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ArtLady1981
11-25-2009, 05:56 PM
Hi! :waving:

Drops Alaska 109-3 Cabled Jacket! (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/109-3-jacket-in-alaska-with-cables-raglan-sleeves-and-hood)

It's a hoodie! And it's also Free! (http://garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=109&d_id=3&lang=us)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2734/4086514987_72a3024bde_m.jpg

This one's gonna take me a while! I've casted on, and have about 5" done. The FRONTS and BACK are knit all one 32" or 40" circular needle. I go back 'n forth between the 32" and the 40". The stitches are more crammed on the 32" but easier to 'queue' on the left-hand needle. The 40" allows the knitting to spread out more. Click here (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ArtLady/109-3-jacket-in-alaska-with-cables-raglan-sleeves-and-hood) to read my Rav notes if you'd like. I'm totally OCD I think.

A Rav knitting buddy will join me soon, but for now, being a young mother of 3, she's busy busy busy with family obligations, and she's finishing up our Miss BB. We've knit the TWIST (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/twist), CASSIDY (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cassidy), CALLUNA (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/calluna-cardigan), CLASICA (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/clasica-coat), BETTNA (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bettna) and MISS BB (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/miss-bb) together.

I'm using City Tweed HW (Romance Red) for my Drops ALASKA:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2707/4122425377_84b52bfc61_m.jpg

My swatch:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2774/4131728261_a5c34dff4a_m.jpg

Nov 26th: here's a progress photo!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2744/4136778966_7647a8b282_m.jpg

Slim
11-25-2009, 07:04 PM
You always choose the classiest patterns. This one will be gorgeous in that red tweed. Is this one for you or one of your daughters?

ArtLady1981
11-25-2009, 09:24 PM
Hi Slim!

Thanks for your kind words!

No, the Alaska isn't for either of my daughters.
Maureen doesn't ever wear red, and Lauralee rarely wears red!

This one is for MOI! :happydance:

ArtLady1981
11-26-2009, 03:49 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2744/4136778966_7647a8b282.jpg
The is the lower body, left front. Out of the photo are the remaining of the 292 stitches crammed on this 'short' 32" circ!

Jan in CA
11-26-2009, 04:11 PM
That's going to be gorgeous! Red is my favorite color!

WildMountainHoney
11-27-2009, 12:56 AM
Mmm, love red, love cables! Going to be great!

WandaT
11-27-2009, 09:33 AM
gorgeous!! I love the red too! I was gonna ask if this one for you ... you're gonna love it!

Doublereeder2
11-27-2009, 10:49 AM
It's going to be gorgeous!!

melmac51
11-28-2009, 02:19 PM
It already IS gorgeous so far!

Momtopands
12-02-2009, 01:52 AM
This is absolutely gorgeous. I love all the things you knit. You are truly an amazing knitter!

ArtLady1981
12-02-2009, 05:35 AM
I'm done with the lower body! :happydance:

Am knitting the sleeves while hubby is in the hospital for a total (left side) hip replacement. Too much tree climbing and mountaineering in his past I think!

What would we do without knitting when stuck in hospital waiting rooms??!!
My bags are packed. His bags are packed. We leave at 5am tomorrow!

JudyD
12-02-2009, 06:22 AM
Special thoughts and prayers for successful surgery and an uneventful recovery for your hubby!

Love the color of that yarn! The jacket is going to be eye-poppin' gorgeous!!!

JudyD

Ronda
12-02-2009, 07:29 AM
As usual, your knitting is absolutely gorgeous. What amazes me is how nice your cables look. I did a cable scarf last winter, and there are holes where the cables are. I was told here that that's common and all that, but I'm wondering how your knitting is so perfect!?!

sabrinasmom
12-02-2009, 11:02 PM
Hi

All of your knitting is gorgeous. Don't know how you do all of it. Do you live at Nighthawk Summit? It's beautiful. Hope your DH surgery goes well.

ArtLady1981
12-04-2009, 05:04 AM
Hi

All of your knitting is gorgeous. Don't know how you do all of it. Do you live at Nighthawk Summit? It's beautiful. Hope your DH surgery goes well.

No, we don't live on Nighthawk Summit. Six feet of snow by now...and very narrow, primitive roads wind up to the 4300 ft elevation! We spend as much time as possible during Spring-Summer, and part of Fall! Eventually, we will sell our city home, and buy a modest home at the base of the mountain. Will spend half our week up there, half the week down there, and ALL of the snowy season 'down there'! :wink:

ArtLady1981
12-04-2009, 05:07 AM
As usual, your knitting is absolutely gorgeous. What amazes me is how nice your cables look. I did a cable scarf last winter, and there are holes where the cables are. I was told here that that's common and all that, but I'm wondering how your knitting is so perfect!?!

Hey there Ronda! :waving:

Here is a great article about tension issues (http://www.tkga.com/members/waytomasters3.pdf)...and it also addresses neat looking cables, without that hole you were mentioning! I printed this article and keep it for reference!

Skater
12-05-2009, 03:55 PM
No, we don't live on Nighthawk Summit. Six feet of snow by now...and very narrow, primitive roads wind up to the 4300 ft elevation! We spend as much time as possible during Spring-Summer, and part of Fall! Eventually, we will sell our city home, and buy a modest home at the base of the mountain. Will spend half our week up there, half the week down there, and ALL of the snowy season 'down there'! :wink:Ooooooo! I want to be you.

Re your lovely choice of yarn and pattern: great and inspiring!

Dimpledapple
12-12-2009, 04:22 AM
Can't wait to see the FO!! Red is my favoritist color :heart:

MerigoldinWA
12-14-2009, 03:46 PM
Gorgeous pattern. Your work in progress looks great. I know you are the great blocker, but this looks like it doesn't even need blocking (to even anything out). Love the red tweed.

jcmom
12-15-2009, 11:15 PM
I've admired the beautiful sweaters you knit and am wondering how you care for them. Any special method or product you use to wash them? Thanks.
Looks like another beautiful one on the needles. :happydance:

GinnyG
12-16-2009, 06:42 AM
Love the ayarn and the pattern.

ArtLady1981
12-16-2009, 07:08 PM
I've admired the beautiful sweaters you knit and am wondering how you care for them. Any special method or product you use to wash them? Thanks.
Looks like another beautiful one on the needles. :happydance:

When a sweater needs laundering, I use the same sweater/fiber wash that I use for blocking: UNICORN FIBER WASH & RINSE. (http://www.unicornfibre.com/2fibre_wash.htm) (hand wash only)

Although, in the meantime, I take the advice of Elsebeth Lavold: Americans WASH sweaters way too often. It's hard on the yarn she states.

She recommends airing the sweater overnight before you fold it up and put it away. The 'airing' allows the body heat and any hidden moisture to thoroughly dissipate, and not become 'trapped' inside the fibers. Following this advice, 'washing' becomes unnecessary from an 'odor' standpoint.

So, for my 'most often worn' sweaters, I wash them about once every year, or two. Of course, that depends on how the cuffs have done! Cuffs are the most notorious area to become soiled and grimy. I have, on occasion, just washed the cuffs of a sweater, and laid the sweater (and cuffs) out to dry!

All of the above is my practice, however, everyone has to make a determination for themselves, and that can vary from person to person. How much you perspire, or if you inhabit areas with smokers, etc.

I've come home many a night (from an art show with smokers in the home)...and had to lay out my clothes for a day or two to let the smoke air out! It usually did, too! But if it was a constant thing, I'm sure the smoke would need to be evicted by washing and rinsing!

Jen17
12-27-2009, 09:41 PM
it is SO beautiful and I love your choice of yarn...can't wait to see the finished product!!