Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Knitting up a storm

I am in the process of taking a hiatus from swapping.  It is amazing what I can do when knitting for no one but me.  I have made a pair of Unmentionables, which I call "Grey Undercrackers"  on my project page on Ravelry.  I made my first sweater Emmaline (simply called Emmaline on my project page) which I had to deviate from the pattern significantly.  Once I got past the bust I realized it was not going to fit me properly. I have started, got nearly finished, and frogged Inamorata (Inamorata in Violet). It is back on the needles.  Once again, I got WAY past the bust and realized it was not going to fit.  I must have larger nungas that I thought.

Wow, they feel really nice.  They are on my butt right now.  In fact they inspired this blog posting.  I am planning to make another pair real soon for myself but first I am going to make R a pair from the little girl companion pattern.  Her's will be made out of Kraemer Little Pebbles yarn in yellow. 

My next pair are going to be made out of Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton in black.  Ah...it is so so soft.  I had a moment of fear while knitting my grey pair (Knit Picks CotLin in whisker) that they were going to be too tight.  Fortunately, they fit.  I was going to make the black pair in medium, which I have changed my mind.  While wearing them today they have steadily stretched to prefection. 


Cute, Easy, and Quick.  I am a bit opposed to the fact it is spring/summer top in bulky weight yarn but it will be a nice fall top.  Arkansas weather allows very little time to wear something of this nature during spring. 

My fitting problem was that the decreasing in the bust area to make it a empire waist was going to be too tight for me.  I have a larger rib cage from pregnancy.  On my 5 foot frame my tiny baby had no room to grow and it causeed my rib cage to expand to the medium/large sizing of the pattern when I am a small up top.

I would like to make this sweater again.  I think I can compensate early on in the pattern, now that I know, for the medium size for the empire waist.  This would be nice for my belly area too.


Oh, well this was my mistake.  It is what I get when I check gauge.  My gauge was a bit large than the specifications for the pattern so I though I could make the XS size and be fine.  Well, I was wrong.  This time my bustline was too large.  GAH! I ripped the whole thing out and started over.  This time I am omitting the cable.  It will be a time saver and it really didn't look very good. 

I am using Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Gorgeous in deep violet.

HLBOE Term 4-

This term the subject is Fantastic Beast.  I have a lot of ideas!  I am hoping my swap mate will choose something that I know I can pull off really successfully.  I am feeling pretty rejuvenated.  I am going to start really soon on the little things that can go into any house package. 

I am coming back to Hogwarts as a Slytherin.  I have been a Gryffindor for all of the swaps and I am ready for a change.  It is a bit hard to let go, but I would really love to put together a package for a Gryffindor! 

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