Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Loving the Sweater

I am really enjoying  the sweater I am knitting with my Custom Fit pattern.  I have managed to get past all my back shaping for the waist and am within a couple rows from starting the arm shaping.
Lizzie graciously agreed to pose with it yesterday.
Or, in other words, she would not be budged from the foot stool when I wanted to take the picture! 
Don't be scared away from the Custom Fit pattern because of all the markers.  I always do that.  The middle and left markers are marking each decrease or increase on the right side.  The line on the far right (or bottom in the picture) are just to mark the number of rows.  I prefer the markers to counters for counting rows.  
I am looking forward to finishing the back in a couple days and starting on the fronts.  Although many people like to work them at the same time, I prefer to do one piece at a time.  
With lots of markers of course. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Growing a Perfect Fit

I think I finally have gotten through most of my techy issues for a while.  Once again I hear that Google e-mails and passwords have been stolen, so once again I had to go through and change my password, as well as update it on my various tech devices.  Hmmm...maybe I am too involved in modern technology.
Or not.  Anyway, now that I have that all done, onward.
I am really enjoying my Custom Fit experience.  The pattern is long, (10 detailed pages) but with shaping on each piece, geared to fit my "fluffy" shape, it is to be expected.   I have only started the back, but I also have begun the back waist shaping.
If you look closely, there are two decreases to the left of the green marker.  There are matching ones on the right side.  And in a few rows there will also be some in  The rows go faster because of each section being knit separately.  Sure, I will have seaming at the end,but I can block the pieces to shape as written better when I have just one layer to measure at a time.
I am enjoying this experience.  The only thing is when I start my next sweater, I will make sure to dry the swatch first.  The yardage estimated came out way high.  That is because I entered the "damp" weight of the swatch into the pattern wizard.  As a result, the wizard said I needed 12 skeins.  After using a bit of math to adjust the yardage to the actual dry weight of my swatch, I should have enough left over for mittens or a hat or two.   Next time I will be a bit more patient.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Knitting Adventure

Such fun.  The Farm All Jacket is completely off the needles.  It still needs the ends woven in and the seams stitched.  But even so, the transformation from a red and black blob
 to a precious sweater is pretty amazing.
The knitting continues on the Sweet Pea cardigan for my grandbaby, Lil' Farmer, as well.  I finally started the garter stitch edging and after that it will be sleeves and button bands.
But my big knitting news is that I finally purchased my first Custom Fit pattern from Amy Herzog Designs and will be starting a new cardigan for me.  The link above is to the Custom Fit website.  It is a intriguing notion.  You measure yourself very thoroughly and enter into the website.  Then knit a substantial swatch, and calculate the number of inches over a number of stitches you mark off.
That swatch, using Brown Sheep Yarn's Lamb's Pride wool/mohair blend is about 12 inches long.  And after counting the number of stitches and rows in that area, you measure the length and depth of the marked off area.  Then Custom Fit will generate a pattern to fit your gauge.  And you get to pick the type of pattern you want,  Pullover, cardigan, vest, short sleeve, vee-neck, scoop neck, etc.  The pattern wizard generates your pattern, to your gauge, and your measurements.  After paying the fee ($9.99) you can get your pdf and start knitting.
That is nearly 9 skeins of Blue Blood Red waiting for my needles.  So, if you will excuse me.  I will be starting a new project now.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

There Is a Reason Its a Classic

About two years ago, I knit a Baby Surprise Jacket for a friend at church who was having a baby. I had fun with the stripes as I knit it and it was received happily.
The final edition of the sweater shown above had some snappy yellow buttons. It was rather large, having been knit in worsted weight. And, being garter, it has abundant stretchiness.
I was greeted today by the mother telling me how much she still loves that sweater. He is still fitting into that sweater.
Long lasting. A fun knit. Loved by mothers. No wonder the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann is such an enduring classic pattern.
The future bodes well for the Farmall Jacket. As well as the other BSJ has been waiting a year in my wool room for a baby.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Farmall Jacket Grows

I have manged to spend some time this week on Little Farmer's Farmall sweater, using the classic Baby Surprise Jacket pattern.
I have about an inch or so more on the last black stripe and will be switching to red for most of the rest ofthe sweater, if not all.
And just to prove to the doubters, that yes indeed this is a sweater:
I love this crazy pattern.  The yarn is Cascade 220 superwash, sport-weight.
I also have worked on the Sweet Pea Cardigan, and am just an inch or two from the bottom band, to be followed by the sleeves.  No recent picture right now though.