Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cable Luxe Tunic Update!


CLT WIP Side
Originally uploaded by wzrdreams
So this is were I was yesterday. Then I ripped back about 6 inches and eliminated the last round of increases. I also added 1 purl stitch before that last cable at the edge so the spacing would match the ther purl sections. As of this morning I am past this point again. I love knitting this thing! It's not boring and not hard to keep track of the cable rows. Because I am knitting the pieces flat from the yoke my rapid progress is very visible. If I had knit this in the round (as many of the other people in the KAL are doing) I know my progress would appear more slow. Normally I love in the round construction, but this time I am glad I'm not monkeying with the pattern (too much). I have about 6 more inches to go on the back piece before I start on the front or sleeves.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Gifted Just in Time!

Pattern: Koolhaas Hat
by Jared Flood
Interweave Knits Holiday 2007
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: Clover Bamboo Sz 6 & 8 16" circular

I finally got a chance to give the Koolhaas to the Boy and just in time! We got our first real snow storm today at about 10:30 am. BTW,  www.msn.com is a TERRIBLE source for weather news. This morning they had me convinced that it would be partially cloudy with a chance of evening rain with snow TOMORROW. Hah! I guess I'll believe anything when I'm under caffeinated. Luckily I wore rain appropriate boots. And it did "rain" a bit this evening. If by rain you mean the snow was melting as it was falling. The good thing is that (fingers crossed) it will all be melted away by tomorrow. That's what I'm hoping anyway. I have a hair appointment tomorrow and a bunch of christmas shopping to do, all of which will not be helped by patches of black ice. You hear me G? NO BLACK ICE PLEASE.

Oh! Almost forgot.... I made some videos last night of my 2nd Koolhaas to show how I cable without the needle. 
I think I do it differently than what most people do and it's hard to describe and pictures only show so much. 
I'm not able to embed here right now for some reason, so if you need to know, follow these links: 1/1 RPC, 1/1 LPC 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Koolhaas Hat


Koolhaas Hat 1
Originally uploaded by mikehodge47
A WIP when this picture was taken, this hat is DONE and the next one is on the needles. I guess I liked knitting it after all. This one is for the boy, the current one is for ME.

The key to enjoying this pattern is knowing how to cable without a needle. From what I gleaned from all the helpful Ravelrs, I think I have a somewhat unusual way of cabling without a needle. I don't let any stitches dangle in mid-air off a needle. If I can get the boy to help before I finish the current one I'll try to take pictures to show how I accomplish this.

Pattern is Koolhaas (IK) by Jared Flood.
Yarn is Cascade 220, both hats. This one is a medium heather grey, and mine is a deep heather blue tinged with teal.
Needles: sz 6 & 8
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