Sunday, April 27, 2008

Progress on puffed sleeve cardigan

I've begun the waist decreases for my puffed sleeve cardigan from Fitted Knits. Woohoo! Also, thanks to "da web", I learned about combination knitting and decided to give that a try somewhere along the way. I don't know that it goes any faster, or feels any more comfortable, or even if it makes my stitches any more even, but I figure it's worth a try for a while. Things might go faster/better if I get more familiar with with it.
I think I still have another month to go on this sweater though.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A little progress on trumpet skirt

I took a short to Las Vegas last weekend, so this gave me a chance to knit on the plane and in the airports. The flight time is just over an hour, and I did not wait that long at the airport, so I had limited knitting time. I worked on my adaptation of the fit-and-flare trumpet skirt from Knitting Lingerie Style. I did not want the holes, so I used alternating knit and purl panels. I reached the increase section for the skirt bottom and I first thought I would just widen the panels, but then I decided it would be more interesting to just insert triangles of the opposite stitch within the panels. I figure that by the time my triangles hit 20 stitches wide at the bottom, it will be time to finish since I don't need a very long skirt.
In the meantime, I leave you with photos from one of my favorite places in Vegas -- the conservatory in the Bellagio.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Casting on

I've cast on for the puffed-sleeve feminine cardigan from Fitted Knits. The yarn is Chelsea by Lily Chin. It's really a denim-like color, and not as bright as shown here on Tomokee the dog. This will probably be a slow knit for me. 22 stitches/4" is probably the finest gauge I've ever knitted. At least it has only short sleeves, so it shouldn't be too bad. I'm probably going to use seed stitch for a lot of the places where the purl bump rows are used, since I don't really like them.

So far, my collar is only 11 rows. I don't want a high band around my neck, and it would probably fold over anyway since this yarn is pretty fine.