Saturday, December 31, 2005

My Ribby is finished

I used Elann's Peruvian Sierra Aran in Mallard for the body and Jasper for the sleeves and color. I decided to do the zipper band in the Jasper as well. I made the size 40/41 used 7 balls in mallard for the body and about 6 in jasper for the sleeves and the collar. I also tipped the collar in the lighter color. I still have to block the collar because it was laying a little wonky when I tried it on. Even though it looks incredibly small, the ribbing really does stretch out and it fits can see all the ribbing when I have it on but it doesn't look stretched out.

I like the contrast and it also made it easier to find a zipper. I could not find anything to match the lighter Mallard color and really didn't want to wait for one to come from I ended up using a navy zipper that I think blends in quite well. I ended up sewing this zipper in by hand...I found I had more control over lining it up well if I did it by hand. My sewing machine is working quite well after I had it cleaned and tuned up but I am not the best seamstress in the world. Sewing it in by hand really didn't take that long either.

This was a great pattern and I may consider making another one, maybe in a solid color...

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Almost finished

with Ribby! This has been the fastest sweater ever! The ribbing seems endless but it really did go quickly. This is the first piece I have knit entirely continentally. I find ribbing is much quicker when I knit continentally as opposed to english style.

I used Elann's new Peruvian Sierra yarn and I love it! It is very soft. I used 7 balls in mallard for the body and about 5 1/2 in jasper for the sleeves. Which just about works out to the 1/3 plus one ball for the sleeves... I ordered extra so now I have 4 balls of the body color left and about 2 1/2 balls of the sleeve color...have to think of something to make. I am not a hat person but maybe an ear warmer/panta sort of thing??

I plan to knit the collar version in the body color and I am going to do the zipper band in the body color as well so I probably won't have much of the body color left when all is said and done.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Mine's Done!

I made a little hat out of the extra yarn. I know the zipper does not look great, but after two tries I didn't want to rip it out again. More details on my blog.

my blog: Furry Terrier

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Ribby Cardi Knitalong

Second Ribby Done!

This time, for my son, the High School baseball pitcher. I customized a Ribby just for him, as a team sweater. The letter of his school is on the front breast, his number is on the back, and the sweater is in team colors. I used Wool of the Andes again (hard to beat that) and knit it in one piece to the armholes. The sleeves are knit circularly to the armholes. The sholders are snug. I am thinking about taking the sleeves off and re-knitting them with about 12 extra sts across each sleeve cap, but I'll let him wear it a while first. He's waited a long time for it. If you want to see what his momma looks like, scroll back a couple of months. I am modeling my pumpkin and chestnut WOTA Ribby in the June '05 archive.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

A little progress

Ribby Cardi update:

I am making the ribbed version and doing the back and sides in one piece. It is about 9 inches long so far. I love this yarn. It is the new Sierra Aran from Elann in the color Mallard. I plan to do the sleeves in jasper which is a darker green color. Although I have been thinking about ordering more of the Malllard and making it one color...hmm...wonder how pratical interchangeable sleeves would be???...NAHH

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Gauge Issues

Hi everyone: I know I'm late to the party, but better late than never, right?
This will be my first adult sweater, and I love the pattern. I've browsed the archives and found a lot of helpful information.

I have a question that I'm hoping y'all can help me out with: I'm using Cascade 220, and I've swatched on two size needles and can't get gauge, even after blocking. On size 7s, I end up with 5 st/inch, and on my 8s, I get 4 st/inch. I'm not sure exactly what to do. To complicate things, I'm a little smaller than the smallest size--more of a 32/33 than the 34/35. Should I go with the smaller needles and hope that the smallest size fits, use the 8s and do the math to make pattern changes, or redo a swatch on the 7s and block it a little more aggressively to see if I can get gauge? Or is there another solution that I'm just missing?

I'm planning to do the all ribbed version, and I'm hoping for a snug fit, but not so tight that I can't fit a top on underneath. Any suggestions?

Friday, December 02, 2005

Sweater Rookie

Hi there! Like Melissa, I decided to knit my first sweater and had to jump on the ribby bandwagon. Your posts and pictures are inspiring me - what beautiful sweaters you've made!

I started mine it two nights ago and haven't stopped knitting since (I even took it to work... bad idea!). I've already made the typical making-a-size-too-small mistake. I've seen posts that said ten balls of the Peruvian Highland wool are enough for the 38/39 size. Has anyone found this not to be true? Oh goodness I hope it's enough... I bought the last 6 skeins of the grape heather. *sigh.*

One more question. Just like I always do, I'm thinking one project ahead to my next ribby. Has anyone knitted the front as one piece and shortened the zipper to make it a half-zip pullover? I like that style with a mock turtleneck and am wondering if it's possible. hmmm...

Let's see if I can get one more row in before it's time to leave for work...

~ Jenny