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Ravelympics Wrap-up

Jill P.:

Here it is, I medalled!

It was a close call, but I finished my dress.  Though, to be fair, I didn’t block it until after the flame went out.  Here it is in all it’s glory:


Pattern: #20 Ribbed Mini Dress by Mari Lynn Patrick in Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2007

Yarn: Filatura di Crosa Zarina.  I used a little bit over 7 balls.

Started Aug. 8, 2008 and finished in the early morning of Aug. 24, 2008.

I made the medium size, which had about 2 inches negative ease.  My row gauge was off, so I made quite a few adjustments in the raglan shaping and overall to replicate the right size.  I knit it in the round until after the waist ribbing.  Then I worked it as one piece flat until the armholes.  Then worked the fronts and back separately.  I think I knit a few extra garter rows for the button placket since it was looking a little snug to me.  I was having trouble getting my crochet border on the neckline to look polished, so I decided to pick up stitches and work about three rows in garter stitch before binding off.  I used some buttons I already had.  Kind of cheapies from Jo-Ann’s.

I wouldn’t quite call those invisible decreases as they do in the pattern.

Before I washed it, it looked really tiny.  It was super tight and a little shorter.  I washed it (more like wetted it) in the sink and then just laid it out flat to dry.  Now the yarn is super soft and it really relaxed.  I guess it was to be expected with superwash wool.  I bet if I machine dry it, it will snap back to its smaller size.  I am really happy with the fit now.  It’s still a shorter dress but no longer indecent.  Yay, liking things you finish!

I have recently become dissatisfied with my stockinette fabric.  My purls are always so much looser than my knits.  If I do my purls continental or if I knit backwards they are the same size as my knits.  But both of those ways are kind of slow to me.  My English purling is a lot faster.  I’ve been trying different things.  So far I’ve decided to keep my usual purling but to put a lot more tension into it.  But then I have to remember to do my knits loose like usual.  I’ve tried using a smaller needle for the purl side, but then my purls come out smaller than my knits.  It’s frustrating.  My new thing is just converting everything into the round if possible.

I’ve always been a firm supporter of doing things in pieces.  I don’t mind purling and I do like the stability of the seams.  I think part of it is me rebelling against this (what I consider) modern way of doing things.  I think for patterned fabric I could still do things flat.  But for stockinette it’s a lot easier to do things in the round.  The skirt part of the dress, done in the round, went so much faster than the top part that was done flat.  There are so many advantages to knitting in the round, it’s hard to argue with.

I’ve just started the ProtoPretty DNA Shell and have decided to convert it.  Because there’s a different pattern on the front and the back it might not be a smart idea.  But all even rows are purl, so it’s pretty simple to sub.  My gauge is a little looser, but I didn’t feel like switching needles.  So I’m just going to make the small size instead of the medium.  According to my calculations it will be less than an inch smaller all around.  And I have a limited amount of yarn.  Oh, I’m using the Bouton D’Or New Bamboo that you got me in Paris!  Very exciting.

Next time I’ll tell you about my trip up the Central Coast.  Fun!

Jill B.



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Olympics fever

Jill P., all:

Thanks for the opinions on the Road to Golden.  I am putting it aside currently to work on the Ribbed Mini Dress.  It is my official Ravelympics project.  I decided to try to find a better gold color.  I will maybe order the Knit Picks WOTA Kettle-dyed Gold or try to find a good Cascade 220 gold color.

I’ve been clipping along at a good pace for this dress.  I’m using Filatura di Crosa Zarina that I bought at the Compatto sale.  If I end up using all 10 balls, I’m a little past 35%.  But it seems like when I look at the schematic like I’ve knit up more than half already.  I only have about four inches left on the skirt and then I get to do waist ribbing.

I guess it’s about 15 inches long right now.  I was able to do a lot of knitting on it this last weekend.  I feel like I just watched Olympics and TV all day (besides yummy food at Mishima!).  I’ve modified it to knit in the round.  It didn’t seem to make sense to make two identical pieces of mostly stockinette.  I’m glad I did too, because my stitches look so even and now the skirt is almost done instead of just having a front half of a dress.  I’ll probably just split it above the ribbing.  The way the button placket is done I wouldn’t be able to go in the round on the top unless I totally changed it.

(A nice view of the cat hair stuck on my project.)

Every time before the Olympics start I am like, “maaaybe I’ll watch them.”  And then I get totally obsessed.  I’ve been watching a crap load of Olympics.  I’ve been enjoying the gymnastics and the swimming at night.  I wish I could catch more of the unusual sports.  And I love watching the men’s Water Polo, just to see the guys.  Like swimmers, but a little more burly and not so short legs.  I had a whole plan of sharing my views on the attractiveness vs. grossness of tight uniforms but am getting tired of writing.  Maybe next time.  I also think I should work on my Badminton skills, maybe 2012?  We used to play at work and I was really good.  =)

Oh, and I got Ben to model the Chicken Viking Hat!:

I did make it to some screenings this weekend.  I get into UCLA screenings for free, but usually get too lazy to drive over there.  I saw The Night of the Hunter preserved outtakes presentation and went to the 100th birthday celebration of Sid Laverents on Thursday.  He was in attendance and everything.  I got his autobiography, “The First 90 Years Are the Hardest”.  His amateur film “Multiple Sidosis is on the National Film Registry.  It’s pretty awesome.  The real payoff comes at five minutes in, but it’s all great.  This looks much better preserved and not taped off of a tv screen…

See you soon.  Or you could, you know, post something?  =)

Jill B.

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Input needed!

Jill P:

I’m trying to get myself ready for Ravelympics by training/swatching.  I had been planning on knitting the Road to Golden sweater from the Knitscene Fall 2007.  I ordered KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in similar colors to the magazine a while back.  I bought a few other colors in case I wanted to substitute.  But the “golden” color I got ended up being too yellow.  I guess the color name “daffodil” was a warning sign.  The other colors I ordered are all darker colors.  So now I have to figure out what to do in the next day.  Today is the last day to sign up for Ravelympics events.  Do I use the yarn I have, overdye the yellow or order a different color?  If I order more yarn, I should probably just withdraw from my events.  Or maybe enter with a different item.  And why am I worrying about the Ravelympics?  Why don’t I just set my own goals?  I’m not dying to get the badge for the blog.

Okay, so here’s a blocked (kind of) swatch of what I have right now:

I don’t hate it, but I think I’d like it with something a little richer in color.  My other option is the Wool of the Andes Kettle Dyed in Gold.  Should I be concerned that it’s a little variegated?  Would it show up weird?  By the way, I love this base yarn color, Mink Heather.

If I pick another project, it will probably the the Ribbed Mini Dress by Mari Lynn Patrick from Vogue Spring 2007.

This would still be a challenge in the time frame.  Gah!  I just want to get this all sorted out.  Help!

I’ve also been attempting to make/design a strapless dress out of a shit-load of ribbon yarn that I have at home.  I’m not loving it, and want to give up on it already.  I’m making it in the round, top-down with a basic slip stitch pattern.  It looks a little bulky and I’m not sure how flattering it will look.  There will be elastic in the top. I wonder if it will be super heavy.

In finished news, I made another baby hat!  This one is for my sister’s friend who just had a baby this morning.

It’s the Chicken Viking Hat by Sarah Mundy knit in TLC Cotton Plus.  It used about half a ball, maybe a little bit more.  My gauge is a little tighter than recommended, so a little bit smaller than 6-12 months.  Following the pattern, I picked up on the wrong side for the earflaps, so the ridge is on the outside.  I don’t really mind it, and it kind of adds to the viking hat look, I suppose.  The drumsticks were a little awkward.  I had trouble following the pattern on how to reverse the second drumstick, so I experimented with it.  Just made sure my short rows were facing the right direction.  The pattern says to “turn” on the short rows, but you really need to wrap and turn.  Without it, you can see the stuffing through the holes.

I’m pretty happy with it.  Maybe I can get Ben to model it before I send it off. =)

Okay, thanks for the suggestions in advance!

Jill B.


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