Saturday, September 16, 2006  


I promise - I finally got off my lazy butt and took some photographs. But first, before I forget, here's the results of my latest attempt to get gauge...

The yarn is from Tess' Designer yarns, and was purchased at MDS&W 2 years ago. The color in the "after" pictures is much truer. The yarn is a silk/merino blend, which means, in my experience, that it GROWS. So after I knit a bit on my "swatch" (aka a sleeve), I took it off the (size 7) needles, slipped it on waste yarn, and gave it a nice bath.

Before - about 8.5 inches wide.

After - about 9.5 inches wide.

Before - about 4.5 inches long.

After - about 5" long.

So I'm going to try again with size 5 needles and see if I'm happier with the results.

Right. So that's taken care of - so without further ado, here's finished object number 1 -

Beara Island Penninsula Vest

my own; colorwork based on the Hillswick Lumber Pattern from the Art of Fair Isle.

Yarn: 100% Pure Shetland Wool, 2 ply jumper weight

Notes: Latest in the series of "Dad's Christmas Vests." Love making them, love designing them, love steeking them ... don't love picking up and knitting, but managed to get through it with a few beers and a lot of determination.


Some of you may remember that back in January, I bought a couple of XL cashmere sweaters on sale. I proceeded to rip them apart...

Much better now, don't you think?

Elizabeth I

from Tudor Roses

Yarn: Recycled 3-ply cashmere

Notes: I can't wait for winter. I loved knitting this, even though it was on size 2!! needles... The pattern was entertaining, clever, and well-done. I made only the most minor of changes - I didn't widen the sleeves at the upper arm. Otherwise, just about exactly as written. And a cashmere sweater for under $50, with plenty of recycled yarn leftover? Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet.

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