blue, and disclosure

Thanks for all the compliments on the minisweater! It was really fun to make and feels great. Here are my modifications for anyone that wants them – pattern is here.

– no puffy sleeves: I omitted the additional sleeve increases (those starting at row 15) and in the sleeve section, just worked straight without decreases.
– I did fewer increase rows in the body section, but it still ended up a bit big – I tried to do the button thing to the side, but it just didn’t work. So, I picked up four stitches from one of the front edges and knit a garter stitch strip for the tie, repeating on the other side for the other one.
– no trim.

Meanwhile, you know the yarn fast I’m on? Well, I did buy some yarn July 31st – from ebay, at Janette’s Rare Yarns. It’s a bag of Rowan Wool/Cotton, in “Poster Blue”, a gorgeous deep royal blue.

And….since fibre doesn’t equal yarn, I finally ordered merino roving from R.H. Lindsay – it comes in a 27-pound put-up, with free shipping in the States. So, I’m having it shipped to the SO’s family in NJ, and he’ll bring it back across the border at the end of the month. And no, it’s not all for me!

In knitting, I’m juuuuust about finished the back of Elspeth, despite having to rip 6+ rows at a time, twice due to stupid errors. I think I’ll do a sleeve next.

I also started a secret project, for a going away present. I’m not sure if he actually reads this, but I’ll keep this on the DL, I think. But, I did my first-ever (and second-ever – sizing problems) tubular cast on, and it is loooovely.



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9 responses to “blue, and disclosure”

  1. Diana Avatar

    oh, so you’re the one who bought that nice blue yarn! I was watching it on ebay, but deliberated too long, and then it was gone.

    Thanks for the Minisweater pattern mods. I am thinking about doing the wrap around ties for my minisweater-in-progress :-)

  2. terhi Avatar

    Stupid errors seem to be common in making Elspeth. I made several mistakes while knitting mine, although I drew charts for whole back and front pieces. :-)

  3. Lisa Avatar

    thanks again for sending me the ‘de puff’ sleeve instructions. I’m totall going to give it a try.

  4. Deb Avatar

    Those Elspeth cables look beautiful!

  5. kirsty Avatar

    i’m making the largest size and have come across and major error in the shaping. I’ve got to the end of 26 alternate decreases for the back and should have 44 stitches, I have 50 stitches left. I have most definitely decreased at each end of each of the 26 alt rows. All other sizes then say to continue decreasing on every following fourth row but not for the largest size. I can’t see an errata on the Rowan site. Can you help? Email me if you can. Cheers.

  6. Vicki Avatar

    Love that blue yarn. Your mini-sweater is so nice!! I hadn’t really thought about that one until seeing your version. Now I’ve got another project to add to my wish list.

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