Friday, April 29, 2005

I Love It!!

Drumroll please... I've finally finished my sweater and I love it! I was concerned about how the yarn stripes differently on the sleeves than on the body but it works for me. I added a few rows to the neckline so it doesn't hang off my shoulders.

Also a finishing tip, rather than seaming the body and sleeves at the end, I used the hem technique from Alison's Nothing but a Tshirt pattern. For example, on the lower body - knit 5 rounds, purl 1 round, knit 5 rounds. On round 6, fold work over on the turning row towards the inside and knit next row together with cast on edge. Viola - no seaming.

I still have to rinse the sweater in fabric softener as Noro yarn tends to irritate my skin. And, of course it's too hot in LA to wear wool right now but that's fine with me. My Hourglass sweater is done and I'm happy :-)

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Round Two...

I'm so happy with my Hourglass that I'm going to make another one for my sister! This time, though, I'm going to make it with Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora, in shade 15508. Here's a picture of it:

Tuesday, April 26, 2005


I started this sweater a couple weeks ago and wanted to post a progress photo and say hello. I'm using Cotton Flamme from Crystal Palace yarns. It's my first cotton sweater and my finest guage sweater ever :-) I'm enjoying the simplicity of the pattern and think this sweater begs to be knit in alpaca as well :-)
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And a fabric close up:
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Thanks for letting me join the fun... everyone's sweaters are turing out really well.


Saturday, April 23, 2005

My First Sweater--Finished!

Et voila:

Fits pretty well! The yarn is Cash Iroha in 85, light rose. I adjusted the pattern by adding a few inches to the body and sleeves, since I'm pretty tall. I wish the neck was a little narrower, but maybe if I try this again, I'll adjust the pattern a little more. All in all, a fairly painless and satisfying project!

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My completed Hourglass!

Here's a link to a picture of my Hourglass, which I finished knitting yesterday.

I'm very happy with it, although the neck is quite wide and will require a vest underneath!

Monday, April 18, 2005

Hourglass, Take Two!

Hi everyone! I just joined this knitalong, but I've made some progress already! I had to start over once, after determining that the 2nd largest size was big enough for me and my husband to wear simultaneously. Now I've started the 2nd smallest size, and all appears to be A-OK.

Lovely sweaters and a question

Like others, I've been enjoying seeing everyone's creations. My own is about to be packed away for the warmer months (it's all wool) but I am getting ready to make two more in a cotton blend yarn for spring.

One question, though. When I made mine It seemed that the neckline was much wider than everyone elses'. In fact, I ended up knitting on extra straps taht visually bring it in and allow me to wear it without a tank top underneath. I'm thinking I will do the next size down on the sleeves which should help some, but has anyone else noticed the neckline being overly wide?

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Progress So Far


Just thought I'd post a couple of links to pictures of my progress so far:

Here's the body:

and here's the first sleeve so far:

The sleeve seems to be taking forever! I think it's because the needles are smaller and harder to hold - I have to stop after a while as my hands ache.

Laura x

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Finally done!

Here she is, my first adult size sweater.
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It was a learning experience, I will make some changes if I make it again! All in all, I do like it, and I will wear it because I MADE IT!

Happy Knitting everyone!

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Hourglass After One Month

It's been so fun checking back here to see what lovely sweaters everyone has made!

I have a random Q: I made the smallest size of the hourglass, and when I finished it, it seemed to fit. It was a little looser after blocking, but now it's gotten incredibly stretched out. I rewashed and reblocked, but I just can't seem to get it back to a size that fits. It's not me that's gotten smaller, it's the sweater that's gotten bigger.

Any advice for shrinking it a bit without ruining the sweater? I used Cash Iroha, if that's at all helpful.

Hourglass Finished - - -

Hi! I'm new to the knitalong, and I already finished my hourglass sweater when I found this blog, but I just wanted to post some pictures...

I used 6 balls of Pura Lana Ecologica (175m/50g) and Filatura di Crosa's Kid Mohair, and it took about a month or so.

I really love this sweater! I've worn this so many times already. It's just so nice! The way it snuggles into, the way the neck part opens, and the way sleeves drape... SO, I am thinking about making another one with different yarns, and I picked up Louet Sales' Euroflax (100% linen) . Let's see if this yarn is going to work with this pattern...

I enjoy reading evryone's posts. They are really really inspiring to me. Thanks!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

A couple inches

Hi I'm Lisa and I just started on my hourglass sweater. I'm using Kim yarn in a light cotton blend in sage green. It's my first sweater done on circulars so the yoke directions don't make much sense at the moment so you can expect me to ask (a lot of) questions later on. I'm hoping mine will turn out as great as everyone elses on here!

Friday, April 01, 2005

me likey

My recycled cashmere/cotton hourglass is all done!

Details: After first trying to invent a new size between two sizes, I stuck with the pattern numbers and it came out fitting great. There's enough ease, but it's still nice and form-fitting. I also kept the body and sleeve length as given in the pattern and they worked out too (whew - I was worried about those sleeves!). I did however add two extra decrease rows to the top, to trim down the wide boatneck and give myself some bra strap coverage. And just for symmetry, I did two stitches between each of the raglan decreases, instead of just one. And finally, I wanted none of that sewing live stitches to the inside to form the neck hem and just bound off and whipstitched it closed. Sometimes, you just gotta go with what you know. So with this motto in mind, I must say that I really didn't have any problems with the pattern at all.

Conclusion: I love, love, love it! I had no idea it would fit so well. And the yarn was also a real surprise. It was a 65/35 cashmere/cotton blend that I recycled from an at least 10 year old Banana Republic sweater. It suffered a bit in the ripping (although I carefully ripped the entire sweater by hand instead of using the ball winder), making the yarn a little less tightly plied. But the slight uneveness gave the sweater a natural and casual sort of look, which I really like. In a way it reminds me of the cash iroha that the pattern called for, which is often irregularly dyed and sometimes slubby. It makes the sweater lovely and feminine without seeming too dressy and delicate. It's definitely a keeper!

It's been great knitting along with everyone!