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Hildegard_von_Knittin
06-29-2006, 07:18 PM
:waving: Hi everyone!!!

July is right around the corner, and that's when we're starting the next KAL for fall. The goal is to be done by the end of September. For fall, we're going to do a cardigan (or a wrap or jacket or a vest--whichever your prefer). Save those pullover and poncho patterns for the winter KAL!

I will be making the Lift and Separate from Big Girl Knits.
http://g-images.amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/3f/91/2f4fa2c008a0c2baf0b7b010.L.jpg


I'm going to structure this KAL more like the first one, in 2-3 week sessions for each part... left front, right front, back, sleeves, seaming, etc. Again, you can pick whatever pattern and yarn you want to use. Here's some links to get you started:

Knitting Pattern Central's list of Cardigans (http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/search.php) (5 pages worth!)
Knitty's achive (http://www.knitty.com/archive.html) The cardigan list is the 2nd group down
Knitting Pure and Simple: Women cardis (http://knittingpureandsimple.com/cardi.html) and the lone man's cardi is here (http://knittingpureandsimple.com/cardi.html) (these are not free, but the patterns are great, I have several)
MagKnits archive (http://www.magknits.com/archive.htm) (look under "type"


The first task will be, as usual, to pick a pattern, get yarn/needles/whatever you need, and knit a gauge swatch. As always, this can be a stash buster too, but you'll have to plan carefully!!!

Let us know what you're going to be knitting as soon as you've figured it out! We will "oficially" begin week one on July 3rd. Beginners, if you're ready to move on to a project that's a bit more challenging, this will be a good project to start. We can help you choose a pattern that will be appropriate for your skill level... and if there's something you're not sure of, just ask! We can point you in the right direction.

Happy Knitting :XX:

snephenie
06-29-2006, 08:08 PM
Oooh lift and seperate...I likey!!! I wonder what kind of yarn I can get to hold up my girls....

since I know hildie likes to talk about boobies can you tell me what size you are and what yarn you are using??? Doesn't have to be out in the open..can pm me :)

NinaT
06-29-2006, 08:11 PM
I've been waiting for this :cheering: I have the Andean Treasure cardi vest from KP that I have been wanting to start. Is a vest OK?

Julie
06-29-2006, 08:51 PM
Woo! I already have my yarn and pattern...

http://www.sweaterbabe.com/product_kp23.htm

close-up:

http://www.sweaterbabe.com/products/sweaters/bulky_jacket_350.jpg

:D

Jan in CA
06-29-2006, 09:06 PM
:cheering: :cheering: I have the basic KPS pattern #9725 (http://www.knittingpureandsimple.com/cardi.html), but I was thinking of doing a stitch other than stockinette. Or maybe doing a border on the edge of the sleeves and bottom.. :thinking:

Andrea
06-29-2006, 09:10 PM
You mean I can get off my knitting butt and START STARSKY?!?! (http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter05/PATTstarsky.html) :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: Woohoooooooo!!!!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
06-29-2006, 09:11 PM
Jan, I have that pattern too. Basketweave maybe?

JULIE!! I love it!!!!!! what yarn are you using?

Nina... you know, i was going to add "vest" to the list, but didn't at the last minute. I think I'll put it back in! You just get to relax during the "sleeves" part! :-)

Steph... I'm wavering between the 2x and the 3x... My bust is 48, but my HIPS are 52... so the 2x would fit at the boobs (49) but the hips might be snug (50)... the measurements given are given with the wrap fully closed, so it *might* be okay to do the 2x... but not if I have to wear it as open as the model :shock: ... that's a little too boobalicious to wear to school! I haven't decided on yarn either... I really like this plymouth bamboo, but it would cost 140 to buy the yarn :shock: :shock: :shock: I love Merino style, and it would only cost 42 bucks for the yarn, but my Tubey started to pill after only 3 or 4 wearings....Knitpicks Andean Silk would cost 59.22, but I might not get the right gauge (it's worsted not DK) ... Knitpicks Elegance is REALLY nice, that would cost 73.00... decisions decisions decisions...... :thinking:

rebecca
06-29-2006, 09:11 PM
:cheering: :cheering: WTG, Hilde, that's the cardi that I want to do, too!!! Gotta get the book :thumbsup:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
06-29-2006, 09:13 PM
ooo and steph, I'm a 42DD, btw :shock:

Andrea you MUST do starsky!!!! It's about time!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
06-29-2006, 09:13 PM
everyone keeps posting at the same time as me!

Yay rebecca!!!!!!!!

Andrea
06-29-2006, 09:13 PM
Andrea you MUST do starsky!!!! It's about time!
:shock: :hiding:


ETA: Julie, I love that cardigan!! :inlove:

snephenie
06-29-2006, 09:26 PM
Wow...I know I'm atleast a 42DDD I think I am over that...I'm going to the custom made Bra Store this weekend. (Have to get something good for my sister's wedding)

Secksiebrat
06-29-2006, 09:44 PM
This KAL seems a bit out of my range this time round. But I can't wait to see the pictures of the WIP and then the FO's when the time comes! Good luck ladies and can't wait to see what you come up with!

~danielle~

Hildegard_von_Knittin
06-29-2006, 09:57 PM
noooooooooooo danielle, you can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julie
06-29-2006, 10:02 PM
You can do it, Danielle!! :cheering:

This is my yarn: http://www.bartlettyarns.com/itemdetail.cfm?SPECIFIC=B-35-S

:D

Jan in CA
06-29-2006, 10:14 PM
Has anyone ever used this yarn or it's solid counterpart?
Schoeller Stahl Micro Cable Color (http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Schoeller+Stahl+Micro+Cable+C olor&Season=&Company=&Cat=&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=12)

kristinw
06-29-2006, 10:16 PM
I really like 2 of the Knitting Pure and Simple patterns - #234 and #252 (http://knittingpureandsimple.com/cardi.html). I really am leaning towards #234. Looks so cozy. But without seeing the pattern I'm not sure how hard it would be. I've not been knitting long.

What do you think??

Jan in CA
06-29-2006, 10:20 PM
Kristin, I've made a pullover from KPS and the pattern was written very well and easy to read and follow. The zippers worried me on those, but with all the help here you should be fine. ;)

Hildegard_von_Knittin
06-29-2006, 10:52 PM
I agree.. the patterns are easy to read and follow, I'm just afraid of zippers! I'll bet, though, you could knit it without zippers and just add buttons! And you wouldn't have to worry about button holes, either, you can just add little knitted loops on the side. I think 234 would be cute with buttons.

CateKnits
06-29-2006, 11:48 PM
I'm going to do this one in mmmmmMalabrigo! :cheering: Now I just have to find a pattern.

Andrea
06-29-2006, 11:52 PM
:cheering: Yay Cate!! What about Starsky?? :thinking:

CateKnits
06-29-2006, 11:53 PM
I'm not sure about that one. :shock: It looks a little too complex for me - I get overwhelmed pretty easily.

Julie
06-29-2006, 11:54 PM
Wait, I know I don't keep up on th eblog threads...did Cate have some kind of windfall recently?? Starsky? Mmmmalabrigo?? :rofling:

Andrea
06-29-2006, 11:54 PM
I think you'd be fine! I'm a little apprehensive too, but there's always the KAL for it too so you could always get answers! Come on Cate, kniiiiiiiiit with meeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111 11111111111111 :cheering:

Andrea
06-29-2006, 11:56 PM
Cate's been working practically FT at what should be a PT time job, so she's getting some extra Mmmmmmmmmmmalabrigo cash!!!!!!!1 :cheering: :happydance:

CateKnits
06-29-2006, 11:56 PM
Cate got almost 50% extra pay this paycheck for picking up a bunch of shifts, so Cate paid off her camera and can order enough mmmmMalabrigo for a sweater next pay! :cheering: I love living at home. :oops:

I'll think about it, Andrea, but I don't know. I haven't done much in the way of cables, either.

Andrea
06-29-2006, 11:58 PM
I haven't done any cables! :shock:

mulene
06-30-2006, 09:10 AM
OK I will be IN too for The BGK Lift & Separate. I'm in the same boat but the other way round to Hilde. The boobage coverage is 45 I need a 46 but the hip coverage will be ok on that. I'm worried it might be a bit tight across the boobage.

I need to source a yarn substitute too that I can get here in the UK at a reasonable cost. I'm about to spend my budget on the knitpicks needles *laugh*

dustinac
06-30-2006, 09:27 AM
:thinking: maybe this will get me back to my Starsky... I really would like to have it by fall :lol:

Julie, I love that pattern its on my to do list too!!

Secksiebrat
06-30-2006, 09:55 AM
I'll look around at patterns and look at my budget and see if I can participate. I don't want to commit and then not be able to do it! I hate pulling out of things. :shock: *laugh*

~danielle~

monzogary
06-30-2006, 09:56 AM
Can I join if I already have one started? I started the Sunrise Circle a while back, but it has been on hold so I could finish some gifts, of which the last two are getting close to being done now, so I will be able to get back to it soon.

candicane
06-30-2006, 10:18 AM
I think I want to join and do this cardigan. Maybe in a solid merino from 100purewool from ebay.

http://www.knittingfog.net/judyjetson.html

Candice

Andrea
06-30-2006, 10:31 AM
Ohh Candicane--- :inlove: that is fabulous! I like it!
And monzo--I say come on over!! :cheering:

dustinac
06-30-2006, 10:41 AM
:thinking: I also have my yarn to do the sporty hood from Leisure Arts... I have been wanting to start it since I seen ekgheiy's blog (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1958&start=225&sid=5aad711e7ee40588afbabbb4e6a9062f) (gotta scroll down a bit to see the photo)

:thinking:

Julie
06-30-2006, 11:14 AM
she's getting some extra Mmmmmmmmmmmalabrigo cash!!!

Aaaaahh, I was thinking you were a little mean there, to be encouraging a poor college student to knit a Mmmmmalabrigo Starsky. :roflhard:

mulene
06-30-2006, 11:24 AM
Hrm HILDE! Got any suggestions for a substitute - having difficulty finding one. Elann yarns are not on yarndex to be able to do the contrast and compare with =(

RachelJean
06-30-2006, 11:54 AM
I've never done a KAL before because I'm afraid my knitting is too slow and I'll never be able to keep up. But, I do have a this pretty sweater pattern that I've been thinking about starting soon. Maybe I'll join this time .... gotta go yarn shopping.

http://www.knitwitts.com/item/Garden_Paths/3815/p2c317

Andrea
06-30-2006, 12:01 PM
Go for it, Rachel!!! If you need help, it'll be here! :cheering:

sara_jayne
06-30-2006, 12:04 PM
After chatting with Andrea :heart: I'm in!

I'm going to knit Starsky for my sister for Christmas. I'm going to use Plymouth Encore Chunky since she lives in a place where she doesn't have a lot of time to wear 100% wool.

I'm excited - this will be not only my first KAL but my FIRST sweater! :happydance: :happydance:

knitqueen
06-30-2006, 12:25 PM
Maybe this will give me the kick in the butt that I need to FINISH my Starsky. I'd say I'm about 1/2 way done and I'm not starting another big project until this one is done. Does that count???

Andrea
06-30-2006, 12:57 PM
I say it counts!!! I think everyone should make a Starksky!!! :cheering:

rebecca
06-30-2006, 02:17 PM
ooo and steph, I'm a 42DD, btw :shock:

Andrea you MUST do starsky!!!! It's about time!

LOL.... :rofling: :roflhard: as am I ;)

I won't be starting when everyone else does bc I have a few projects to do 1st...but I'll jump in @ some point ;)

jhelanee
06-30-2006, 02:35 PM
I too will be sitting this one out (at least initially). In addition to having lots of other things already OTN or planned, I am on an indefinate yarn diet and don't have anything in my stash that is calling out to be a cardigan. :verysad: I do need a new cardigan, though, so if I do enough stash busting and our financial situation stabilizes more over the summer I may bring up the rear later. :pray: Have fun without me!

ETA: I'm a 34DD. If something fits my bust it looks huge on the rest of me - I really need to do more knitting and sweing so stuff fits properly! :thinking: Hmm... anything in the "Big Girl Knits" book for someone who is average sized but has big "girls"? :rofling:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
06-30-2006, 03:40 PM
Jen, there's a big section in the book on how to customize patterns to fit you, with short rows and all that... You might want to check it out from the library, and see if that can help. And, too, BGKs isn't all for people who are super-plus sized. I'm sure we can help adjust any of the patterns to fit a smaller person

WOW so a lot of people are doing lift and separate!!! Cool! :cheering: We might have to start our own L&S thread.

I did some yarn "comparison" last night.... more so to show DH "look, I could make it out of this really expensive stuff, but instead I'm going with thischeaper stuff"
I went with the yardage for the 2x, which was 1853, converted that to balls of several different dk yarns. In all cases I rounded up for an extra ball of yarn if there was a partial ball being used. I tried to list the company/catalog I got the info from as well, but you'll have to look up yardage and fiber content percentages on your own!

Recommended yarn:
Elann Pure Alpaca... 17 balls = 67.66

Other possibilities:
Elan Highland Silk (wool/silk)... 16 balls = 63.68
Elann Quecha (alpaca/tencel)... 16 balls = 47.68
Knitpicks Merino Style (merino)... 16 balls = 36.64
Knitpicks Elegance (alpaca/silk)... 17 balls = 72.93
Knitpicks Andean Silk (alpaca, silk, merino)... 20 balls = 65.80 <--this is WORSTED, not DK, so it will only work if you can get gauge in a fabric you like.
Plymouth Royal Bamboo... 20 balls = 140.00 (from patternworks)
Plymouth Royal Bamboo... 20 balls = 104.80 (from WEBs, including discount--w/o discount, it's only pennies less than patternworks)
Nashua "June" microfiber... 16 balls = 88.00 (patternworks)
Berroco Ultra Alpaca (alpaca/wool)... 9 balls = 72.00 (patternworks) <--this yarn is worsted
Euroflax Linen ... 7 balls = 126.08 (patternworks)

I am probablly NOT going to use merino style, just because it's pilly.... I have a ball of elegance and andean silk I'm going to knit a swatch and see if i can get gauge on those (andean silk is worsted, not DK)

jhelanee
06-30-2006, 04:08 PM
Thanks Hilde! I will definitely take a look at it. Although since there are 29 hold in line ahead of me (for 10-12 copies) it will be a while before I get it from the library. :verysad:

Freyja
06-30-2006, 05:07 PM
I'm in with Consuelo (http://www.debbieblissonline.com/books/as/as_3.htm). I going to use 100% linen dk. I might not finish on time but you never now.

kristinw
06-30-2006, 06:18 PM
I ordered my pattern! I am going with the Pure & Simple Weekend Jacket #234 (http://knittingpureandsimple.com/cardi.html). Of course it was the one Pure & Simple pattern my LYS didn't have. :?? Hopefully it won't take too long for me to get it.

Now I have to pick yarn. Any suggestions? It says a bulky yarn. I'm not sure I would want a 100% wool. Maybe a blend of some kind. But I am really clueless in the types I should be looking at.

CateKnits
06-30-2006, 07:06 PM
Hildie, I'd want to make a lift and separate, but I usually knit small or sometimes medium (I've got a 37 inch bust, but I usually round do to 36 because I'm a ho :twisted: Actually, it's because my boobies are too big for the rest of me), so I'm not sure if I could adjust it. I don't have the book, so maybe you could give me a clue? What's the smallest size the pattern gives?

Vendie
06-30-2006, 07:22 PM
Hell, I'm STILL working on Twist (since December :rollseyes: ), so maybe I'll actually get it finished along with the rest of you.

Angelia
06-30-2006, 07:48 PM
I've been wondering about Twist, Vendie! You're still working on that? Definitely join the KAL--perhaps it will get you motivated! What you've done so far is just lovely!!

I'm in the KAL, too! I'm making up yet another sweater, but in Lamb's Pride this time. (If only I could get my mitts on some more Mmmmalabrigo! :inlove: ) Anyway, this cardi has cables. That's about as far as I've gotten in terms of the design. I do have one sorta kinda in my head, but it has yet to manifest itself fully. All of you can watch it evolve! Or de-volve, depending on how things go... ;)

Jan in CA
06-30-2006, 08:52 PM
I've got a dilemma... My MIL gave me some yarn now that she can no longer crochet. It's Caron Simply Soft (http://www.joanns.com/catalog.jhtml;$sessionid$FSS4YFAAADNRIP4SY5NBJAR50 LD3OEPO?CATID=82242&PRODID=87614) in bone. There is plenty of it for the sweater. Do I use this or buy something new...I just don't know. My frugal side is telling me to use the SS..it is very soft and would make a nice sweater. http://bestsmileys.com/frustrated/7.gif

Angelia
06-30-2006, 09:21 PM
Do you think you'll like knitting with it? Would you want a sweater knit with it? If so, go for it! If not, save it for donation projects maybe and buy something you really want.

Almost enabling, but not quite... :shifty:

Jan in CA
06-30-2006, 10:05 PM
:roflhard: I know that most of you would not knit with it after all it's not alpaca or mmmmmalabrigo. :roflhard: I dunno. I probably wouldn't buy it for a sweater, it's just hard to ignore that much yarn. Maybe I'll just spring for some nice cotton blend or something. :thinking:

Angelia
06-30-2006, 10:35 PM
I wasn't making a judgment against your yarn, Jan! :rofling: I knit a lot with Wool-Ease, remember? I'm not a snob...too poor for that ;)

Jan in CA
06-30-2006, 10:53 PM
I wasn't making a judgment against your yarn, Jan! :rofling: I knit a lot with Wool-Ease, remember? I'm not a snob...too poor for that ;)

Oh I know! I'm just teasing! I'd rather have something else..partly because I didn't buy this and it would be my first choice for a sweater although it would probably be warm. The question is...do I want warm. It's been hotter than he!! lately so.. maybe not. :??

Angelia
06-30-2006, 10:57 PM
:thinking:

If you made a lacey cardi, then it would work well!

Secksiebrat
06-30-2006, 11:35 PM
I'm still thinking about this one. Does anyone have any suggestions for something for a beginner? I've never pieced anything together. I'm still worried this is a bit over my head! Let me know what you ladies think! I also need something that will be cheaper to buy yarn for as well as I'm always on a budget! If I could only eat the yarn instead of food. Who needs to eat anyway? :thinking:

~danielle~

NinaT
06-30-2006, 11:40 PM
:oops: Sorry Danielle! I got confused... :oops:

NinaT
06-30-2006, 11:41 PM
Hi Danielle!
My friend made this one as her first sweater and she did a great job! Easy cardigan (http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-crop.html?noImages=0)[/url]

Secksiebrat
06-30-2006, 11:45 PM
Hmmm that might not be a bad idea. I haven't heard good things about homespun though. Any other suggestions for yarns? Hmm I'll do some looking this weekend and I might be a little late to start as we're low on money this week, but hopefully I can find something easy enough it wont take me too long to catch up!

Thanks for the suggestion!

~danielle~

CateKnits
06-30-2006, 11:51 PM
I'd recommend Sonnet from Knitty for a beginner cardigan. I'm working on one right now and it's really easy, different, and CUTE. It's garter stitch with box stitch panels, but you can really subsitute any stitch you want. The pattern is written by your own gauge, so you can use any yarn you want, too.

DragonTush
07-01-2006, 12:01 AM
I would love to get in on this but I'm still working on my dd's little cardigan...I need to get going on it. Less computer time...more knitting time lol.

I'm going to check out the lift and seperate ..hopefully I can get the book here. I'm betting the 3x will fit my boobage :rofling:

I'll try to join in if I can get the little ones cardi done and if I can find the book. I really like that cardigan.

Andrea
07-01-2006, 01:50 AM
I ordered my pattern! I am going with the Pure & Simple Weekend Jacket #234 (http://knittingpureandsimple.com/cardi.html). Of course it was the one Pure & Simple pattern my LYS didn't have. :?? Hopefully it won't take too long for me to get it.

Now I have to pick yarn. Any suggestions? It says a bulky yarn. I'm not sure I would want a 100% wool. Maybe a blend of some kind. But I am really clueless in the types I should be looking at.

I would look at Knit Picks Sierra maybe :thinking: It's a bulky blend...

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-01-2006, 01:11 PM
Oops, sorry it took me so long to catch up, Cate. The smalles L&S size is a large, with a 41 bust and 42 hip. The gauge is 5 1/4 sts per inch, so if you changed YARN, you might be able to follow the directions for the smallest size and not make any changes. Or, you could just "make up" a smaller size...that would require a bit of math though! The difference in sizes. I think it woul dbe very easy for you to make a smaller size. I've had to adjust patterns so they were *bigger* so I think I could help you with this to make a smaller one. Read through the pattern carefully, and notice what the differences are in stitches or inches for each size... then you just subtract that incriment from the smallest size given to make your "new" size. The "left front" has some simultaneous shaping sets that are worked together, but it isn't anything wierd... I mean that making your own size isn't going to make it more difficult than it already is in the pattern. I really think you can do this, AND I think L&S would look great on your figure, so do it do it do it!!! :-)

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-01-2006, 01:16 PM
oo Andrea, sierra woul dbe a good choice for Kristin's sweater. Kristin, panache might work too, if you want something really luxurious (alpaca, silk, cashmere, and merino, mmmmm!). Both sierra and panacche knit at 3-3 3/4ths sts per inch, so you might have to play around with needles to get the right gauge.

Vendie
07-01-2006, 02:27 PM
I've been wondering about Twist, Vendie! You're still working on that? Definitely join the KAL--perhaps it will get you motivated! What you've done so far is just lovely!!


I'm almost done with the sleeves, I've finished the back and both front pieces. However, I was really hoping to have my blocking board so that I could block all my pieces and seam them. Then I could do the button bands and collar. I don't trust my blocking skills, and this is something that needs proper measurements. If the blocking board ever comes off of backorder ( :( ) then I'll get super motivated to finish Twist!!! :cheering:

CateKnits
07-01-2006, 03:13 PM
Thanks, Hildie! I need to see if it's at the library. :cheering: I'd buy it, but I don't think I'm motivated enough to change any other patterns without help. :shock: Maybe I'll buy it anyway. :thinking: My bestest friend might to make something out of it, too.

kristinw
07-01-2006, 03:28 PM
oo Andrea, sierra woul dbe a good choice for Kristin's sweater. Kristin, panache might work too, if you want something really luxurious (alpaca, silk, cashmere, and merino, mmmmm!). Both sierra and panacche knit at 3-3 3/4ths sts per inch, so you might have to play around with needles to get the right gauge.

Thanks for your help Andrea and Hildie. They both look really nice!! So if the pattern says 2 st per inch and the yarn is 3ish st per inch, would I use a bigger needle than the yarn says?? The whole gauging thing is very confusing to me.

And both those are available in the cinnamon color which I love!!

I got word that my pattern got sent out today! :cheering: I think I'll wait to order yarn though until I see the pattern.

earthchick
07-01-2006, 03:38 PM
Okay, it's about dang time I jumped back in this KAL. I finished my spring sweater (http://earthchicknits.blogspot.com/2006/05/to-dye-for.html) but totally flaked on the summer project.

But I am soooo ready to do the awesome sweaterbabe cardigan (the same one that Julie is doing). I haven't picked my yarn yet, and I have some WIPs that I want/need to finish first, so I may (as usual) be behind in the KAL. But I am super-psyched about this project and really excited to be a part of the KAL (and grateful that a pro like Julie will be doing the same project, so I can learn a thing or two!)
:happydance:

sara_jayne
07-01-2006, 04:01 PM
I ordered my yarn yesterday for Starsky I'm going to use Plymouth Encore Chunky in Wedgewood Blue (#515).

http://www.showersofflowers.com/images/yarn/plyencorechunky0515.jpg

It will take 2 to 3 weeks to get here.....but I didn't pay an amazing price (I ordered a bag of 10 skeins). I figure the acrylic & wool combo will be great for the weather in Seattle and the blue will match my sister's eyes.

I'm going to work on the cable pattern today with some Knit Picks Sierra. I will have to go to the LYS to get needles - I don't have either of the ones called for!

DianaM
07-02-2006, 03:01 AM
DD?!

*stares at her single D's* And I thought these where troublesome :shock:

Since I'm just starting out in the knitting scene, I'm doing non-clothing items, but if there's another sweater KAL next year, I'll be sure to join.

Can't wait to see the Lift and Separate you girls knit :thumbsup: :XX:

Andrea
07-02-2006, 04:36 AM
Kristen, to answer your gauge question, yes, you would need a bigger needle (stitches would take up more room, so less per inch)...

and I LOOOOOOOOVE the cinnamon color too! My Tubey was that color...

Love the excitement of this KAL! And we haven't even started KNITTING yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111 :cheering:

Angelia
07-02-2006, 08:48 AM
Vendie, maybe your blocking board will get here soon! How frustrating to be so close to finished but have to wait....and wait...:(

Sara, I love that Starsky yarn! It looks so soft! I love Encore, though I've never felt up the chunky version. (I made Samus in Encore worsted.) Easy-care is a high priority for me, though obviously I make exceptions for Mmmmmmalabrigo! :inlove:

Jan in CA
07-02-2006, 09:48 AM
DD?!

*stares at her single D's* And I thought these where troublesome :shock:

:roflhard: I have single D's too and they are bad enough!


Since I'm just starting out in the knitting scene, I'm doing non-clothing items, but if there's another sweater KAL next year, I'll be sure to join.


I knit my first sweater 3 mos after I started knitting. It's not as hard as you'd think. ;)

DianaM
07-02-2006, 11:47 AM
I knit my first sweater 3 mos after I started knitting. It's not as hard as you'd think. ;)

True, and I would probably be terribly tempted to give it a try, but since I'm moving to S.D. at the end of this month, my place is a mess of boxes, bags, bubble wrap and a psychotic cat circling it all. :lol:

knitaddict
07-02-2006, 11:51 AM
DD?!

*stares at her single D's* And I thought these where troublesome :shock:

Since I'm just starting out in the knitting scene, I'm doing non-clothing items, but if there's another sweater KAL next year, I'll be sure to join.

Can't wait to see the Lift and Separate you girls knit :thumbsup: :XX:

Until last weekend, I *thought* I had single D's. I went to get measured and the girl said "that's why your boobs ache! You're a DD." :shock: :shock: I told dh and he yelled "Woohoo!" :roflhard: :roflhard:

I would really love to do this KAL, but I'm not sure what pattern I'd choose. Every time I think I've narrowed it down, I find another one. I'll have to give it some thought. :)

DianaM
07-02-2006, 12:04 PM
Until last weekend, I *thought* I had single D's. I went to get measured and the girl said "that's why your boobs ache! You're a DD." :shock: :shock: I told dh and he yelled "Woohoo!" :roflhard: :roflhard:

:roflhard: My SO would probably have the same reaction :roflhard:

But yeah, I have single D's, and oddly enough my younger sister has barely-A's. Something went wrong in the genetic proportioning :roflhard:

Jan in CA
07-02-2006, 12:14 PM
I'm moving to S.D. at the end of this month, :
San Diego?
South Dakota?
Santa Domingo?
Southside Dumpster?




:lol:

DianaM
07-02-2006, 12:18 PM
South Dakota?
:lol:

Rapid City, SD :lol:
Start classes at the School of Mines in January, then transfer to the West River Nursing Center to get my Bachelor's in Nursing :balloons:

Already found the address for an LYS up there, and you can be sure I'll be knitting/crocheting up a storm :devil: *plots*

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-02-2006, 01:53 PM
Dana, if you're under all that stress from packing and moving, you NEED to keep on knitting so you can have some "down time" and be able to relax!!!

I'm so excited that everyone is so excited andd we've filled up 6 pages of excitement before we've begun!!!! :happydance:

I knitted some swatches last night for L&S... I don't think I'm going to be able to get gauge in a fabric I like with Andean Silk :-( Which is too bad because it's so soft and nice... I'm going to experiment a little more; I tried 5s, 6s and 7s, but now I'm going to try like a 5 and a 6, and a 6 and a 7 and see how that comes out. If not, i'll swatch the elegance... if THAT doesn't work, I guess i'm spending 140 bucks for bamboo!!!

sara_jayne
07-02-2006, 02:58 PM
Yesterday I did a pattern swatch for Starsky since I've never done cables before. I used some extra Knit Picks Sierra I had in my stash to practice. The pattern was actually pretty simple to follow - when put in the context of the sweater it might be tougher but I did have fun with this swatch!

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/Knitting%20Projects/100_2694.jpg

Now I am waiting on my yarn and I need to pick up the correct needles!

Angelia
07-02-2006, 03:03 PM
:inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

That is gorgeous, Sara! Frame that or something! :thumbsup:

sara_jayne
07-02-2006, 03:09 PM
:inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

That is gorgeous, Sara! Frame that or something! :thumbsup:

Thanks! :oops: I thought about doing another one, seaming them together and making a little coin purse for my sister - the yarn IS left over from the Rick Rack purse I made her after all!

Angelia
07-02-2006, 03:30 PM
Oooh, that would be lovely! You could also very lightly felt it, or leave it as it is and line it. Oooh!!! :inlove:

Julie
07-02-2006, 03:34 PM
ooooh...I swatched yesterday, but Sara's swatchis sooo much prettier than mine! :inlove:

I also had a try-to-finish-UFOs-while-importing-gobs-of-CDs-into-iTunes extravaganza last night, so I won't feel so guilty about starting something else. :rofling: I did a whole lot of weaving, but only finished one out of four UFOs. :rollseyes:

Angelia
07-02-2006, 03:36 PM
That sounds fun actually, even if you only did finish one UFO! I hate weaving in ends....it takes me forever! :(

snephenie
07-02-2006, 04:04 PM
Yesterday I did a pattern swatch for Starsky since I've never done cables before


I'd say that is pretty darn good, I wouldn't be able to tell it was your first attempt at cables.

I really need to learn to do cables. I got my brittany cable needles sitting there calling my name.

Jan in CA
07-02-2006, 04:30 PM
That is gorgeous, Sara!

Angelia
07-02-2006, 04:49 PM
Cables are really easy--they only look hard! Use Amy's video--that's how I learned to knit them!

Julie
07-02-2006, 04:50 PM
Steph, basic cables are much easier than they look -- have you watched Amy's li'l cable video?? :D

(The hard part is when you're trying to pay attention to a chart -- the knitting equivelant of picking up the phone -- and suddenly you have kids all over you asking for stuff.) ;)

sara_jayne
07-02-2006, 04:56 PM
I agree - watch Amy's video! I felt like kicking myself for not trying them sooner because they are really easy (well, these ones are!!!

Julie I applaud you trying to finish the UFOs! Even if you got one done - that is better than nothing! Anna gave me a great tip - she suggested that I spend the last 10 minutes of my knitting time each night weaving in the ends that way it wasn't a dunting task wen the project was finished. It has worked well for me...but it is hard to just stop and weave them in when I just want to knit knit knit!

Thanks for all the compliments ladies :blush: I just hope the actual sweater comes out looking that nice (and you can't even see where I ripped back 5 rows to fix 3 stitches - a first for me! :cheering: )

mulene
07-02-2006, 07:06 PM
A very quick reply to this - I may have to drop out =( Not sure I'm going to manage to do this and everything else thats going on right now. Also, I'm a 36FF and yes that IS a nightmare. Though I suspect that I'm possibly a 38 as 36 is a little tight but the girls seem to fit into a FF without any extra room at all. /sigh and I was hoping dieting would make them deflate a bit, I can't tell you the back problems they cause (not to mention trying to get clothes to cover em tho BGK is helping that a LOT!!).

Mer
07-03-2006, 09:53 PM
Wow, there's already 7 pages to this KAL and I just noticed it! Does it count if mine doesn't have sleeves? I already have the yarn to do this Ribbed Wrap Top (http://www.theknittinggarden.com/patterns/db-puresilk/wrap.htm) from Debbie Bliss Pure Silk (unfortunately not in the silk yarn, though!) I got Elann's Luna (http://secure.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Endless+Summer+Collection+Lun a&Season=&Company=&Cat=ALLY&ProductType=5&OrderBy=&Count=29) in Shimmering Cherise.

earthchick
07-03-2006, 10:24 PM
Oooh, Mer, that is *gorgeous*. :inlove:

And I think a sleeveless something will be just right for Texas in the fall!

Angelia
07-03-2006, 11:05 PM
Oooh, I'm loving that too! Surely folks down South can tweak the term "cardigan" ;)

earthchick
07-04-2006, 01:12 PM
So I went to my LYS yesterday to look at yarn possibilities for my cardigan, only to discover when I got there that they closed early for the holiday. :rollseyes: That didn't stop me from standing around peering through the windows for 5 minutes, to see what I could see.

I got the pattern a couple of days ago and am psyched about it. [Julie, I'm really glad you're doing this pattern too - I'm not sure I could go this one completely alone!]

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-05-2006, 09:04 AM
Oh no Mulene! :verysad: and YIKES those are BIG! My mom is around that size, so I understand the nightmare it must be trying to find clothes that fit. :help:
I've lost a bunch of weight since Jan 2005, and the ONE THING (2 things?) that haven't changed size on me are the boobies. After I lost about 40 pounds or so, my BIL said to me in amazement "WOW are your boobs getting BIGGER???" :rollseyes: I said,"No, dear, the rest of me is smaller." And he was all deflated, like that took all the fun out of it *sigh*.... I think with boobs, once we've got em, we're stuck.


I've been MIA while my best friend from H.S. was visiting... Imeant to post "weeks 1&2" directions on Monday, but, Uh, I forgot :shifty: So I will do that ASAP.

Just a reminder for the newbies, this KAL is open to anyone, anytime. If you're busy and not able to start a new project right now, that's okay, just jump in when you've got the time. The "schedule" isn't set in stone, and honestly it's mostly for *ME* and those like me who need to stay on track otherwise we won't finish it :-)

Julie
07-05-2006, 09:25 AM
Stacey, I never thought I'd say this, but I wish there wa a chart! I read throught the pattern and I was sort of :shock:

mulene
07-05-2006, 09:31 AM
Hilde!

I've been wracking myself looking for a substitute yarn (and yes the girls are a nightmare - I'm in the same boat, lost weight since January this year and they have remained the same size - I agree once you got em they are there to stay /sigh).

Do you think I could possibly get tension on Debbie Bliss Merino DK? Its listed as "There are 120 yards per ball and it knits on US #6 needles at 22 stitches over 28 rows for a 4" square"

Now I know you said Merino pills so now I'm not sure but I DO have 10 balls of Bamboo (plymouth) on the way. Patternworks can send the yarn you suggest internationally but it takes two to FOUR weeks! Anyway I'm determined to not let the family problems interfere and I'll be way behind on this but if I CAN find a sub yarn easily available in the UK I'll get that.

The ones you suggest are great but have long international delivery times =/

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-05-2006, 09:44 AM
Okay, here we go! Directions for (partial) Week 1 and Week 2 are below. Remember, this is a guideline, not a stick-to-it-or-else kind of thing :-)

For the rest of week 1, and week 2, our tasks are:
Take your measurements
Find a pattern and read it thoroughly
Buy/make sure the stash contains enough yarn
Knit a gauge swatch

Below, I'm going to describe a little about all of these things, and their IMPORTANCE.

Measurements
Since patterns are usually sized according to bust size, you *really* need to know this number. Just because the pattern says "large" doesn't mean it will fit. Some designers consider "large" a 40 inch bust!!!!
Getting a friend/relation to help will measurements will be the best idea: they will be honest with you, and will be less likely to strech that measuring tape!!! DH/DSO will be honest too, but might get distracted....
*it's important to use the same tape to measure throughout the pattern, because there may be small differences between tapes (I know, i know, an inch is an inch is an inch, you say, buuuuuuttttt.... just to be safe!)
*Big Girl Knitters, there's a whole section in the first chapter about measuring, and even a chart you can photocopy to write down you're important numbers.

WRITE DOWN your measurements. Hide them if you want to, but you'll need to refer to them later.

Find a pattern and read it thoroughly
Read through your pattern COMPLETELY-- do you understand how it is constructed? Are there any techniques or stitches required that you don't know how to do--or need to practice? Use our search feature on the forum, and post questions here or in the how-to forum.
Are there any special tools you need? If the neckline requires a single crochet edge, make sure that the hook you have "goes with" the yarn. Do you need buttons, hook-and-loop, jump rings, snaps, zippers, etc? make sure you have those, in a color that goes with the yarn you choose.

Go through your pattern, and highlight or circle all of the numbers that apply to your size. (I think it's okay to make a copy if you don't want to mess up you're original)

Yarn
If you haven't decided on yarn yet, now is the time to get some. Remember you don't have to use the yarn specified in the pattern; you can substitute a different weight, color, etc, as long as you get the correct GAUGE. If you DO want to substitute yarn., make sure you get the correct YARDAGE (not necessarily the specified number of balls). You might also want to get extra, just in case, and be sure to checck your dye lot numbers. Here's how to find out how many yards to buy/steal/bid on/pimp yourself out for, in case the pattern doesn't tell you:

Pattern uses 15 balls of Soft n Fluffy yarn
You look up the soft and fluffy website and see that each ball is 106 yards long
15 x 106 = 1590 yards of Soft and Fluffy yarn
If the yarn YOU want to use is only 77 yards for each ball....
1590 / 77 = 20.6493506... so we'll just say 21 balls. (if you only got 15, you'd be wearing a sleeveless cardigan, or a crop top!)

Knitting a gauge Swatch

Speaking of gauge... Knit a gauge swatch. You can do this before you buy the yarn, if your LYS has some you can try--that way you know how it knits up. See Amy's gauge guidelines here (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7177&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15) on how to knit your swatch and correctly calculate your gauge. If your gauge is off, adjust your needle size. This step is crucial to a sweater that fits correctly, so
don't skip it... Remember that a gauge that is off by a half stitch can turn into a discrepancy of several inches. And we don't want to spend three months on a sweater and have it not fit, do we??
You will need to play with needles to get the right gauge... If you have too many sts per inch, go up a needle size, if y ou have too few stitches per inch, go down. Don't forget those fractions of a stitch! I usually CO 26 stitches, knit 3 rows of garter stitch, then on R rows, K across, on WS rows, k3, p 20, k 3... repeat those 2 rows, until, I have a "nice size" square. Then end with 3 rows of garter. This will give you a 20 stitch stockinette square with a garter border. Measure the "square part" (not the border) to the closest quarter of an inch, and then divide 20 by that number... that will give you a gauge.
Some decimals that we ALL should have with our knitting calculators:
3/8ths of an inch = .375
5/8th = .625
7/8th = .875
So if you're square measures 3 and 5/8th of an inch, divide 20 by 3.625 to get your gauge of 5 and a half sts per inch.

To review:
Measure the gurls, waist, hips
Find that pattern--see my post on the first page of the KAL for some links if you need some inspiration
Get yarn
Knit a swatch
[b]
We have until Sunday, July 16th to complete our mission!!!!


Happy knitting!

Nimmie
07-05-2006, 09:50 PM
Ohh..this looks like fun. And I have a pattern I think I can manage. I haven't really made anything wearable yet...But I'm kinda digging this pattern Oh So Simple Cardigan (http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60061.html)

I would love a nice big snuggly cardigan for fall...maybe I'll have to join in this!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-06-2006, 01:44 AM
Wow, Nim, that does look easy! I say for it!

Angelia
07-06-2006, 09:23 AM
Ooh, Nimmie, I really like that cardigan! Kniiiiit iiiiit!! :happydance:

Nimmie
07-06-2006, 01:55 PM
It looks very simple...maybe even a dofus like me can assemble it!! Plus, I really like woolease so I don't have to worry about subbing yarns or anything!

Hmmmmm...Trouble is I'll have to wait a bit to buy 11 skiens of it..(Or more..I'm a big girl.)

domiknitrix
07-07-2006, 10:16 AM
Hi fellow knitsters.

I want to join the KAL and am looking for a pattern. I have never knit a sweater before, I am currently working on a circular shrug and I love the Starksy. Do you think the Starky is shooting too high for someone who have never made a sweater. I have made the norm, socks, scarves and an unfinished baby blanket.

:??

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-07-2006, 01:18 PM
I think if you've done socks, you can do starsky. If you know how to increase, decrease, count, knit, and purl, it's all good. The shaping stuff (like, "increase every 12th row 4 times and then every 8th row 5 times") might be a little wonky at first, but you'll get it no problem. And, there are SO many people knitting Starsky right now that there will be someone available to answer questions.

I'm ordering my yarn for L&S RIGHT NOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! :happydance:

earthchick
07-08-2006, 12:03 AM
Julie, I'm with ya on wishing our cardigan came with a chart! It looks a little complex....

Also, isn't it a little strange that the pattern is only for one size? I guess I'm glad the measurements are right for me!

I'm planning to go with Lamb's Pride Bulky but I think I may order a color card first. I really want to go with a rich red and it's hard to tell from a computer screen which shade will be the one I want. I'm very cautious with reds b/c it is easy for me to end up with a shade that really clashes with my hair.

What do you guys think? Would you spend $8 to get a yarn color card? Or would you just pick a color based on the online swatches and hope it turned out to be right?

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-08-2006, 12:32 AM
Well, if it's a yarn you love to knit, I would spend the money for sure. I have all the knitpicks color cards. Lamb's pride worsted and bulky comes in so many colors it would be worth it to me.... I would see, though, if the colors are the same, getting either the worsted OR the bulky color card--whichever has the most colors--as long as you can be sure that "fire engine red" in both weights of yarn are the same color.

jamadian75
07-08-2006, 09:17 AM
I'm in a real "Knitting for me" streak and I need to do even more stash busting, so I'm IN!

Here are the pattern candidates so far in order of preference:

ETA: Sesame from MagKnits (http://www.magknits.com/Aug05/sesame.htm)

Hot Lava from Blue Alvarez (http://www.bluealvarez.com/bluealva/patterns/hotlava.html)

Maria from Knitty (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTmariah.html)

Cavern via KPC (http://www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/?p=402)

If only I were brave enough to attempt THIS one (http://secure.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=104024)

Anyone want to help me decide between the 1st 4???? :shock:

sara_jayne
07-08-2006, 11:11 AM
Marce - I am in love with Maria from knitty - it is beautiful!!! :inlove:

You could pull off that lace cardigan - that would be stunning!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-08-2006, 11:15 AM
i *love* mariah... I've had that one in my "to knit" binder for a long time.

jamadian75
07-08-2006, 05:52 PM
Hmmmm :thinking: 3 votes, definitely compelling.

I would be really pushing myself to test my skills with that one...which is actually a good thing, right???.
It also looks like something that I would actually like to wear often.

Zipper sort of scares me :?? , but I s'pose that's something I could get help with.

Ok - Maria's in serious consideration. When I get back home I'll assess the stash situation. :thumbsup:

JLC
07-09-2006, 05:21 PM
You can do it, Danielle!! :cheering:

This is my yarn: http://www.bartlettyarns.com/itemdetail.cfm?SPECIFIC=B-35-S

:D

Julie, how do you like this yarn? Is it soft? Bartlett is only about 1/2 hour from me, but I've never been there since they're only open during the hours that I'm working.

Julie
07-09-2006, 05:27 PM
It's a bit itchy...but for a cardigan I'm okay with it. Very sheepy-wooly-smelling, even after I washed the swatch.

Freyja
07-09-2006, 08:26 PM
It's a bit itchy...but for a cardigan I'm okay with it. Very sheepy-wooly-smelling, even after I washed the swatch.

I have softened with lanolin and scented with lavender. Next time I am going to use spearmint. Everyone will be asking me for gum :D


I will be be soaking my linen swatch tonight and washing it in the morning. I did the bottom on N#5's and the top on #4's. I just know I will be knitting Consuelo on 4's. :crying: I will be renaming Consuelo, the sweater from H*ll once I get into the cables. The linen has no give but it has a nice waxiness to it. I LOVE MY OPTIONS!!!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-09-2006, 10:49 PM
Mulene!!!!! I totally didn't realize I didn't answer your question. Have you ever knit with the Debbie Bliss before? Maybe you can go to the LYS and see if they have any lying around you can test knit. I'm used a worsted yarn for my L&S, but I was able to get gauge with a DK--on the same size needles, ironically-- so it might work.

I :inlove: LOVE LOVE LOVE plymouth bamboo :inlove: I seriously considered doing L&S with that but it woul dhave been 140 bucks!!! :shock:

Andrea
07-10-2006, 05:25 AM
Jamadian, another vote for Maria here too, but I also like the Hot Lava-more in the white than the colorful one they show. I would be scared of zippers too!! :shock:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-10-2006, 10:09 AM
I heard the tell-tale sign of the UPS man just now.... :happydance: I shouted "YAY you're my favorite person!!!!!!!!!" He laughed at me. I went right to the table to open up my beautiful yarn, and I noticed a strange address... Did Knitpicks change their addy? Noo..... it's just my textbooks for my new class :help: Talk about a buzz kill...

:verysad:

sara_jayne
07-10-2006, 10:13 AM
:verysad: UGH that is NOT fair!!!!

My yarn is on back order :verysad: I MIGHT have it by August. Since I'm not supposed to knit right now it doesn't matter but I want to not knit with the Starsky yarn in my house!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-10-2006, 10:30 AM
poop!!!!

jamadian75
07-10-2006, 10:55 PM
<<CYBER SHOULDER RUBBING>> for sara_jayne

Andrea - you hit the needle on the head with the zipper worries, but there is alot about that sweater that will require I eat my wheaties (or granola at least). And I know you guys will give me courage.

I love the Hot Lava too, so I may just have to move that one high up on the To Do List.

Still no cardi swatch yet though, but by the end of the week I should know which cardigan I can do.

sara_jayne
07-10-2006, 10:59 PM
<<CYBER SHOULDER RUBBING>> for sara_jayne

:heart: :heart: Thank you!!!! My shoulders & neck are finally feeling better so I have been knitting a little - I'd love to start on Starsky though!

jamadian75
07-10-2006, 11:03 PM
I'd love to start on Starsky though!

OMG - after seeing frisky_kittie's up close and in person I wanted one immediately!! That always happens when I see something knit up in real life!!

:shock: The To Be Knit List grows by the minute!!

sara_jayne
07-10-2006, 11:06 PM
:shock: The To Be Knit List grows by the minute!!

I gave up on making a list.....to out of control!!!! :rofling:

Andrea
07-10-2006, 11:10 PM
Hildie! That stinks that you didn't get your schtuff :(

And SJ!! AUGUST?!?!?! :shock: :(

I finally wound my first hank of yarn for Starsky! Now, to swatch!

sara_jayne
07-10-2006, 11:13 PM
And SJ!! AUGUST?!?!?! :shock: :(

I know!!!! I'm hoping that the yarn gods will smile upon me and send it sooner!!!! I still need to read through the pattern again - I'm sure I'll have many questions before I even start!

Good luck with the swatch - it really did help me understand how the pattern would work.

mulene
07-11-2006, 08:08 AM
I am crazy - I thought I'd never find a yarn substitute for this, then realised last night I was looking for the WRONG guage! I'm still not sure I'll be able to join in this but I'm going to see what I can do - oddly I have yarn at home that will be ideal for this.

CateKnits
07-11-2006, 09:56 AM
Since buying a computer, I can't afford a mmmMalabrigo sweater anymore, but I have a huge pile of some old pink wool I was using to start a Sonnet and it JUST occurred to me that Sonnet is a cardigan! :doh: So I can still join. :cheering: Do I have to frog the couple inches I knit last month and start over? :shifty:

sara_jayne
07-11-2006, 09:57 AM
:roflhard: No frogging Cate!!!! I'm glad you are joining us! :cheering:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-11-2006, 11:36 AM
hahaha no cate, no frogging necessary!!!! We take everyone at all stages :-)


Now, if all youhave to do is weave in the ENDS and you're done... well... that might be cheating a little ;-)


So no L&S math for you then???

CateKnits
07-11-2006, 01:04 PM
I suppose not, Hildie. I DO still want to make that eventually, but I want to wait until I can afford some nice yarn for it.

Freyja
07-12-2006, 01:10 PM
I washed and dried my swatch. I will be CO my sleeves tonight on N#5's. :D

sara_jayne
07-12-2006, 01:13 PM
I washed and dried my swatch. I will be CO my sleeves tonight on N#5's. :D

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

JLC
07-13-2006, 08:57 AM
Hmm, I would like to join in, but all I have is Knit Picks Merino Style. I know Hilde's Tubey pilled with that yarn, so I almost hate to use it. I really can't buy any new yarn for a few months, though. What do you think? Should I use it?

Julie
07-13-2006, 06:10 PM
I cast on today! :happydance: And I'm on row 64 of the back...it's waaay to hot to spend any length of time outside (I'm kind of a wuss), so I've been hanging out inthe a/c knitting. :thumbsup:

Stacey, I'm totally going to chart the lace pattern. Would you like a copy when I'm done? :D

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-13-2006, 09:18 PM
JLC, even with the pilling, that's still a REALLY nice yarn. I'll knit with it again. A sweater stone should do the trick.

I might have to move andean silk UP on my list of favorite yarns... I love how it feels!!!

JLC
07-14-2006, 06:49 AM
Thanks Hilde, I guess I will then. I just need to find a pattern now. I'll look online at work and if I don't find anything, I'll go through my books and magazines tonight after the kids are in bed!!!

Julie
07-14-2006, 10:55 AM
I finished the back and charted the lace pattern last night. :thumbsup:

Still haven't read to the end of the pattern yet, though...I'll get right on that :oo:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-14-2006, 11:06 AM
Juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuulieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :fingerwag:

Julie
07-14-2006, 03:13 PM
Okay, okay, I read them! I promise! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v486/j-m-h/smilies/angel.gif

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-14-2006, 04:24 PM
It's a good thing missy!!! ;-)

earthchick
07-14-2006, 04:40 PM
Julie, I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with you! :shock: I'm impressed that you charted. Maybe I should do that.

I just got my colorcard today and will be ordering my yarn next week, I think. Still trying to choose which red....

Julie
07-14-2006, 06:16 PM
Stacey, I'd be glad to e-mail you the chart -- it's not nearly as skeeeery as the written directions. ;)

CateKnits
07-14-2006, 06:21 PM
Hildie, I only agree with you 99.7%.

earthchick
07-14-2006, 06:29 PM
Hey, Julie, cool! That'd be awesome. How are you liking the pattern so far?

Julie
07-14-2006, 06:36 PM
So far, so good...I mean, the back was all stockinette, so what's not to like, except all the purling? ;) Bulky knits go so fast :thumbsup:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-14-2006, 07:24 PM
:roflhard: cate!

Andrea
07-18-2006, 05:29 AM
Well, I practiced my Banana Tree Pattern for Starsky! I'm excited! Where's the next set of directions?? HMMMMMMMMMM???

monzogary
07-18-2006, 09:11 AM
I have the left sleeve and a good portion of the left front done on my Sunrise Circle (http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/pdf_files/SunriseCircleJacket.pdf)! I did have the sleeve already done when this KAL started, but I have worked on it a bit so the front is pretty far now.

jamadian75
07-18-2006, 11:00 AM
So I decided to push myself and do Mariah from Knitty (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTmariah.html), but I'm already behind because I have the pattern and the needles, but NO YARN.

This pattern will need about 1784 yards of a worsted weight at 5 sts/in on US 7's. It suggests Paton's Classic which I really love but don't have in my stash, and I'm REALLY trying not to buy any more yarn right now...especially not this much.

I'll post again if I'm able to swap some yarn or return enough stuff from the stash to get what I need for this.

GOOD JOB to those who have already started!! :thumbsup:

Angelia
07-18-2006, 02:44 PM
Oooh, I love Mariah! That's going to be gorgeous! :inlove:

I had to *sniff* frog my create-as-I-go cardi. But, it's going to look better for it, I know.

Sue Madelin
07-19-2006, 06:55 AM
Stacey, I'm totally going to chart the lace pattern. Would you like a copy when I'm done? :D

Ohhh - please could I have a copy? Having seen the pattern it is now on my to do list - I would join in this KAL except that I've been banned from buying anymore wool!!!! :crying:

So I'll just have to wait.

Julie
07-19-2006, 11:27 AM
NP...pm me your e-mail address and I will send it to you. As soon as I fix it...I charted the pattern, then when I went to knit it I realized I had done it backwards! :roflhard: (oops)

cathysoutlaw
07-22-2006, 12:03 PM
Woo! I already have my yarn and pattern...

http://www.sweaterbabe.com/product_kp23.htm

close-up:

http://www.sweaterbabe.com/products/sweaters/bulky_jacket_350.jpg

:D

where do you get the patterns for that site, I have fallen in Love with Cardigan 994?????

Julie
07-22-2006, 04:07 PM
When you click on the page for a pattern, there's alink to add it to your cart -- then after you pay you're directed to a download screen. All of the patterns are PDFs...instant gratification! :D

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-24-2006, 11:33 PM
:doh:

Well, i forgot to post this week's assignment!

START THE BACK! (I know most of you have started, this is just for formality's sake :-|)

Work on the back up to the waist shaping; I found that when a pattern says "work until back measures X inches" to also count and write down the number of ROWS I've done when the sweater is the specifie length. That way, when it's time to do the front, or my 8 and a half inches has the same amount of rows as the back.

Happy knitting!

candicane
07-25-2006, 10:26 AM
So I changed my mind already and am now going to knit the Circular Shrug from Craftser, but plan on adding sleeves. I am using Colinette Mohair in Chamois. I am about 2 inches into it.

The Judy Jetson cardigan will just have to wait until I can rationalize a new yarn purchase.

Candice

jamadian75
07-25-2006, 01:27 PM
Guess who got her YARN!!
ME ME ME

My LYS was having a buy 4 get 1 free sale, so I'm doing Mariah in Plymouth Encore Walnut.

Very excited. I'm traveling so I will start the back on the plane rides back home.

earthchick
07-25-2006, 06:28 PM
My yarn came yesterday. It is soooo yummy and I'm thrilled with the color. Even with the color card, I had a hard time figuring out which was the red I wanted. But I compared the card to a couple of favorite tops I have in a rich red, and I went with Spice. The color looks perfect to me - exactly what I had in mind.

Don't know if I'll actually cast on this week, as I'm still plugging along on Cozy and trying frantically to take care of things at work and home before I leave for vacation on Sunday. But I'm mighty tempted to start playing with this fiber. :XX:

earthchick
07-25-2006, 06:47 PM
Ack! I'm sorry for how ginormous that picture is. :shock: I reduced it to 500 pixels wide but it is still mighty huge. Tips on how I can make it smaller?

Friskums
07-25-2006, 07:23 PM
Nevermind me. I didn't read the first page. :oops:

Jan in CA
07-25-2006, 07:45 PM
Ack! I'm sorry for how ginormous that picture is. :shock: I reduced it to 500 pixels wide but it is still mighty huge. Tips on how I can make it smaller?

I made it smaller and uploaded it for you. It just needed to be cropped at the top and bottom. ;) Technically it was fine, but the height did make it look extra large.

That sure is pretty yarn! It's going to make a gorgeous sweater!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-25-2006, 09:55 PM
WOW!!!!! I love that red!

sara_jayne
07-27-2006, 12:57 PM
That red is beautiful, Stacey!

I am STILL waiting on my yarn to start Starsky. :rollseyes: I really wish I had the yarn - since I've been resting so much after spraining both my ankles 2 weeks go I'm sure I could have had the whole thing done by now! Oh well....hopefully I can catch up while I'm on vacation!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-27-2006, 08:28 PM
:shock: I hope you get it before vacation!!!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-30-2006, 05:13 PM
OK Knitters!!! This week:

FINISH the back of your cardigan.

Make sure you read directions carefully for armhole and sholder shaping.

:thumbsup:

Andrea
07-30-2006, 08:14 PM
I'll never finish the back of this cardigan this week :verysad: I can still say I'm doing the YOTS 33 1/3, right? :verysad:

Mer
07-30-2006, 09:13 PM
I've got the back done as well as the left front! Woo! It's pretty boring though--just ribbing. I may take a bit of a break now.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
07-30-2006, 10:46 PM
Andrea you get an extension because you're knitting a MONDO sweater!!! :thumbsup:

:thumbsup: Good job Mer!

How are the rest of my lift and separate pals doing???

Andrea
07-31-2006, 09:00 AM
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

sugarbeth
08-02-2006, 06:41 PM
Hilde pointed me over here - it didn't even occur to me that the sweater that I was knitting was a cardigan. I was too distracted by the pattern on the back. :lol:

I'm Beth, knitting Starburst (http://www.knitpicks.com/Projects/Projects_Display_Yarn.aspx?itemid=50443220&yarnid=5420104)in Merino Style "Storm" (http://www.knitpicks.com/kpimages/Big/23464.jpg). I'll be done with the back tonight.

jamadian75
08-02-2006, 07:17 PM
I'm Beth, knitting Starburst (http://www.knitpicks.com/Projects/Projects_Display_Yarn.aspx?itemid=50443220&yarnid=5420104)in Merino Style "Storm" (http://www.knitpicks.com/kpimages/Big/23464.jpg). I'll be done with the back tonight.

Hi Beth!! :waving: You'll find an inspiring photo of this done by a fellow KH'er here (http://www.knittingnelly.com/?p=185), and some notes about knitting it too!

Welcome! :cheering:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-02-2006, 07:57 PM
Welcome Beth!!! And you're right on schedule!!! :cheering:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-07-2006, 09:07 PM
Okay everyone catch up week!!!!

Andrea
08-08-2006, 10:15 AM
I'm 3 inches away from finishing the back!! :happydance: :cheering:

Julie
08-08-2006, 10:30 AM
:cheering: WTG Andrea!!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-08-2006, 01:45 PM
Yay andrea!

Andrea
08-09-2006, 09:12 AM
:woot: The back is done!! :woot:

The back is done! :blooby: The back is done! :blooby:

earthchick
08-09-2006, 01:16 PM
Andrea, that's beautiful!! Excellent job. That's going to be so gorgeous.

I've done nothing, nada, zip, zero on my sweater. I'm on vacation right now and did pack some of the yarn and hope to at least swatch. But for now I've been trying hard to finish up Cozy and Simply Lovely Lace Socks before starting the cardigan.

So as always, I'm way off the timetable on this KAL. :whoosh:

Julie
08-09-2006, 03:12 PM
Andrea, it's fabulous!

And don't worry Stacey...the back goes really quick...you'll catch up in no time. :thumbsup:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-09-2006, 03:25 PM
Don't worry, we still have almost 6 weeks left!

Nice job, Andrea! :muah:

Andrea
08-09-2006, 04:17 PM
Can I take a break then? Because if I don't make another pair those stoooopid Baby Uggs, my SIL will have my hide. :-x

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-09-2006, 10:04 PM
Yes, because this is catch up week! You're caught up, so you're off until Sunday :thumbsup:

jamadian75
08-09-2006, 10:58 PM
Andrea, that's beautiful!! Excellent job. That's going to be so gorgeous.

I've done nothing, nada, zip, zero on my sweater. I'm on vacation right now and did pack some of the yarn and hope to at least swatch. But for now I've been trying hard to finish up Cozy and Simply Lovely Lace Socks before starting the cardigan.

So as always, I'm way off the timetable on this KAL. :whoosh:

Um...ditto on everything except replace "vacation" with work travel and replace Cozy and Simply Lace with a different sweater. But all the rest of it?? yeah, me too. :verysad:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-15-2006, 01:04 AM
Time to start the fronts everyone!

This week and next,we'll work on whichever front part your patterns starts with (left or right). We'll have a mini "reverse shaping refresher course" late next week so we'll know what to do for the other side if it doesn't give specific directions.

Mer
08-15-2006, 05:11 PM
I finished mine (of course it has short sleeves, so I cheated a bit :wink:) and there's a big problem with the sleeves. The stretch like crazy, and the cardigan hangs down way too low. Hmph. I'm going to have to re-do them and figure out how to make this work. :-x

CateKnits
08-15-2006, 05:29 PM
Hey, I just started a cardigan a couple of weeks ago. I forgot that counts for this. I won't have to cheat and finish the Sonnet I started in June! :cheering: :rofling:

CateKnits
08-17-2006, 06:45 PM
I finished the back of my cardigan! :cheering: It took me nearly three weeks because I started it before I had all the yarn I needed. :oo:

CateKnits
08-18-2006, 08:30 PM
What happened to this KAL? Did everyone disappear? :pout:

earthchick
08-18-2006, 09:38 PM
I'm still here, doing nothing.

Well, actually, I did swatch. First did a swatch a couple of days ago and discovered that size 11s weren't going to cut it for me. Tried size 13s today and I think it'll work. Of course my new KP Options don't have the size 13 included. :!!!: I'll be ordering myself a pair b/c I really like the pointy tips.

A few more rounds to go on my Simply Lovely Lace Socks and then I'm going to start on my cardigan for real, with my Addis till my new needles arrive.

Mer
08-21-2006, 08:23 PM
Ok, so I finished what I had originally planned to do for this KAL, but since it's really pretty summery I've decided to instead work on the Mermaid jacket. (You can see the finished ribbed wrap cardigan here (http://merknits.blogspirit.com/archive/2006/08/20/finally.html).)

The Mermaid jacket (http://www.knit.dk/mermaid.htm) is knitted a little differently than most patterns--the body's all in one piece and it's done vertically--here's a picture from a little while ago; I'm farther along now:

CateKnits
08-21-2006, 08:53 PM
:cheering: It's loverly, Mer! :cheering:

I finished the back of mine and am about 30 rows away from finishing the right front. The left front should be quick (the right sure was, and they're the same!). The sleeves will be quick if I do them at the same time. The finishing will kill me. :wall:
There's a picture of the back here: http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5033&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=3705


Anyone else have progress pictures?!

sara_jayne
08-21-2006, 08:59 PM
:verysad: I'm still here, Cate. I'm just waiting for my yarn still. :verysad:

jamadian75
08-22-2006, 01:15 PM
:verysad: I'm still here, Cate. I'm just waiting for my yarn still. :verysad:

Awww Sara! :pout:

I bet you're ready to call in a sub at this point!

Don't worry, I'll be right here and probably JUST starting mine when you do. :hug:

sara_jayne
08-22-2006, 02:44 PM
:heart: Thanks, Marce!!! I have enough other projects right now to keep me entertained! I just hope the yarn gets here by October as I'll need to have the sweater finished by Thanksgiving as that is when we'll do our holiday gift exchange with my family this year!

:hug:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-27-2006, 09:16 PM
Checking in.... how is everyone doing? Are we ready to start the "other front" ? (I'm not, but that's just me... )

CateKnits
08-27-2006, 09:18 PM
I'm ten rows away, Hildie! :cheering:

Andrea
08-28-2006, 03:07 AM
I hit a rough spot in Starsky and I've been too lazy to concentrate or go to the Starsky KAL to figure it out... :oops:

But I'm going to look right now :oops: :oops:

Where did everyone go?

jamadian75
08-28-2006, 06:08 PM
Ok - I've got nuthin to offer except some yarn porn.

I'm planning to knit Mariah in Plymouth Walnut, so here's some yarn porn with some grass thrown in for good measure.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-29-2006, 09:56 PM
Man, that, like, looks like some SWEET grass, man.

jamadian75
08-29-2006, 10:05 PM
Man, that, like, looks like some SWEET grass, man.

Duuuuuuuuuuuude

:roflhard:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-29-2006, 10:29 PM
:eyes:

earthchick
08-31-2006, 09:21 AM
Me likey the grass! and the yarn

Okay, I just finished the back this morning and hope to cast on for the left front this afternoon. I'll try to post a pic of the back soon. I am really loving this yarn and this pattern! (the lace cardigan from sweaterbabe)

Julie
09-01-2006, 03:57 PM
Stacey...you're catching up to me.... :D

earthchick
09-01-2006, 05:14 PM
Cool! Are you enjoying it?

Here's a shot of where I am right now. I'm about halfway done with the left front. Man, I forgot how satisfying it can be to knit with bulky yarn!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-01-2006, 09:04 PM
:yay:

Julie
09-01-2006, 09:28 PM
It looks so...so, FAMILIAR :roflhard:

earthchick
09-07-2006, 07:26 AM
Whaddup, y'all? Just bumpin' us up to see what everyone's up to.

I'm done with the back and both fronts and have started my first sleeve. Am loving this sweater and can't wait to wear it!

What are the rest of y'all up to?

Andrea
09-07-2006, 10:44 AM
I'm done with back and left front. I have yet to cast on for the right front :oops: But at least I'm not stuck anymore! :cheering:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-07-2006, 12:17 PM
ARRGGH! I'[m behind too. I'm hoping to finish my other front this week, and start sleeves next week. Thanks for keeping tabs on us, earthchick! :heart:

Julie
09-07-2006, 09:19 PM
Stacey you're passed me by! My second front has been languishing, untouched, for many weeks. (Since I learned to spin, I think.) I did block the back and one of the fronts though...looks like it's going to fit :thumbsup:

Julie
09-08-2006, 12:37 AM
O M G

:wall: :!!!: :pout:

I thought to myself, "hey, I could finish that right front tonight, I'm halfway there." So I'm happily knitting along, xxx listening to a podcast, and I'm on row 58 when I realize that I didn't start the armhole shaping at row 43 like I was supposed to.

:shock: :shock: :shock:

No lifeline, I now have to tink back 15 rows. :doh:

earthchick
09-08-2006, 10:05 AM
Hmmm, Julie, that sounds very familiar. I did the EXACT same thing on the left front! :grrr: :doh: Also no lifeline, also tinking back about 15 rows. Argh.

Julie
09-08-2006, 02:57 PM
:roflhard: so we can blame it on the pattern? maybe??

I finished the right front! And it's blocking! :happydance:

earthchick
09-08-2006, 03:07 PM
Yes, let's! :teehee:

In the above post, I said I tinked, but I actually ripped. I just held my breath and did it and somehow landed on the right row with all stitches intact.

Okay, you've inspired me to go ahead and start blocking the pieces I've already done. I wish this weekened wasn't so busy for me, otherwise I'm sure I would just sit around and try to finish this baby up! I can't wait to wear it.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-08-2006, 03:44 PM
Doh! frogging sucks!

Mer
09-10-2006, 08:01 PM
I'm really going to try to devote my time to Mermaid now (but we'll see how long that lasts :roll: ). Here's an update on my progress--it's knit side to side, and I'm just about at the middle of the back. It's slow going, but I am looking forward to the finished product!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-11-2006, 09:10 PM
WOW! It looks great! I love the colors :inlove:

Okay, everyone, hopefully you're not as far behind as ME and are ready to start the sleeves! I suggest doing both sleeves at the same time, so you're are sure that the shaping occurs at the same time, and they are the same length. Good luck!

We want to start seaming in TWO WEEKS. This KAL is *over* on Sept 30th! :shock:






yeah right, like I'm going to be finished by then *Sigh*

CateKnits
09-11-2006, 09:21 PM
I've been slacking. :verysad: I haven't touched it since I moved. I still have ten rows on the front, and then the other front, and then the sleeves. And I don't WANNA seam. :!!!:

sara_jayne
09-11-2006, 09:31 PM
I'm still way way behind! :shrug: I e-mailed the yarn store today and I hope, FINALLY to have my yarn either late this week or early next week....then I can start knitting on Starsky! :cheering: :cheering: I'm ready to go after waiting for 8 weeks! :blooby:

earthchick
09-17-2006, 05:24 PM
I'm nearly cross-eyed from looking at this sweater, trying to make the right sense of things at the neck and shoulders.

I have finished knitting the back, both fronts, and both sleeves, and have blocked all but one sleeve. Now I've seamed the shoulders and am ready to begin picking up sts at the neck for the collar. But the thing isn't quite making sense now and I'm afraid I have made some mistake in seaming the shoulders, though I checked and re-checked repeatedly before I did the actual seaming (5 sts on each shoulder - you wouldn't think it would take me as long as it did!). :wall: I can't look at it anymore! It has been a fun knit, but the details of construction are going to have me tearing my hair out. If I can't even manage the shoulder seams, how on earth am I going to manage the sleeves, sides, and buttons?

Oh, and on top of that, I'm beginning to think it may end up being too tight. :doh:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-18-2006, 03:05 PM
d'oh!!!! Put it away for a while and knit somrting mindless.... if you pick it up like thursday or friday maybe it will all come together no problem.

Andrea
09-18-2006, 05:23 PM
Hildie, you're not alone, I still haven't CO for the right front! :oops:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-19-2006, 12:06 AM
we might have to make 2007 the year of the hat.... we could probablly all actually finish 4 hats a year :help:

earthchick
09-19-2006, 07:26 AM
:rofl:

I've put my sweater away and am doing a scrunchable scarf. Man, what a change to be working something so basic!

Here's a question. The back of my sweater has 5 sts on either side of the neck, and then 5 more that slope away from the neck (i.e., I bound off 5 sts at the 2 rows before binding of the final 5 sts the next two rows). Currently, my two front are only seamed to the 5 sts on either side of the neck. Is it possible that I should've seamed the fronts to other 5 sts as well?

I'm asking b/c although currently the reverse st seams on front and back are lining up perfectly, when I get ready to pick up the 13 sts leading around the front for the collar, it looks like I'm going to have a gap right before the back neck. :wall:

sara_jayne
09-19-2006, 11:25 AM
:happydance: :happydance: My yarn finally arrived on Friday! :happydance: :happydance: I only waited 8 weeks for it! :pout: Of course, even though I was so excited about starting it I've yet to even finish the guage swatch! A cleaning and work bug bit me, so I was busy doing everything else. I figure what is another week, right? :rofl: I plan to start it tomorrow night, but it might be Thursday, I'm just glad that I finally have the yarn! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Sue Madelin
09-19-2006, 11:49 AM
YEE HAAAH!

So glad you've finally got your yarn Sara-Jayne - I hope it lives up to expectations now!

knitqueen
09-19-2006, 05:18 PM
Stacey ~ I've not been a part of this KAL but I saw your questions about how the shoulder seams together. It does seem a bit odd. I searched around the internet a bit and found this blog entry (http://bunnyknits.blogspot.com/2006/02/still-wet-but-complete_26.html) by someone who knitted the pattern and she mentions "ultra weird piecing instructions". You might try contacting her and see if she has some tips because from the looks of things, she finished it beautifully.

earthchick
09-19-2006, 08:01 PM
knitqueen, :muah: :muah: :muah: Thank you SO MUCH for pointing me to that blog. Just looking at her FO pics I could see that I have seamed the fronts to the back correctly. :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :happydance:

And I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one that think the seaming directions leave something to be desired.

Julie
09-19-2006, 11:33 PM
I think the pattern is a bit bizarre in general. :shrug: But a beautiful sweater, no doubt!

earthchick
09-20-2006, 07:23 AM
Julie, I totally agree! (on both counts) I can't believe that a pattern that costs $8 would be as strangely written as this one is. It bugs me.

BUT, I'm happy to report that I finally got up the gumption to have a go at the collar this morning. I made only a small start, but enough to feel confident that things are heading in the right direction. :happydance:

And I totally forgot to say: Sara Jayne, I'm so glad you're yarn finally came!!!!!! :cheering:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-20-2006, 06:29 PM
Stacy, you're going to be the only one to finish!!!!!!! We're glad though! :cheering:

earthchick
09-20-2006, 08:36 PM
:teehee:

Well, I guess I'm making up for being sooooo slow with the spring sweater and not doing a summer one at all!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-20-2006, 10:57 PM
I vow to knit on my cardigan more tomorrow!!!!

CateKnits
09-20-2006, 10:59 PM
I vow to finish my cardigan before it snows!!!

..this doesn't count if it snows in October. :oops:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-20-2006, 11:48 PM
LOL

I'll be having two stweaters OTN soon... the next sweater KAL starts in 3 weeks :help:

earthchick
09-21-2006, 07:16 AM
Crikey! (had to say that in honor of Steve Irwin) I have NO idea what I'm doing for a winter sweater.

But I am now 11 rows away from being done with the knitting on my cardigan. There aren't words for how much I'm dreading all the seaming. :wall:

sara_jayne
09-22-2006, 02:05 PM
I'm so far behind, but at least I've started! Here is my poor Starsky so far!

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h97/sarajbc/Knitting%20Projects/starsky1.jpg

Mer
09-23-2006, 08:39 PM
Well, I don't think I'll be done by the end of the month either, but I may at least be done with the body! I'd be happy with that!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
09-24-2006, 02:00 AM
Do you guys think we should wait to start the next one then? With holiday knitting starting soon, though, I know that people will have less time to knit for themselves as we get further into fall.

earthchick
09-24-2006, 04:40 PM
Well I for one am apparently on some sort of selfish knitting kick, so I think I'd be all up for doing another sweater. But I understand why it might be better to wait, as well.

Personally, I'm suddenly obsessed with the idea of knitting Tubey (I blame it on too much time hanging out on this here KAL board! :teehee: ). I might go ahead and get ready to do it, even if this KAL is postponed.

CateKnits
09-25-2006, 11:05 PM
I FINALLY started the "other" front.
I'm still up for the winter sweater, though. I have to wait a while before I can buy any yarn anyway. I'll finish this one and then do some marathon knitting to catch up with that one.

CateKnits
09-28-2006, 12:39 AM
I finished the second front! :cheering: Anyone think I can do two sleeves and all the finishing in two days? :roflhard:

Andrea
09-28-2006, 08:42 AM
You can do it!!!!!!!!!!1111 :cheering:

Mer
09-30-2006, 06:12 PM
I was so close to being done with the body of my Mermaid when I realized that I forgot to cast on stitches for the collar about 15 rows too late!!! I was so excited about being almost finished that I totally forgot. :wall: Oh well, I'm still happy with the progress I've made the last couple weeks and hopefully I'll have a picture of the finished body soon!

earthchick
10-17-2006, 10:58 PM
Well, it's done. Sort of. I'm not happy with the length, though it's the right length according to the pattern. It's just too short for my tastes.

This took me about 4 weeks to knit but forever to seam - mostly b/c I dragged my feet about actually starting the seaming. I really need to redo the shoulder seams.

More details (incl. more pics) on my blog tomorrow, I hope. I just thought I'd post a quick pic now that I finally got one uploaded.

jamadian75
10-17-2006, 11:28 PM
:inlove:

Nicely done!! :cheering:

JLC
10-18-2006, 02:07 PM
Beautiful sweater! I love the color!

earthchick
10-19-2006, 06:52 AM
I finally got more pics and details up on my blog. Here's my official mirror self-portrait, also on the FO thread. Am still thinking I'm going to add some length to this baby.

How's everybody else doing? What are our winter sweater plans? I still want to do Tubey, but it's going to have to wait till I return from Italy on November 18. It may have to wait even longer than that, depending on whether or not I can find a way to justify buying myself yarn when there are Christmas expenditures to deal with....

jamadian75
10-19-2006, 08:00 AM
Wow!

The only thing better than seeing the sweater is seeing it on you! :inlove:
Very nice work!

If you do decide to knit Tubey, I woul like to have someone to KAL with on it, so keep us posted :)