Friday, August 31, 2007
I wanted to let everyone know about an idea I had for yarn substitutions. It hasn't been released yet, but in the Elann Newsletter they showed a new line they will begin selling on Sept. 18. It is a sportweight 100% alpaca called Peruvian Pure Alpaca Fina. They have colors very similar to the Louet Gems shown in the magazine. You can look at the preview here (WARNING! .pdf).
I will be using oregano as the main color, with peridot, sepia, amber, smoky grape, sierra, and spiced wine for the other colors, but I think there are actually a few choices you could make there. They aren't an exact match (especially the amber and the smoky grape) but I think they are very close and the price is nice too! I was actually thinking of tea dying the amber, to see if I could tone down the yellow, but I guess i should probably order it and swatch first. :P
100% alpaca might be a bit too warm for some people, especially double stranded (actually, it might be too warm for me!) but I've got my yarn coming in at about $50, and that's just too nice to pass up. I hope this helps someone; I know what a pain color substitutions can be.
Monday, August 27, 2007
I swatched with the Knit Picks Swish DK, and I got perfect gauge, but I'm not in love with the 'nutmeg' instead of 'mustard' substitute. I think all the other colors work great, but that one doesn't transition like the Gems colors do. I could substitute KP's 'pale lemon.' I'll let you know how THAT goes. Sigh.
These colors remind me of my mom's old Tupperware. LOL
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I started knitting the 2x2 ribbing on Friday. I've only got about 5" so far, but I'm enjoying the mindlessness of it, because I know I'll have to concentrate once I get to the fair isle part!
I look forward to seeing what everyone else is going to produce--especially if they were brave enough to attempt yarn/color substitutions!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Here is what the KP Swish DK colors really look like (the KP site's colors aren't *quite* accurate). I think they're going to work perfectly! The only color that they didn't have a good match for was the mustard (I subbed nutmeg). I almost gave myself a migrane thinking about what to do about the color difference until I remembered to relax; It's just knitting.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
There is a great article by Eunny Jang in the Winter 2006 Interweave Knits that walks through the various steeking methods, and I highly recommend checking it out! One thing I read in that article was that the steeks for superwash wool (like the recommended yarn) or other non-feltable fibers should be machine sewn for additional security. I don't remember if our pattern says this specifically, but I thought I'd point that out. I do think that if you don't have a sewing machine, a hand sewn or crocheted steek should be fine, provided you go over it a couple of times.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Robin and I thought it would be fun to do a knitalong for this gorgeous sweater that just came out in the Fall 2007 Interweave Knits. We are looking at starting the KAL on October 1st, when the weather starts to cool a bit, and would love to have anybody who's interested join us in knitting this beautiful sweater. We're posting early so people have time to get their supplies and buy the magazine if they don't already have it. At this point there isn't a deadline as far as finishing the sweater and we can have the KAL continue as long as there is interest in it. Also, if you have already started the sweater and would like to post here, you are more than welcome to! Thanks for stopping by and we do hope you'll join us for a fun time chatting, knitting, and posting everyone's lovely FO's and WIP's! Stay tuned for updates.....