Thursday, June 24, 2010

audrey (not in unst)

it's been so long since i did a proper blog post - so long, that i've actually managed to finish two full garments. here's the first one - and my first time knitting a big project with one of my own yarns!

audrey 2


project specs:
started: 21st march 2010
completed: 18th may 2010
pattern: "audrey in unst" by gudrun johnson, available from twist collective
needles: 3.5mm & 3.75mm addi circulars
yarn: old maiden aunt alpaca/silk sportweight in a "dyer's mistake" colourway; 375g/1050 yards
modifications: practically none! i added about 1" in length to both the body & the sleeves, between the ribbing section & the shaping (which also meant that i had to add extra buttonholes & extra buttons). i made the 40.5" bust size, which fits perfectly, with about 1.5" of negative ease (so i'm hoping that it will still fit after my weight-loss phase is over!).
the pattern is excellent - quite easy to knit, but with some lovely, thoughtful details which make it look really well-finished & clean. there's a beautifully simple lace bib & a tidy little icord neck edging - and then there's something that i can't believe i didn't know about before...

audrey 1


...seamless set-in sleeves. they're fantastic! i love the look & fit of set-in sleeves, but i hate hate HATE sewing them in - i had no idea that you could work them seamlessly, using picked-up stitches & short-rows, and i'll definitely be using this technique on future cardigans!!

audrey 3
ta-da!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

shameful

i can't believe how long it's been since i posted - it's absolutely shameful. i've been SO busy! i will do a proper blog post later this week, i promise - i've got a lot going on that i should be posting about, but i just haven't had the time!
i've finished two cardigans, and haven't even managed to photograph them yet.
i've dyed up about a thousand skeins of yarn for the lovely Loop, who seem to be selling my yarn like nothing on earth - it's actually quite overwhelming!
i've also dyed about another thousand skeins which are being quietly stashed away in boxes hidden around the studio, which i'll be taking along to Knit Nation in London and to the Ravelry Weekend marketplace in Stirling in just over a month's time.
& i've even managed to dye a few skeins of yarn to restock the web shop now & then.
which, alas, doesn't leave a lot of time for blogging...
but i will definitely try to do better!!