Friday, September 30, 2005

About 75% Done

I decided to finish my sweater by my birthday, which is tomorrow. I've been working on the hourglass like a madwoman! I already attached the first sleeve, and the second sleeve is up to the increases already. I just need to finish the sleeve and the yoke by tomorrow, and I think I have a pretty good chance.

By the way, this yarn is a dream to work with. I have exactly 800 yards to work with, and I'm making the small. I know people have run out of yarn, and I can get an extra skein or two if necessary. So far it doesn't seem like I'll run out though. As a precaution, I'm doing rib instead of turning round on the edges, which saves me 6 rows on the bottom edge, neck edge, and both sleeves.


~ I finally started ~

So here is the progress so far...
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But when I was casting on my yarn broke twice. I am using Noro Cash Iroha has anyone else had this problem?

I have also lost 2 balls of yarn to complete my sweater. I am hoping to find some before I get to that point. If anyone has any color #75 Lot J please please e-mail me at I will trade or pay for it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I am finally starting my hourglass!! I am using the Peruvian wool I bought from elann for my Ribby Cardi that I started and didn't like. I heard that it pills did anyone else have this problem? I am doing a small band of chocolate brown on my midnight blue sweater to make sure that I have enough wool!! I bought this yarn last fall and could never get more of the same dye lot now.
Wish me luck!

Just to let you all know that I have turned on word verification for comments as we seem to have fallen victim to the dreaded spammers. Hopefully this will sort things out and we can keep the comments knitting related!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Small Amounts of Progress

Hi everyone! I just rejoined this knitalong to make another Hourglass. I started today, using Artyarns Supermerino in these excellent little colors:

Excellent Color #2 Excellent Color #1

I'm striping them, doing 2 rows of each. Here's how it looks so far:

Wish me luck!


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Second Hourglass Sweater completed!

I started this such a long time ago and am so happy that it's finished in time for Autumn!

I used 7 (I think) balls of Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora, which is lovely and soft.

Laura x

Friday, September 16, 2005

Question re. the pattern...

Er, I don't even know how to explain what I mean in any comprehensible way, but I'll give it a go:

I've knitted the body of my Hourglass sweater quite happily, despite the differing gauge, and have now arrived at the section 'Divide for Yoke'. Now, this is where I simply don't understand what the pattern wants me to do.

It says 'K5, place the last 10 sts just worked on a stitch holer, knit to 5 sts beyone next marker...'. OK, I get the part with the knit 5 and place the last 10 on a stitch holder. So far so good. But what then? Do I take them off the circular needle? That leaves me with the end of the yarn on the stitch holder and the circular needle attached to the stitches before the stitch holder. Massive gap. How can I just continue knitting without knitting the last stitch before the stitchholder and the 1st stitch after the stitchholder together, thus pulling the whole sweater together in a way that I'm sure can't be right?!

I just don't seem to get what I'm supposed to do... I'm sure it's ever so simple, but could someone talk me through this? Please? I'd really really appreciate some help. :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

It's Finished!

I'm finally done with my Hourglass sweater. I'm looking forward to wearing this in the Fall.

Thanks all for the wonderful tips on this KAL!

I have more pictures on my blog.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Question for those who used Cash Iroha

Hi there! I just joined the group and I'll be knitting the sweater with Cash Iroha. I've been swatching for it and when washing and blocking the swatches, I've found that the yarn expands (for lack of a better word). So for example, once knit up, a swatch will be at 19st/in. But once washed, it's now 18st/in. Have any of you experienced the sweater being too big/loose once you've started wearing it? I know I should probably knit it with the size needles that gives me the correct "washed" gauge, but would any of you suggest different?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Here is my finished photo of the Hourglass Sweater. I followed the pattern to the letter and when it was finished and blocked I hated the neck, it was way too wide. The Noro Cash Iroha yarn stretches a lot when blocked. At first I thought the sleeves were too short, but after blocking they are the perfect length. I used 8 full hanks and less than half of the 9th hank of the Noro Cash Iroha yarn. This sweater was knit in the smallest size, and after ripping out the neck line, and re-knitting the neck to fit more like a crew-neck than a boat neck I like the sweater much better. I love the petal softness of the yarn. This sweater fits perfectly.