Thursday, June 16, 2011

knit in public day

We had a beautiful day in the Sonoma Plaza Rose Garden.. The park was filled with children playing, birthday parties and tourists...the sun was shining and although the wind picked up it was a perfect doesn 't get any better.. Photos to follow

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The sweater Ella

Finally finished all the last touches, and in this case that means sewing on the buttons... Oh about the buttons I searched and searched all the shops for the best button and low and behold the perfect buttons were in my button box.

Swirls!!!! with the exact same colors !!
  Plan on posting to ravelry ElizSCknits pattern and all..

Thursday, June 09, 2011

So it begins -- Knit One Knit All Pattern #1

 Knit One Knit All  Chambered Nautilus Tam

picking up I-cord stitch
Although my caplet is not done I decided to begin the first pattern in Knit One Knit All. Saturday is Knit in Public day and this is a wonderful piece to work on, the caplet is too intense to be able to knit and talk.   It is a spiral I-cord beret.  You know I love spiral designs, it must be the hypnotist in me!!  The pattern is written as Elizabeth Zimmerman would have written it and I realized that I needed to read the directions over twice and then experiment with the stitch.  I began with a chunky yarn on a size 7 needle to get the gauge desired, but found the fabric to be stiff and the spiral was not lying as it should.  Then taking Cascade 220 superwash in a lovely brown I began all over again.   The fabric swirl is created by knitting across 7 stitches, including short rows and attaching to the I cord you create in the row.  My knitting style is unconventional, the legs of my stitches do not lie on the front of the needle, so many times I need to re-load the stitch in order to get the desired result.   I found that in the beginning of this project I was not following the directions as clearly written and created a new version at the attachment to the I-cord, with a second raised  row running along side.   Once I realized my error and how to create a more seamless attachment the spiral took on a new look.   See below.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Knit One Knit All

Have you seen this book?  I am in love.. never thought I would want to knit almost every design in one book  but I have changed my mind...Soooo here is the plan   I will knit every design,, except the pullovers. ( At my age and body type ..definitely not my style) but who's to say I could knit them  and give as gifts... hum..
Game Plan:
  • I will have two projects going at one time, at all times
  • I use quality yarn from my stash, before I purchase new yarn
  • Each design will be photographed in progress
  • I will update this blog frequently with the details
Oh but I must finish this project first.  It's on the cover of Spring Summer Vogue  --Caplet--knitting it in Rowan DK Wool and working on the border now....  I'll keep you posted... really I will!!!!