Thursday, June 29, 2006


Finally, I've gotten my act together sufficiently to take some photos of my finished Forecast. She's been done for almost 2 months now!

Here she is, in her ublocked state:

I am inordinately proud of the buttons we found - quite a good match colour-wise, which is a challenge when you live in a place where handcrafts are a dying art.

I really enjoyed all aspects of this pattern other than picking up the armhole stitches, which I always detest. I'm sure it would have been better on dpns, but since I haven't tried them out yet, I used a circular (knitting the sleeves flat, y'see), and it was difficult for the first 10 rows or so.

Since I cant get a nice photo of the front of my Forecast, here's the back.

The colour isn't so good in this photo - it's more plummy, less reddish. Quite a beautiful yarn really (Jo Sharp DK in "aubergine"), and lovely to work with.

Somewhat unfortunately, the cardigan itself is not super-flattering to my shape, as it emphasises my generous bosom and shoulders more than is necessary. I still wear it a lot though - I love the colour, and it is really, really warm, which has come in handy for our recent cold snap!

I enjoyed this pattern a lot, but particularly enjoyed the KAL aspect. Watching other people knit their Forecasts has kept me motivated, and given me the confidence to modify this pattern as I've needed to. (It's also given me the confidence to modify other patterns, which is even better.)

In fact, I liked this so much, I'm quite keen to make one of these again - maybe as a birthday present for my mother...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Hello Everyone!
This is my first knit-along!
I've so loved reading about your sweaters and watching everyone's progress that I decided to join-up when I cast-on even though I haven't blogged in months. This is my progress from last night, as well as my 3 and 5 stitch bobble swatch.
I've decided on the original 5-stitch bobble and I'm knitting with Cascade 220 in a creamy ivory shade poetically called No. 8010. I love the play of textures already, though I'm a bit worried about my increases. Is there a way to do a purl m1 that I don't know about or can't find in my admittedly brief reference book? I'm currently doing a regular knit m1.
I can't wait to get further into this great pattern!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

friggin' FINALLY

I've finally finished my Forecast (except for sewing on the buttons)! Just in time to move to muggy New York City. It finished blocking last night, and I was able to bring it out to knitting night at Sundara's. Now I just need to sew on the buttons. Only, I bought those woven leather buttons, and if I ever want to hand wash/reblock this sweater, I'll need to remove them. It was suggested that I attach the buttons with metal shanks on the wrongside of the button band. Anyone out there who knows how to do this? I'd love to hear your advice.