Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Just started

Hey there! I just cast on a few days ago with the cascade 220 tweed the pattern suggests. The yarn is lovely, so soft and springy for 100% wool. I've decided to make a size inbetween the small and the medium, as have other fellow KAL-ers done. I've found it to knit up pretty quick but I've hit a bit of a wall the last day or two because I've had to experiment around where you create the armholes so as I don't cut off circulation to my arms. Did anyone else have to increase their rows before they created the arms and if so by how much? I think I'm going to have to add about 3 pattern repeats! It sounds like a lot but then again I am a tight knitter so my rows may be off. Here are some progress shots...

Monday, July 24, 2006

Forecast Pie!

I'm almost to the armhole division in this picture, but I kept knitting before I posted this and I'm past it now!
This knit is really moving along especially now that I learned to knit backwards and don't have to flip the whole schebang over for the bobbles.
I'm really looking forward to getting some great work on this project this weekend...
Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Just getting started


I've been following this knitalong ever since it started -- I fell in love with Forecast the first time I saw it, and really wanted to knit it, but haven't been able to find exactly the right yarn... until now. I was at a yarn sale yesterday and there it was: The Yarn.
It's a Swedish yarn (I live in Uppsala, Sweden) called Bom-ull (supposedly a very witty name, since the yarn is 50% cotton, 50% wool, Swedish bomull means 'cotton' and ull means 'wool') and the color is a beautiful dark blue with, if anything, a hint of green. It's a little splitty but otherwise okay to knit with.

I started swatching right away:

(The color is all wrong in this picture; I think it has something to do with the flash, or lack of flash.)

The gauge seems to be pretty okay. I seem to be getting 18 sts/4", but I'm in between sizes M and L, so I'm making a size L.

As you can see, I tried a lot of different bobbles. I'm thinking of going with the 3-stitch one, but it still seems kind of... bobbly. Has anyone tried knitting a 2-stitch bobble?

After swatching, I couldn't wait to get started on the real thing. Here's my meager progress so far:

(I'm in no hurry to finish this as I probably won't be able to wear it until next year anyway, but I hope this knitalong will speed me up a little, at least.)

Happy knitting everyone,