Monday, December 31, 2007
One is to be more kind and thoughtful to others and two is to lose that 5 pounds (again) that I gained over the Christmas Holiday. Three is to stop just looking at and admiring my new Hanne mermaid kit, jump in and get the sweater done. My question is... Do I make the Medium? I am a size 8 sometimes a 10 . I made the Medium/Large ballerina and it is too generous. The gauge was correct, I am just poor at choosing the correct size, I guess . I did notice ,about two thirds of the way through my ballerina, that it was going to be too big but could not make myself start over.
What size have other mermaid knitters been choosing and are they happy with their size choice?
Happy New Year
Monday, December 24, 2007
Happy holidays to everyone - I hope you all got the kits you were hoping for :-)
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Here is the result:
Please let me know if you find any problems with the spreadsheet. Hopefully I worked most of them out.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
As I understand it, the first piece I knit is the back which will include a part of the sleeve and about half of the back of the neck opening, and the left side of the neck opening. Then I'll stop and knit the same thing for the front and the rest of the back of the neck, the right side of the neck, and the front of the neck opening.
And then I will knit the 2 pieces together by knitting one stitch from each piece together along the line numbered 7. Is that right?
Thanks for either affirming or stopping me from making a huge mistake.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Has anyone completed Hanne's Tokyo jacket? I am interested in seeing a photo of someone actually wearing the jacket. The only photos I can seem to find show the jacket hanging on a pole. It looks lovely. I am very tempted to give it a try but it has been some time since I was as thin as a pole. Would anyone who has made this jacket be willing to post/ share a photo of someone wearing it?
Happy Thanksgiving to all and Happy knitting .
I'm new to the list, and new to Hanne's patterns.
I'd like to purchase a copy of the DaCapo pattern before I make a commitment to the kit.
Does anyone have an English-language copy they're willing to sell? I'm in the Netherlands, but have a PayPal account. Or if there are any fellow Dutch knitters out there, we can make the appropriate arrangements.
Please respond directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Good luck and let me know if you find any problems. I paid more attention to stitch counts than ridge counts - so the ridge counts may not be 100% accurate.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Any advice? Anyone done this? got the measurements from shoulder to mid -waist shaping? I'd be grateful!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Mermaid: I have responded to all requests so far. If you haven't heard from me, please resend your request.
Mermaid sizes: I'm still only sending out Mediums. Small and Large are coming, but I want to catch up on Ballerina requests first.
LaStrada: I have now responded to all requests so far. If you haven't heard from me, please resend your request.
Ballerina: I have about 75 requests dating back to June that I'm getting started on. Currently I will be sending out the sheet in its last format - incomplete and possibly with some errors. If you have found some errors in it or completed it past what I had sent, please let me know and I'll start incorporating updates after I get the new requests satisfied.
All other Hanne patterns: I don't have spreadsheets for these. I don't know anyone who does. If you have made one and would like to share it, please let me know. If you want to handle distribution, I can direct people to you if they ask me. If you would like me to distribute it for you, we can set that up. E-mail me.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
The pattern says: Place the MT in ridge 8, (7), 8 - for sizes Small, Med, Lrge.
Does the "8" for size small work out? I'm kinda surprised that it isn't 6, (7), 8.
I have searched high and low for errata on this pattern but cannot find any.
Amy - do you have any insight?
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Okay, so I mis-judged my readiness to jump back into the knitting world last time I posted, but I really am catching up now.
I dug through 4000+ messages (darned Knitlist) and sorted out over 200 spreadsheet requests. As of right now, I am caught up with Mermaid. If you haven't heard from me about a Mermaid request, please resend your request.
As Ricki posted, I will be distributing the modified Small Mermaid. I also have a Large Mermaid that someone else adapted and that I need to process. At this point, I am not ready to distribute either of these sizes. If you ask me for Mermaid, you will get the Medium and I will put you on my update mailing list where I will announce the availability of the other sizes once I am ready.
I still have about 100 Ballerina message to respond to and a smaller number of LaStrada ones. Not to mention random requests for spreadsheets that don't exist (or if they do, I don't have them). :) I'll probably hit the LaStrada requests next because there are fewer of them, so I won't get to Ballerina until next week (because I will be away from my computer this weekend).
As for Ballerina...I know there are some errors in the spreadsheet, I'm going to be working through the e-mails about that. I'm also concerned that my spreadsheet is being redistributed without my permission, albeit in a modified, corrected/completed state. So far, I've been very careful to verify that everyone I send the spreadsheets to owns the patterns they are derived from. All along, I have been aware that I'm treading a very fine line in copyright which is why I have not just posted the spreadsheet to my webpage and been done with it, it certainly would have been much easier for me and made all of you a lot happier. While the spreadsheet is a different interpretation of the pattern, it is still Ms. Falkenberg's design and distributing the spreadsheet without care is a violation of the spirit of copyright if not outrightly illegal.
I'm not sure whether Ms. Falkenberg is aware of the spreadsheets. I've sent them to over 400 people so far, most of whom have been very pleased with them. If she should inquire, I want to be able to show that I have guarded the distribution carefully and I have kept records of every copy I have sent out. But if she asks me to stop distributing them, I have to in order to avoid legal troubles for myself and also potentially for Becky as a facilitator of distribution. I know that can be frustrating for all of you when my life prevents me from responding quickly, but I think you'd rather know you can get them eventually than be barred forever. So thank you for being patient.
I have considered other methods for distribution, or to solicit some helpers, but I need to work out some technical issues there first. And I'm going to wait until I have caught up on the requests before I put any effort there.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Let me know if you're interested in helping out.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
I'll send her more of the spreadsheet as I get more done.. probably the rest of the body in the next version.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Do you other "ballerina makers" think the needle size is off, or is it just my knitting tension?
I lied by the way. I'm not done with Christmas presents yet, but I can't stand it. I really want to start Ballerina, NOW. So if I at least determine what needles to use, I feel like I'm starting the project.... :.p
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The jacket was started on July 19th and finished September 25th. Not too bad...only took a few weeks break to work on some special socks and I did make my self imposed deadline of October 1st!
I know another jacket will be started soon....just have to pick out the colors which has proven more difficult than I thought it would be.
400 Gm main color A("dusty green")
100 Gm color B ("sage green")
75 Gm color C ("dusty rose")
25 Gm color D ("turquoise")
Hope that will help anyone who needs it. Hope it helps ME, when I go to make the next one.... :oD
Monday, September 24, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
So here is it:
Friday, September 21, 2007
I weighed my skeins for the Mermaid 7. My scale isn't super high-tech, but here is the info. Purple has 6 of one weight and 1 skein of another... strange.
Lilac- 2 skeins: 55 grams each
Aubergine- 2 skeins: 50 grams each
Purple- 6 skeins: 45 grams each
Purple- 1 skein: 25 grams
Hopefully this is helpful for future Mermaids :)
If you have one you're interested in trading, please e-mail me and let's see if we can work something out - email@example.com
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
I am a size small and I'm trying to change Amy's spreadsheet to the smallest size.
My question is - after line 44 on Amy's body (size M) - "Cast off 23, knit to last 3, sl 2 wyif, k1" - which I need to do earlier..
From then on - Row 1 of the 4 row pattern for stripes - (Amy's row 47) the spreadsheet says "Knit across".
I don't see that in Hanne's pattern. Does anyone know why this is different?
Thanks in advance and come to my blog!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Hi, I'm new to this group. This is my new Hanne kit for Mermaid 7. I have 7 skeins of purple, 2 each of aubergine and lilac. I'll weigh them also, but I need to find my scale.
I'd like to start knitting the mermaid, but I have a large stash problem, so I'm going to rush to finish my current project called A Walk in the Woods as incentive to start the mermaid. Purple is my favorite color, so I'm pleased to have such a beautiful kit! When I start, I believe I will do a provisional cast on as others have suggested. I'll keep you posted here and on my blog.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
I discovered the Falkenberg designs about half a year ago, and even purchased some (which are still in the pipeline...) The first one I started and I'm still working on is "Studio Long". The colours I chose are emerald/green mix/cylamen version of this pattern. It's a bit weird to knit, very unusual, but it's also fun. I'll very soon finish the first big part of the sweater (the back), and I think up to now I managed quite well. But it's also a completely new experience for me, knitting a sweater in this way.
Further updates can be found frequently in my blog http://knittinganarchist.de
Friday, September 07, 2007
While awaiting a spreadsheet for Studio, I am attempting to go it alone on my first Falkenberg. I sure could use some assistance. On Page 2, Joining Triangle and Side Panel, directions say to knit until the last st of triangle, and then slip the next two sts. My question: Do I knit across ALL sts of the triangle, and be slipping the first two sts of the side panel? OR Do I knit across until 1 st before the last st of the triangle, and then sl that st as well as the first st of the triangle? I am grateful for any assistance you may have to offer. Thank you kindly.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Here's what I wrote about it on my blog! It's this colorway, #12:
I'm so glad to be part of this KAL. I am hoping to glean some tips from all you veteran Hanne-Along'ers, as I've heard this can be a tricky pattern to work from her printed pattern. But I'll work my way through it, I love Hanne's style, just classy and beautiful.
My progress on ballerina may be slow to begin with--I cannot actually start it until my Christmas knitting is done. I'm half-way there.....ballerina is the carrot dangling in front of me (not that I'm like a mule or anything!)
I do some knitting already from I was a child. Sometimes I didn't do any knitting for years but about 2 years ago I even started to knit socks. That worked out very well and I still love to knit beside my other hobbies like rubber stamping. Now I have enough confidence to try a HF kit :-)
2) Invites - I believe I am now caught up on invites. If you have requested an invite to the knitalong but have not received one, please email me at becky at beckyanddaniel dot com and rerequest.
Tweedy - 9
Tivoli - 9
LaStrada - 11
Dacapo - 5
If you're interested, please e-mail me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you the owner's name and phone number.
Please pardon if this is a duplicate post - I had some computer glitch when I attempted to post before, so it's possible this will turn up twice.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
According to my LYS the USA distributor is trying to work out the details for selling the refill kits in the States.
At least you know for certain the yarn will work for the patterns- so far I'm having difficulty finding anything with the same 'crunchy' feeling- everything seems to soft I'm afraid the flare will disappear.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
My kit is the 2-color S/M or M/L version. All totalled, I have 204 grams (7-1/4 ounces) of the contrast color, and 381 grams (13-1/2 ounces) of the main color.
Using the 2-ply Shetland wool available at Schoolhouse press for weight/yardage comparison, that means I have about 1,000 yards of contrast color and 2,000 yards of main color. Sounds about right.
This is my best guess-timate; hope it is helpful for those of you trying to substitute yarn. I do think the yarn that comes with the kit is fairly scratchy, but I am trying to withhold judgement until I can see the finished product.
Friday, August 24, 2007
I've spent several weeks away for work with limited internet access, my divorce was finalized, and we sold our house last week. So I've been a little out of it. Not to mention, I'm sort of between permanent houses right now, staying with friends, with no internet access. Horrors!
Checking into my knitting e-mail, I see I have 2200+ messages to sort through, with no small number of spreadsheet requests. So, I'm sorting through all of that today. If you are waiting on me about a spreadsheet for any reason, you should hear from me soon.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Last night an hour was put in to rip out almost a quarter of a sweater knitted on size 3 needles, and hundreds of stitches were picked up.
I'm going to get my money's worth out of this kit.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I am new to this blog, and like to introduce myself. I am a 35 year old and from Denmark. I have been knitting for a long time on and of. 2½ years ago, I got Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and started knitting for real. I knitted 8-10 hours a day. I wrote a book about how my stress was eased by knitting and it was published last year.
I have knitted 2 Mermaids, a Diva, a Linus, a Tweedie and have just started my third Mermaid.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
yippee, the body is done! thanks to this other KAL. knitting I-cord tonight and casting on sleeves tomorrow. plan is to do two sleeves simultaneously - this encourages them to be identical - and to omit the contrasting stripe that goes lengthwise. has anyone else done that?
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Any help or clarification would be great. I should probably just be patient and wait for Amy's spreadsheet to arrive, but I just couldn't hold off any longer due to itchy fingers. Love the yarn and the knitting- not so much the the directions as written. Thanks!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Right now I'm trying to decide whether to knit a medium or a small. I'm a medium right now, but working on changing shape to a small. I'd love to have this fit when I reach my goal weight, I'd hate to put all the work into it and have it be too big at the end. But there is that niggling feeling in the back of my mind that says it is more practical to knit to where I am as opposed to where I'd like to be.
Anyone else in this situation? What would you do?
I also bought some new hand-painted Nature Spun Sport, there is a part of me that thinks it might be glorious with 2 other (solid) yarns in a Mermaid. Anyone else tried this?
Monday, July 02, 2007
join in, it looks like a fun Knitalong and a great way to speed up your knitting! besides random prizes there are prizes for those who score enough points by posting on the KAL blog.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Any advise on size is much appreciated!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
I've been knitting on Pagode #1 for 18 months now, and the end is in sight. Underarm seams are sewn, and the first sleeve extension/cuff is 2/3rds done.
I did run out of the ivory yarn about 3 stripes from the end on the back--but was resourceful, and tea-dyed some J&S Shetland to nearly match Hanne's yarn. I'm knitting the XL size.
I still have the sleeves to finish, additional sleeve seaming and 2 pockets to knit and sewn in. Woot! Close to the end. Fit is acceptable, but on the large side. Large is better than small...
More photos and details on my blog: http://www.randomthreads.com/?p=290
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
I got so bored with this project that it´s taken me forever to finish it!
But here it is in all it´s beauty. I´m very happy with the result at least.
There´s a good 1/3 of the yarn left if not more, which makes me a bit sceptical that I´ve done something wrong, but the knitting is right on gauge and the jacket fits. Except the super-wide arms, but I´ve taken care of that.
Now I just have to get some nice hooks and my 4-year old will have his new Hanne Falkenberg LUDO jacket.
Friday, June 01, 2007
I'm new here, and new to Hanne Falkenberg. I've just ordered my first kit this week; DaCapo no 8. I am now waiting impatiently for it to arive!
I've just re-discovered knitting this winter. I learned knitting as a child from my mother. Knitted my first pair of socks when I was at primary school. During my teens I knit a lot of sweaters. But then I stopped. Knitting wasn't the 'fashion' anymore and I had other hobbies. But this winter I discovered a site with beautiful knitted socks, and I decided to give it a try. Since then I've not been able to stop! But now it's time for something else and that's how I stumbled onto Hanne's creations.
I am really impressed with the things you've all made. Seems to me that a lot of you are working on the Mermaid at the moment. I've seen some beautiful pictures. You can all be very proud of yourselves!
Hope to join you all soon as a real Hanne Falkenberg knitter.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Also note, it currently does not include the sleeve.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
As always, e-mail me and I'll send you a challenge question to verify that you own the pattern. Information on the other spreadsheets I offer is here.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I'll post a picture when I get the front finished.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
I have now finished my Mermaid colourway 8 (now dubbed "the hot pink one") - as you can see from the photos above.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Has anyone made it and found it flattering?
Perhaps it is time to knit another Mermaid! Or one of her other patterns.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Finally! Some progress on my son´s LUDO jacket.
I actually almost finished the first half before measuring gauge - call me lazy. And I´m spot on, to the millimeter! The reason for measuring were the super-wide arms, which are as they should be according to the pattern. I will probably try to narrow them down when putting the whole thing together, and if I´m feeling very brave I´ll even cut off the excess (after thorough sewing of course).
This jacket has really been playing a few games on me, as it seems what is referred to as the wrong side and the right side in the pattern seems to change throughout. This gave me an odd number of rows, and it just went horribly wrong. I ripped it several times before I finally understood that it was actually ok, it just ended up beeing backwards/opposite sides compared to the pattern.
Also, since the pattern is juuust boring enough to seemingly let me concentrate on watching TV or surfing while knitting, every now and then I would forget to knit two together every other row, alternatively forgetting not to knit two together in the pattern rows. Deeming me to more ripping. So even though it is simple, this project needs concentration!
This has been a bit of an irritating project, actually. But I seem to have the hang of it now, soon ready with the second and last part.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I was reading the updated spreadsheet for Ballerina size m/l and here is my question. I notice that it ends with Row 1302 with only a single transition row being knit. Is this the final row or do I need to do a couple of more transition rows as per the first sleeve? Page 43 doesn't indicate that you knit any rows although row 1304 is partially filled out. I am thrilled beyond belief that you were able to provide this for all of us who would nevere have been able to knit this garment without your remarkable tool. Many thanks over and over again.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
For the body (size S) I used a provisional cast-on and an I-cord bind of. It worked oút just perfect! I have reduced the lenght of the sleeve with 10 stitches as everybody seem to agree on them being too long.
I just wish I could knit more than 2 rows a day, this way it will take me a year to make the sleeves.
I took one look at the directions and I'm totally confused;
"Knit 3 rows from the same side....each row with a separate ball. Slide stitches back to other end of needle between each row. Then turn and knit one row from the other side of work using all three colors at the same time."
Is it just me, or is that totally confusing? Do I knit each row three times? Yikes! Has anyone started Tweedie or knit it in the past and do you have any clues for me?
Thanks in advance.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
After almost 7 months of knitting I'm really proud to present the 3/4 finished jumper and I would be even prouder if this piece of art would fit me.
the jumper is simply too short - it fits well at arms & shoulders but 5-8 cm more in length would be needed. Right now I'm finishing off the sleeves and the neck - and I hope to get some good ideas of how I can add some length.
Has anyone come across a similar probelm ?
Any suggestions welcome !
Monday, April 16, 2007
Here you can see the big panel of stripes that goes under the arm. What I particularly liked about this jacket is that the sleeves are knit as-you-go, which is good for me since I hate knitting sleeves.
Here is the detail of the sleeve and neck. I really like the way the different angles of the ridges come up to the arm and meet.
What I don't like about the jacket is how it just hangs off of me. It is pretty heavy, and it wants to pull back and make my shirt choke me while it just droops over the front of me. Still, I wore it a lot here this winter.
Here is the back. I love the shaping of this jacket. My husband picked the colors. I would have gone with one of the three color choices, but I'm really glad he picked these. For one, this jacket goes with most everything I wear, and the simple colors of this combination make me look more at the knitting than the palette, and I just love the shaping.
Here are my two Hanne projects. Less than a year ago I found her web site and declared I'd never pay that much for a kit, and, well, here we are. I enjoyed knitting both of these, and I wear them both often. I am an experienced knitter, but I'd never done such a large project with short-row shaping, and I enjoyed learning something new.
Lessons from the Ballerina:
1. Hanne’s patterns are not perfect. I used them as guidelines. It's important to have symmetry with her patterns, but it's not the end of the world if you have 200 stitches going into a sleeve and you're supposed to have 204. Just do the same thing throughout, and it will turn out.
2. Hanne thinks that women have arms that are no less than 2 meters long. I'm short-ish, and I shortened the sleeve lengths for both the Mermaid and the Ballerina. When I began the first Ballerina sleeve, I read in her pattern that there is the option to shorten or lengthen within her guidelines, and I shortened even more than her pattern "permitted." Still, they are quite long on me. Don't be fearful about shortening sleeves on her patterns!
3. There is no use for me in reading the whole pattern ahead of time; I have no short-term memory. But, I did find it helpful to read each section prior to knitting and asking myself if her directions made sense. The garments are beautiful, but the patterns are not user-friendly. Focus on symmetry rather than strict adherence to her pattern.
Thanks for letting me join your knit-along!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Anyway, if you're on the list for Ballerina, you should have the update in your e-mail. If not, e-mail me.
If you are interested in the spreadsheets for Ballerina or Mermaid, click here to find out more.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Hello everyone! Since discovering this knitalong I've been motivated to begin work on what has become my #1 Most Shameful Unfinished Purchase. Clearly I am spoiled and/or lazy, to have this kit sitting on the top of my shelves in my yarn room for a year and a half after coveting it online for a year previously. That's two and a half years, people!
I have a swatch. It has been washed and is perfect! Seeing all the finished Mermaids and other Hanne designs will help. Anyone here can also make me feel guilty for having the money to spend on this and then just letting it sit around. Let the guilt be my motivation!
Monday, April 09, 2007
Here are some photos of my part-completed Mermaid in colourway 8 - cyclamen, brick red and thunder blue. I think the top one is more accurate in terms of colour but neither really does them justice. They are gorgeous!
This is a size Medium Mermaid. In my previous post about finishing this project, I noted that the sleeves came out a bit longer than I prefer, but otherwise it fits very well.
At this point in time, I typically wear a U.S. size 14 (*gulp*, I'm working on losing weight). This translates to approximately a 40-inch bust and 42-inch hips. At times I do pin the jacket closed and it still fits well, although the gussets are not as flared as they probably should be. I think this knitted fabric can be very forgiving and stretchy, and I'm sure it will look even better after I lose some weight.
Now...can someone who has finished Ballerina return the favor? I would love to make another HF design, but wouldn't dream of doing so without one of Amy's spreadsheets, such as she made for Mermaid and is in the process of making for Ballerina. However, I'm concerned that Ballerina may not be that flattering to someone with my body shape. I do not believe that women with larger frames and figures should wear boxy, baggy clothing. I think Big Girl Knits explains this very well and find their advice very applicable: curvy women need to draw attention to their assets and accentuate their curves. Does Ballerina do this?