Update: Rose Armwarmers and Agathe

I knew that if I asked my fellow knitters out there, you’d have awesome solutions to the problem of the rose armwarmers! I was absolutely bowled over by all the awesome suggestions, links to patterns with similar charts, etc. I can see now that I’ll probably have to do some swatching with the colourwork charts, to see what will work- a big chart can only be scaled down so much when using fingering weight. I’m so excited to start them in the fall! As soon as I come back form England in September, I’m going to get started on them right away.

So. remember when I
was trying to decide on the colourway for my Agathe pullover
? And
you all got to vote? Well, the yarn arrived, and I’ve
swatched!  I don’t think like it. Well, it’s okay. Maybe it’ll grow on me?

I got another colour, just in case:
 what do you

Modification Mondays: Tropicana Jaden

Original Pattern: Jaden

Knitter Extraordinaire: Marceline (Rav ID, Blog)

Mods: So many! She knitted it in the round, added single crochet edging around the armholes, used the top half of this pattern for the shaping and ribbing, and did all sorts of mathematical gymnastics to customize her perfect fit.

What Makes This Awesome: It’s gorgeous. The colour, the fit, the style- this is such an amazing summer knit. It look so flattering, and I bet it’s comfortable.  I’m so impressed by Marceline’s determination to have the perfect custom tank top for summer- the way she used multiple patterns, adjusted her gauge, and really made this her own. And the results were so worth it!!!  Also, you really need to check out her detailed pattern notes- they are incredibly helpful. Full details on her project page .

Rose Armwarmers- My Obsession

I was perusing the new Rowan (issue 48) on their website, and came across these lovely things ( I apologize for the slightly blurry screen capture):

I love the idea of these: the elaborate, old-fashioned roses knit into a lovely, simple arm warmer. I’m obsessed with making these for fall! But- I do not want to buy an issue of Rowan (which is mucho expensive here in Canada) for only one pattern. Which leads me to wonder why Rowan doesn’t sell their patterns individually & online like so many other magazines, but whatever. Lamenting various realities will not get me closer to these mitts.  I’m thinking of searching out a lovely intarsia/fair isle rose pattern from something else, and incorporating them into the mitts. Sounds deliciously simple, right?

So I’ve been hunting through Ravelry patterns, looking for some lovely fair isle roses- but I feel like most of what I find is only 2 colour versions- the rose on a different colour background. I really like the many shades of pinks and reds in these roses, and the way it adds to that old-fashioned look. Any thoughts? Ideas? Have you seen anything like this in your travels through patterns? Any help would be welcome!

TTC Knitalong 2010

Another summer, another TTC Knitalong in Toronto!!  If you haven’t done it before, let me tell you: It’s SO MUCH FUN. This year our awesome swag bags were filled with wonderful goodies from Bernat, The Naked Sheep, The Purple Purl, Plymouth Yarns, Patons, and even some bags had knitting books donated by Simon & Schuster. It was a serious score. And then to top it all off, many of the yarn stores were having special discounts and sales for the TTC Knitalong crews! Talk about getting your fiber fix. If you live anywhere near Toronto and haven’t done the TTC Knitalong, you’re missing out. Even if you think you’re too shy, or don’t have any one to go with- don’t worry! You don’t need to bring a friend. You don’t need to be super outgoing. You just need to show up, and the mutual love of yarn and knitting pretty much takes care of the rest. It’s a very welcoming, fun day for knitters of all skill levels.

I was fairly restrained in my yarn purchasing this year- I bought with very specific projects in mind, which really helped me stay on budget and on task. Let’s get a closer look, shall we?

The two skeins of the Mission Falls superwash is to make my nephew a little Sheldon stuffie. The gorgeous Indigodragonfly skein (which is called “Oh Glenna and her Lemongrass Martinis”) is destined to become  these armwarmers. The lovely sunshine yellow skein of Tanis Fiber Arts yarn is going to become Duck Socks (well, probably many, many pairs of duck socks). As for the Malabrigo….I couldn’t resist the Pearl Ten colourway (that’s the brownish-grey skeins), and then I couldn’t leave the lovely, creamy natural skeins behind, either. Sigh. You can never have too much malabrigo laceweight!! Projects? Ahem. So much for staying on task! I haven’t quite decided, but probably a whisper cardigan, and a featherweight cardigan. Or maybe this cowl. Or….. we’ll see!!

Modification Mondays: Red Marjorie

Original Pattern: Marjorie

Knitter Extraordinaire: Alana (Rav ID)

Mods: Knitted it top down, using Barbara Walker’s simultaneous set-in sleeve method. Also changed the neckline, eliminated bust darts, and added some length.

What Makes This Awesome: I loooove this pullover. But I completely overlooked the original pattern when it came out, because of the neckline- crew necks make me look short. How short sighted of me! Alana changed up the neckline for a lovely scoop, and knitting it top down allowed her to try it on as she knitted. Plus most top down knits are raglan, so it’s great to see her using the set in sleeve. I’m a bit ashamed to say that I have never tried the top down set in sleeve method, and maybe this is the project that will inspire me to branch out my top-down skills!