The War of Thermal

I know that I’m going to love Thermal to pieces once it’s finished. I know that it’s destined to become one of my favorite sweaters, there is so much to love about it- the fine gauge, the straightforward design, the classic fit. It’s going to be great.

But damn, this has been one slow-going knit. That fine gauge and waffle stitch is obviously the black hole of knitting. I did put it down for a while to work on Central Park Hoodie (which is currently napping, now that my love has switched back to Thermal) but I knit and knit and knit- and it still feels like I’ll never finish the sleeves. I’ll have been knitting for an hour, and then think to myself, “I must be nearly ready for the next part. I’ll measure to be sure.” And that’s when I discover that despite being very sure that I’ve gone through the four row repeat dozens of times, the sleeve seems to hardly increase in length at all.
But I do love the way the sleeve increases move up the inner arm, as though they were seamed… And I have no idea why Thermal looks grey in this picture. I know I need to build a light box, because my basement apartment is seriously hampering my photos.

Designer Knits- they are asking for it….

I, like many who have gone before me, have fallen in love with a stupidly expensive sweater:
This is a $650 (US) Burberry sweater. That’s right, they are charging $650 for garter stitch. But as you know, being a knitter means you’ve been behind the curtain at Oz, you know how the whole thing works. So I did what any sane knitter would do- I took that obscenely expensive sweater into the change room,whipped out my measuring tape, and made a lot of notes, very quickly:
The xs size stats are as follows:
– Length: 18.5″, Bust: 31″, Sleeve: 12″, Waist: 29″
– Gauge: 6sts/inch (body), 7sts/inch (mandarin collar)
– Belt is a 1″-wide tube of stockinette, pressed flat. belt loops are also stockinette, sewn on.
– 2″ high mandarin collar
– Edges of front panels have slipped stitch edges
– Hem has some sort of tublar cast on
– Buttons are 3″ apart
– Raglan sleeves

It gets it’s cuddly softness from being a squishy 70% alpaca/30% silk blend. What do you guys think? Did I miss anything in my stats gathering?

Most embarassing interview -ever-

So here I am, trying to present my wonderful leadership qualities, product knowedge and customer service skills.. you know put best foot forward… what do I end up talking the most about ?

Knitting cozies.
Knitting cozies for male members.

chyeah.. I know!!!
I was way way too nervous and in my defence I couldnt help it! I was asked what was the most extreme thing I’ve ever knitted! I was as red as a tomato, I’m positive of it. They actually might be reading this..(Hi guys! Nova Scotia! Confused? Scramble! ) I figured checking out the blog might give them a little more insight, into my nutter of a brain because I suck when I’m nervous. Nothing comes out right when the brain is thinking too fast for the mouth 🙁

But here are some examples of …cozies. Some designs are so crazy they rock.

*Scramble edit*
! It’s GADFLY!
Meaning a horsefly, a warble fly or botfly(wtf?) Either way, you can all sleep tight now.


Yay internet!, Yay FO !

The free internet that I had been tapping into has mysteriously stopped working. Internet withdrawl is a scaaary thing my friends, I knew I was dependent but to what extent-I did not even fathom. Ya’ll know it how it is . Of course, this is the time when I had a zillion and one blog ideas, fascinating stories of the cottage and falling asleep under the stars… not so facinating now huh? yep. thought so.

However, I have been holding back on you dear readers but with good reason, I can assure. Remember the beaded cami turned halter? The cottage seemed a perfect place to showcase her, so without blabbing further (yaaay im on t3h 1n7@rw3b!) Allow me to introduce you to my modified beaded halter.

Beaded Halter

Inspiration: Beaded Cami by Black Dog Designs and Kelly-10 Feet Tall

Yarn: Debbie 6 Debbie Bliss 100% Cotton DK in teal (50g)

Needles: 3.5 Knitpicks circular

Beaded Halter

Notes: The pattern itself was more of an outline to me, because I had planned on modifying it so much. It was a great start, because of it’s concise and direct instructions it was easily adaptable. One of the advantages to following in the footsteps of (craftster)friends is learning from their troubles and triumphs.

Beaded Halter

Modifications:First thing I did to change the still then cami was to cast on for 4 instead of 5 scallops on each side and only 3 selvage sts on the side as I was knitting it in the round. Once I finished the lace repeats I knew I would have to shape it by doing decrease rounds every other row until on me it reached my waistband. After that I climbed the intervals, with every 3 then every 4, every 5, every 6 being a dec. round.

Stitch Detail

When I reached my bustline I emphasized the empire waist, I casting off the front side sts using Zimmermans sewn BO. I continued to knit the back until the flap reached past my bra strap. I cast off again using Zimmerman’s stretchy sewn BO. For the front I cast on for three scallops, each scallop having 5st leaves and 2 selvage for each side. I knit the pattern once and then added short rows using the wrap method. I did about 8 or 9 rows which should have been substansial but perhaps I underestimated myself. Ha! It’s not me honey, it’s Victoria Secret! Anyhoo….

Beaded Bodice

I grafted the sides together and then thought about straps. I had beads, but no crochet hook. Right. Packed those away ages ago. I tried two thin straps but the proportion wasn’t right for the structure I had created. I needed something solid.

Beaded Halter

An inspiration came to me in my bead box, where I had a few skeins embroidery floss my mind suddenly screamed – “friendship braclets!” So I used the dk to make a four stranded cord of about 3.5 arm lengths. Added beads at the attaching points in the scallops and boom. You’ve got my halter.

Beaded Halter