Saturday, December 31, 2005

Smaller gauge?

I just found some cones of wool in my stash that are really talking to me. Trouble is, it's fingering weight, so I'd have to dramatically alter the gauge (and if I did, I would attempt it on my machine, not by hand). I have 2700 yards (500g) of black and the same amount of cornflower blue. I'm thinking of making the sleeves blue and the bodice black, but not entirely certain I want to do it by machine. Hm...

(ETA: The brand is Schaffhauser Wolle Lamb's Wool.)

Hi fellow Tubey-ers!

Well, I finished my Topsecret, so I'm allowed to get yarn for Tubey now.

Now... what yarn to get?

I want something washable. I've been thinking of Aurora 8 (but so expensive!) and less expensive alternatives like Brown Sheep Superwash and Plymouth Encore. I want it to be soft enough to wear against the skin, of course.

Debbie Bliss or RYC?

Thanks for letting me join the Knit-along!
I'm not sure whether to make this in the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino that the pattern calls for (which I've heard doesn't wear very well) or in RYC Cashsoft Aran. I can get the Cashsoft here when the LYS reopens next week from the Christmas/New Year break. The Debbie Bliss would have to wait until I'm in London on 12th January and can go to John Lewis. Aaaahhhh, decisions, decisions.
I'm thinking about making Tubey with two different colours stripes (perhaps a green and purple?), although much will depend on which colours are available in the shop!

Friday, December 30, 2005


This is my first knitalong, and really my first sweater at that... I am very excited. ^_^ Like pretty much everyone else I am having difficulties choosing a yarn. I would love, love, love to do it in the Malabrigo worsted merino from, but they are currently out of stock and I have no idea when I would be able to order it. I read on the knitty boards that a few people will be using Elann Peruvian Collection Sierra Aran- do any of y'all have experience with that yarn?

And don't even get me started on color. Eeek.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Color dilemma

Thanks for the invitation, Jess!

I can't wait to make this sweater, either. But, like you, I can't decide on colors. I was thinking of making it monotone, or doing the body in one color and the sleeves/shoulders in another. I don't think horizontal stripes look good on me, so I'm just going to leave those out.

Forest green? Natural wool? I'm completely at a loss. I'm hoping I can find everything I need in my stash so I won't have to buy anything (*crossing fingers*).

Yarn selection?

Hi everybody,

It sounds like most of us are still in the process of specing out yarns. Which ones did you have in mind? Are you doing stripes or solids? What colors are you thinking of?

I'm leaning towards Karabella Aurora 8. This is my favorite yarn of all time. It's super-soft and wonderfully springy. It's not cheap, but I have a kpixie gift certificate that should cover half of it, courtesy of my cousins Ashley and Scott:

Color selection is giving me a hard time, though. A few ideas:
- black MC with shades of teal, turquoise, wine/tomato, sand, and maybe chocolate brown for CC
- dark teal MC with lighter shades of teal and turquoise, and maybe a little black, grey or brown for CC

Aurora 8 comes in so many colors, it's really hard to choose. Ordering color combinations online is also tricky. Maybe the thing to do is to photoshop the online photos together...

Wednesday, December 28, 2005


Hi everybody,

I'm your hostess, Jess. This knit-along is for those who are interested in making the Tubey sweater from the Winter 2005 issue of Knitty. Here's a pic:

(image hotlinked from the pattern page and was taken by Melissa McClain)

Feel free to post your questions, pictures, advice and encouragement. Venting is also welcome. The only ground rule is to be nice. It's okay to disagree as long as you're respectful, but flaming will not be allowed.

To join, email me at jmdr (insert "at" sign here) mit (now add a period) edu. I'll add you to the list of members in the sidebar, so be sure to include your blog or website's URL, if you have one, and how you would like your name to be listed.

Ready... Set... Knit!