Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Finished my Spiral Jumper

I've finished it and here it is. Phyllo Yoke Sweater from the Knitting Nature book.

It worked out very well. The only odd thing was the chart instructions. Of course every second round is knitted, but nowhere did it actually say to do that. Plenty of blather about seashells. I think less seashells and more attention to correctly writing out the instructions would be better all round. Never mind, here is a closer look as the yoke:

I like how the KX350, with the wobbly tension mast, makes the stocking stitch sections a little bit uneven, just enough to add a nice look to it. Very pleased. I'm sure when the weather cools down it will be my fav jumper.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Book, a Bag, a Machine and an Afternoon

This is what an afternoon spent knitting at a machine looks like. The book "Knitting Nature", which has the Phyllo Yoked Jumper I'm making, an empty bag of Paton's Washed Haze, a Brother KX350 and an afternoon of getting stuck into it. Working on projects is not a pretty activity, there's mess - tools, workbook, cleaning cloth, weights, end of balls dangling, empty ball bands, waste yarn strewn where it landed. So here is a photo of the end of the day's work. It's not a pretty picture, but I decided work never is.

By the time I got to the 14th ball, I had made the front, back and sleeves, all up to the armhole ready for me to hand knit the yoke.

I changed the pattern a little bit, I did a rolled hem, first one ever, put in a couple of stitches waist shaping and short rows not 2tog on the neckline.

T6 gave 19S/26R = 10cm, which closely matches 4.5mm wood knitpics circs.

Now it's on it's way, I'm up to the first row of the chart.

....And I have tidied up! I've finished the projects I'd lined up for the KX350.