Sunday, January 28, 2007

Another FO!

Yarn: 12+ KP Andean Silk in Chocolate
Needles: Addi Circulars in US #6, 7 (8 for bind off)
(10/14/06 - 12/29/06)

I finally got the courage to sew on the buttons last Thursday evening. Yes, it took me almost a month to get the courage to sew buttons on this. I'm still not sure on the placement though. It still needs a good blocking but that will come later.

Thanks Bonne Marie for an excellent pattern!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

phew, Blogger move went ok...

I have been slow in posting finished pic, with buttons. It turned out very well. I used Cascade 220, about 4.5 skeins for size 38. I did the sleeves both at the same time on a circular, magic-loop style.

Thanks, Bonne Marie for a great pattern. :)

I did it, so can you!

The switch was a snap. I'm on the collor and expect to block her this weekend so I will post my FINISHED (yea!) Ariann next week.

I fought the Law Blogger and the Blog won...

Hello teamates! Happy Weekend -

I've bit the bullet and converted to the New Blogger!

The Downside: you can see the member list looks trimmed by the migration although all original posts are intact. If you don't see your name, you've been given a *Guest* designation until you migrate [sign in] with a Google account. Once you do that, all is well.

OR, if you like, I can send you a new invite - send me an email to:

I already had Gmail, so I used that sign-on. The process was fully automatic and migrated all of the existing accounts I had (even as Admin) to the new format. No Drama that I could see/feel.

Everything seems to be working OK now - so I encourage you to switch! :)

Friday, January 19, 2007

uh oh I think I lost my adriann

I can't find it anywhere... (yes I have quite a few hand knit sweaters this is possible). I maybe rejoining this KAL.

UPDATE: I have located it. I left it in Vancouver when visiting friends at Xmas time. So much for the 'memories' of wearing it since I returned. It is being mailed back to me.

I had to frog it:(

I'm sooo sad. I planned on using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece and it was right on for stitch gauge but not for row gauge. I was almost done with me 13+" of the body when I realized that I only had 2 button holes. I'm going to try knitting it with some Cotton Ease or Cascade 220 in superwash.

It's Not Much Yet But I Started!

I know it's not much but I have finally re-started on my Ariann after frogging once because I couldn't get the eyelet pattern down...LOL I am out of practice I tell ya and this is the pattern I chose to get back into the swing of things and fulfill my New Year's resolution to finish a garment this year!

I've chosen Cascade 220 to knit Ariann with - so far, it's wonderful to work with.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Don't try to knit a sleeve and incorporate the pattern while watching American Idol! You will find yourself lost and ripping like a banchee!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

My First Sweater for ME!

I am a little late to the game in posting to this knitalong, but that's okay, right? I finished my Ariann last week (except for the buttons - it is held together with a pin in the picture), and I LOVE it.

I started mine before I read Bonne Marie's post saying that we should allow for two inches of ease. I based the size that I chose on my favorite sweater, which does not have any ease. I knit Ariann in the smallest size, which is my exact bust measurement. I am so pleased that I made it this way. I know that mine fits differently than almost all the others out there that I have seen, but since this is how I wear all my cardigans, I wouldn't have wanted it any bigger. Since I am tall (5'8") with long arms, I made my sweater longer in the body and the sleeves. This is the first sweater that I ever knit for myself, and I am not sure I can ever go back to store-bought sweaters with their sleeves and bodies that are always too short for me! Oh, and I used Ultra Alpaca, which makes this sweater so warm and cozy. I really couldn't be happier. (And thank you Holly Jo, for encouraging me to start Ariann!)

I will post another picture once I have the buttons. In the meantime, you can read about my endless Ariann ramblings here.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Underside Exposure

Well, since we are exposing our underside, I will show you mine. I knit them a little different than how Lisa chose to knit hers. Ignore the sleeve on the left - it is ugly and I have since frogged it. On the right-hand sleeve you can see I put in more eyelet than Lisa's. I didn't leave any knit stitches right up the center. Once I had six stitches on either side of the BOR I put in half of the eyelet pattern. Really though it is the WHOLE eyelet pattern, the other half is just at the end of the round. Beginning of round is between the SSK and the K2tog.

These sleeves have been the hardest thing for me! I have never done sleeves with an eyelet pattern, and I struggle with ribbed sleeves so this was quite a stretch for my somewhat inflexible brain. :)

I have really enjoyed reading about everyone's Ariann knitting. It has made my Ariann more successful. Thanks to everyone for posting and sharing your experiences about knitting this great pattern.

Sleeve Underside

In response to Michelle's post earlier today, I thought I would post a picture of the underside of the one sleeve I've knit so far.

I did just what the two responses to your question suggest: insert half a repeat once you have enough stitches to do so. I've left a minimum of 10 stitches in stockinette in the middle (five at the beginning of the row and five at the end).

Since the swatch I knit was in stockinette instead of the eyelet pattern, I'm a bit curious about what's going to happen after wet blocking. So I've decided to block this sleeve as a kind of big swatch. I expect it to expand widthwise, but I'm most curious about the length. I'll let you know if the dimensions change, and if so, by how much.


Michelle made it a last...

Yippee!! I made it into my 1st KAL. Many thanks to Nora... for directing me to you ladies. I started Ariann about 2 weeks ago. I got all caught up in the love affair that described over knitting this piece. Thank you January One! I love, love, love this knit! I am happy to be here!

Question... on the sleeve's underside... once we complete a few rounds of K1 M1... do we knit the stitches as we did on the sides of the sweater? or do we begin another pattern repeat?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Just Starting

Hello to everyone! I just began my Ariann a few days ago and am slowly making progress. Those first few rows seemed like two rows forward, one row back as I got used to the pattern. But now I've hit my stride and I'm really enjoying the pattern. I'm using Cascade 220 in shade 8415; it's a beautiful raspberry color that's actually a bit darker than this photograph shows.

After taking this picture I noticed that I SSKed when I should have K2Ted and vice versa (you can see it in this picture). Although that bothers doesn't bother me quite enough for me to rip it out. Does anyone know if it's possible to drop the stitches down and fix such things? If not, I think I'll just live with it. I can handle leaving one mistake in (I think).

Take care,

A Quick Hello

I just got approved for being a part of this KAL and I wanted to stay hello to everyone. All the finished Arianns are beautiful! I started the pattern once but had to frog because I read the eyelet pattern for the wrong size - silly's just been too long since I've knit a sweater! I have previously knitted Bonne Marie's Ribby Cardi and just love her patterns! My New Year's Resolution to myself was to knit a garment so here I am, doing another Chic Knits pattern. I am using Cascade 220 for my yarn - found it in the stash!

Take care,

Friday, January 05, 2007

Happy New Year!

First of all, let me wish you all the best and biggest foot forward in our happy new year 2007 - may your needles SOAR! Congratulations to all the FINE knitters who finished an Ariann in 2006 and new KUDOS to those beginning...

Secondly, an update on subscription woes. Some people were having trouble responding to the invitations Blogger sent out after they were enrolled as a member. I want you to know I've been tearing my hair out over this with no solution in sight on my end. Please know that you've been entered into the system correctly but then something goes haywire. :)

How and why Blogger is chewing some of them up is a BIG mystery - feel free to engage them if you dare. My own head exploded about 24 hours ago.

Repeatedly re-entering an email into the system does not solve the problem so I have ceased this unsuccessful approach...

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ariann in DK Yarn

I'm very happy to be here, after having the same troubles as some others with the Blogger invitations. Many thanks to Bonne Marie for her perseverance, as it took four tries.

I'm a knitter, spinner, and dye-crazy mom in Vancouver, Canada. I chronicle my fiber adventures here, if you'd like to read more. I've been inspired by all of your posts so far. I'm proud to show you my Ariann progress to date, as I approach end of the body and prepare to begin the sleeves.

As you probably noticed, the most-excellent Ariann pattern specifies that double-knitting weight yarn will not work for this pattern, because it is made in one piece and has raglan shaping. Always a bit pigheaded, I've decided to see whether I can make it work. I'm using Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort, which is 80% wool, 20% cotton with a crisp hand. The colour is "Storm." The ballband suggests you can get this yarn to work up at a worsted gauge, but I found my swatch too loosey-goosey. So I'm getting about 20.5 st/4 inches in stockinette, and can bridge the stitch-gauge gap by simply knitting a larger size. The row gauge, however, is a lot more compressed than the pattern calls for and this is where it gets tricky. About 15% more compressed. This is simple enough to accomplish in the body and sleeve shaping, but I'll have to see how it goes when I get to the raglan shaping. Fingers crossed. I'll be deserving fifty lashes with a wet skein if it turns out that I really should have stuck with the tried-and-true Cascade 220.

I'm also hoping that the ribbing curl that you can see in the photo will be banished with a good steam block. If not, I've vowed to snip a stitch and reknit downward on a larger needle. Can anyone who has finished comment on curling ribbing?


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

My first successful sweater in '07?

Hi all! Started my Ariann before new year's and love the pattern. I was on the fence about whether i could actually complete a sweater -- but the photos and posts on the knit blogs i frequent convinced me ... i can do it!

I'm knitting it in a dark wine color -- Cascade 220 -- that i had in stash. But these heathery green/grey numbers are killing me. Let's hope i finish this with flair and can start on one in a sagey color ....

Happy knitting!
denise in Charlottesville, va

Last Knit of 2006

Ariann is finished and I'm thrilled with her! You can see the photo shoot on my blog.


Good Things To Come

Hello from Massachusetts. Once my "Red Scarf"' is complete I'm aiming to begin Ariann, most likely in Cascade 220. So many colors to choose from though! Looking forward to seeing more beautiful finished projects.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Ariann-er on board

Hi all, finally got Blogger sorted to accept BM's invitation (grrrr at Blogger!!)!
Anyhow, I'm a knitting mum from Australia, and even though it is currently 33C ( 91F) as I type here in the middle of summer, I'm currently swatching for Ariann. I became quite besotted with the design after seeing Cara's modified version on her blog, and am swatching with a 100% worsted yarn that I got for a bargain at my local K-Mart - for cheap yarn, it is pleasantly soft and sturdy, perfect fo winter here!
I hope to have some progress to post when I return from a much-needed holiday in a couple of weeks.

first post

hello from sunny southwestern Ontario, Canada. :)

my Ariann is nearing the finish line (if i would only sit down and finish the collar ;)). she's sort of become my hockey-knitting project; the Canuck's are playing tonight so there is hope she will see some action this evening.

feel free to poke about my blog for a few larger pics.

really enjoying everyone's photos.


Sleeve Progress

Hello, I'm a new member of this KAL and I really like this pattern. I started Ariann about one week ago and I've just finished the first sleeve now. The second one is on the needles and I hope to finish Ariann soon. Here is a picture of the first sleeve in progress.
Greetings to all, Irisine