterly versions of nanowrimo?  Where you knit a shawl a month or a sweater a month for a year … OMG! I have 9 months left, can I really do this?! If I could queue and knit 5 of these cardigan, even I would be stoked.

Let me say this, if nothing else … I am abit ambitious!! :$ … hahahah … and it goes without saying abit excited too!

Pattern | Striped Up

April 11, 2012 § 4 Comments

The inspiration behind making this scarf was from a striped scarf I happened across the Trenery website.

   

It’s original scarf  is really just a basic scarf, that incorporates a simple 2 X 2 rib at the beginning, following on with stocking stitch that is striped, and ending again with a 2 X 2 rib.

This pattern really is a no brainer, but I thought I’d write it out for those newbies out there :) …

And this is my effort so far … Check my WIP  on Ravelry

My Work In progress (wip)- Striped Up Scarf 

Yarn Used:

  • Colourmart Heavy DK yarn, Cashmerino Blend in Geranium (Coral Pink marl)
  • Colourmart Heavy DK yarn, Cashmerino Blend in Beige n1 (Natural Ecru Tweed)
  • Moda Vera Lace weight,  Mohair Blend in Beige (Tan) – held together with the other Beige yarn.
  • Colourmart Heavy DK yarn, Merino-Silk Blend in Navy (Navy Blue)
If you are interested in the Striped Up pattern, you can download it! ;)

Baby Got Bootie

February 25, 2012 § 4 Comments

Five words, Baby Booties quick, easy and fun! YES!! All my favorite words … this had to be the perfect project for gifting a new born baby boy :)

These booties were fabulous! I knit them up in acouple of hours after watching the tutorial here.

I speak ziltch german, but was able to make out what was going on and what needed to be done … below is my interpretation of the knit portion of the pattern.

BYE-BYE BABY BOOTIE

Yarn | 1 Ball – Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (50gm) :: Col | Light Blue :: Dye Lot | 204

Needles | 3.25mm (US 3)

CO 30 sts

Row 1-34: K30

Row 35: BO 16 sts, P14

Row 36: K14

Row 37: P14

Row 38: K14

Row 39: P14

Row 40-41: Rep Rows 37 & 38

Row 42-45: Rep rows 36 & 39

For my new born booties: I repeated Rows 40 to 45, 6 times. Now just to seam.

The end result should be a piece of fabric that looks like an “L” shape. A portion of the fabric would be in garter stitch. The garment portion after the bound off section, will look like a combination of stocking sts and garter stitch. And that’s all the knitting! Now just to sew it up and embellish as you like. Watch the seaming bootie video (in german) to get an idea about you need to do to sew up the seams. ALL DONE!

Glossary | BO – Bind Off; CO – Cast Off; K – Knit; P – Purl; Rep – Repeat

Dashing in an instant

June 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

Another FO … nice quick and easy knit for my Mr to keep his hands warm at the keyboard.

R A V E L R Y

Pattern | Dashing by Cheryl Niamath

Yarn | Patons Totem DK

Needles | 4.5mm DPNs

Verdict | Pretty instant, nice trouble free knitting, just cast on and go! Some simple cables to keep the interest :)

 

Jo Sharp on Bigcartel!!

June 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

To my delightful surprise, I just found out that Jo Sharp are on Bigcartel!!!

Jo Sharp | Knit | Issue 9, is on my wishlist … I’m particularly after the “Easy Two-way Wrap” to add to my ravelry queue :) …

Other FREE patterns can be found there as well.

Designer Labeled Knitwear?

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Whilst perusing Net-A-Porter, I came across a Knitwear … :D … (much excitement!), specifically looking at Clare Tough’s collection.

Have a look for yourself … Cotton-Blend Cardigan by Clare Tough … I had a severe case of sticker shock, I shouldn’t really be surprised, but my mouth literally flung open when I saw this.

As you can see it’s cream coloured, that’s fine … the yarn blend being 60% cotton, 20% silk & 20% cashmere, appears to be a worsted weight yarn … ok … even down to the stitch pattern, which by my assessment is definitely Feather and Fan …

The model pictured is 177cm/5’10” and is wearing an Italian Size 40 (US6/AU 10), check conversation here

Total cost of said cardi = £562.50!! (ughhhh) …

I suppose maybe if you considered it has been claimed to have been hand knit, and the fibre content of the yarn would be considered mid-high end (leaning more towards high end)

Whilst it looks almost appealing, the price is somewhat off-putting, I’m not completely convinced this is the cardi I’d like to add to my project queue … And I state this only because I’ve knit that many items in Feather and Fan, I think I’ve exhausted my desire to use this stitch pattern for the minute.

… So with that proclamation :) … I don’t see myself reverse engin-knitting this cardigan anytime soon, and this is purey for my own reasons because I feel personally I’ve knit the Feather and Fan to death … :)

Having stated all this … I’d like to say if I did wasn’t to knit this or something similar my suggestions for alternative Yarns would be:

VERDICT (To Knit-engineer or NOT to Knit-Engineer): No go for me, although I am tempted … just slightly … :)

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