Monday, April 30, 2007

First Forecast, and First Sweater Ever!

So exciting for me! I started last Saturday. Forecast went pretty fast at first, but the double-pointed needles slow me down a bit. in this picture I've done a little work on one sleeve after finishing the body, but now I'm already almost done with that sleeve.

Like most people, I'm doing 3-stitch bobbles. I'm starting the ribbing on the arm sooner, but after the elbow instead of before. I also omitted the reverse stockinette bands at the bottom of the sweater and its sleeves, and hopefully I can make the sleeves extra-long :)

This is in Cascade 220 #8415/Burgundy. I love the color and the texture! the pattern has also been really easy to understand so far, for someone like me who has never knitted a sweater before.

I have a blog although there's really only one more picture of the sweater on there, close-up, and a little more of me blabbing on about it all.

thanks for adding me to this KAL!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Finished Forecast!

Here is my finished Forecast. I really enjoyed making it, and I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to read about everyone's knitting journeys and the great modifications you came up with (several of which I used).


I used about 8.5 balls of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes "Arctic Pool Heather."

Modifications: I knit the pattern as written except for the following changes: (1) I wanted to make approx. a 34 inch bust. My gauge was a little off, so I ended up using the instructions for the smallest size; (2) I lengthened the ribbed portion of the lower border on the body and switched from a US 5 to a US 6 needle halfway through to give the effect of a hip increase; (3) I started the lower border on the sleeves just below the elbow and made the sleeves a tad longer; (4) I made 3 stitch bobbles instead of 5 stitch bobbles.

For more pictures, and a bit more commentary, you can visit my new blog.

Unsettled Weather in the Forecast

Hi everyone! I'm new this this knitalong, having just signed up after starting my Forecast last Friday night.

I am using Cascade 220 in a lovely blue shade my LYS called Marine. I decided to modify the pattern a bit and do a 9-stitch braid cable instead of the cable and bobbles as written.

I was knitting along and making great progress when I noticed a horrible mistake while at my stitch 'n bitch group the other night:

I had mis-crossed cable all the way at the beginning of the sweater. Can you see it? Here's a close-up:

I didn't want to have to frog and start over, so I performed a bit of surgery on the errant cable itself (you can read all about it here). Now all is as it should be and I am ready to move on to the sleeves.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

take two

Hi Forecasters! This is my second time casting on for Forecast. Last year I made this version for myself, and it's gotten plenty of wear through the freezing New York winter. Around Christmas time, I visited family and friends in Portland, Oregon, and my mom requested a Forecast of her very own. At first, she asked for a chocolate brown Forecast, but after some discussion, we settled on something with a little more color (although I do love chocolate brown). I bought a bunch of the above pictured Shetland Aran from elann, and now I'm finally ready to roll! The yarn color is more accurate in the picture below. It's very beautiful in person- kind of a warm brick color with flecks of deep purple, sun yellow, brown and orange. Now, my mom is built a bit differently from me, but I'll still be knitting according to the size small instructions and following the mods I made on my own Forecast, plus a few other changes. Mom wore mine comfortably, but has a shorter torso than me and slightly broader shoulders, so I'll account for those differences as I knit. I hope to be finished with her Mom's Forecast by the time I head to Portland again late in May.... I'll keep you posted!