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Catching up and Interweave Review


My internship is over, so I finally, finally have the time to sit down and write a long post. I’m going to miss it, but I do look forward to all of the knitting and blogging time in my future!

I finished the Molly hat just in time to give it away…and not enough time to take any pictures with it (or even block it). Still, the recipient loved it, so I think that I will survive! I’m back to working on my Zest Cardigan. I just CO the first sleeve. It’s a bottom up raglan, so after than I’ll just have to do the yoke, block, and sew up- easy peasy! (Famous last words)

But none of those projects are the reason that I felt obligated to post. Two days ago, the Fall 2012 Interweave Knits hit my mailbox. Okay, so it probably hit my mailbox at school days before that, but campus mail was nice enough to forward it to my parents’ house, so now I finally get the chance to talk about it with you. There’s something about this issue that I’m not completely in love with. There’s not a single pattern in here that I JUST HAVE TO KNIT, which is really strange for me, especially considering that this is a fall, not summer or spring, issue. In fact, I don’t think that I’m going to make anything in here. Most of the pieces either feel like they’re for someone much older than me, or that they drastically miscalculated what 20-somethings like to wear. Let’s take a look, and I’ll show you what I mean.

Take, for instance, these three pieces from the Stitches Go to Town Collection. Besides the strange construction of the Blooming Forest Pullover (won’t sideways ribbed sleeves stretch a lot?), I feel like all three of these patterns are for people way, way different from me. The Petit Four Pullover is growing on me as something that would be great for work, but the lines of the second two aren’t very modern at all. I guess they’re all just too conservative, but especially since I think of hip and urban when I hear “go to town,” not 40 year old suburbanite.

These socks (from the “On the Road” collection) strike me as the most modern and forward-thinking piece in the magazine…and they’re socks. They remind me of a toned down version of the bubbles socks that I made a couple of months ago. Maybe I’ll give them a try. Maybe.

Next are the Roam Tunic and Sweetheart Pullover, also from the On the Road Collection. I guess it gets cold enough in some parts of the world for tunics and pullovers made from chunky yarn in some parts of the world, but I don’t think it ever gets that cold here. Ever. Plus, I don’t think that a tunic is the shape for me, and the picot edging on the pullover…to cutesy. But I do love the cables of both of them, which is just making me think of OTHER patterns, not either of these.

Amstel Hat

While I think that I would love knitting this hat, I’m not sure that I, or anyone else that I know, would ever wear it. I think it goes just past that hip/homemade look- not something anyone wants. That’s just my opinion, though. If I end up making a hat for a fashion-forward friend, I would definitely show them this pattern (although I admit that I would be surprised if they picked it!).

I think that this pattern might be the least of the evils in the All Wool and a Yard Wide collection. I guess it was aiming for English Country Garden (maybe that’s why there are so many rain-related patterns?), but I think it was a miss. Once again, I would show this to a fashion-forward friend, but I would probably be surprised it they picked it!

If I can ever bring myself to learn how to do colorwork, I would definitely make this as a warm and cozy rainy day cardigan (because I don’t have enough of those). This might be one of the few patterns in here were the vintage feel actually worked- maybe because the styling of the rest of the picture feels so modern. I don’t know.

So, what do you think? I’m excited to read everyone else’s reviews of the magazine- maybe someone can convince me that it wasn’t as horrible as I thought! And I completely promise to be back on Wed. with an update on the Zest Cardigan. It’s probably been over a month since I’ve taken pictures!




Review: Interweave Knits Summer 2012


Ok, so I’ll admit it: I got the magazine well over a week ago. But at the time, I could only spare a couple of seconds to flip through it, and then I had to focus on studying. And then I had to pack everything up to move out of my dorm room in a couple of hours, which means that I have basically no idea where most of my stuff is. But I did find the newest mag!

First of all, can I start by saying that I don’t usually find very much to like in the spring and summer mags? I’m not very into light garments, but this one had some ideas that really caught my eye. It was a pleasant surprise.

Greta Headband

First, the sterotypical headband. Still, I like the detailing on this one, and if I ever have a reason to make a knitted headband, this will probably be it. The stitch pattern and gathered (twisted?) detail will probably keep it pretty interesting. It’s certainly a step up from a simple garter stitch band, which is what I’ve had to do in the past.

Sakura Tee

Can I say how pretty this is? I’m not sure that I’d actually make it- if it’s warm enough for me to go sleeveless, it’s probably too warm for what looks like worsted-weight yarn, even if it is lace made out of cotton. Plus, the sleeves would NEVER sit normally on me. But the front panel sure is pretty to look at.

Planche Vest, Pianissimo Mitts, and Coquette Vest

Now, I actually am considering making the Coquette Vest (right). It’s done out of much more practical lace-weight (although it might take FOREVER), and I think it might look pretty good with a t-shirt underneath it. It looks like it’s pretty fitted (and the description also talks about a “strong hourglass shape”), so it might be something that would work with my shape. This might be the one thing from this mag that I actually make (there’s usually at least one)…we’ll see.

Seaglass Shell

Like the Sakura Tee, I just had to show you this shell. I mean, I’d never wear it (I don’t know about most professional settings, but a lace back panel is a big no-no for teachers), but it sure is pretty to look at.

Popsicle Dress

The other garment I’m considering making is the Popsicle Dress. OK, I do think that knitted dresses are generally pretty stupid, but I really like this one. It could just be the colors, but it’s really catching my eye. And THIS is something that I could wear to work, especially with a little sweater and a couple extra inches on the hem.

Needle Guide

Moving away from patterns, my favorite feature (and the only one I actually read) was the Tools of the Trade segment, which this time focused on needles. While it did cover the basics (metal needles are more slippery, circulars are good for knitting in the round, etc.), it also went more in depth, especially when reviewing brands. I really appreciated the comparison of different types of interchangeables. It was nice to know that other people (or at least the reviewers) have problems with their joins becoming untwisted while knitting.

Well, that’s it for me now. I will definitely be back with a WIP Wed. post. It’s definitely going to be one of my designs, although I’m not sure which one. I guess we’ll just see!

Lazy Saturday


It’s been a kind of dark and rainy day, so, despite my best intentions, all I want to do is curl up and go to bed. After a laundry debacle, I’m trying to work (rather unsuccessfully) on a paper. Of coarse, the paper is not due for another three weeks. Then why would I be working on it, you may ask? Well, it’s because I just realized that I had FOUR papers due in the same week. That’s right, every class that I have to write papers for has a paper due in the same week. I’m going to knock one out this weekend, and another next weekend. Of the last two, one is a group project, so that shouldn’t take TOO much time. The Professor of the last one is being a little pissy about setting topics in advance (OK, his wife is pregnant, so I bet things at home aren’t going too well. And I do love this guy…I am making the baby a blanket, so forgive that comment. I wasn’t being mean), so he’s just going to get a paper that was written two days before. He’ll survive. My grade will survive. It will be fine. So, to kill time before my dryer finishes my laundry, I thought that I would write this up.

the section is literally called 'fancy work.' literally.

I got my new edition of Interweave Knits in this morning, and I must say I’m not extremely impressed. I know it’s the Spring issue, but can there be something in here that’s not a short-sleeve tank-top kind of thing? I just really don’t want to invest all of that knitting time in something I’m pretty sure that I’m never going to wear…and I’m never going to wear a tank-top the thickness of a knitted garment. Never.

Helpful, but not a whole ton of new information.

Still, there’s a nice feature on lace that goes from explaining the basics (a yo creates a whole in your fabric…and an extra stitch) to some explanations about how the patterning will pull the fabric. It’s interesting, and I liked some of the other articles, but I’m pretty sure that there’s not a single thing in there that I would knit. Sorry, Interweave, but I’m going to call that issue a fail.


I have been getting some pretty steady work on my cardigan. I finished the first sleeve, and am about half way done with the second. I’m hoping to finish it up today or tomorrow, and then I’ll do that last little ribbing on the body before moving on to the button band/collar. I’m imposing a deadline on this sweater: if I’m not finished by the end of the month I’m moving on to the baby blanket, because that has a pretty set in stone deadline 😉

Parade of Finished Objects Part 2: Livingstone


Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for:

yes, my shirt has a cowl neck...

This is Livingstone, born from a sudden sweater impulse and much anxiety over yarn amounts. Seriously, I think I wavered over weather I had enough yarn for three or four posts. It was getting ridiculous. Of course, it was only after I finished that I remembered that I wasn’t using two whole skeins of Cascade Eco like I thought I was; I had used some of the second skein to knit a border on a sweater for my mother…woops. I ended up using literally all of my yarn- I was snipping extra long ends to finish making the last I-cord for the button loops.

the back

Still, I would say that this sweater was definitely a success. Due to the above-stated small amount of yarn, I had to cut several rows out of the deep shawl collar, but I think it looks just fine. And it certainly is as comfy as it looks. The buttons were cheap-o ones from Hancock Fabric, but I think they’re simple enough to fit the overall look of the sweater. And I’m the one who matters 😉

the front, lying flat

The intense cabling looks stunning, and I’m really proud of myself for sticking with the pattern. Especially after I realized that I had mis-crossed the FIRST ROW of cables on the back after knitting another inch. I dropped stitches and re-crossed, and it really, really looks perfect.

oh god, the back got complicated...but I can't see any mistakes on the finished object!

The biggest problems I had with the sweater probably have more to do with the platform it was published on than the actual pattern. It was from the last issue of Interweave Knits Magazine (Winter 2011), and I think the act of squeezing the pattern into the format  created some problems. The charts were quite small, and I wish that I had the forsight to scan them in and blow them up so that I wasn’t constantly looking up and squinting at the chart. There were a couple of times were it was a little vague, but I muddled through. Finally, the design schematic was, to me, kind of hard to understand. I talked about all of these issues in A LOT of detail in past posts, though, so I don’t want to dwell on them here.

obligatory awkward mirror shot. I think my tooth brush is in almost every FO shot that I've ever done!

WIP Monday?


Today I want to finally get back to talk about what I’m knitting RIGHT NOW, instead of introducing patterns that I actually knitted DAYS, if not WEEKS ago. So, let’s get started! I ended up marathon knitting my second slanted sock. It’s not that I wanted to work on it. In fact, I had a little but of second sock syndrome. Shhhh. Don’t tell. I just wouldn’t let myself work on anything else until I finished the socks. Couple that with a “How I Met Your Mother” Marathon on netflix, and by the time I was halfway up the foot I was feeling the pattern again.

the first sock, completed a couple of days ago- of all of the pictures of this sock, this one is closest to the actual colorway. It just needs a bit more green.

Of course, this was only the second time I’ve used Judy’s Magic Cast On for toe up socks (and the first time was the first sock in this pair!). I somehow managed to turn the sock inside out on the first row, giving it a single purl ridge right at the tip of the toe. Honestly, it doesn’t look that bad. I was so happy that I had finally gotten the right number of stitches without flip-flopping the direction of the yarn that I didn’t rip it out right at the beginning, and I’m certainly not ripping it now. And if I was doing a more textured sock, I might even purposefully do it!

purl ridge toe

In summary, these socks are made out of Knit One, Crochet Two Croc-O-Dye in a light blue/light green/white colorway. I used the Basic Slip Stitch Heel sock pattern from Wendy Johnson’s Socks from the Toe Up with just a couple of mods. Taking into account my super-tight sock knitting tendencies, I made up a size between the Med. and Large, changing the stitch count. To get the slant waves, I used a yo, k2, ssk, k5 stitch pattern on one sock (alternating with knit rows), and a k2tog, k2, yo, k5 knit pattern on the other sock (also alternating with knit rows), making two socks that go in opposite directions. It ended up being a fun little knit. The stitch pattern was simple enough to do while watching TV, and the yarn was a great colorway. It did get a little splitty at times, but that might have been my unreasonably tight/OCD guage.

second sock- goes in the opposite direction from the first one!

In other news, after talking about it for what seems like FOREVER, I’ve finally cast on the Nantes Hat, the lacey/cabley confection from the last issue of Interweave Knits. I’m just making it out of Patons Classic Wool (100% wool) from my stash in a slightly darker than lime green colorway. The yarn isn’t anything special (in fact, I think I originally bought it for felting but never actually did anything with it), but it will show off the crazy awesomeness of the pattern pretty well. Here’s the ravelry link to my project page. Still, in the end, I think I’m going to give it away. As much as I think I’ll love it, I just have too many hats, and I do have a recipient in mind. My friend has an early January Birthday, so I was going to ship her a double Christmas/Bday present sometime soon. She’s already getting my green sample Flying Home Scarf (new pattern!) in Frog Tree Alpaca sportweight, so adding a hat will really make it a nice, round double present!

Nantes Hat

Week from Hell…


Fair warning- this blog post will begin with a bit of complaining, then move on to the knitting!

So…I don’t know if you could tell from my last post, but I didn’t come out of the break in a very happy mood. The oppresivity of my entire family gathered together was starting to get to me. That’s why I may have sounded grumpy in my last post! As many of you reminded me, sometimes it’s OK to splurge on the yarn, especially if it’s the good stuff. And I totally agree. At this point, though, I’m surviving on a scimpy allowance from home and the remains of paychecks from my summer jobs. For now, buying ANY yarn is a splurge. Eventually, when I’m making some money, I promise to buy some Tosh (oh darn, such a hard promise. How am I going to keep it?).

Anyway, the other reason I was in a bit of a bad mood is the amount of schoolwork I have on the agenda. Going in to the holiday, I knew I would have to get some work done, but I didn’t realize how tough it would be, especially with all of the fam around. I have one paper due Thus. (9 pages, FINISHED!), one due Fri. (3 pages down, 2 to go), and a take-home exam that I’m getting today (but I want to finish it by Fri.). Then, I have three exams next week (one each on Mon., Tues., and Wed.,). After that, I’m packing everything I’ll need for the next five weeks and going home (Don’t worry, my roommate will be there a little longer, so she’ll be able to bring me whatever I forget). And then I have another take-home to work on due in another week, plus internship applications for the summer. And, in the midst of all of this, my roommate and I decided we want to move off-campus for next year, and that we need to start looking now. Great. As a result, blogging might get a bit sporadic. Sorry!

But, to make me much, much more happy, there was a present waiting in my mailbox when I checked it before lunch yesterday. The new issue of Interweave Knits (Winter 2011) came out! There’s a profile of a knitter (I haven’t gotten to this yet), a good overview of cables (I flipped through it, and it seemed a little basic, but I think I saw some ideas about design and theory that might be interesting to explore), and, of course, the patterns. I have two “I HAVE TO KNIT THIS” favorites…

Nantes Hat, unashamably sniped from the ravelry page

First, the Nantes Hat by Amanda Scheuzger. It is a fantastic mix of lace and cables- I love the crown, and how it tapers to the top. You definitely need to click the link and look at all three pictures. The details are fantastic. I was considering knitting it in my new Brae Tweed, but I think it needs something a little bit more tightly spun. I might dig through my stash in a bit…or hit the yarn store. You know, you can never have to many hats!

Livingstone Cardigan, again, sniped from the ravelry page

The other pattern I fell in love with is the Livingstone Cardigan by Amy Miller. It’s chunky, with a deep shawl collar, and little toggle clasps. Basically, I love how it looks! The only thing I’m not so fond of is the chunky-ness. I’m afraid that because it’s so thick it will be way too warm to wear inside. But never fear- I have a solution! A couple years ago I made a cardigan with Cascade Eco that really does not fit…and probably needs to be frogged! Frogged! FROGGED! Online, people seem to alternate using Eco either as a worsted (with a denser fabric) or a more lofty chunky. I think this just might work. Stay tuned.

Sweater Saga part…whatever


So, Sunday afternoon I pulled out the sweater one more time, and I noticed something. Can you tell?

Can you tell???

Yes, that’s it- the two button bands don’t match. The first one I did is about an inch longer than the other one. When I made them, I tried to stop as soon as I got to the decreases for the V-Neck, but apparently I missed the first one and just kept picking up stitches. Whoops.

there it is!

So, I ripped. It was glorious! Well, maybe not glorious. It was more…cathartic. And sad.

It's GONE!

And then I had some much-needed comedic relief. (You have no idea how long it took me to figure out how to do this. WordPress wouldn’t just let me copy/paste the embed code; I had to use this other one that I found by searching the forums…it was quite the conundrum.) (Also, can I just say how much I love Alec Baldwin? The cold open was SPECTACULAR!!! Although my roommate wishes they had revived the now-famous shweddy balls sketch…)

And, 45 minutes later, I ended up with a much better button band.

Finally...pretty even.

Unfortunately, today I tried to play around with the collar. I think I got something I like, but I’ve run out of yarn with maybe 5-10ish more rows to go. I won’t be able to hit the knitting store until Wed., but I’ll make sure to keep you updated on whatever I figure out!