Monday, July 31, 2006

It's off the Needles...woo hoo

It's off the needles, not sewn up yet, but it is finished. I had a flexi day off work on friday and cut finger and all, I knitted away most of the day, I had to be careful to tuck my finger away from the knitting, if I put pressure on the cut it would have bled all over my knitting, bandaids didn't help as they only got caught in the wool.

We went away for the weekend, but no knitting got done, Sunday night when we got home, I sat down for a bit, OK, to really late (but before midnight) and knitted until I finished. I was planning to sew it up last night, but after a day at work on the computer, my eyes are never the best so I thought it best to leave probably until the weekend when all rested up and eyes can see clearer. Photos to be posted at a later date, maybe when all sewn up.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Getting closer!

So, I have finished and seamed the left front and the back. I cast on the right side today. So far, I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out. The seaming went pretty smoothly - I put the stitches I want to seam together on two sides of a circular needle and that seems to help my little pea brain a lot. I'm not sure which closures I want - I was thinking of knitting some frog closures (from Epstein's knitted embellishments), but I kind of like the contrast you get from using the toggles. I really liked the silver clasps that someone else used, but they might be too fancy for me. What has everyone else decided to do? Are you sticking w/ the toggles?

Thursday, July 27, 2006


I thought I would log in and say hi! I am a newbie and have only just started knitting the SCJ.

I'm using Rowan Yorshire Tweed in maze:

And am going to use these buttons from eBay:

I'll be back soon with some progress!

Laura x

Summer Clickety-Click from the Moderator

It's exciting to have so much activity on the site in the middle of summer, when its so hot that knitting seems to entirely slip my mind. I just invitied about 20 new participants to the blog, who've all waited so patiently for the last month or so for me to get around to adding them. So first of all, sorry for the long wait, my summer brain has turned to oatmeal, and second of all, thanks for joining!

And for those of you who joined way back in the winter, how's it going? Still working? Our FO list is pretty short -- there's got to be someone else out there that I need to add... so post and let us know!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Jacket is Done

Ah, I'm so glad to have this finished (well almost finished. It's currently done up with safety pins until I find some buttons!)

I sorted out the raglan seam issues that I had previously posted about, and it seemed to work out ok. I did a one stitch seam allowance, and just tightened things up a bit. All in all the jacket's a bit big, but I'm pretty happy with the result - it's my first knitted item bigger than a pair of mittens!

I'm rambled on some more (well, quite a bit more) about this over at my blog.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

If you want to see a FO check out my blog. Scissors are involved. You have been warned

It's done. I love it. It is a little too big but on the comfy side - going to be worn to death during winter. I love the clasps. I am really really pleased with it.

Blogger is taking so long to upload photos so I will have to tempt you to look at my blog to see exactly what an untrained-fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants knitter like myself does to long sleeves.

Scissors are involved.

You have been warned.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

So close I can smell the finish line

Last night I started to sew up my Jacket and tackled matress stitch . What a thrill though to use Soft Tweed for this pattern....seams disappeared and the whole garment let itself be sewn up bar one side and all around the hems...tonights project.

I have one problem though.

As mentioned here - the Sleeves are WAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY too long on me.

I know the style is long but we are talking maybe 20cms too long. I knew that at the time of knitting it but sticking to the pattern for once and not buggaring it up by changing it was my plan.

I have sewn the sleeves up but what should I do?

Snip off the extra length and fasten up the live stitches? The beauty of this pattern is that you hem all edges in a fair way so whatever I do will be hidden. Any tips/hints/secrets for this kind of stuff?

Kate Gilbert showed her "Petite" friend wearing it....note very long sleeves too - so I am not far off the exact pattern - but for practicality reasons (and also a quirky habit of mine is to always pull my sleeves up or wear 3/4 length sleeves)....just too long for me.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

help with raglan seams

Well, technically I finished my jacket this morning (woo hoo!) but I'm not happy with the raglan sleeve seams at the back (the ones at the front are another story!). This is my first attempt at raglan sleeves, so I don't really know what I'm doing. How have people done their seams?

On one side I've left one visible row of decreases, making a very obvious seam (see pic).

This seems to look ok when flat (if you ignore the pre-blocking lumpy bits), but looks a bit messy when stretched (ie when being worn). I ripped out the other seam, and re-did it with all decrease rows hidden, but I don't think that looks any better. I'm wondering if the seams supposed to be done with both edge rows visible? I really can't tell from the photo how it's been done there. I'm desperate to get this damn jacket finished, so all suggestions will be very very much appreciated! It seems like I've been working on this forever, so I'm keen to get it all done and dusted.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Left side down, right side and back to go

I finished the left sleeve and front of the Sunrise Circle Jacket the other night, I have now cast on for the right sleeve and front and am up to the second increase. I hope to have this finished by the end of July it is a really nice and easy knit. I may not get it put together as the next few weeks are busy for me.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Finally have cast-on

I have cast on for the Sunrise Circle Jacket in Jo Sharp wool, and even though I have only done a few rows it is lovely and soft to knit. I don't have a timetable as to when I will complete it, but I hope to be able to work on it over the next few weeks and get a lot done, hopefully to get some wear before winter is over (plenty of time then). I am probably the last person to cast this on in the KAL for this jacket, but I will try not to be long in finishing it.