Random thoughts of a fiber enthusiast - mostly fiber related, sometimes coherent

Author: Grace Page 3 of 12

New Year, New FOs

I promised myself that I would end 2005 with fewer WIPs than at the beginning. So, on New Year’s eve, I was seaming up the blue sweater I started in Italy.


I made up the pattern as I went along, using my gauge and Iris’ measurements. The front and back are semi-rectangular, but I bound off an inch at each armhole edge. I also bound off the shoulders with a 3-needle BO for 1/3 of the width on each side, keeping live stitches in the center. Then I knit the neck opening in the round with 2 circulars.

I picked up the sleeve stitches and knit them downward, being careful to pick up a stitch at each side of the BO underarm area and then knitting (or purling) that together with the first sleeve stitch a la Domino Knitting. I decreased the sleeve about every inch. When it was the right length, I did a few rows of garter stitch and BO. I seamed with some baby blue DK wool.

The novelty yarn was stretchy and never gave me the same gauge twice when I tried to measure it. Iris was squirmy and I never got the same measurement twice with her either. But, I averaged the measurments and the photos prove that it worked OK.

I also made a spikey mitered square scarf out of some yarn that slowly changes colors. Here is a closeup of the sweater and scarf textures.


BTW, I have posted some pix of Italy (yarn shop windows!) on my other blog.

St Marcos Piazza


Some say that pigeons are like flying rats. But everything is more romantic in Venice! Plus, Iris loved feeding the pigeons and we couldn’t resist buying the corn for her. Perhaps avian flu will change all that.

It is hard to see in this photo, but Iris is wearing a pendant of Venetian glass.

I made the dress entirely out of stuff I found at SAS fabrics in Lawndale, California. The zipper was $.10, applique was $.15, fabric was about $.50 (sold by weight). I lied in the first sentence because I bought the metrosene thread elsewhere. The Bernina sales lady taught me never to buy cheap thread.

Costa Rica


This is not fibery, but I am back home.

Page 3 of 12

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén