Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Anyone still checking this blog?

I have come to learn that the pattern is now available for FREE on the IK Knitting Daily website.

Can you all access this? You might have to register.

Lotus Blossom Tank.

Also, the Stash & Burn podcast talks about the LBT in their latest episode - Episode 20.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Cardigan Update

I'm so excited! I just tried on my dad's cardigan after sewing on one sleeve, and it looks good! The yarn feels nice, too. All this hard work is finally going to pay off. Whew, what a relief! Since it took me two hours to do one sleeve, I'm saving the other sleeve to do for tomorrow. Then, it's on to the collar and button band. I don't know exactly what I'm doing for either... I can't decide whether or not I want a foldover collar. If I make it a shawl collar, which my husband advises against but I like, it wouldn't have to fold over. Decisions, decisions : ) I will definitely post pictures when I'm done!

Once again, my Interweave Knits has not arrived yet. It seems that everyone else in blogland gets theirs early, while I get my on or after the newstand date. Argh! The first time it happened, I contacted IK and was told that the first issue sometimes arrives late depending on the date I first subscribed. Well, the two issues I've received since then have come late compared to my fellow subcribers. Good thing I like this magazine! My grumbling is now done ; )

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

It is finally done!

I finally finished up my LBT last week - I had all but abandoned it in the boring stockinette part, but picked it up right after Christmas and cranked it out. The recipient (my OtherMom) loved it - I hope it fits!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Belated pics

I finished a few months ago and never got around to posting pics. I wore it once but I'm not thrilled with the fit-- I think I should have gone smaller, probably smaller needles would have done the trick. I also sewed the straps on lower to hide my bra straps, and keep it from flopping too low (the bamboo is floppiness incarnate). I'm considering ripping out the straps and making them wider.

Monday, October 16, 2006

LBT Done

I've finally finished this tank and guess what? It doesn't fit. My bust is too big to fit in there properly even after I added an extra inch of stockinette, and my bra shows - no way to adjust it either. For now I will fold it up and tuck it away until I decide what to do with it.

Here are some pics of it. I guess it needs another round of blocking. I somehow don't get good results with blocking especially with stockinette stitch. It just rolls back up like I didn't do anything to it. It still has all of its ends on it needing to be weaved in, but since its not fitting right, I'm not going to waste anymore time on it.

Thanks for the help I've gotten on it.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Shaping the shoulders

Hi guys,

This may have a simple solution, but I want to make sure I understand it. I'm at the shape the shoulders section and it says for row 2: (WS) Place a safety pin or removeable marker on (not through) working yarn and sl next st. Its this NOT THROUGH part that has me a little confused. How would I put the safety pin ON the working yarn??

Thanks in advance!


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

LBT Done

I joined this knitalong not too long ago (my first) and I'm proud to say I'm done! I cast on for this on Sept 20 and finished Oct 3. I had some doubts about how the top was turning out as I was knitting. I kept trying it on with the thought "I can fix this later if I have to". Blocking helped enormously.

Yarn: Knitpicks Merino Style in “Frost” on size 7 and 8 needles.

Modifications: I didn’t switch needle sizes until the decreases and I added a row of YO, K2Tog for the ribbon to go through. Otherwise, I followed the pattern to the letter. I also tried steam blocking this time instead of my usual wet blocking odyssey.