Wednesday, April 23, 2008

In which there is Springtime

Forgot to show y'all these yesterday. The buttons I used for reinforcement each match a colour present in the tweedy-ness of the yarn (if you look hard enough). There is black, red, orange, green, pink, blue, yellow and purple.



Also, to me, this is perfect spring music.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Manipulative Vest, FO

I just had to get the action shots up yesterday. I totally have no self-control some times.


Pattern: Meg Swansen's Saddle Shouldered Aran Cardigan (available from Wool Gathering(63) or Spun Out(49), via Schoolhouse Press)
Yarn: Donegal Tweed Homepsun (Tahki), colourway 863, 7 skeins (well, just over 6, but you know)
Needles: Assorted 4.5 mm and 4.0mm(for the garter bands) circulars
Start: April 1, 2008
End: April 19, 2008
Mods: Well! I saw this FABULOUS vest, and decided I must have! However, I didn't want to order a pattern (I know that if I start buying knitting stuff online, I would never stop). So I looked at pictures (of both the best and other people's cardigans), and read their comments and mods and ideas and sort of cooked it up from those as I went along.

Verdict: I do like of love it a little bit. The body is a bit long (you can see in yesterdays photos that it kind of bunches up over my belt if I'm bending over or climbing trees or something), but given that I cycle around a fair bit, I think it's a fair trade off to keep my back properly covered. Only other downside is I am not 100% thrilled with the fabric. I think were I to recreate this, I would likely use a smaller needle to get a denser material with some more body to it (I have this weird phobia of loosely knit items). But I can mostly ignore that, especially since it was such a case of instant gratification.

So! a few more photos.

Oh, sweet miters...



Shoulder detail (fishbone/antler/whatever it's called cable)...


A good shot of all the cables I used (quail, sheepfold, fishbone/antler...)


And I am in love with these buttons I scored.



Monday, April 21, 2008

In which there is a pseudo-FO

I'll give some details and photos of the interesting bits tomorrow probably. But for now, some pictures from todays walk.

Getting my bearings

I figured letting go would not be prudent (I am so going back tomorrow and practicing hanging upside down)


"I feel very 'king of the jungle'-ish"