Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Betcha just thought I was joshin' when I said I was thinking about making Mr. Greenjeans in a bulky wt...... Behold.

An icky, poorly lit, through the mirror, self portrait, of an unblocked bulky wt sweater, but a photo nonetheless. It practically flew off my needles. If it wasn't for the fact that I had to do the sleeves, not once, not, twice, but three times, (even seaming one of the sleeves each time, which is the bane of all things good) I would have been done two days ago! I wonder when I will learn that those nifty little gadgets they call tape measures are worth their weight in gold?? Guess I should have taken a clue from the gold market of late and used one. Obviously "eyeballing" is not a good thing.

Specs: Vintage yarn...Ballybrae Bulky by Brunswick 100% virgin unscoured wool with natural oils. 135 yards/100 grams. (total yardage 675) #10.5 needle 3sts=1 inch color Dover White Tweed.

Um yeah, they weren't kidding when they said, "unscoured wool with natural oils" It took me longer to wash the stuff than it took to knit the sweater! WOW

I sort of followed the pattern, but not really. What I did was follow the silhouette. Just changing the gauge and going from there doesn't work too well sometimes and I just knew it wouldn't have worked this time. So basically it's just a raglan, with a deep v-neck, and an empire waist. There are darts here and there that are not in the orginal pattern and I changed the cable a tiny bit. Each cable twists in the opposite direction than the one before it. I'm thinking I should have gone a tad bit longer in length (I have one skein left) but then there's the issue of the button/neck band....sigh Oh well, it's still long enough to cover my butt when I sit so it's all good.

Languishing while my attention was focused on "Papa G" (as I'm calling the Mr. G bulky remake) was "Pretty in Red". I know, it's a lot of red. I'm about half way up the back, as you can see. The fronts aren't much and then the sleeves. I was orginally going to make this long sleeve, but Gillian thinks she wants it 3/4 sleeved, so 3/4 it will be. It won't be done in a day or two, but it will be done soon.

I am totally enamoured with the pleats!

On the spinning front, I've been sporadically spinning here and there. This is what's on the bobbin now. It was originally supposed to be part of my Ravelympics....oops. You can see my Ravelympics prep for this fiber here. I dyed it myself.

The ball of roving seen here on the left is exactly what the ball on the right looked like before I began spinning. Large ball 242 grams, smaller ball, 119 grams.

The plan is to have a sportish wt. 2 ply with a really long color sequence (ala Kauni). Then a I'll use a solid/semi-solid in a dark color such as black or navy, and do some color work. I've been "stealing" and adapting paisley prints from my stash of fabric and charting designs, we'll see how that goes. :o)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lotsa Stuff

Whoops, it's been a while huh. Perhaps this will make you smile....Joe and I had a photo shoot. Some of these are old some are new, I don't think there are any surprises. I'm pretty sure I've at least mentioned them before, then again, maybe not.

This is the ever popular Mr. Greenjeans. I had hesitated to make this merely for the fact that it is so popular, but a KAL in one of my Ravelry groups spurred me on. I love it. Made with reclaimed cotton. I WILL make this again in a heavy wool for winter. Pattern here. Other blog posts here....hmmm no other posts about this?!? Here's the Ravelry project.

This is GreenDay another pattern that received a lot of chit chat but not as many takers. That was clearly understandable once you see the pattern. It's a translation from Norwegian? Swedish? I was swayed by the same Ravelry group to join the KAL. (honestly, I'm such a push over!) Pattern here. Ravelry project here. IF there was going to be a next time I wouldn't make the ribbing on the bottom as deep. I did raise the original neckline and worked it in the round.

Ahhhhh my saddle shoulder cardi. LOVE this cardi!!!! I can't wait for cooler weather. I know you've already seen this done, minus the buttons with Vivian wearing it, thought I'd share a photo of me wearing it, buttons and all. :o) Lots of blog posts on this one here. Ravlery project here.

Another you have seen plenty of, blog posts here and its big sister here. Ralvery project here. I live in this sweater. I took a pic today cuz you guys have never really seen a side view like this...isn't the diamond on the deltoids to kill for?!? It thrills me to no end. Case in point, do you really think I'd post a pic of my drapey old chicken neck like that if I wasn't so thrilled with the diamond and thought you'd be thrilled too????

Did you really think you'd get away without seeing another Drops pattern?!? My Open Cable Top (Ralvery project) blog posts here. I did modify this just a tad. I opened up all the cable crosses, the pattern calls for only the top one to be open, and I lowered the neckline.

I made this one last summer and realized I hadn't said anything about it. Yes, it is the same reclaimed cotton that I used for Mr Greenjeans. There's an awful lot of yardage in a man's x-large cabled sweater. :o) (I still have some!) The pattern is here, obviously I did not add the bling, and if I remember correctly I made the shoulder straps differently. Here I braided some i-cord to make the shoulder straps. This too is on my list to make again, it is super fast, easy to make and very easy to wear. Oh yeah, I worked it in the round too.

What am I doing now? There still are some older UFO's on the needles, and if you check out my Ravlery projects page you'll see quiet a few of them (not all of them mind you but a few of them) They will all get done in their own time. Someday. The current project that has most of my attention is this Drops pattern. (go figure it's a Drops!) I'm making the long sleeved version. It is suppose to be for Gillian, but if she doesn't like it I'll be happy to keep it. I'm using Classic Elite Four Seasons in red. It is a cotton wool blend I thought would be a nice winter sweater Savannah style where Jilly goes to school.

I'm itching to cast on for something new. Something wooly, bulky, and big., OR something light and lacy. I'd love to cast on for the winter Mr. Greenjeans, but that really doesn't fulfill either of my yearnings and I'm afraid it would languish longer than usual. Maybe I ought to make Mr Greenjeans in something bulky! lol Now that's not a half bad idea......


gotta go!