Sunday, March 23, 2008
My love as deep"
I don't speak often about love on here, but I am surely filled with it.
Love for my blog buddies, love for my family, love for my very close friends, and most importantly love for GOD.
And my own Romeo is coming real soon, but I actually prefer to call him my Boaz (Ruth 2:1, 19)
In keeping in the spirit of my "Finished Object" I will give Romeo some love too as my Juliet is all done!! ;o)
She came hot off the needles yesterday and straight from my blocking towel for a great field trip (more to come about that too).
So I knew Juliet would be created from my needles one day!
Size: Hybrid - Yoke in Small and Peplum in XS
I really wish I did this entire knit in XS. Let the record show that I am not an XS!!
There is major negative ease in this pattern, that it is not even funny! This was the #1 complaint that all other knitters had voiced before me.
I took heed to their recommendations and decided on a small, but now that it is all done I would have been fine in the XS, but felt safe with the S.
This knit will be able to transcend into the winter as a great layering piece so I am fine with the extra room.
Time: Of course all of our knits wait on us and our time. So as you know it is what you make of it! ;o)
For me it took a little over a week, but swear my needles and desire was in overdrive! My little 'blogvacation' helped too! :o)
Needles: Harmonies US 10.5 and for binding off US 11
When I did my swatch (see below) I realized I would have loved my Addis on this knit instead! Oh well! I would have needed to switch out for my bind-off and Addis does not offer that very nice interchangeable option that I just love so much! ;o)
Speaking of interchangeable, I really don't like the fact that my Harmony Options does not have "cable connectors" where I can add on to try on my garment as it is a WIP...ugh!
Crochet hook: G
Yarn: You know that yarn I bought waaaaaaay back when I meant to make this garment! ;op (yeah back in October!!)
Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky, Color #21 Red Purple (all other pics are color of yarn)
Used 4 balls (even though I ordered the suggested 5 balls)
Special note about this yarn is that I love the stitch definition it produced and the economic factor it provided, but didn't realize it is made out of 15% angora...and better yet after I did my 1st spit splice that I was slightly allergic to it!
Every time I would knit with it I would get the "itches"...not sure if it was just in my head or not.
Funny thing is one of my favorite winter sweaters is out of angora....in fact I checked it, and it is 25%...but I am fine when I wear it, not sure if it is because it has already been washed and all.
I was also fine when I wore my Juliet all day on yesterday so I think everything will go smoothly. Especially once I soak it in some lavender solution, and wear it as a layering item.
Cost: $20 on the yarn, $3 for the button by Grandma Moses (an indie seller)
What I learned: I had a bumpy round after my 'set up' row with the lace repeats.
So much so that I had to rip back and try it again...only once though.
I was very frustrated, but remembered what Sheila said recently on her blog about if you are not going to take on the challenge now, then what will you do when the next challenge comes?? Well dang that made me sit up!! :o)
Juliet went in the naughty corner for about a day or so while I took a "break" from her LOL
We finally kissed and made up after I called in my extra special lifeline Robin!! :oD Thank you!!! Sometimes you just need that extra voice of confirmation, you know?
Realizing I misinterpreted....okay...ignored some of the instructions! Specifically, the last part in Row 3 & 5 "end last repeat with..."
Ooh!! And of course if I was off just one stitch in one row, as you all know it throws everything off!
So Robin reminded me about that thing called "swatching" LOL
Ummm yeah.....I never did that before! ;op So I definitely took her advice and for my sanity did it! Everything turned out just right, so it was smoooooth sailing from there!
Modifications: Okay going to give the run down real quick and easy.
I shortened the yoke area, made only 6 lace repeats, did 2 rows of plain garter after the sleeve split for stability, and did slip stitches on the 1st stitch in the lace portion for a "clean" edge look
Double stranded crochet button loop for durability. I also only did 2 rows of garter on the bottom edge.
So far I have only water spray towel blocked it....but have a feeling that it's going to be a mess to soak with that dang angora...Eww. Can you say purple sticky wool/hair everywhere! I also hear that the wool will make it "grow" too.
Verdict: My 1st completed ;op Zephyr pattern! YAH!! I am glad I did it, but won't knit it again. You know the whole "been there done that" type of thing.
Despite how much I really liked the yarn I used, more than likely I will never use this yarn again as well, since the whole 'cootie' factor may become a bigger problem and I don't want to find that out!I would recommend this pattern to others with the modifications and warning of the serious negative ease! Great knit on thick yarn!
Now I can add my F.O. to the 3,237,961 other Juliets out there! LOL ;op
If you read this far then you are in for a treat!
Happy Blog Anniversary to me!! :o)
There is a contest of course!!
As I mentioned earlier I have love for my blog buddies!! Even more so my faithful readers, commenters, and lurkers!! ;op
First, let me tell you about The Goodies!
Since this is Malabrigo March and I started my blog in March....well the winner will get Malabrigo of course!! :o) Y'all already know how much I just love love love this yarn.Three skeins of Malabrigo! Two will be selected by the winner based on their own preference, and one by Ms. CrimsonPurl herself ;o)
If you want the goodies you only have to Tell Me 2 Things!
Since this is a FO post and all...
1. What is one of your favorite 'finished objects' that CrimsonPurl has made (Hint: Click on the "Finished Objects" link to help you out!)
Also, this is only my 1st year of blogging! So I would also like to know...
2. How long have you been reading CrimsonPurl ;op (rough guesstimate is fine!)
To Get Entered you will need to:
1. Respond with BOTH of your answers in this thread only!
2. Please be sure I know how to contact you.
I will do a random electronic generator for the winner and all entries must be in by Friday, March 28th.
Lastly, this came from that beautiful bush that was behind me in my photos!