Thursday, April 06, 2006

Can't make my mind...

I started to attend a knitting class a few weeks ago. It's not a structured course as I just go for help on a specific project. It fits me well as I know the basics and wouldn't enjoy to go for every details of knitting a project.
I chose a combination of knitting and crochet for my first assignment, that way I also get help on the crochet part that I am really a novice.

Here is a preview of my work. I am using Sirdar Pure Cotton in off white color. I am knitting the body with Japanese needle 4 ( 3.3mm), and crochet size 2. The crochet swatch was done in a thick yarn, just for me to practice, as the real one will be done in a very thin thread ( the big ball on top). I am working very slowly in the crochet part, it's hard, the sts are so tiny. So wait patiently on this progress...


Here was the progress of my yellow top I was working last week. I was about to finish the back of it when I noticed that my pattern had a mistake, all the way down to the lace part.

A close look on the picture ( right side) will show that there are extra rows of eyelets on top of the designs. It's supposed to be plain by the end of the diamonds. Not a big deal but somehow it was just the excuse I needed to cancel this project. I wasn't so happy with the combination of yarn and design. I wanted it to be knitted in a thinner yarn. Oh no! I even spotted more errors in the diamonds, good that by now it's just a picture!

I played with my winding machine, it's fun and makes the frogged yarn look so much neater. Thus making me feel better to start over again! As you can see, I need to practice more. I found that putting the hand wound ball in a box ( instead of letting it run on the floor) helps the process.

I started another design. Though it seems to me ,that the sts are too loose for this yarn. Many times, it's a complicated task to find a perfect match for the yarn and design. More frogging.....Anyways, I wanted to take a picture of these beautiful roses. They calm my senses, don't you think I am in need of that by now? :D

*** Thanks for the lovely comments on my Violet. I didn't like it that much when I first finished it; however, now with all the great assurances I sure enjoy it and I can wear my sweater proudly. ;)

7 comments:

Vanessa said...

Can't wait to see more of your new project, Mimi. It kinda reminds me of the pattern I saw on this latest Vogue Magazine. I'm sorry you have to frog the lace top. Those roses are very pretty.

erin said...

I'm looking forward to seeing where those pretty crochet flower squares fit on the sweater.
I find matching yarn to Japanese patterns quite difficult because they usually give gauge for the lace pattern, not in stockinette and I am too lazy to swatch lace. Thanks for sharing the lovely roses.

joy said...

I don't notice any mistakes until you tell me, but I'm more willing to rip too because I have a ball winder. Aren't they great? :)

Look forward to seeing more crochet from you now that you have a closer source for help!

emy said...

Well, you just have to rip if it doesn't make you smile.

But then again, when you are all completed with the new project, you will be so much happier! :)

Knitnerd said...

I am looking forward to see this beautiful sweater with delicate crocheted trims. ADD OIL!

candsmom said...

I really like your new off-white knit! Looking forward to seeing where that pretty crocheted flower goes in the pattern. I love the delicate look of the eyelets in that small needle size- beautiful work! I really liked your yellow diamond top, too, so I was sorry to hear about the frogging. But you're certainly right- it would be worse if you weren't happy with the completed product. Your new lace pattern is so pretty, especially next to the beautiful bouquet of roses. Thank you so much for all your good wishes and support this past week- it's really meant a lot to me. Hope all is well with you- take care, Mimi! :-)

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