February 18, 2007

Look, look, it's Argyle!


Wih the sun in my eyes

Argyle is finished. Lovely Argyle, oh how I love you! The fit is almost perfect, it could have been a tad longer in the body (this is a common problem I have with British pattern, I do often have to put a little more length in the body), but the arms are perfect, and the fit over the shoulders just as supposed to be. The Jeager yarn is soft and warm, and was a dream to knit with.

The pattern was easy enough to memorize, even if I have to admit that on the first arm was several mistakes made and frogged. Big thank you to Anna Bell for giving out this pattern for free!

With this knit I decided I wanted to try some new cast ons. I took help from my Vogue knitting: The ultimate knitting book, and made an alternate cable cast on for the sleeves, and an ordinary cable cast on for the body. Both took a bit more time to perform, but I’m very pleased with the result. They both feel very sturdy, yet elastic. The alternate cable cast on is according to Vogue especially good for K1P1 ribbings.

Project details:
Pattern: Argyle by Anna Bell for Magknits.
Yarn: Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Aran 10 balls in the colour Dahlia and a little bit light blue for the sleeves.
Needles: Addi circs 4 mm (bamboo) and 4,5 mm (metal).
Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows to make 10x10 cm with the larger needles.

Close ups! The colours are a bit weird, since I had to take the pictures without flash inside. I don’t know why this colour is so hard to capture, it goes over to a red mass as soon as I whisper flash. Well, learning to use the colour adjustment tool on my Photoshop could of course help the situation. One of those days, I promise I’ll look in the all the features of the program!

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February 17, 2007

Moving forward on Argyle

What started yesterday evening like this:

was today finished as this:


Modelled pictures and project details tomorrow! I'm off now to celebrate FIL's birthday.

February 11, 2007

Weekly update

With an exam lurking in the very near future, this is all I have managed. A weekly update again. I must break this boring trend the week after the exam, I promise.


Argyle is growing steadily. Front and back are done, as is the first sleeve, and the second sleeve is halfway to the sleeve cap. I will not have a lot of knitting time this week, but I hope to be able to finish the second sleeve, and if luck is on my side, have an Argyle finishing party next weekend.


And I have made some progress on the bear coat too. The front steek is machine stitched and cut up. The green yarns show where the sleeves will be stitched and cut up. The pattern is Eunny’s Anemoi, repeated five times over the width of the coat, each repeat mirrored to the one on the side.

February 06, 2007

Argyl's got a back-piece!

Look! I have had a limited computer time, but more knitting time, and the result is to be seen here: one sleeve and a back-piece completed on Argyle. The tension is perfect, the yarn a dream to work with, and with a 4, 5 mm circular needle is this work just flying!

I’m still humming over my colour-work plans, having problem making up my mind on weather to knit Eunny’s Venezia pullover or not. I like the design, but not the amount of colours. I have never been a huge fan of this kind of fair-isle for my self, I admire it but I don’t want to wear it. So I think about knitting it up using just two colours, perhaps two different reds, and a contrast colour for the insides of all hems. Who me, a fan of Solveig Hisdal? Where have you got that from ;-) Do you have an opinion on changing the colours? Please, tell me!

January 28, 2007

It's Argyle


In the afternoon sun, Argyle

First, I added a link in the sidebar to the tutorials I have made last year. I hope you find them useful!

Second, I made up my mind, and started Argyle, by Anna Bell. It's classic in lines, but looks so cosy and warm, still with a degree of elegance, well, I couldn't resist. The pattern is pretty easy, but since it is all in the texture, not in different colours, it asks for attention. The yarn is Jaeger Extra Fine merino Aran in the colour Dahlia. I decided to start with a sleeve, a huge swatch you could call it. Looks good so far. I know my gauge is different when I knit with a big piece, I knit looser than what I do the swatch, and it has several times been a problem. But to reknit part of a sleeve, or even the complete sleeve is usually not a huge task. An annoying task yes, but not an impossible mission.

The red colour is very hard to catch, I took several pictures inside but the red clogged up totally and looked like lingonberry porridge, a delicious thing, but not the colour of the yarn. The true colour has something of raspberries over it, beautiful and bright, but not too bright.


And third, I have also started something that is supposed to be a sort of coat for a bear. The pattern is a repeat of Eunny's Anemoi mitten pattern, five times repeated. The upper part will be in the small pattern of the inside of the mitten, as will the sleeves be. I'm knitting it Norwegian, in the round, and then I'll sew the seams in front and for the sleeves on machine before cutting them up. The yarn is Regia Silk, consisting of wool, silk and polyamid, a sock yarn that would never keep the seams intact without machine sewing.


But now I'm off to sort my stash. I have promised my son new mittens, but I can't find the mitten yarns. It looks like chaos!


Welcome to my blog! My name is Maud, and I spend my free hours grooming Afghan hounds, knitting, cooking, and growing bonsai trees. I am since the summer of 2012 reporting from Stockholm Sweden, entries before that are from Esbo, Finland.

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