Monday, February 26, 2007

Late Start

Well, I finally got started this weekend, and after redoing the sleeve once already, I have a few inches on the sleeve. I am working on the 3/4 sleeve version in TLC Cotton Plus in Periwinkle. the background is a dress I got inspired to sew after finding the periwinkle color goes with Ariann-to-be.

Friday, February 23, 2007

gray mule-spun yarn & buttonholes

Last weekend I swatched and cast on for Ariann using Beaverslide yarn in color Cottontail.

After working on it throughout the week, I’m ready to knit the first one row buttonhole. This is my first cardigan and I’ve only knit buttonholes on kids knits using the yarn over method, so I decided to try out a few before placing the first of four 3-st buttonholes on this cardigan.

One Row Buttonhole

1 – Elizabeth Zimmermann’s one row buttonhole from Knitter’s Almanac without turning the work
2 – slipping the stitches knitwise (Hint du Jour by Bonne Marie - Buttonhole Version D)
3 – one row buttonhole, slipping stitches purlwise (video here)

I’m going to use Bonne Marie’s suggested buttonhole since it looks neat and sturdy.

This has been a really satisfying project thus far – the pattern has a nice rhythm to it and the yarn is knitting up beautifully, showcasing the elegant stitch pattern. I can’t wait to spend the weekend immersed in knitting my Ariann.


Saturday, February 17, 2007

finally making headway

Well, I've finally made some headway 'round here and have completed the Blogger switch and reached the second buttonhole on my Ariann. It's been an inspiration to see all the other Arianns in progress and completed. This is truly a pleasure to knit, and I'm making mine in Cascade 220 (color number 2440, Vinci). No pictures yet, but with a week off for midwinter recess I'm hopeful that I'll be wearing this beauty when I head back to work on the 26th. Now for a trip to Tender Buttons for just the right buttons!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

C'est Fini

Great pattern! Only modifications I made were too lengthen the arms and I did not carry the stitch pattern under the arms - it suits me better. My first real sweater that fits - it's official - the pattern is sooo well written, a monkey can do it if I can! More details are on my blog.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

fertig / finished

Ariann is finished completely, buttons fixed and I'm very happy with this warm and well fitting jacket. The pattern is really easy to follow and the result is marvelous. I used Anny Blatt "Cachemir"and changed the pattern for a 3,75 needle. After blocking Ariann fits perfect. Greetings, Iris
More details in German: My blog

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Cool Ariann in Colorado

I finished my ariann and brought it to visit in Colorado. Since it was made from the 100%wool Selkirk in Plum, it was warm enough for most days. I like the fit. I made the 3/4 sleeves but I have short arms and it ended up be a full sleeve after blocking. The yarn is still a bit scratchy but claims to soften with each washing.
Thanks Bonne Marie for a great pattern.

Lengthening the body?

Hi all
I have finally started knitting this gorgeous pattern, and have a question re: lengthening the body? I'm not sure whether to do it before or after the decreases for waist shaping - ultimately, I'm going for the same look as Cara at January One's version, this is what sold me on the pattern in the first place!
Any help would be very gratefully appreciated!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

California Bound

Here is my cousin's Ariann knit by me - eleven balls of All Seasons Cotton in Mocha, US 4 & 5 needles.

I am going to be the 700th person to say this, and it certainly cannot be said enough, I love this pattern. Well-written, lots of lovely details, very flattering. Really.

The yarn was not my choice. She wanted a washable cotton in a chocolate color, and All Seasons was all I could really find. I think the yarn is too heavy for Ariann's gauge - as indicated by the fact I had to drop three needle sizes to get it, which I NEVER have to do. When I do knit this cardigan for myself, I think I will use Cascade 220. Can't beat the price and color selection.

I have really enjoyed watching the progress of everyone's Arianns. Thanks so much for contributing your experiences as they helped a bunch and thanks to Bonne Marie for such a great pattern.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Woo Hoo!

She's done! And I am so pleased with the result; this will be a sweater I will wear a lot. I can even see making this pattern again, with something fancier, and I almost never think that.

As you can see, I made the 3/4 sleeve version, size 38, and I used up about 4 1/2 balls of Cascade 220. I was a little nervous at the end, since I probably should have gone up a needle size for the sleeves, but I blocked the hell out of them and they turned out just fine.

So thank you, Bonne Marie, for such a wonderful pattern (and so well written - extra smooch for that). And thanks to everyone for letting me watch you knit. It was especially motivating when I was frogging those first few inches for, let's say, the twenty-second time.

There are a few more details here, for those that are interested.


Saturday, February 03, 2007

Snow Day for Ariann

We've finally got about 6 inches of snow last night. That's a first for this part of New England in winter '07. Looks like a good day to stay in and work on Ariann. This Green Mountain Spinnery yarn is a joy to work with, though I think it's going to require some serious blocking. I'm just starting the increases and with the Superbowl tomorrow there should be lots of progress this weekend!

Thursday, February 01, 2007


In some type of kookoo hiccup, some of the list of authors for the KAL was just plain messed up.

I've resent invites to many of you so you can post and comment, etc.

If it is a duplicate, I bow low and beg your forgiveness.

If I missed you, drop me a line:

It is -4 degrees here in the Big Windy tonight - perfect sweater weather!!