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The Carbeth sweater is done and I couldn’t be happier with it.

carbeth sweater knit

I made it with 4 inches (10 cm) of ease and it fits perfectly with the shirts I will wear underneath it.

I love my winter clothes to be oversized and cuddly. This sweater fits the bill. I used 16 skeins of Buachaille in the Haar colorway. I love the yarn and so does Yarn Rascal. Yarn Rascal hates being wet but he had no problem rolling around in my wet sweater while it was blocking. Hence I had to move the blocking to a table in the garage where Yarn Rascal is not allowed.

Naturally the day I chose to block became oppressively humid which lasted for another 4 days interspersed with rain. Despite all that the blocking went well. I also discovered that Chippy, the zen yoga chipmunk, seems to be getting himself all snuggled in in the garage for the winter. I haven’t told The Skipper and I won’t. Chippy has hidden nuts in my gardening gloves and in the pocket of my outdoor work shirt. I’m leaving them there so I bought a new pair of gloves and another shirt. It was time for new ones anyway.

Back to the sweater. The only thing I altered was the body length. This is going to be my go to sweater all winter long. I love it.

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Of course the name of the shawl is not really the Forever Shawl. I just named it that because I started it back in summertime and here we are in February and it’s finally knit, blocked and photographed.

The real name is Carol’s Frequency. Knit in 2 balls of Schoppel-Woole Zauberball Crazy.

knit shawl schoppel yarn short rows full

The entire shawl is worked in short-rows and while there are no wraps there are floats. I am quite comfortable with knitting short-rows but I have to say this was a challenge. It upped my short-row knitting times 10. A life-line and stitch markers saved my sanity.

knit shawl schoppel yarn short rows cu2

The shawl was ripped back to the starting gate many times before I got the knack of where to place the life-line and how to count up to seven properly. The secret about the life-line is its placed only through the stitches forming the leaf shape currently being worked, not through the whole shawl.

knit shawl schoppel yarn short rows cu4

I am totally in love with the texture of the stitches and the graceful forms of the leaves as well as the way the yarn worked so well with the pattern. In short I am in love with this shawl and feel that I have accomplished something in my knitting it.

knit shawl schoppel yarn short rows cu3

knit shawl schoppel yarn short rows cu

The pattern is well-written. The only problem occurs in certain places where the short-rows form holes. I fixed this by simply picking up a stitch from the row below and knitting it together with the float and its stitch—3 stitches in all. It was easy to see when a hole would occur and I just made the adjustment.

Now that this is finished I am at sixes and sevens about what to knit next. I don’t really have anything that is calling to me so I’ve begun “knitting around” like a tart. Some socks, two scarves, but nothing that is really satisfying like the shawl. I’d also like another project that works gradient yarn into interesting shapes as this shawl did. In fact, I am thinking of starting another one in Spring colors. The Skipper, who watched me rip back, cry, and moan over this shawl says I’d be crazy to knit another one again.

Oh, mon petit cheri of course I am.

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raven alice starmore from glamourie

This is Raven by Alice Starmore from her book Glamourie. This is what knitting can be in the hands of a talented designer. If I were only thinner I’d make this in a heartbeat and have fun wearing it.

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Of course that is not its real name. The shawl is called Carol’s Frequency.

When I first saw the pattern I could imagine it in autumnal colors that were a touch rustic. I found the yarn to suit that vision in Schoppel Woole Zauberball Crazy. I don’t remember the name of the colorway.

The shawl is worked entirely in short rows, wave by wave. While the pattern promo says there is no wrapping, what the designer has done instead is create a one stitch float which you pick up and with the stitch it floats across you knit both through the back loop. Most of the time this closes up the holes created by short-row work. However, at least once or twice in a row of waves a large hole appears which is due to the short-row work. I have this thing about holes. I hate them existing where they shouldn’t and would knit hanging upside down from a chandelier even though I am afraid of heights if it meant getting rid of them. I had to address this hole problem.

What I did was pick up the float and then go into the small cross bar of the stitch in the row below and pull that up. Then I knit the float and the stitch, and cross bar together through the back loops. It closed up the holes nicely.

So this is what I am currently working on. I still have a bit of a way to go before I can start the bind off and while this has been a frustrating knit at time, I do really like the way it is starting to look.

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knit baby sweater

The back of the Feelin’ Groovy baby sweater is complete. I am working on the front, at the point where the pockets would be inset if I were creating real pockets. I’ve spent weeks thinking about and working with these pockets. Who knew pockets could be such a time consuming, weighty issue? I’ve dithered back and forth over type, size, placement, technique, on and on. As I studied the picture I drew, I finally saw that it wasn’t the pocket that was so important. It was the look of the outside trim that broke up the expanse of turquoise fabric.

Fair enough. So I jettisoned the actual pocket for just the trim. How to attach the knitted trim is what I am wrestling with now. To knit it directly into the sweater would be too much for most knitters. Familiarity with intarsia and stranded color work is a bit much to expect. Creating the trim separately on two double pointed needles is a much easier knit because they are only dealing with stranded color work.
In the picture the two trims are on two double pointed needles. The best way to place them onto the Front is what I am dithering over now.

It’s one thing to draw up a sweater design and another thing entirely to execute it. In the drawing stage I’m not thinking about how to execute the design. I am just going for a certain look. After it’s drawn I think about how to actually create it with yarn and needles. While as the designer I may be willing and able to work more complicated knitting techniques to get the look I want, regular knitters might find these techniques off-putting. Thus the tug of war between design idea and actual 3-D creation. Make it simple but not boringly so. Spice it up with a little interesting technique but avoid over complicated things.

The stranded color work at the hems, cuffs and neck are spicy enough for most knitters. Add shaping for torso, arm and neckline, and throw in a placket and that’s about the limit.

The weather continues to march into Spring. The frog is still alive in his abode. For one little frog he has quite the appetite. I’ve told The Skipper that this is the last frog we’re raising. If he brings in anymore tadpoles they are going right back outside. Yarn Rascal is delighted with having the frog indoors. At night he sits for hours in front of the tank watching and talking to it. When it moves he gets all wiggly squiggly. I’ll get all excited when I place the frog outside in the pond.

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This week is an eclectic mix. From socks that will knock your eyes out, to a pretty fab green coat. I also found embroidery done on knitted items and love the way it looks. Making another debut on the fashion runways are ruffles and not just at the cuffs and neck. Check it out here.

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Today I am doing something a little different. I am opening up my entire Sunday Images board so you can see what I’ve been hoarding. Each week I will add new pictures to this board and the new items will be at the top of the board.

This week has a sweater for all those who hate sewing in sleeve caps. While the garment has sleeves, the caps are missing. Why didn’t I ever think of that? On the fashion side a small glimpse of Dior 2016. Very small sweaters.

You can find all this fun here.

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