Monday, February 26, 2007

The Matador Variation

Quick 'n' easy 'n' enormously gratifying.... the Matador bolero from last fall's Interweave Knitscene mag.

Not content to leave well enough alone, I used Needful Van Dyck rather than the recommended yarn, and I messed with the edging...

The original pattern calls for garter edging for the fronts. Frankly, I felt like it was fighting with the eyelet detail on the raglan when I did it up in the plainer yarn. Garter to me is a rougher, more organic stitch, and eyelets require something a bit finer. Well, ok "finer" is relative here, we're still talking about a fairly "rough" yarn (in a good way), very chunky, and a seriously casual design.

I used a 4 stitch k1 p1 ribbing for the front edging, and it works tremendously well in this context. It doesn't look ribbed, as it pulls in -- which also means that it lies flat rather than curling. Very happy with how it turned out.

And no buttonhole, I just jam the button through a hole in the knitting.

Plus plain black provides a nice sartorial contrast to all the Noro I've been working with. Anyone who knows me well knows that I don't wear more than one colour at the same time -- with the exception of Noro products -- so a black bolero will look great over coloured tshirts in the spring. (You know, those days when I want to to be warmer than it actually is!)

(Squint hard at the picture and you should be able to make it out. I'll take a picture with a different tshirt in the near future.)

Saturday, February 24, 2007

New Teaching Schedule

Check out the Lettuce Knit website for my upcoming teaching schedule.

I'm adding a couple of new classes to my repetoire: Cables 101 and Entrelac 101.

Cables 101 is a 2 hour boot camp to let beginner knitters in on the dirtiest knitting secret in the world: cables are easy!

Entrelac 101 untangles the mysteries of this marvellous technique -- previously considered to be the province of the knitting eccentric -- put to excellent use with Noro's Silk Garden -- as below. After 2 2-hour sessions, you'll have a fabulous scarf, and a killer new skill to be proud of.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

It's Not a Bug, It's a Feature!

This is a commercial cardigan I bought recently (gasp!). It was in a clearance sale at an absurdly low price.

It's not colours I normally wear, and I'm not convinced I will ever wear it, but I had to bring it home and play with it.

I love love love what they've done with the Fair Isle. This is more than just not weaving in your ends, this is a deliberate and wanton display of the wrong side of the work.

Clever! How can I use this in my own designs? Hmmm....

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Holy Sheep!

I received my contributor copy of No Sheep For You this week! I'm in it! Those are my sock designs! I'm SO excited, can you tell?

I spent a good few hours with the book this week, while hiding from the snow. The patterns are terrific, and there's a lot to be learnt from it about different types of yarns, their properties and applications.

Even if you're a dyed-in-the-wool woolhead (to coin a phrase), there's plenty to enjoy and learn.

And that's my name, in the table of contents, in very esteemed company.

Thanks Amy!

[thanks to Interweave for the pic from the book - photography (c) Interweave Press LLC]

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A thought...

These are all my LR leftovers... is it just me, or is this screaming Entrelac?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Methadone for the Lizard Ridge Addict

Because a girl can't be expected to go entirely cold turkey on Noro....

I'm working on an entrelac scarf in Silk Garden. This is a design for a class I'll be teaching this spring. Stay tuned for details.

I'm using the same needles as LR, it's a similar technique, all short rows and turning, and it's Silk Garden which is even nicer to work with than Kureyon. So I'm doing ok.

On a different note, I discovered last night that it's impossible to knit lace and watch coverage of the Sporting Group in the Westminster Dog Show. Yes, it's true, we gloried in all the High Def production values of a televised dog show. All that cooing and oogling over the big adorable dogs with their giant paws make it impossible to concentrate on placement of yarn overs.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Is This It?

Number 24. Done. Some streetcar and car time in the last few days and now it's over.

I fear I might start going through withdrawal.

Not going to start the assembly process just yet, though. I've got a lace design brewing...

Friday, February 09, 2007

A few thoughts as I near the end of Lizard Ridge

(Halfway through the last square.)

I have seen two complete Lizard Ridges in person now... Jen's and Stephannie's. I didn't get a chance to spend significant time with Jen's, but was able to have a good ooh and aah over Steph's this week. She's finished it beautifully.

We discussed a few approaches to finishing. The thought of all that seaming and weaving in of ends is giving me hives... I worked it out today... 38 seams of about 30 cm each. That's 11 metres (or about 38 feet) of seaming.

Mum's suggested crocheting the pieces together, which would be infinitely quicker, but Steph did warn that it's a bit lumpy on the wrong side. She ended up sewing it together. She also used a knitted garter edge rather than crochet, and it's very effective. Plus I'm so much better at garter than crochet.

And on the issue of the bazillion ends, Mum suggested I simply not worry about it, and line the blanket instead. Something with a bit of texture, perhaps raw silk? Because 24 balls of Kureyon haven't made this project expensive enough, I should also buy several metres of silk.

Still... wow... just imagine how amazing that would be.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Number 23

Oh dear. Whatever will I do?

Oh yeah, there's all the sewing together and the edging...

Actually, they're all going to get put aside because I have a really great lace design underway. Pics soon!

Hey Denny! Are You Proud of Me?

Ends all woven in. My god, it's dull work.

The pattern will be available at The Naked Sheep as of Friday.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Khroma Vest - The Pros and Cons of Colour Work

I like it!

It's a bit big on me, by design. It's a shop sample, and it will fit the mannequin a bit better -- and also possibly Lorena who, by virtue of owning the shop, gets to wear the samples. It's always a big compliment when she wears something I've done.

This, however, is the downside of colour work...

The ends.... oh, the ends....

Weavin' away.