Troubles with Tubes

A few weeks ago I decided that –Lelah– is my must-have top for summer. I want to wear it riding my bike on a sunday morning, to after work drinks in Yorkville and especially want to show it off at work. I reviewed the pattern and felt competent that it has all the attributes I was looking for: easily memorisable lace, flowy empire waist and very little seaming/sewing. This is a small commitment project that I would recommend for anyone forging beyond accessories.

I do recommend heavily, that one takes ones body shape into consideration before casting on. The pattern as written is not suitable for all in my opinion. Before you whack me with your needles, hear why.

I am a classic pear shape, the bulk of my weight gained or lost is contained below the navel. Simply, I have wide hips and a rather (sexy) shapely bottom and thighs. Enter the godsend of empire waist, able to flatter a variety of figures including the pear. A major component of an empire waist is the gentle flare from bust line to hips that allows a top to float rather than sit. Still with me? Ok. In my opinion (a pear’s opinion) the written pattern permits not enough float necessary to look chic. Especially when lengthening the written pattern. A person with less hips/butt could pull this off easily.. pears? No freakin way. It will stretch out the lace and you will look fat and wide even if you arent.

I learnt this the hard way, 8 lace repeats, kicking, screaming and much pouting later. What I have done to correct this is cast on for two additional vertical lace panels. These panels will be merged and decreased later, of which I will describe at length and what changed I would still make in the FO post this weekend for those interested.


Until then, here she is in her current state. Lace repeats done, onto the eyelets and decreasing/stockinette tonight.

NEVER Enough Knitting Patterns….

I have a subscription to Interweave Knits, which I adore and pour over every time it shows up in my mailbox, but I do not have a subscription to any other knitting magazines. I buy when I see something I really like, or I order the far-flung Rowan magazine when I’m feeling rich. Recently, I have come to the conclusion I should just break down and get a subscription to Vogue Knitting. Because yesterday, I found myself ordering two back copies:Now I’m feeling a bit dumb. These were magazines that were in pretty much every magazine shop and drugstore in Toronto for the entire winter season. I thumbed through them, observed everyone’s blogged Vogue capecho problems from a cool distance, and decided not to buy them. Why? Because I already had tons of knitting magazines and patterns, and there was already no way I’d ever manage to knit every knitting pattern I had at home, so why add to the collection? Except now, I’m kicking myself. Because NOW I want a capecho, NOW I want the scarf and great cardigan from the Holiday 06 issue. NOW I want them all:

So of course I had to order them, and pay extra charges for shipping. When really, if I hadn’t talked myself out of them in the winter, they would have been cheaper. Serves me right for trying to NOT buy knitting magazines. Sigh.

I adore that lavender-coloured belted cardigan that’s in the Holiday 06 issue. I’m thinking it would be great for work, in a deep grey. It would say: I’m professional and look fantastic, and why yes, I am a kick-ass knitter. So nyah nyah nyah.

The capecho: yes, it’s a tricky knit. And there are construction issues and sizing issues and all sorts of well-documented horrors related to this fascinating piece of modular knitting. But I’ve somehow convinced myself that a) it will look good on me and b) I’ll be able to knit it better, since I’ve already seen so many blogged-about and scary-looking capechos. And even if I fail miserably, I’ll post all of it here, so you can have a chuckle at my pain and torment. By which I mean my knitting.

click click covet

There is an abundance of great knitting out in the universe right now, so much so that I’ve had a hard time making my own covet because I’ve been too busy knitting! Ok… that, and conjunction with watching an entire season of Heroes I’ve been content =)


I’ll begin with the Shopping Tunic from Twinkle’s Big City Knits.

obv. in one color. I’m all over THIS one called Urchin from Twinkle’s softy chunky line.
It reminds me of king Kong?


Another Twinkle covet is the Rockefeller Sweater.
I would knit this in a tighter gauge than recommended to be warmer.

Mabel from berroco.com Love the arrowhead lace.

Can you tell I like long sweaters yet?


the buttons are cute, but im not 14.

add more later!

The Lady that gets Around

I’m working on Lady Eleanor, the much knitted and much blogged wrap from Scarf Style (Ed. Pam Allen). Like everyone else, I’m also using Noro Silk Garden, but my colourway is #243, full of cool-toned earthy shades of greens, greys, and plums. Isn’t that lovely? Don’t you just want to curl up on it’s cushy softness?

Except those of you who know Noro Silk Garden know that it obviously gets it’s name from being dragged through the bushes at some point, and I’m convinced some of it’s 50 grams is coming from the bits of plants and twigs that are still in the yarn. I’m also not impressed with how it gets very thin in some places, and is thick and chunky in others. And last but not least, there seem to be weird bits of curly, elastic-y whit bits in it. I pick them out. But…. it does knit up beautifully. it’s colourways are perfect for entrelac, and it does make for a cuddly wrap, when all is said and done. And I’m hard pressed to think of any other companies putting out such wonderfully artistic and varied colourways.

I’v been knitting on 5mm circulars, not the original 7 or 8 mm it called for, as the Noro knits up much better on 5 mm. I don’t expect to be finished it before the end of summer, since I’m just chiselling away at it between other things. But I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it come fall. Here’s a close-up:

Coveted Objects of Knitting Desire

As many knitters do, when i’m not actually knitting, I trawl the internet looking for things to knit, things to inspire knitting, and various forms of yarn porn. I get cold easily, but also adore skimpy tops, so there are mayn reasons to knit things with sleeves all year long for me.

I think both Jen and I adore deviating from patterns, forging out on our own, and really just thinking about knitting far more than any sane person has right doing. Currently, I covet and e-stalk the following items:
I would wear this to work. And probably every day, since I’m convinced the office is way colder than it really is.

I love this little shrug, and the way it just seems to say, ‘I will go with everything in your summer wardrobe’…. but only if not in that minty green shade. I don’t think I’ve ever said to anyone, “hey, you look great in minty green.” You know why? Because nobody does.

I will knit this or die trying. I love it to death.

I’m not usually a big, chunky, bulky cardi fan, but this, THIS I love. This I would wear. Of course, Kim Hargreaves is on of the many knitting goddesses I worship.

Another Kim Hargreaves. Love the Williow sweater vest. I do not own a single sweater vest, because I keep saying that I could knit one so easily. Yet I never do. But this might change my mind.