Damn You, Dye Lot!!!

See that? Where the lace and the stockinette meet?

That’s my personal hell, right there. I can’t believe it. I don’t know what to do. Especially since I’m convinced that I had another skein of the original dye lot, and I can’t find it anywhere. My mind is playing cruel tricks on me, I tell you.
Now, there is a possibility that the average non-knitter will never be able to see the difference. I’m also *really* hoping that once I thread a ribbon through the eyelet row, you won’t be able to see the difference. There is also a possibility that the yarn ages and changes colour– the stash yarn was at least six months old. Also, I’m hoping that blocking might cause it to mellow, and hopefully decide to be more like it’s friend, lace edging. I’m going to persevere, and if worse comes to worst, only wear the skirt at night. In dark, candle-lit restaurants. Which doesn’t sound that bad, now that I think about it.

On to happier subjects… I cast on for Thermal on Saturday (see 2 posts below for a photo of me knitting the first rows alfresco), and I’m almost done the first band of ribbing. It’s still tiny enough that it fits in my purse, for on-the-go knitting.

I’m using Knit Picks gloss, in ‘Dusk’, on my new 3mm circulars. I really love this yarn, but I wish it would have been available in more colours (only 8- none of which were a rich forest green, which would have been my first choice). I chose Dusk, a lovely dark, denim-y blue. Now that I’m looking at the photo, i’m falling in love with it all over again. I started to panic a bit about an inch into the waistband, thinking it would be too small, but I bound off the stitches, tried it on, and was pleasantly surprised by how stretchy it was. So I undid the cast off row and carried on.

Little Red Riding Hood Fetish, Anyone?

I love a good cardi, no question. Nothing makes chilly weekends comfy and cozy quite like a great cardi. I’m suddenly crushing on the Central Park Hoodie from Knitscene, thanks to Carrieoke’s Knitting Blog — There it is, red, cabled, perfect. I even love the buttons. I suggest you go have a look!

I really wish that magazines allowed you to order PDFs of certain patterns that are more than a year old- I would love to knit that cardi, but I didn’t really see anything else that I loved when I checked out other patterns from that issue. So, the dilemma- do I order the magazine anyway (and pay hideous shipping fees) or do I just sit tight and see if sometime this fall, a lovely and similar pattern shows up in Interweave Knits or Vogue Knitting? Hmmmmm. Especially now that I’ve seen it in Red, I’ve got a sudden Little Red Riding Hood fetish. It doesn’t help that there is also a great KAL for it, too!

The object of my affection du jour, only in green. But imagine how innocently sexy and comfy you’d feel in a little red one…..

Public Knitting

Team Knit spent Saturday afternoon in line at the Royal Ontario Museum, to get free tickets to the opening of the new addition, the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. It’s been a fairly contraversial addition to the ROM, but I like it. It’s gutsy, it’s brave, and I think an addition that mimicked the architecture of the original building would be acrylic pretending to be cashmere. I like a good old-fashioned juxtaposition of eras anyway.

So, while in line for the two hours in the blistering hot sun, we did what Team Knit does- we knitted.

Jen’s working away at Lelah there, and I’m on the second or third row of the newly-cast on Thermal. I had to put down the Lacy Skirt from Greetings from the Knit Cafe, because I ran out yarn. I checked my yardage when I first cast on, but I’m apparently waaay short. I’ve stopped just after the lacy repeat, so since there is no way I’ll be able to match the dye lot (old stash yarn), I’ll have to get something very close, hold my breath, and hope it fools the naked eye.

I’m using Knit Picks 3mm circulars. I love Knit Picks needles– like Addis, but way cheaper. Here’s a recent shot of my newest babies:

That’s 2mm, 2.5mm, and 3mm. I love small needles!

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Last night was crazy. Pretending to be someone else at a party of strangers is retarded fun.
I’m sure we’ll get around to posting the proofs soon. Here to soothe the hangover is my latest crop from Phildar.

sleek drape and subtle accents

soft and cuddly

nix the bobbles on the sleeves and waistband

a suprising front that is begging to be evened out

i want to have babies with this coat. i would change nothing.

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.