Thursday, January 25, 2007

Wicked Done!!

I finished my first KAL! Not only that, its my first sweater that I've made for myself! I'm very pleased with the resuts.

As you see by previous posts, I had issues with the dye lots and the sleeves. I was at Jo-Ann's right after they opened at 9am to get the dpns to do the sleeves. As soon as I transferred to those from the two circulars, things flew along.

I ended up deciding on the short sleeve version and on doing some of the crossover cable at the bottom instead of the moss stitch. For the sleeves, I picked up 4 stitches to close the gap in the underarm, which worked great for fitting the crossover cable pattern. I didn't do 2 inches, but rather 2 repeats of the 4 rows, as I did on the bottom. Overall I'm pleased with this sweater and can't wait to show it off. :)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I Think I'm Turning Green

From all this frogging!! 3 times on the first sleeve!! I just cannot get a handle on using two circulars in place of dpns. I give up for tonight, before I'm forced to rip my hair out. First thing in the morning, as soon as they open, I'm heading over to Jo-Ann's to get a set of #7 dpns. Should be able to finish tomorrow, once I get those. :)

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Set Back....

Arrrggghhh!!! Stupid, stupid, stupid dye lots!! I didn't notice that ONE of the 6 skeins I bought was of a different dye lot. Of course, that is the one I added in most recently. Grrrrr... I guess it could have been worse. If it had been the first one I used I would have been very frustrated. I have to go back about 10 rows now. At first I though it would be okay, but then I saw it in real daylight, by the window and it really is a much darker shade than the rest. *sigh*

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Holy Cow!!

I was thinking that my Wicked looked like it was going to be too long with the number of rows I had left..... until I had an "ah-ha" moment..... NEVER do math when its late at night and you are over tired..... I nearly knit myself an extra 4 inches of sweater because my little brain somehow thought that I needed to multiply 26 (rows per 4") by 4 to get the correct number of rows for 12". Yeah... doh! So, I have only 4 more rows until I rib the bottom. :) At least I didn't need to frog anything....

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Hip, Hip, Hooray!!

I'm down to the hip increases!! In fact, I've actually gone past where this picture is and made my increases. I went back down to 184 stitches (I'm doing the large). I chose that number so that I have the correct number of stitches to do the cable crossover ribbing at the bottom. I've seen so many of them on SKC that I fell in love with that idea. :) I hope to be finished by this weekend. :)

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Wicked Try On

I finally split the sleeves off today. It seemed like the increases were taking forever! I took the pics of the sweater right after the split, but now I've actually got 17 more rows below the armholes. I'd have even more if it weren't for silly inconveniences like the kids wanting to eat. Sheesh.....

But I press onwards anyway. I'm so into it now that it is going quicker that I don't even want to stop to take a pic right now.

After the try on, I'm thinking that I might go with 3/4 length sleeves instead of full, but I'll decide on that when I get to that point. I suppose the weather at the time I get there might influence my decision. LOL!

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Hi, My Name is Dee and I have OCCD and PADD!!

That's right, *sob*... Obsessive Compulsive Crafting Disorder!! This is characterized by an inability to refrain from creating things in various mediums, even when buying the items pre-made is often less expensive. My disorder is further exasperated by PADD.... Project Attention Defecit Disorder. This part causes you to continue starting new projects despite the fact that you already have 6 or more going.

I really should find a support group, but there is this yarn sale going on..............

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

So Far, So Good

Well, here is the yarn I am using for Wicked:

The cast on:

And here is my progress up until tonight:

Yay!! My first real knitting project that's for ME!!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Started the SKC KAL Last Nigh!! Wicked!!

So, I decided to do the SKC (Sexy Knitter's Club) KAL (Knit Along) that started yesterday. This time there are two patterns to choose from: Eiffel and Wicked . Since Eiffel is a bit too..... umm.... I don't know.... "baby doll"? I don't like the ribbons on the sleeves at all and the one at the bodice isn't great either. Just not my style. Plus, its knitted in hemp yarn, which is (to po' me) outrageously expensive. :)

So..... I purchased and downloaded Wicked. For some reason beyond my technical expertise, I can't print Adobe pdfs. Blank paper is all that comes out of my printer. I've uninstalled, checked preferences, etc. Maybe I'll contact Adobe one of these days. Anyway.... I pasted it into Word and printed it out. All is well there.

I would have preferred to do it in 100% Merino wool, but that was out of budget right now, too. But the gauge worked out fine to do it in Lion Brand Wool Ease. I picked out a beautiful grey heather. I'm knitting the version without the front pocket. Weight loss or not, the last thing I want or need is to draw attention to my mid-section! LOL!

Last night I cast on and got most of the collar knitted. Today I've made slow progress because my focus has been on Michael. Poor little guy is STILL sick at 8pm. I've placed all my markers and have started my increase rows before the sleeve stitch removal. I took a couple posts last night and today and I'll post them tomorrow when I have the time to off-load the camera.