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WIPs: Angelica & vest November 3, 2006

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I am nearly done with Angelica!

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OK, not really. Still have to knit both sleeves, seam them, pick up a border for the neck, and weave in all the ends.

Finished the body already a couple weeks ago, I think, and have been temporarily stalled on the sleeves, afraid they’re too skinny. I altered the shaping for the body a lot – to customize, you know – which meant lots of calculating, knitting, frogging back, recalculating, forgetting what I calculated in the first place, and in the end, employing some math that was just plain wrong. So it’s a little tight around the rib cage. Can be blocked out looser, though. I do hope it fits!

God, I love this yarn.

And then in the meantime, I inexplicably started another project. Because I really wanted a vest, you see. You know, one of those trendy vests with the deep neckline? Yeah.

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This is the back, of course. I did almost all of this on a business trip in early October.

And of course I will not be following the pattern (Veste Everest, Interweave Knits Fall 2005). Why make something that wouldn’t be a frustrating struggle? :/ My gauge with the yarn (something bought in Peru) is slightly off, and I want a much deeper neckline. So, more math lies ahead.

My first real cable project, actually! Except for these little mitts.

Angelica has boobs! September 22, 2006

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angelica bust shaping

(Apologies to those of you googling for naked ladies)

Angelica-to-be July 21, 2006

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I’m almost ready to begin my next sweater (cuz you know I don’t have enough to do).

Here’s the sweater, a birthday gift for my sister (not a surprise, obviously):

Glampyre’s Angelica (sold at Hip Knits for use with gorgeous silk yarn well over my budget)

And here’s the yarn:

Knitpicks’ Main Line (quite affordable, yet nice) in Dusty Lavender.

Here’s an outdoor photo of the same yarn:

Color is so hard to capture with a digital camera.

And here’s my X-Back Tank, as of Sunday.

Since then I’ve frogged most of it, down to about 2″. I don’t know if I calculated the gauge wrong or it stretched or what, but it was ginormous. I had done a little tentative shaping (the pattern doesn’t have any); now I’m doing really aggressive shaping, going in 6″ from hip to waist.

The 7-month Cabled Vest June 5, 2007

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It’s finally done! I started this back in October (see Nov 3. ’06 post) and dawdled and frogged and stalled my way through it and finally cast off, for good and for the second time, in early May. And then dawdled and stalled about photographing and posting it. But here it is:

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Pattern: Based on Veste Everest from Interweave Knits Fall ’05. Except that my yarn was a different weight and gauge and I deepened the neckline and the bottom ribbing. But, you know, roughly based.

Yarn: Perlita “tipo exportacion,” 100% wool, DK/sport weight, bought in Peru a couple of years ago

Needles: #4 straight

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I first finished this at the beginning of April, with the barely-there 2×2 ribbing dictated by the original pattern. I wore it to work a couple of times, but decided the cropped look wasn’t doing it for me. So (a few weeks later, of course – why rush things), I picked up stitches around the bottom and knitted down 2 more inches of ribbing. Much better now.

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I just realized I haven’t posted anything about knitting here since April 10, or an FO since a month before that! Well, I’m still knitting. And there’s another one coming off the needles tonight.

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(But then I have to weave in the ends and block it and photograph it…and this could take weeks.)

Previous posts on cabled vest:

March 19, 2007

February 14, 2007

November 3, 2006

Blue things I forgot to post…. January 12, 2007

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I’m baaack! But before I tell you where I’ve been, here’s where I was before I left:

Large blue thing: I finally finished Angelica! Wrapped it up and sent it to Seattle in early December, only 4 months late for my sister’s birthday!

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This is me modeling it – it looks better on my sister, who’s quite a bit taller than me. And it really shouldn’t be worn with a green turtleneck. Can’t believe that in two weeks in Seattle, I forgot to take a picture of her in it!

The specs:
Pattern: Angelica tunic, Stephanie Japel

Yarn: Noro Cash Iroha (40% silk, 30% lamb’s wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon), color #61

Needles: #8 or 9 circs (very loose gauge – snags easily, unfortunately)

Button: Still need one, and forgot to pick one out while in Seattle.

Modifications: Changed the shaping a lot to fit a long waist. Also, changed the increases between the two purled bands to avoid dips in the hem I’ve seen on other people’s. And, at sister’s request (also, I like them better), changed the sleeves to 3/4, and kept them fitted, no flare.

Time, from purchase of yarn, through several purchases of the wrong yarn, through shaping & frogging & reshaping & refrogging, to mailing it in a box: c. 6 mos.

My sister loves it. I just hope she can keep her dog from jumping on it!

Here it is blocking, with its little 3-D boobs:

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I have 2 skeins of the Noro Cash Iroha left over. What should I do with them? My sister doesn’t wear hats (curly hair) or fingerless mitts/gloves. The yarn is too nice to use for something that would get a lot of wear, like gloves, socks, or slippers. A scarf, I guess? But it would have to be pretty small…..

Small blue thing: During a weekend conference in early December, I made Teva Durham’s Lace Leaf Scarf, with one skein of Mondial Kross (color: ocean) – machine washable merino.

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It’s about 5 feet long, but always shifts around when I wear it so that one end is high and the other is long. That’s kind of annoying. But it can also be worn tied like a cravate.

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I did actually knit it a bit shorter than the pattern recommended, which turned out to be fine, as it stretches a lot. And I love it. Perfect for not-so-cold winter days in Seattle and, this year, in the Midwest. Have a skein left over of this, too. Could 87 yards of bulky yarn possibly make a hat??