Productive weekend


The raglan pieces are waiting to be blocked before I can tick it off my homework list. Nothing fancy with this one.

Sophie loved all the loose strings and couldn’t resist getting into the picture with her mouse.

Yesterday I spent most of the day doing homework for the Knit to Flatter and Fit class that Sally Melville will be teaching at the MFA Winter Retreat this year. We’ve been asked to have someone take a straight-on  photo of us in close-fit lingerie. With that photo we need to make a 1/8 scale outline of our body. While very interesting it’s quite sobering to see ones body outline (got to get back to my marathon training soon). I wonder what we’ll be doing with it.


It’s time to start thinking about the next project … a traditional Aran sweater with saddle shoulders. Unlike most traditional Aran sweaters, mine will have set in sleeves.

Swatching will start tonight using this Magpie Tweed. Before diving into the large swatch that will included all the stitch patterns in the sweater I thought I’d make some individual ones first to really see if I like them.

I’m still not sure which stitch patterns I’ll use. I’ve copied several from my book collection.

Trying hard to keep up

RaglanpatternI’ve bypassed the dolman project in favor of getting the raglan homework done for our next class (in a couple of weeks). I thought about adding a fancy cable down the center but since I never seem to have much time lately I decided to go with an very easy stitch pattern.

Row1: *knit 2,purl 1* repeat at *
Row2: purl all stitches

We only need to knit it to the underarm. In class we’ll learn how to calculate decreases for the shoulder and sleeves.

Interesting pattern drawing, isn’t it? Body and sleeve drawn on the same sheet of paper. I remember Jean saying it’s one of the most difficult ones we’ll do this year.

On another note, the half-marathon is next week! I’m ready and can’t wait to get it over with so I can take a break from training.

Waiting for pieces to dry

Shapedt_back_sleevesFront, back and sleeves are done. Waiting for sleeves to dry and then I need to figure out what to do with the provisionally cast-on edges before sewing the seams.

Also did a swatch for the third sweater, a bottom up raglan. That swatch is also on the drying rack.
I’ll  cast on for that one next since that’s what we’ll be doing in our next class session.

The dolman is on the back burner for now.

I’m exhausted and sore after jogging 12.8 slow miles yesterday. At least I know I can do the half-marathon on the 3oth. That’s 13.1 miles.

I will be so happy when this training cycle is over and I get to ease back on training. It eats up so much time.

Dolman swatch

Here’s the swatch for the dolman cardigan.

I’m already behind.

Over the past few days I’ve started another swatch for the puffy sleeve tee with larger needles and redrew patterns after measuring my body parts again.  I’ve lost a few centimeters (and 12 pounds) over the past few months. I’m still putting in miles although it is getting harder to do with the light changing and class starting again, but I’m determined to keep it up.


Vacation almost over

Puffy_swatchWe got our homework assignment a couple of days ago. Swatches for the next two garments; one with puffy sleeves and the other with dolman sleeves.

Here’s my unwashed swatch for the puffy sleeves. If it looks familiar then perhaps you’ve seen it in Knitting Lingerie Style. It’s the Shaped Lace T (aka Krista). I nixed Classic Elite Provence and exchanged it for Cascade Sierra. Sierra is so much softer and definitely a better choice.

My dolman sleeved garment will look something like this Stanwyck sweater in Rowan’s latest book. However the body will be worked in a lace pattern. I wasted many hours this past weekend looking for the perfect yarn but in the end settle on Knit Picks Gloss in Dusk. Since I’m not sure how the dolman will look I didn’t want to sink too much money into yarn for this project.