FO: Demeter Camisole

The fact that I kind of disappeared from blog land for a couple of weeks reconfirmed something that Jen and I talked about at the very beginning of Team Knit- that since there are two of us, one of us could always carry the blog for a bit while the other was either a) lagging behind on their knitting, b) tending to their crazy and overly dramatic life, or c) captured by a roving band of kittens and puppies and forced to succumb to their cuteness for days on end. C hasn’t happened yet, but I remain hopeful. Mine would be option B, but I’m not going to get into that quite yet….

I got a new camera, I need to spend a bit more time sorting it out (I don’t seem to have time for much these days, but good blog photos will be a high priority). I didn’t realize until I was cropping these photos that I’m obviously not shooting at the highest resolution I could be. So my apologies on that one, I’ll fix that pronto.

So, on to the FO! Here’s the front: And the back: And the side:
Pattern: Demeter Camisole, from Sensual Knits
Yarn: Elann Sock it to Me 4 ply
needles: US 4mm and 3.5 mm
Mods: I wasn’t crazy about the split neckline, so instead of doing the neckline as specified in the pattern, I p3 together every time the pattern called for sl2, p2tog. And I got this neckline, which I really like:Notes: I wasn’t getting gauge, and I didn’t want to go up a needle size with such fine yarn, so I just made a size larger (that would be medium) instead). It was still a bit on the small side. I’m going to wet block it again, so it’ll be a smidgen bigger. And the bigges tnote of all… The lace curls. Big time. I wet blocked that lace edge and pinned it just so for days… why is it curling?? Why??? I can’t get it to stop curling. Here’s a close up of the lace edge:
I did have a slight problem with the dye lot of this yarn, but when I sent an email to Elann, they were really excellent. They sent me a replacement skein, free of charge (of course) the next day. But then I’ve always thought they have great customer service.

I have another project on the go… The Eyelet Ribbed Bandeau from the Spring 2007 Interweave Knits (Ravelry link). I’ve loving it, the yarn is so sprongy and soft.. it’s Tebe Extrafine Merino from Filati (which I bought on Elann.com). It’s awesome, I’d definitely use it again. Just look at that:

So how supercute are these?! Gardening Socks!Truth be told, For reasons I can’t quite explain, I’m kind of coveting that carrot apron, too. I saw this on the Bluelines blog this morning, and fell in love. Considering how much both Jen and I love to garden, I’m amazed we’ve lived this long without them. Apparently, they are from Bronwyn Lowenthal’s book, Love to Knit Socks. I checked it out on Ravelry, and doesn’t seem to be there yet- Has anyone made any socks from the book? Reviews? Etc?

Spring has SHRUG

This diamond scarf is taking longer than I expected. That being said I am only knitting it here and there and I no longer even need to keep my eyes open. What a treat this is on my commute! *edit Crap cakes. In my rush to head back downtown on Sunday evening, I left my knitting bag at my Dad’s house. No work on my scarf or skating sweater until I go back to visit. It’s probably better off because the weather in Toronto is freakish.. I don’t even think we’ll have a proper spring anymore. I think it’s going to go from blah to summer in one month. By the end of April I will have my foot in my mouth or in flip flops.

Which would be perfect, because I have a massive amount of spring things to knit. Since I last posted on Lab, I’ve fallen in love a thousand times over with new patterns.

From Rebecca Design Team:

#39 Bolero w/lace patternCheck out Kimberlolly’s is divine.

and here are the previews from Rebecca #39


love the cowl, not sure about the waist structure..need to see a closer image.
I like the halter, but I don’t know if I’d wear it.


These look so soft.. want to cuddle.


I’d like to see the deep v standing up..looks like it’s got potential.


Nothing thrills me here, I can’t wear sweater dresses.


Love the lace cover-up and long cabled tee.
I wonder if the jacket is swing shaped aka gigantic.


Love the details on the mustard bolero


If I were ever to knit a dress it would probably be this second one in.
Nice beige cardi, looks super thin and easily layered.

delicious finds from ravelry:

Lingy’s Alpine Shrug
I can’t get over how much I like this. But I know, just *KNOW it won’t look like that on me. I want those skinny mirrors in my house. I hardly ever see a head to to image of myself once I leave.. yep I’d like that warped sense of self image plsnthnx. Part of me wants to frog the skating sweater and make this. Yarndiet08 is proving harder than expected. I wonder how many ply of a thicker worsted it would take to get gauge? I wouldn’t compare this to a twinkle though. No. This has a completely different feel. Mods? I saw an amazing Club Monago Poncho/Cardi/Shrug thing that blew my lid off yesterday so I’d make the front torso piece larger and lengthen it somehow to add more of a caplet type feel.

Dream in Color Shrug by Gidgetfibbit
Love this so much. Cascade is a great sub.


Chrissylah’s Drops 95-21 Cardigan knitted in Lace Pattern

Want this. I’d button it all the way down or not at all. I don’t like things that create an arrowhead shape to my body.

That’s it for me today. I think Jules is going to post on her Demeter later too. I’m excited for that one!@ Check out these two heavy rotators in the meantime:

Pump me up:
A-TRAK: Time To Get Yummy
(TUUUUUUNE!)

chill me down:
Groove Armada : At the River
This is a song for Sambo- my mate from down undAH who is back in OZ I miss you! xoxo)

new pattern : have you seen labyrinth?

I think everyone on Ravelry has a bit of a routine in terms of using the site. For me, it’s messages, friend activity, friends blogs and then a browse/scour through all the new patterns added since last visit. Today I came across a couple that really piqued me interest. The first being Labryinth from Wendy via Stitch Diva Studios



^ was knit by k&twendyShe has got mMaaAAad shaping skillZ.



as seen previously inSizzle

and saharah which I particularly liked the ones by
mollylouhoo susan and spiral.

lablong

Labyrinth’s got oodles of shaping in the bust a wide neckline and enough waist shaping to show off some curves. And, it’s like Wendy has got me down. My first thought when seeing the pattern was that I’d chop off the sleeves- well she d0ne did it already! Peep the short puff sleeve version.


labshortsleeve

this and the knit 1 blousant are looking mighty fine rightaboutnow….

Celebrity Knits & Good morning :)

Heather Mills crazy cardi.


If that’s not the ugliest thing you see today- I’m sorry for you.

*edit: I think the ugly sweater curse is back because… this isn’t that bad. In another color? hmm.. thoughts?

Here is Vanessa Hudgens cap. I like the red, it adds a bit of punch to an otherwise boring knit. What kind of guage do you think she’s got going on…3-4 sts to the inch? I bet the red was knit on afterwards, probably with some elastic to boot!

Billie Ray Burton (Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter’s son) has a rockin striped skull beanie.

It’s official – Spring has sprung

The knitting community is taking notice of this and is constantly posting/reposting these gloriously enticing patterns that make me cringe inside. It’s not nearly warm enough to be thinking about halters or tanks. Actually that’s a lie, I’ve just bought this, this and this from work.


Yuki

superstar

Okay, so now that I’ve ruined my credibility in saying that it’s too early to be thinking spring.. here are those enticing patterns I was talking about. These first few are ones that deserve a second look.


Short Sleeve Blousant from Knit.1 Summer 07

This gorgeous one by Glory8

Silk Slip from Lingerie Style
Elliot Anne Spencer by Canary Sanctuary

This fantastic one is from Minabear She’s also got this great cowl sweater I’ve been lusting after.

Cabled Long Cardi from Vogue Spring/Summer 08

Chop a few inches off the waistline and the hemline, add a few more buttons perhaps..

Here is a link to the full Vogue Spring/Summer Preview -LINK-
I’m not particularly bowled over by anything, but the second one in on the “urban outfitters” is allllllriiight. Those are the front runners for me. What are you looking to make this spring/summer?

I leave you with some toonage for toe tappin:

vampire weekend – a punk, oxford comma, cape cod, kwassa kwasaa, walcott
wilco – hate it here (fav, but everything they do is awesome)
american boy – estelle & kanye
digitalism – pogo, zdarlight, pulse, kingdom remix, idealism a-trak remix,
Hot Chip -Sensual Seduction slow mix
The Rolling Stones – You can’t always get what you want Soulwax mix
Crystal Castles- not sure what the track name is but they have good beats