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October 31, 2007

From Susan — Hanne [Falkenberg] & The Sisters

Filed under: Roslin Fair Isle Hoodie — lv2knit @ 10:57 pm

Happy Hallowe’en from the other Rainey Sister!  The doorbell just rang — our 4th set of trick or treaters.  Seriously!  It is 9 pm and hardly anyone came to our house!  Anyway, it was eldest daughter and her friends who greatly profitted from the fact that we had had so few children stop by.  I unloaded a lot of candy on them.  DH did the candy shopping this year and did “okay” — but he bought those peanut butter thingies in the orange wax paper wrappers — OMG!  I gave away a lot of those!  Ish…

Unlike Surly, I have not knitted half a Ballerina in the past week, but I have been plugging away on Lyra.  I’m on about the 117th round.  The rounds are incredibly long at this point.  I’ve made a couple of small mistakes, but corrected them and moved on.  If I ever see my camera again I’ll post a blob picture.

Lyra is what I work on at home and Plisse goes to work with me each day.  That is not good news for Plisse!  I have been too busy at work to take breaks so her progress is greatly stilted. 

plisse004.jpg picture by lv2knit

The pattern stitch is somewhat annoying.  The right side is plain knitting, but the wrong side moves from rib to garter.  If you are not paying attention (and it is hard to see from the WS), it’s easy to make a mistake.  The yarn is a gorgeous color with bits of bright teal green and yellow mixed in.  The picture color is very true. 

I broke down and ate one (well, two; OKAY, three) of those peanut butter thingies.  I think they changed the formula in the last 40 years — they’re not too bad :) !

Thanks to all for the kind words about Roslin and also for pointing out a couple of mistakes.  I added a Roslin Errata page (in the upper righthand corner, above the pattern link) which will have a running list of all the corrections that are made along the way.  The pattern link will have the current, most up-to-date and “error-free” version 😉 — hey, we never claimed to be perfect!

PS — how cute is that jack o’lantern of Batman???

PSS — in response to Anne:  I hope that the yarn you are considering has both weights: dk and fingering, or else the transition will not work.  Thanks!

From Sally — My Little Assistant Is Haunting Me (and so is a Ballerina)

Filed under: Knitting Tips,Sally's Ballerina — surly @ 10:50 am

Now that the first rush of excitement of our Roslin Hoodie pattern is past, and quick before we find any more mistakes, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled knitting and blogging.

I love Halloween — for some reason it’s always been one of my favorite holidays. Mayhaps it’s the candy. I usually carve a few intricate pumpkins, but I confess that this year’s are a little dull:

Fortunately, someone in the wilds of Colorado has been taking up the slack. Remember my little assistant? Here’s a refresher photo for those who don’t:

He’s been immortalized in a Halloween pumpkin by my daughter’s boyfriend. I think he may have found his true calling; it captures Batman perfectly.

As for knitting, I’ve embarked on another Hanne Falkenberg: Ballerina. I’ve had this kit for some time, and suddenly got interested in it when I finished Mermaid. I needed a portable project — my Kauni skeins are too large to carry around. Well, all I meant to do was get it “started,” but I got carried away. I’m just over halfway finished with it already, although I suspect my progress will now slow considerably.

Here are a few shots. First, Lucy is modeling it and wishing I would provide her with some kind of undergarments:

Here are some other shots that show the color and the pattern a little better. I was surprised, based on the photos I’d seen of this jacket, at just how many stripes there were on the sides. That part was a little sl-o-o-o-w.

For some reason, I’m finding this to be a more enjoyable knit than Mermaid — I’m not sure why. One reason may be that you are forced to knit the sleeves as you knit the body, so I know I won’t be faced with the drudgery of sleeves when the project is almost, but not quite, finished. It’s also a very clever design. As you finish the front, you knit one row of a garter ridge (which is always two rows) from the bottom to the neck edge, quickly (ha!) knit a sleeve, and then go back down the garter ridge and finish it. There is thus no side seam — you just keep going. You are supposed to go back later and seam the sleeves.

My clever sister Susan, who made Ballerina earlier, figured out an easy modification that allows you to join the sides of the sleeve in a three-needle bind off as you are knitting so that you don’t even have to go back later and do that bit of finishing. Instead of doing the sleeve increases as Falkenberg directs (by stitch increases), you do a provisional cast on of all the sleeve stitches and increase using short rows (as you do for the raglan shaping, etc.). Then, as you finish the last row of the sleeve, one side of the sleeve is already on a needle. You remove the provisional cast on from the other side and put those sleeve stitches on a second needle, and do a three needle bind off as you knit the last sleeve ridge. It’s brilliant and easy and eliminates finishing. I’m so glad she knit this first.

From Susan and Sally — Quick Correction to Roslin Fair Isle Hoodie Pattern

Filed under: Roslin Fair Isle Hoodie — Both Sisters @ 10:03 am

Oops.

There are two small errors in the pattern with respect to the colors used in the Fair Isle insert. First, we neglected to list Pacific in the materials needed. You should purchase one skein of Simply Shetland 2-ply in Pacific (763) in addition to the other colors listed. Second, although we correctly told you to purchase a skein of Sunset (186), the chart calls it Sunrise, which is a much darker color. We love both of those colors and ALWAYS mix them up for some reason. We apologize for the confusion and will update the chart and the pdf as soon as possible.

Re the question about the “yellow” in the photo. It’s not yellow; it is Granny Smith (1140) as listed in the chart and the materials.

Thank you again for your interest and support.

October 29, 2007

From Susan and Sally — Roslin Fair Isle Hoodie Pattern

Filed under: Roslin Fair Isle Hoodie — Both Sisters @ 8:26 pm

We were both humbled AND inspired by your reaction to the Roslin Fair Isle Hoodie we designed.  Susan worked on the hoodie pattern most of the weekend, and it is ready to be unveiled.  The pattern for the Roslin Fair Isle Hoodie is a free gift to you, our readers. 

There are some disclaimers and suggestions in the pattern.  Please read carefully.  If you find any errors, let us know and we will correct the pdf file.

We hope you enjoy the Roslin Hoodie!

FairisleHoodieSideView3.jpg picture by lv2knit

Oops.

There are two small errors in the pattern with respect to the colors used in the Fair Isle insert. First, we neglected to list Pacific in the materials needed. You should purchase one skein of Simply Shetland 2-ply in Pacific (763) in addition to the other colors listed. Second, although we correctly told you to purchase a skein of Sunset (186), the chart calls it Sunrise, which is a much darker color. We love both of those colors and ALWAYS mix them up for some reason. We apologize for the confusion and will update the chart and the pdf as soon as possible.

Re the question about the “yellow” in the photo. It’s not yellow; it is Granny Smith (1140) as listed in the chart and the materials.

Thank you again for your interest and support.

For additional photos, including closeups, click here.

October 27, 2007

From Susan — Humbled by Response

Filed under: Lyra by Niebling,Plisse,Roslin Fair Isle Hoodie — lv2knit @ 10:02 am

Well, what can I say?  Your response to our little hoodie is overwhelming!  Since the math work falls to me (Sally did the knitting, and I did the number crunching), I will try to write up some additional sizes.  It is that huge mental effort that stopped us in our tracks before.  We shall see! 😉

As I reread our post, I realized it sounded more than a little braggy.  Let me explain. Sally and I wrote the post as co-authors: she wrote the parts about my contribution, and I wrote about hers.  The post sounds braggy but we are really just bursting with pride for the other Rainey Sister!  :)

I have been working on Lyra day by day.  I am (drum roll) on Round #100!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo! :) Out of 180 :(  I am no where near halfway done — because of the circle thing.  Oh well.  I am almost done with the third set of leaves and have started the “tulips” (if that is what they are).

Lyra10-26-07.jpg picture by lv2knit

My take along knitting is Plisse.  It is at a very strange looking stage.  If asked, “What are you making?” no one would ever believe a sweater:

10-26-07Progress.jpg picture by lv2knit

The teal section is what I have on the needles right now.  Once all of the white is filled in with knitting (quite a while from now, if my current rate of speed is any indication), then I will pick up the peplum and work down.

I won a prize at the Shop Hop two weeks ago from Coldwater Collaborative, so I feel the need to go to a yarn store!!

October 23, 2007

From Susan and Sally — Roslin Fair Isle Hoodie

Filed under: Roslin Fair Isle Hoodie — Both Sisters @ 3:13 pm

While we each plod along, trying to make progress on some other projects we thought we’d share a sweater we designed together a few months back.  We wanted to create a design that incorporated some fair isle knitting into it.  The challenge was that we wanted the fair isle portion to be in jumperweight yarn, but we didn’t want to have to knit the entire sweater out of such small gauge yarn.

Did we have to? No, we didn’t.  Jamieson has several weights of yarn in the same colors.  Susan came up with an ingenious way to transition invisibly between Jamieson’s Dk weight yarn (3 ply) and Spindrift (2 ply). Sally did the playing around with colors and design for the fair isle band and did virtually all of the actual knitting (that’s only fair — it was knit to her size).  Susan did the math.  Who got the better deal?

Sally adapted the fair isle design from a typical Shetland-style pattern. Here’s a photo of one of the original swatches.

The sweater features a hood, raglan sleeves, and a “kangaroo” pocket. Here are several views of the finished sweater:

Fairislehoodie.jpg

 FairisleHoodieSideView3.jpg

FairisleHoodieBack.jpg

Susan came up with the idea for a cute little pocket on the sleeve. Here is a close up view — isn’t the button cute?

hoodiepocket.jpg

Finally, this picture shows how nice the transition looks from 3-ply to 2-ply.   

fairisletransition.jpg picture by lv2knit 

The knitted weight of each section is identical: the fair isle band and the body of the sweater have the exact weight and feel. 

The sweater fits Sally perfectly and is great for fall.  Susan keeps threatening to knit one up and by doing so enlarge the pattern — a lot.  Right now it exists as a “one size fits few.”  We debated sending it off to try to be published, but that would require a lot of brain activity from a very dormant brain. 

Mom would be so proud: we have finally learned to play well together!

October 20, 2007

From Susan — Mini Lyra Update

Filed under: Lyra by Niebling — lv2knit @ 1:01 pm

Woo hoo!  I’m in the 60’s for rounds (out of 180) and totally loving Lyra.  The following graphic shows approximately where I am so far (dotted circle).  Talk about slow!  I really don’t know how Soo finished this in two weeks.  I would have to quit my job, leave my husband and abandon my kids to finish this in two months!   Hmmmmmm…….nah! ;) 

Lyra10-20-07.jpg picture by lv2knit

October 19, 2007

From Susan — Well, THAT Didn’t Work!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 11:11 am

I have yet another knitting snafu.  Homage is totally HUGE!!  The back is at least 2.5″ too wide.  I have about 12 inches done and will have to rip back yet again.  I am starting to feel cursed unlucky.  So I will rip back another day.  I love the way it was looking so I will give it another go, just not today.

I started Hanne Falkenberg Plisse instead.  You begin at the back with the center strip:

plisse-ryg-1.jpg picture by lv2knit

I have about 10 inches of the strip done and will show more once I get the back started.  It is supposed to be knit on US 1 & 2 needles, so I automatically went up a needle size — look, Ma, no swatching!  I have done enough Hannes to know how my gauge compares with hers.  The color I chose (#98, Lagoon) is very nice and similar to Sally’s Tangled Yoke:

Color.jpg Color picture by lv2knit

I am very happy with Lyra once again – I am almost back to where I had to rip out.  The chart itself is very easy to follow; the mistake was all mine.  The Fino Alpaca is really nice yarn to work with.  It is a slow moving project, but nice to work on when you want to focus on your knitting.  I am hoping that Plisse has less mental effort involved so it will be portable.

I am thinking of putting the Modular Tote/purse together soon (maybe this weekend?).  All the main knitting is done — just the constructing and handle to do.  Kauni is not far off the radar either.  It will be very wearable so I’d like to get it done soon.

One of our French readers finished this intriguing knit:

LionBrand.jpg picture by lv2knit

I had already purchased the pattern (Lion Brand!!), but have not found suitable yarn.  This is one of those projects that looks like it could go horribly wrong, so I was glad to see that someone had finished it successfully.  We’ll see if it makes it up the queue! 😉

It’s the weekend, so start your knitting!

October 17, 2007

From Sally — Mermaid Finished

Filed under: Sally's Mermaid — surly @ 12:34 pm

I’ve had very little time to knit the past four or five days, but I did manage to finish the second sleeve of Mermaid and finally finish this project. I’ve even worn it. Indeed, I probably shouldn’t have photographed it after it wadding it up and letting it sit in my car for two days, but such is life. (I could have given it a light steam, but I had so little time to post I didn’t. My bad.)

This is one of those garments that looks best while it is being worn because of the way it moves and drapes. Half-naked Lucy just doesn’t give the same effect. Nevertheless, here is my completed Mermaid.

October 15, 2007

From Susan — Monkey Hat

Filed under: Sock Monkey Dresses — lv2knit @ 7:06 pm

Today they had an article in the paper about Sock Monkey Girl (aka Rebecca Yaker), famous for her sock monkey ball gowns, etc.  It reminded me that I had forgotten to post this picture from 3 Kittens of this very “cute” baby hat. 

MonkeyHat.jpg picture by lv2knit

Check out the earring!

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