off the needles

I wanted to post this earlier, but I was trying to post the photos through flickr and couldn’t make it work! It’s not accepting my username/password, which I use to access my blog files normally (ie. upload photos via FTP). It’s not taking my wordpress admin login name either. WTF? Little help?

Anyway, fresh and not so fresh off the needles.

Not so fresh:

Pattern: my own top-down raglan (yeah, I know it looks like glampyre’s, which is cool with me)
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool, 4 skeins
Needles: Denise US7
Finished: November 6, 2005

This sweater’s just right. Cozy, black, easy to wear. Not so good – horrible pilling after only two wears. Sigh. I need to find a good, sturdy, non-pilling yarn for a basic sweater – any ideas? Doesn’t need to be next-to-the-skin soft, since I’d be wearing at least one shirt underneath it anyway. I was thinking maybe Peace Fleece…

Fresh off the needles:

Pattern: basic sock, 64 stitches, short-row heel
Yarn: knitpicks sock garden in “star gazer lily”
Needles: Clover 2.25 mm dpn
Finished: November 10, 2005

I’m almost completely done one of the vera knee socks! Then just the toe on the first one left to go. Another off the needles soon, I hope!



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11 responses to “off the needles”

  1. Saleknitter Avatar

    Beautiful sweater! I am considering purchasing the Denise needles. What do you like about them? Thanks.

  2. Heather Avatar

    Pilling is definitely a pain but not the end of the world. Take the time to de-pill it and it usually won’t do it again. The socks are rockin’ I love the color!

  3. Leslie Avatar

    Loving the sweater, and the socks, I think I like your version of the sweater better, maybe you would be so kind to share the pattern with us, I love the neck and sleeves on the sweater. Must go buy yarn and wait for pattern..

  4. Lauren Avatar

    I’ve worn a 220 sweater many many times and it still looks nearly as good as new. I’ve had bad pilling with Patons Classic Merino. I don’t know why the 220 seems different as they appear to be similar yarns.

  5. Julia Avatar

    I agree with Heather, it seems sometimes if you de-pill, the next time around it takes longer for new pills to build up. They sell sweater shavers for de-pilling (I think they’re electric), but I just use a regular old leg shaver, like Schick or something. Works wonders.

  6. Sandra Avatar

    I like sweater. Since I discovered top-down knitting I became the fan of than technique!

  7. jacqueline Avatar

    i love the sweater! it fits you perfectly. Peace Fleece doesn’t pill in my experience however it is pretty rough and although you are not planning on wearing it next to your skin it might not have the drape you are seeking.

  8. Stacey Avatar

    I also love the sweater. I really like the neckline – simple and perfect!

  9. Lee Avatar

    I love the sweater! Any chance you will print the pattern?

  10. jae Avatar

    those socks are a great colour. almost great enough to make me want to pick up sock knitting…. almost.

  11. Bear Knits Avatar

    Great sweater!!! Any chance you will publish your pattern? Thanks for the heads up on the Patons Classic Wool.

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