02
May

FO: Pomme de Pin with pictures!

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, FO, knits

As promised, some real photos of my latest sweater! I’m very happy with how it turned out!

I basically haven’t taken it off since I finished it! My only complaints are that the sleeves are too long (oops!) and I did a bad job setting in the right shoulder. I should really pull the sleeve off and do it again because it sits all wonky on my arm but I probably won’t for a while.

I was complaining that the dark olive color made it difficult to see the lace but I think it’s great. I love the color. I was lying before. I’m a liar.

Buttons. I did buy these really great buttons that are gold and black but they’re a bit bigger than I wanted. I’m actually quite happy with how the sweater looks sans buttons and the button holes are pretty hidden (read: I definitely made them too small but it was my first button hole experience, too! Oops!) so it doesn’t look obvious. Although I am pleased with the placement of the button holes. I didn’t follow the pattern here (Sorry, Amy!) I’m just so bad at picking up stitches evenly. I admit it! I got as close to the number as I could and then I faked it.

I’m happy without buttons. What do you think? I figure I can always add them later. But I’ve been wearing this like a fool so it’s a-okay right now!

It was so fun participating in the KAL! I’m so excited for the other knitters to see my FO! And all of their sweaters are beautiful. It’s really motivational when you’re comparing your work like this. And lots so fun being part of a group that is so talented! Thanks, ladies!

The details again:
Pomme de Pin by Amy Christoffers
Blue Sky Alpaca Sport in colorway 25
size 5 and 6 needles
Ravelry project page
KAL page

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26
Apr

FO: Pomme de Pin

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, photos, sweater

Well, it’s done! If you haven’t been following me on instagram, you might’ve missed this picture of my finished cardigan.

I love it so far. Very soft and warm. The sleeves are a little too long but I guess I’ll have to deal with that! Otherwise, it’s perfect.

I know that picture is definitely not the best and then I put words all over it so you can’t see anything. I’ll have more detailed pictures of this FO after the weekend when I can take some nice photos in the sun! I just really wanted to celebrate the fact that it is finally finished and I’m never taking it off!

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24
Apr

WIP: Savory KAL: Blocking!

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, sweater

The sweater is finally almost finished! I know I promised all of these pictures but before the blocking, everything looked like a blob. But everything is laid out and lovely. I know I’m far past the KAL deadline but I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out and I’m so excited that I’ve conquered lace!

The collar construction is really interesting. I think it’s very unique and I’m not surprised since the shawl collar on the Larch Cardigan was so much fun. The left and right fronts are joined around the back of the neck and the back is attached to the join, creating the arm holes. It’s such an interesting idea but I like the way it makes the garment hang. It feels very relaxed.

The sleeves were finished a while ago. It’s hard to see the lace pattern laid out flat. That was definitely my fault for picking such a dark yarn color. It’s somewhere between olive green and olive brown. I love it.

Have I mentioned before how awesome my blocking mat is? My mom got me the Coco Knits Knitter’s Block for Chanukah last year and it’s been so useful! You can connect as many squares as you need in any shape which is great for bigger pieces like sweaters but also smaller blocking like mittens and socks. I would definitely recommend it if you’re short on space like me! Thanks, Mom!

I love the thick ribbing at the bottom of the body and sleeves. It feels so casual and wonderful. I can’t wait to see it all put together!

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13
Mar

WIP: Pomme de Pin: Savory KAL

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, lace

You know what the best part about an FO is? CASTING ON FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT!

Immediately after finishing the hamburger sweater, I set it down on the couch beside me, picked up my laptop and went through my queue on Ravelry. I guess you could say I’m a process knitter! Every time I cast on, I’m already dreaming of what yarn I will use for my next project and, more recently, collecting sock patterns I can work on during my morning commute.

This choice was kind of a no-brainer.

I’d hyped up Amy and Maria’s Savory Knit-A-Long when Amy had introduced the idea to me on Twitter. This was just after I’d posted photos of my Larch Cardigan. Not to say that I was all Amy Chrisoffers’ed-out (obivously, this is impossible) but I’d had my heart set on making that damn hamburger sweater for so long! This may have been the first time I put my foot down to interrupting the order of my knitting queue.

Well, I got that out of my system. And while I was working on it, something amazing happened! Amy came out with this Pomme de Pin pattern! I once met someone who told me that procrastination isn’t always bad. Sometimes, she told me, you are waiting for when you’re ready and sometimes awesome things happen and you’re all “Phew, glad I was procrastinating! Things worked out so much better for me!” This was kind of like that situation. (PS, I never took that as the advice she was trying to bestow upon me. It’s clearly just a really well-thought excuse for putting things off.)

So, although I missed the KAL deadline, I can participate in the did cast on in February so I’m participating and that makes me happy!

As soon as I saw this pattern, I knew I had to make it. Here’s why:
Numero Uno: Cardigans are awesome. And after riding the high of a 21-day sweater, I felt unstoppable.
2: This cardigan is unlike things that I normally wear. It would be a really fun addition to my wardrobe (Is there a bit of a product knitter in me?!)
C: Lace. The Final Frontier.

I don’t knit lace. I’ve never really tried it. It’s incredibly intimidating even though I like to think that everything is fair game in knitting. Here’s why I’ve never bothered to really give lace knitting a go: I hate shawls. I know, I know, I said, “Oh, I’ll never knit socks!” and now I’m addicted. But I really REALLY can never ever see myself wearing a lacy, frilly, light-weight shawl. If there is one thing that defines my style, the word is utilitarian. I don’t layer with scarves and I’m allergic to belts and I don’t like accessories. I don’t see ANY point in a shawl that makes me look like a grandma that doesn’t keep me warm. Even if I wear it cowboy bandana style. (Disclaimer: I hope no one is offended by how much I hate shawls. I DO think they’re beautiful and I know they take an incredible amount of work because I obviously am afraid of lace. But some things just aren’t for me. Maybe I’m being too harsh.)

I mean, seriously, we all know if I actually tried knitting a shawl, I’d probably freaking love it.

Anyway, this seemed like some entry-level lace knitting. And it is a cardigan, not a shawl.

 

Long story short, here is a photo of my swatch. Blocking really makes a huge difference. The progress I’ve made on the sleeves looks all puffy and misshappen. But I know that one day when it grows up into a nice, smooth, blocked sweater, it will be beautiful.

I’m using Blue Sky Alpaca sport weight. This color is somewhere between olive green and umber brown. I like greens but I stopped wearing them a long time ago. Maybe it’s time to stop wearing blues and greys always?

I’ll be back with more. Happy knitting and I’m seeing amazing things from the rest of you participating in #savorykal

Pattern: Pomme de Pin by Amy Christoffers
 Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Sport
Needles: 5 and 6
Ravelry page

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05
Jan

FO Larch Cardigan

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, sweater

I’m not really sure where to start! I’m trying to revamp everything for 2012 and I have a lot of new projects coming up in the new year. I guess let’s start by saying that I hope everyone had a great start to the New Year. It sounds like a lot of people were doing the low-key thing this time around. We did too.

Becaaaause we’re so exhausted/exhilarated/busy from our big move. I can’t wait to show you the new apartment. This year is going to be all about redesigning this little gem.

Anyway, maybe I can start by showing you a long-overdue post about my larch cardigan? Tie up the loose ends of last year. It’s been such a long time since I finished it. (Before Thanksgiving!) Let’s see…

The construction of the collar really confused me the first few times I read the pattern. When I finally got my head around it, I realized how brilliant it was! The collar is worked around the neckline and then back and forth picking up a little more on either side to make a really beautiful roll collar. I’ve never knit anything will a roll collar so I love it!

The beautiful tortoise buttons are from an adorable little you’ll-miss-it-if-you-don’t-know-it’s-there button store on the Upper East Side called Tender Buttons. I’m so in love. It’s one of those shops that doesn’t really exist anymore and is so small and unique it feels like magic. They are just wall to wall buttons! And all kinds including some vintage and antique wonders. I bought about 4 buttons just in case something unfortunate happens to the ones I put on.

I’m not terribly pleased with how the cardigan fits across my chest when the buttons are done. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not the size I thought I was or if my gauge wasn’t spot on. Maybe the length isn’t right? I was going for something tighter than I usually wear as I’m trying to break the giant comfy sweater habit (at least when I’m going out.) It’s not that bad but I think another more serious blocking will do the trick on it. I’m pleased otherwise.

So love how this MadTosh knit up. How many times can I say that? I’ll say it again. It’s tops.

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16
Nov

WIP: Larch Cardigan (Almost Done!)

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, photos, yarn

This is long overdue! I’m almost finished with my Larch Cardigan! What a refreshing knit! I haven’t made a sweater in about a year and I was much more confident this time. I love making little projects but making something big is so fun and a little nerve-wracking. It’s like running the marathon instead of jogging a mile.

Here it is with all of the pieces complete!

(Excuse my wrinkly sheets. I really need a better place to photograph my knits…I’m working on that!)

I am totally in love with the edges. The little details like that are what make this pattern so much fun. It would have been simple to just start with a regular 1×1 rib and move on into the sweater. But binding off and picking up the stitches make that adorable little chain boarder. It’s a brilliant idea.

Can I have a minute to tell you just how amazing this color in Mad Tosh is!? I’m so in love with it. I didn’t strand the yarn even though they warned that I should. I looked at the skeins really closely and didn’t see too much of a difference in color. I guess I lucked out with the four that I bought because they’re really identical. I decided that I didn’t need to strand and that I’d probably regret making that choice later. It turned out great. I definitely made the right choice. There is one patch on the back where the yarn doesn’t have as much variation as the other parts but stranding probably wouldn’t have avoided that.


I’ve really neglected to post these photos so this cardigan is actually already almost finished. It’s really is begging me to block it but I haven’t had the time. I promise I’ll block you, wonderful Larch Cardi! I can’t wait to show you the finished cardigan! And I can’t wait to wear it out!

When is the last time you knit a sweater? Is the Larch Cardigan in your knitting queue?

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07
Oct

WIP: Larch Cardigan

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, design, DIY, instagram, knits, photos, sweater

I am so bad! I promised myself I’d take lost of pictures and document every step in the Larch cardigan but, of course, I’m already half finished! So let me go back to the beginning…

I was planning on starting the Larch cardigan on my birthday which, of course, was the same day that Hurricane Irene decided to blow into town. Which ruined the big self-indulgent birthday trip I had planned to my LYS. Of course, I’m a terrible person for bemoaning my lack of yarn shopping. Hurricane Irene effected so many people outside of New York City. Which is why I was excited to buy the Larch pattern during Amy Christopher‘s sale for the Vermont NOFA Farmer Emergency Fund! (She raised $2410!)

Anyway, I love the color of Amy’s sweater and I wanted something similar. I finally made it to my LYS by myself which meant about an hour of staring at skeins of MadTosh Pashmina. Can I say for the millionth time that I cannot get over how gorgeous Madeline Tosh yarn is? The colors are so intricate and deep it makes choosing one so difficult! Each shade is like a completely different hue.

I finally ended up with Glazed Pecan which sounds as yummy as it looks. (And got my birthday discount late since they were closed!) Of course, I was so excited to start knitting, I didn’t even take a decent photo of it. Excuse my Instagram.

 

Within a week I was finished with the sleeves. I wanted to start with them before I dive into the more complicated bits. And, taking advice from Little Red in the City, it helps to ensure that my gauge is correct before I screw up the whole sweater. It also helped me ease into some of the more confusing techniques. (I’m actually working it on my gorgeous interchangable ebony Lantern Moon size 5s.) I suppose, best of all, I won’t feel like I’m not making progress on the body and give up with a sleeve-less sweater. (We’ve all been there.)

Also, I’m actually not stranding the yarn. For those of you that don’t work with hand-dyed yarns or have never had an emergency of the run-out-of-yarn-need-to-buy-this-random-skein-of-a-different-dye-lot-because-it’s-the-last-one-on-the-planet variety, knitting two rows from alternating skeins throughout will “blend” the colors and hide the fact that they are slightly different. (This Jimmy Bean’s video is the best I can share with you on stranding. I think it over-complicates the idea…maybe I should write a post about that!) I debated for about thirty minutes before I cast on about whether or not I’d strand the yarn. While MadTosh has NO dye lots, I didn’t think that any of the skeins looked particularly different from the others when I stared at them by a sunny window. As I cast on I thought to myself “You’ll regret cutting this corner!” as I so often do but I think I really lucked out!

I’m actually almost finished with the body. I’m really flying through this.

Aren’t you excited it’s sweater season!?

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