Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Pictures! Pictures!

It's been a while since I've posted some pictures...I was scared of the new camera. It really wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. I'm not too big on new technology...that's my husband's realm. He's determined to drag me (kicking and screaming) into the 21st century. He loveslovesloves anything new and techy. He just set up our new surround sound system, so that our HDTV channels are in crystal-clear perfection. He still shudders at my 'stereo' that I had when he met me. It was a portable CD player hooked up to $15 computer speakers. Ahh...the power that baby had....

So...anyways...there was a point to all that....oh yeah....the camera is cool, because now I can show what I've been working on. Like my Orange Sweater... it's basically a wool t-shirt. Boat neck...darts in the front and back....short row shaping in the bust area (so that looks like a dart too). The sweater is loosely based on Close-up of the waist shaping
Grumperina's Picovili. Except, I made some changes. Like using wool instead of cotton. I wanted a winter sweater, to wear under jackets, so I wanted something short-ish sleeved, so I don't overheat. So, I had to change the raglan shaping to accomodate sleeves. Then, I had to experiment with the amount of shaping in the front and back...since cotton stretches way more than wool, I cut the amount of decreases/increases in half. And I lengthened it a bit. I like my shirts to be twelve inches from the underarm seam to the finished length...I'm kind of long in the body, and I don't like my stomach showing when I wear medium-rise pants. Now I have to block it.
And take my sweater shaver to it. I used Knitpicks Merino Style, and although I am kind of rough with things as I work on them (they have to survive being trucked around in my old University bookbag), this thing is looking like I've had it for years...I tried to capture it in all its unblocked, pilly glory...and it probably didn't help that I ripped out the same part twice...pretty hard on the yarn. Oh's done, and I'm happy.'s my other sweater...the green sweater coat. (I'm so original with the names.) Here's the back...all done, and the first half of the left front. Oh...the cables! And the twists! And the bobbles!
I've gotten a feel for the pattern, and I'm zooming along. Now if only I would stop admiring the bloody thing, I'd get more done....

I apologize for the craptacular colouring of the pictures...this is what you get from me taking pictures at night.


Blogger Laura said...

Wow! Beautiful! The green sweater is looks great -- I wouldn't be able to stop admiring it either. In fact, I may have a hard time keeping myself from coming back to your blog to look at it. :) Also, well done on the orange sweater modifications. You know that I am not one to shy from pattern modifications (LOL!), but hearing about yours made me a little dizzy! It looks gorgeous. Modeled shot, please?!

Jan. 25, 2006, 6:06:00 a.m.  
Blogger Sarina said...


glad to see pictures, i love the green sweater, i am sort of taken with lola hat pattern on dogsstealyarn blog and a scarf from scarf style book that have those cables and bobbles, i tend to go for the smaller projects.

do you like the camera? since i have had the blog, i am more tuned in to getting good pictures and i tend to want the camera and yet don't want to carry it... the japanese tourists seem to have the coolest small cameras around here.

Jan. 25, 2006, 7:48:00 a.m.  
Blogger tinkerbeth said...

Great pictures! I applaud your brave modifications. The green sweater is lovely...someday I will make things with cables and bobbles and twists.

Jan. 26, 2006, 10:06:00 a.m.  
Blogger Daemond's Blog said...


You are amazing!

Jan. 27, 2006, 4:35:00 p.m.  

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