Did you catch the two new patterns up on Knitty? Fluidity is a lace tank designed by Jennie Pakula (that’s a detail of the garment, left). The second “Surprise” is Susanna IC’s beauty of a shawl which is called Annis. I’ve finished my Cropped Cardi and really like it. Now I’ve started another Knitty sweater that caught my eye a while back— Amelia designed by Laura Chau. She’s a very talented designer who also blogs at Cosmicpluto Knits.
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I am coming down the home stretch on my Cropped Cardigan, a design by Stefanie Japel that is available FREE on Knitty. The sweater, in Cascade Indulgence, is super soft and fits nicely through the shoulders and sleeves, but the neckline is way way too deep and rolling-edged to be flattering on me. I need adjustments. Luckily, I found Melanie (momalmighty on Rav), who had the same issues and solved the problem beautifully. That is her cardi, above. She knitted a stockinette and picot edging, very much like the hem treatment, to create a lovely and flattering variation. Notice how she also abandoned the leaf ties in favor of a button, and used KnitPicks Shine Worsted (a cotton blend). Beauty. Thanks Melanie for the inspiration! By the way, enjoy her adventures in motherhood on her blog, Mom Almighty. Love the way she charts her daily mood.
I’m busy at work on Stefanie Japel’s Cropped Cardigan with Leaf Tie, which is a Knitty pattern from some years ago. That’s Ravelery member Lolipopette’s pale blue version (above). I’ve knit this designer’s patterns before, with varying degrees of success. They are great patterns. It’s just taken me a while to get the hang of knitting sweaters that actually fit. This is the first time I’ve knit with KnitPick’s Harmony Wood Circular Needles. I am liking how pointy they are. The joins really are smooth, and the purple cables are not twisty at all. However, the jury is out on the multi-colored wood. It’s strangely distracting to me. Plus this is the first time I’ve knit with Cascade Indulgence. It’s soft, but as I knit, little tufts of angora fly away and get everywhere.
I always knew that knitting pattern photos could mislead you, but thought schematics were tried and true. As I’ve progressed in my knitting, I spend more and more time contemplating schematics before I choose a pattern. When I realized that I liked to knit seamlessly on circular needles, it was easy enough to spot those— look for a circular arrows in the drawings, like Pioneer by K-Bomb, and not multiple pieces as seen in Norah Gaughan’s Wedgette. Then I confirmed that I preferred top down rather than bottom up construction when I knit (badly) Soleil by Alexandra Virgiel. (Note that schematic doesn’t have circular arrows, even though it’s knit in the round. Oops.) As I was pouring over Wendy Bernard’s genius book, Custom Knits, I realized that I was looking for schematics like this one for Ingenue (above). However, not every book and magazine is depicting the top downs like this, i.e. upside down, but that’s the way they should be since you start knitting in the bottom right corner of the schematic. Or have I got that wrong?
Knitty for Spring Summer has gone online. Pretty socks, a few lace shawls, and some very odd ball stuff: duck feet for baby, knitted short shorts, and a bag that the designer refers to as a “computational textile.” My favorite thing is the Summit Shawl (above) by Mandie Harrington. Very unusual stitch pattern. Emmaline by Jennifer Wood is a lovely design, but I’ve made a summer sweater in a yarn like that and just wasn’t satisfied by the appearance. There’s also a fine tutorial on adding antique lace edging by Franklin Habit of Panopticon fame. See everything here.
OK, I’m obsessed with knitting this sweater at the moment. It’s been a long time since I indulged in hour upon hour of knitting, like I did over the 3-day holiday weekend. I took time out to go to OC Roller Girls’ Roller Derby (the “Wheel Housewives of Orange County”) and watched my new heroine, Rolla Chola, but that’s a whole other thing. Anyways, this cardi looks good on just about every figure type. Take a look: Toxophily’s, 3 Sleeves to the Wind’s, Karalee’s, Sunasak’s, Marinoie’s, Phoenix Fiberworks’ and Jerdingr’s (above). I tried my Mr. Greenjeans on several times yesterday, looking at where it was hitting and how to make it fit me best. I’m optimistic.
After so many months of writing and writing, I have spend the majority of this weekend knitting. How fantastic! I’ve gone back to my purple Mr. Greenjeans cardigan (above), a classic Knitty pattern from 2007. It’s a truly delightful pattern to knit. Hats off to designer Amy Swenson. I had started this sweater at the end of last Winter, but set it aside because the weather turned too warm, and started making this cotton cardigan, which ended up a depressing fit disaster. The purple yarn I’m using is a batch of Patons Classic Wool, a gift from my Mom.
Don’t you just love that Knitty gives us extra patterns as “surprises” in between issues? Well there are a couple up online now and they are very interesting. A long-line vest that is sure to make anyone look slimmer in the hips called Rooibos, designed by Amy W. Swenson. Plus the amazing and probably very challenging Skew socks (left) by math genius and knitwear designer Lana Holden. Those should keep you sock knitters occupied for some time. A wonderful Valentine’s gift from editor Amy Singer and the rest of the Knitty team.
The best holiday gift so far—the Winter issue of Knitty is now online. There are pretty things like the Zora cardi from Kristen Rengren and Ailbe mittens (above) by Kristi Geraci. Cheeky things like Incognito, the mustache cowls designed by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark. There are the down right oddball things like this and this. And then, there are the things I’ll probably knit very soon: a Citron shawlette by Hilary Smith Calis and a Shroom hat by Lee Juvan. Thank you Knitty!
The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval (better known as Halloween Night in Boys’ Town) draws 1/2 million people into the streets, and I was one of them. Friends live in the neighborhood, and invite us over each year for Guinness Beef Stew and costumed mayhem. Lots of boys in just their underpants flexing their perfectly sculpted muscles, many many drag queens in lofty wigs, scores of undeads, quite a few wolfmen and of course, a legion of wenches in short crinolines and mock-corsets—more leg than cleavage, as it turns out. The big night is over, but maybe you want some sexy stockings? Go here, here and here. Those are the Thigh High Footless Socks from Lion Brand (left). That should stir up your Fall nights. You’re welcome.