Knit, Inc


Posted on: March 2, 2011

It appears I have gone missing again. I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since my last post. Sorry! Since I went back to work on Monday I’ve been mad busy. I also apologise to bloggers whose posts I haven’t commented on. I promise to do it soon, honest!

I have gotten some knitting done, though:

Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann (all hail)
Yarn: King Cole Bamboo Cotton, 1 skein brown, about 3/4 skein turquoise
4mm Knit Picks Options

I adore this pattern. It never ceases to amaze me how it turns out every time.
This is my first attempt at striping, I think it looks great! I did modify it a little bit, I used an Icord bind off at the end, joined the shoulders using 3 needle Icord and ran the icord around the neck. I think it gives it a much nicer finish. All I need to do now is find some cool buttons and it’s all set! I started this on Saturday night and had the knitting done on Sunday. I cast off and icorded on Monday night. The icording took me as long as the jacket did to knit! Looks great though, I’m pleased with it.

I managed to finish the top part of the Ethereal top too:

I’m all ready to start the empire waistband. Yeah. I swatched and swatched and swatched trying to pick a nice stitch pattern for the bodice. Every one of the stitches I tried looked pants in the Drops Alpaca. It’s so fine that it doesn’t really have much stitch definition. I must have swatched half the stitch patterns in the Barbara Walker treasuries. Very frustrating. I put it down in a sulk and did the BSJ instead to give myself a break from it.

But, last night at knit night I got some brilliant ideas! Thanks girls! They put their thinking caps on, and this is more or less what they came up with:

Pardon the crappy drawing, I’m certainly no artist. Basically it looks kinda like an Irish Dancing costume 🙂 I’m going to do some smocking at the waistband and then do panels of purl stitches which will be where the increases are to make the skirt flare out and in between will be panels of a nice cable stitch. I went through my treasuries again last night, and I have some more swatching to do to decide which smocking type stitch and which cable stitch to use. Ideally I want the cable to sort of flow out of the smocking, if you know what I mean. I’m re-invigorated about it now!

I also have another magazine review to do, Designer Knitting Winter 2010/11. That’s Vogue knitting for you folks across the pond. I hope to do that this weekend, but here’s a quick sneak peek at one of the patterns:

*swoon* I LOVE this pattern! The minute I saw it my heart beat a bit faster. Then I looked and saw it was Norah Gaughan and I said to myself “I should have known”! I adore Norah as a designer. Isn’t it just breathtaking? Le sigh.

Good knitting!


9 Responses to "M.I.A."

That VK pattern is gorgeous! Looking forward to hearing the review.

Oh I love your BSJ !!! The pink Ethereal is going to be really pretty and I like the design you came up with, especially the pleats. I am eager to read your review of the new Vogue Knitting as I have already purchased this issue. I'm well prepared this time !

ooh you've been busy! Can't wait to see the pink shirt finished!

You've got some cute stuff going on there!

Oo, I'm interested to see how that design knits up.

I love your BSJ — I can't wait to see the buttons.A VK review, eh? Knowing VAGUE Knitting the way I do, this should be just as hilarious as your last review, lol.

"kinda like an Irish Dancing costume" – that should strike fear into my heart, but I get what you're going for and I think it's going to be amazing, Sinead! I hope the BSJ's recipient loves it. The colour combination works cute as a button.

I love the colors you choose! I've wanted to try a baby surprise for a while. Need to get on that!!!

The colours you chose for your BSJ are great! Very modern. Can't wait to see more progress on the Dancing Jacket! lol

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