Friday, December 29, 2006

Another Newbie

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am so pleased to have joined this KAL. I fell in love with Forecast after seeing Alice’s completed project. Guess what I got for Christmas??? I then googled and found this KAL and read all your posts which came in very handy esp. the tips.

Like others there are modifications I will be making (and others I have made accidentally but can live with) such as bobble size, sleeve ribbing and length. Who knows what other happy mistakes I will be making.

As I have been a tad lazy and have not taken any photos of my Forecast WIP I cannot share at this point in time but I promise to do so soon.

Friday, December 22, 2006



Well, what can I say? I love it. It's warm and unique and flattering (I know, a little humility goes a long way). Seriously though, this was such a super-satisfying project...for many reasons...the yarn (Cascade 220 - a favorite, I hear) was great to work with, with good yardage ~ I made the whole thing with about 3 & 1/4 hanks. It's a super fast knit, keeps you engaged & best of all, it actually looks good & fits well.


As for the specs, I used size 8 & 10's Addi Turbos...I did the ever-famous alterations outlined here by Pinku. I also decreased by a few inches at the wrists (right before the 3 reverse st st rings) for a slimmer fit. The buttons are from, none other then Exclusive Buttons (you all know they're my favorite!).

Let's see...what else...ooh yeah! The pilling...eek, don't like the Cascade 220 pilling thing they've got going on, but I'll live with it - since it's the only real down side to this sweater. What? What's that you say? Ooh, why do my bobbles & cables look f'd up? OOh that! Uuhm...yeah, evidently, I don't know how to read charts...right...more on that here & how I almost e-mailed Stephanie to "correct her" (ouch! that would have been a painful conversation to have). Here's another picture...


Okay, I'm off to finish my Christmas mean, start my Christmas shopping...

X-Posted at my blog (it's basically the same post, but feel free to stop by & say hi if you want!).

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Sheepish update

Pun intended. Thought I'd say hello since it's been, oh, several months since I last knit on my Forecast. I hope to finish it soon in time to start the Enid cardigan (with a knit-along group) from the winter issue of Interweave Knits. Now that I've separated the sleeves the knitting is going much faster. To be honest, I can't wait to get to the ribbing, this cable is fussy to work and making my hands hurt. To add insult to soreness, the wrong side looks a lot better, as I mentioned awhile ago. I'm going to trust that a good blocking will sort it out on the right side.

I can't wait to see how these buttons will look--I think they're poi-fect.

Next post will be a finished Forecast, promise.


Friday, December 01, 2006

Forecast newbie

Hi everyone. This is my first post to this KAL. I started Forecast about a week and a half ago. I'm now at the seemingless endless yoke. Only a few rows to go before I get to the underarm join, but boy do these rows take a long time!! Has everyone found that the pattern is accurate with this shaping, or have others added extra rows to the yoke?

Here's a shot of my progress. Sorry for the brightness of this - daylight is hard to come by!

I'm using the called-for Cascade 220 tweed in a dark purple. I love the color, but my bamboo circulars are turning purple and my fingers were purple after a long knitting session on Wednesday night. I guess this sucker's gonna need a good wet blocking.

I'm doing the popular mods to this one - 3 stitch bobble, and I plan to start the ribbing at the elbow. I'll post progress here, but also over at my blog. I'm glad to have joined the fun!