Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Last Few Steps!

Here are some pics of DH's Oregon Autumn vest with the armhole edgings done and the steps in crocheting and cutting the front steek. Lots of folks on my Mara_class list haven't done a steek before and they have been very interested in seeing some pictures of the steps involved. So here they are! These were taken with my iPhone, which has a 2MP camera in it, so I hope you can see the details you want to. Enjoy!

Close up of the front steek, the coilless pins mark where DH wants buttons to be, so I know the spacing for the button band.

Beginning to cut the front steek, I'm using some bandage scissors that belonged to my late first MIL, who was an RN here in Salem, trained at Deaconess Hospital. Bandage scissors have a round flattened blunt tip on the bottom blade that helps to open the steek up so you can see exactly where you are cutting. I really recommend getting a good pair of these scissors if you are going to be making Fair Isle sweaters, so much easier to cut steeks open.

A knitting friend took this picture, as she wanted folks to see what it looked like from an observer's angle, lol.

Another picture from the viewer's angle,a little closer.

This picture shows how I take the ends of the yarns and loop them under a strand to keep them out of the way while I work on the front steek. After I cut the steek and knit the front bands, I will go back and tie knots in the ends that are still attached (some get cut when the steek is cut open), cut the ends at a quarter inch length and they will be hidden behind the steek, which will then become a facing.

A view of the steek being cut, the solid blue line on the edge of the cut on the right is the crocheted steek, showing how it finishes the edge.

Showing the partially cut steek with the left edge lifted up.

The steek cut open and ready to pick up the stitches for the front band. Note the groups of yarn ends tucked into stranded yarns to keep them out of my way while I work. The dark blue crocheted steek edge is easily visible in this photo.

The final picture of the vest cut open, next step is to pick up stitches around the front and knit the front bands. I knit the front bands in a circle, casting on nine stitches between the bottom fronts for a steek, which becomes a small facing that is turned under to protect the bottom edge from stretching when the vest is buttoned or unbuttoned.

DH really wants to wear the vest today for our trip to Portland, so I will probably end up steaming the vest to block it a little and do a proper washing and blocking on the wooly board tonight. The buttons may not get sewed on before then, depending on when we leave for Portland. Right now as I write this the time is 7:17 and I think we need to leave about 10 to meet friends and take Mom out, so I have to get to knitting on the front bands, I'm on round 3 of 9, with the buttonholes made on round 6. Wish me luck, I got up at 6 on my day off to work on this for DH!

Happy knitting!

Monday, March 10, 2008

It's Finished!!!!!

E York is finally done and shipped off! Yea! It will be a long while before I attempt something like it again while having a bunch of other complicated projects on the needles, if ever. Now I'm focusing on DH's Oregon Autumn vest, on which I'm into the armhole and v-neck shaping rounds. So I'm past the halfway point and racing to the finish line on it. I really love how the yarn is knitting up, the colors are gorgeous, even if they don't look the same as the photograph in Vogue and on the VY site. I'm not sure why the printer or photographer chose to use the filter they did, which seriously distorts the colors and gives the impression that the colors are much brighter and lighter than they are in real life. I'm hoping that there will be enough negative comments that VY will put a more accurate pic up to clear up the confusion on the colors. I've been suggesting that folks take the color list from Vogue and look at the colors in the Color Stories section on the VY site to get a better idea of what they actually look like.

Next I'm going to take some pics of Oregon so folks can see how it's looking at this point and get a better idea of what the colors actually look like. One thing that I realized yesterday while knitting on it is that my FI knitting has made a big leap forward in keeping an even tension on the stitches. I'm not sure yet if it's because how balanced the pattern is, the heavier yarns, or just more practice, but I think I am closer to being confident enough to pick up and work on the Marina I bought from a man in Scotland. His knitting is so even and balanced that I've been seriously intimidated to pick it up and start working on it. It's made with the original Scottish Campion yarns and came with a copy of 'This Morning Woolcraft' for the pattern. A friend sent me her corrected version of the charts, as the editor remade the charts and put several errors in it, then didn't send AS a proof copy before it was printed so she could correct the problems. AS was not pleased by being treated that way, and I will closely examine other charts in the book before using any of them. Kaffe Fassett's Foolish Virgins is in there and I am really interested in knitting that sweater, even though it is intarsia.

Happy knitting!

Monday, February 18, 2008

It's Done (almost)!!!!!

Elizabeth of York is all knitted, yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a great pattern but what's taken the pleasure out of making it is the time frame my DH set for it and the comments he made when I worked on another project instead of E York.

This is taken from the bottom of the back side of E York, showing the back and the vent.

This is taken from the bottom of the front end, showing the full fronts and the shoulders. I can't get the neckline to lie flat because the shoulders are slanted normally.

This is taken from the side of my dining room table, so you get an idea of just how long this vest actually is. This is a Duncan Phyfe table, with the chairs in the proper place, so it's not a modern minimal table. I am sooooo glad the knitting is done!

Now I'm working on my Fulmar and DH's Oregon Autumn vest, going back and forth between them. I joined the first sleeve into a circle yesterday and had to use two circular needles. One 24 inch circular is too short and there are too many stitches for dpns. I'm going to have to get a 16 inch size 2 circular needle as I just can't stand having the needle ends flopping around while I work and getting in my way.

This is DH's Oregon Autumn vest, I'm actually a few more rounds further on but need to take another picture later. It's a smooth knit and I'm looking forward to knitting on it some more in a little while. He loves the colors and how they are working together.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I wasn't lost!

Bet you thought I had fallen off the edge of the world, right? Nope, just working hard to finish DH's daughter's E York vest. I've got the body parts knitted, now working on the edgings, got the right back edging done, need to do the left back edging and so on. I will be so thankful to get this thing done, it's gotten to be drudgery at this point, just slogging along with the last steps.

I'm almost done with the first OXO pattern on the Twelve Months of Christmas vest, need to knit about 3 more rounds and the vest can rest until next month. DH keeps giving it the evil eye as I'm working on it and not E York, but I have other commitments to honor besides his vest. I do need to get the knitting done on E York, since I'm going to be using that needle for the Oregon Autumn KAL that starts next Friday. The yarns are all wound into center pull balls and put into a basket with the pattern card, need to add some paper for notes, a photocopy of the pattern to make notes on, a pen, a box of plastic coil markers, and a small tube of hand cream.

My other knitting is taking a back seat at this point, I haven't rotated among them since before Christmas but will be getting back to them as soon as E York is done. I still hope to get St. Brigid done in time to wear during this winter. I'm on the second sleeve, then need to knit the torq and sew it on, pick up and knit the ribbed neck, run ends in, wash and block. I've finished the second repeat of the main chart on Amphora, am looking forward to getting back to work on it as it's a very pleasant design to knit with good flow. I've got a pair of oddball socks on the needles, have the heel turned and working on the decreases for the heel gusset but I only work on them when I go walking at the mall and I haven't been there for a week now.

The weather here now is bitter cold, 20 degrees at 7:20 am, which may not be cold in other parts of the country but here in the Willamette Valley it's bitter cold. At least the air is dry until this weekend, when the temps will starting coming back up to the 40's. We may get some snow on Friday or Saturday, it's still up in the air in more ways than one at this point. The gas furnace is running a lot, I'm very thankful we can afford to have the heat in the house. My sister, who survives on child support and Social Security, can't afford heating oil and is using small space heaters in her living room and bedroom. With her sons' medical issues, she can't hold even a part time job at this point so is stuck with what she gets, sure wish the government wouldn't count child support and SSI fully for calculating income for the state health plan. She hasn't been to a doctor for a checkup now for about 5 years as she can't afford any form of self insurance and is $52.00 a month over the income limits for the state plan. Prayers for her and her boys are greatly appreciated.

My friend Scott lost his wife two weeks ago tonight and he was going to have us watch his little dog today while he's at work so the realtor could show his house, but he woke up with a major migraine so is home all day. He came home two weeks ago to find his wife dead on their bedroom floor from a major heart attack, just after he had made plans for a big weekend in Portland with dinner at a plush restaurant, a night at a hotel, and a show. They had been estranged and had just gotten to working on their marriage - so sad. He can't stand being in the house any more, since it was his wife's choice and they had plans to renovate it, so he's going to sell it and move into an apartment west of Portland to be near his sister, who has medical issues. Again, prayers would be greatly appreciated for him.

Anyway, it's just about time for breakfast so I need to close here. Oh, and don't forget - if you're in the Salem area next weekend, we're having the Super Bowl Sunday Knit In at Have You Any Wool starting at 1 pm to 4 pm, so come on over and sit and knit a spell!

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year in 2008! I have some update photos to share with everyone, hope you enjoy them!

This is Fulmar, with the left front almost done, just need about 20 more rows before putting the stitches on a piece of yarn and starting the sleeves. I love working on this, it's seductive.

This is St. Brigid, I've finished the left sleeve, picked up and knitted down the right shoulder saddle and picked up and started the right sleeve. Would like to get this done by the end of January so I can wear it while it's still cold enough outside, lol.

This is the left front of E York, I'm on the v-neck decreases and am about 4 inches or so away from the shoulder shaping. I was hoping to get more done while on vacation but I still have 6 days to go before I have to go back to work.

I've finished the second repeat on Amphora, so she can rest for a while as I work on other projects, but she won't be resting for too long.

This is my DH's Oregon Autumn vest kit, with part of the skeins wound into center pull balls using the horizontal swift DH made for me for Christmas. The KAL on Mara-class on yahoo starts February 1st, so still time for folks to get their yarns, pattern, and get ready for it.

This is the Oregon Autumn kit, as it arrived from Virtual Yarns in Scotland, beautiful, isn't it?

This is the back of E York, now waiting for me to get the fronts knit so I can join the shoulders and do the edging.

I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year in 2008!