Sunday, July 23, 2006
The yarn I used is finger weight Egyptian Cotton by Blue Heron, hand dyed super soft and it feels great! This project took me 2 weeks, no sleeves and only one color so it went fast. Let me know what you think.
Next project will be a "cotton" Ballerina, same yarn in a different hue.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I hope large is what I should be making. I'm short, but usually wear large sizes because of my bust and middle. I'm not sure of the bust size stated on the directions. Does this pattern already have built in ease? Meaning it will fit that bust size with enough room to spare for a person that size, or is that the actual finished bust measurement of the actual sweater?
Monday, July 17, 2006
Sorry for the inconvenience.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
1. I've swatched and it looks like I'll be using a size 1 needle. Gulp! Has anyone else had to use one this small? Did it send you over the edge?
2. For those that have knit Ballerina already, is there anything I should know in advance, to save me lots of grief later on?
I was introduced to this sweater at a trunk show at my LYS. I tried it on, and it was instant love. It has to be to consider a whole sweater in a size 1 needle! Thanks for any tips and hints you all can offer.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Myself, I'm just about finished with the body (after finishing once and noticing a change in gauge and having to rip it back). It's resting right now while I work on some socks and contemplate doing a summer top or two. But someday I'll work those sleeve instructions and test them out too!
My miniscule progress so far:
Back with just a little Coral:
I can't say I enjoyed wearing this for pictures today. It's hot! Definitely not the time for a wool jacket.
Finishing this was hard, once I realized I messed up the colors, I really lost steam. Now that it's done, though, I'm thrilled. I even mostly enjoyed making this. I knitted the second sleeve in just over one day. I wanted it done!
Things I learned in this project:
1. I-cord should be knitted with size 7 or 8 needles.
2. Begin knitting the body several ridges into the stripes, and when the body is finished and sewed up, knit the remaining 6 stripes and main color on as the collar to avoid a seam at the back of the neck.
3. No matter how badly you mess this up, you can recover.
4. Skip the slip stitches at the top of the garment (i.e. sleeve caps, collar). I ran this thing through my sewing machine, and was better able to match the ridges along the shoulder than when I tried hand sewing it. Because the slipped stitches were there, I had to have a larger seam allowance. This means I knitted two or three stitches per row for nothing. Ditto for the sleeves. Machine sewing with tiny seam allowances would have been fine with me.
5. I took the advice of others and shortened the sleeves by knitting-on 10 fewer stitches than the directions called for for the small. I'm happy with the length. Just be sure to make note of that on your pattern so that when you do short rows on the second half of the sleeve, you start at the right stitch.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
One sleeve done. I really hate knitting sleeves. I will admit that in the past with most garments I've knitted the sleeves first so as to avoid this dreaded part. Once I sat down to do this, it actually went pretty quickly. I'd put off beginning a sleeve and knitted 1.7 blankets while the Mermaid languished. You can see in the right of the picture the remaining Rowan Denim that's part of the log cabin blanket I've almost finished. It's been nice to go back and forth between size 2 needles and size 8s!
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Hello! my name is Daniella and I purchased a Diva #9 from the wonderful
Cucumberpatch UK. I chose a crazy colorway, Tomato and Fuschia.
I considered the black and white one, but went for eccentric. I inverted the color scheme, by mistake, and the collar is going to be tomato as oposed to fuschia. When I emailed Ms Falkenberg my question about the color scheme, she graciously answered that she was giving the costumer choice in color scheme, but the pattern was not clear about this. Never mind, I am reconciled to a red collar.
I am in awe of all of your knits, keep up the good work!