Monday, December 31, 2007

The Birth of an Aran Coat

No turning back now..I have ordered the rest of the yarn I will need.
I charted this coat using Knit chart is on this blog somewhere and if it isn't I will get it on here...but I have already changed it since last posted. Here are some of the pictures...the cable on the back I have ripped out and will redesign...just didnt like it the way I had charted it. The front at the moment looks like the back except the front has my 5 steek stitches where I will "GULP" CUT TO OPEN FOR THE COAT FRONT!

Up date on WIP"S

The trial run of the Spanish Peacock Shawl, below was going along so well I have abandoned it and started the Red one in Icelandic Lace Wt

These are just pictures of projects I am working on and how far they are as of today...the Revised Rib Warmer is farther along, I have now started the second half.
I am quite proud of the no hole wrap on the rib warmer....

Friday, December 28, 2007

Another Sweater to Drool over

My Charted version...I tried to keep it as original as possible...but I wonder if the design was charted to produce a drap or if the fabric produces the drap???
I charted for Jumper Weight...8wX11h spi. So the chart looks off, but should be ok once knitted up at that SPI. Of course if you are knitting for a larger size I think adding rows and column to teh various stripes, might be a good idea to give the design more weight in a larger area.

The Beginning of an Aran Coat...gulp

And this is chart for my Aran Coat...102 stitches + 5 for steeks. The outlined cable is the sides and the one line down the back is the center.
I am using Sheepsdown from Schoolhouse Press
My gauge is 2.5 SPI on a 10 Needle. The coat should be around a size 36-38. Meg did hers at 106 + 4 for steeks and when I tired it was a little loose so I am hoping this will make it just a bit smaller.
I do have some changes I will be making to the pattern...u will have to keep tuning in to see what I do with it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Another Quest...Schiaparelli's Bowknot Sweater Chart

Well, Ravelry Pals have me looking into yet another pattern. I am interested mostly because the pattern of interest is in The Armenian Knitting book by Schoolhouse Press. It is Schiaparelli's Bowknot sweater.
I played with charting it, didn't spend much time at it yet, but will look into doing a better job and finishing off the back and the sleeves. I think there is a KAL in the many things to knit so little time.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My Next Lace Project... The Spanish Peacock Shawl

This is my next lace is the Spanish Peacock from Meg Swansen's A Gathering of Lace. I will be doing it in Icelandic lace weight...Dark Red! (This picture was copied out of A Gathering of Lace written by Meg Swansen. You may purchase this book at

Monday, December 10, 2007

Elizabeth Zimmerman and Meg Swansen Pattern Locations
I hope to figure out how to load the Google document I have, to post all the locations for SHP patterns and their locations.
Well. I can't figure out how to get
the mountain (data base...)to come here so you will have to go to the mountain instead.


Ok here it is in all it's glory. I have to close up the heel and toe and I am thnking of doing an I-cord around the top, between the white cuff and the red and white corragated ribbing above the ornaments. I wasn't able to do the instructions Meg gave due to the difference in size. I did the best I could with the gauge I was working with.
Sue will be coming to our house for Christmas, so decided to make her a Stocking...I designed it and started knitting yesterady Dec. 9th. I didn't swatch just guessed...I GUESSED WRONG. The sock is just a wee bit big...a cat could crawl in there...I was more concerened with getting patterns to fit in an area...I used 80 stitches. The top is done in double moss stitch and looks fluffly like fur and I did a Yo across the top and turned the hem so now it has those nice peaks. I will work the rest of the sock down and do it in red and green with a red and white striped heel and toe. The red and white above and below the name is done in 2 color corrigated ribbing...was a nice touch of texture...along with the top being done in double moss.
I think I want to play more with texture and color.

I also think I may have discovered a different way to do 3 needle bind much easier, although I always loved 3 needle bind a nce finish and no sewing involved! A knitters delight. The name is done in Armenina knitting since there were such long carries. My color knittng is getting so much more puckering.
The colors are more Victorian...dark forest geen, christmas red and then cream...wish I had a more darker red...

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas Stocking Design for Meg's KAL and WIP's

The charted trees, hearts, snow flakes and deer are from books,
the patterns are my design...made up to fit the area.
This is the chart I made for my Christmas stocking for the Knit A Long with Meg Swansen...I am very happy with it. The white line above my name is for an after thought pocket...gulp...never did one before.

Cropped sweater I made for my sister while we were in Brazil for 3 weeks in Jan of 2007. She has the same colors socks and I felted her some clogs. You ca't see it but this has a low scoop neck. The Socks...I bought this yarn summer of 2007 to make socks for Sue for her birthday in is now Dec and I am knitting like crazy to get them done for her for Christmas...
Didn't get much knitting done today...matter of fact didn't do any but I did work on my design for the Christmas stocking...I am quite happy with it...I'll be even happier if it knits out ok.
Here are SOME of my WIP's
and going to be WIP"S.
I also have the yarn for my Spanish Peacock shawl in RED. This is the shawl Meg Swansen made for her daughter for her wedding The Gathering of is beautiful.
I have gotten the yarn for swatching my Aran coat and for my KNIT, PURL Armenian sweater...the one Joyce made in the book Armenian Knitting.
how could I not...
Blue is my birthstone color.
I tend to lean towards the saphires and reds.
Oh yeah... I also have the yarn to start my revised...longer Rib white. However, I think I am addicted to this pattern and with the new colors Schoolhouse Press has added...WELL NEED I SAY MORE!
My leggings are coming alone nicely...I love the yarn Saqulli or something like that..DK in dark is so soft. I will be making Ron a swearter in nice and cuddly... Of course SHP yarn again.
Well, I spent all day yesterday on the computer so today I have to knit. I came on at about 6 AM and was on it when DH came home early at 3 PM...caught...dang!!! Can u say..

Seems to have me hooked...if nothing else just looking at what others are doing.

OT this is so funny I had to add it.