Monday, February 27, 2006

Tubey Update

OK, so I didn't exactly finish my Tubey by the deadline. I'm a lousy olympian, as I wouldn't sacrifice what social life I have to get my knitting time in. But I am making good progress and am happy with the results so far.

Here I am modeling my shrug, which I finished last Monday. The markers on the sleeves were where I decreased to make fitted rather than bell sleeves. I also made the sleeves shorter than the pattern, as I have very stubby arms. Not sure how but the sleeves are two different lengths. I will fix that when the sweater is finished.

Here is a rather unflattering picture of the back. I made a size large to fit my shoulders. It looks like a good choice, but I'll have to see how the rest of the sweater fits. I'm worried it will be a little big.

Finally, here it is today. Starting to look like a real sweater. Only about 14 inches to go!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Olympic Tubey Fever

So, I've decided to join the Knitting Olympics. I'm a little late in posting because I was trying to finish up some other projects, then Friday came along and I had to start knitting. I'm making tubey - my first sweater ever! It's pretty intimidating, but we're supposed to be challenging ourselves, right?

I really wanted to make a striped sweater, but skin, cost, and yarn issues prevented me from going that route. Instead, I decided on using Peruvian Collection Sierra Aran from Elann in Jasper, an absolutely gorgeous blue-green color.

Here it is, hermetically sealed in it's package, fresh from Elann.

This was the best photo I could get to show the color of the yarn. It's dreamy.

I think this sweater will be great, if it fits. I also intend to make straight sleeves rather than including the bell. I like the bell with the stripes, but on a solid I'm not sure.

So, I started late Friday night, with a brief casting on, then did a bit on Saturday and Sunday. Last night I finally got some significant knitting time in, then tonight was Gilmore Girls night so I got some more done. I need 23 inches of flat back before I can start knitting the sleeve in the round, and I'm at just about 20. Hopefully I'll get some knitting in tomorrow so I can start with the DPNs.

I'll post more pictures when I have something more interesting than a green rectangle.

PS - for anyone who's interested, check out the Tubey Knit Along. Lots of good examples and you get a gold star next to your name when you're finished.