Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Tubey in the Frog Pond :-(

Tubey Knit-Along

I had the back, one whole sleeve and an inch of the other, and 2 inches of the body done before I could try it on well enough to tell that it was too tight under the arms. I just frogged it and I'm catching my breath before I start again.

I think the problem is that I'm using an alpaca silk blend which isn't as elastic as wool. I'll go up a size for the shrug portion and it should be ok.

Frogging that much bites, but one thing I love about knitting is that you get do-overs. I'm just grateful I didn't finish both sleeves before checking the size carefully!


Tubey Knit-Along: Welcome!

Monday, January 30, 2006

I started!

I couldn't wait for the Debbie Bliss yarn to show up at the LYS, and I quickly got tired of knitting in Wool-Ease when I knew I was going to turn around and make it again in another yarn. I also happened to have a shawl that I was never going to wear in its current state. It was more like a blanket than a shawl. Four contrasting balls later, and here we are.

I haven't figured out what I want to do with the stripes yet. I know I'm going to have fewer than the original pattern, probably not as far down on the body of the sweater. It's taking me a long time to get across the back, because I want the knitting to be even. If I'm not exceptionally careful, I get pretty distinct rowing on flat knitting. The yarn's a cashmere/silk blend, so I'm not complaining about how long I have to have it running through my fingers. ;-)

another "one sleeve and a back" post

Here are some pics, just shy of the first sleeve:

This is going pretty slowly because:
- my yarn is closer to DK weight
- I'm using the two circulars method (I find double points are much faster, but they tend to fall out in my bag, and I didn't have size 5 dpns anyway)
- I'm using a handpainted yarn, so I have to change balls every row.

It may be slow, but it is shaping up to be GORGEOUS. The sheen is fabulous, the colors melt nicely into each other (like a particularly blue/purplish black pearl - the photos never do the color justice) and the fabric is nicely springy at this gauge.

I'm hoping to finish up before the Knitting Olympics, since I'd like to wear it on my birthday (which happens to be the last day of the Olympics). At this rate, I'm not sure I can do it, but the body should go more quickly, since it's pure circular knitting. And I am so pleased that I don't have to do any real seaming. That is always my procrastination point.

More from Heather from Texas!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while! Knitting didn't happen until the weekend!! I got a couple more inches done on Tubey on Saturday! It was great! Ed was helping a friend move, so I got to sit on the couch and watch Wonder Woman (my fave superhero) with Shannon all afternoon!! Linda Carter is a goddess!! I love her!! I knit for about 3 hours, then I took a nap, and then I knit for another hour!! My hands were so tired! LoL

I also started MK Tubey II (Machine Knit Tubey II) on Sunday. It took me about 10 minutes to convert the pattern to the Bond, but I was knitting in no-time! I knit and seamed the sleeve portion last night. With it being knit on the machine, I have to make flat pieces and then seam them. I figure I will make two body pieces and then seam them as well. Not really Tubey, but it is based off that pattern! I will post pictures on my blog tomorrow (I hope!)

If any of you guys are Bond knitters, check out my comments on MK Tubey II and KnitPicks Wool of the Andes.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Team Tubey: Knit Olympics

I was lucky enough to just discover this Tubey knit-a-long as I was searching for a Tubey team for the Knit Olympics. Yay!

I read that there was some interest in a team, so I volunteered to make an official button.
Team Tubey

Feel free to use it, or not. I definitely won't be offended if someone else would like to take a crack at a better one!

I've been reading all sorts of stuff about how to determine sizing for Tubey. If anyone has suggestions or tips or cautionary tales, I'd love to hear about it.

I was thinking that I might use Elann Peruvian Wool for Tubey. It's a pretty shade of green and has been sitting in my stash for months. Of course, I'm toying with the idea of ordering a darker color of yarn for this - black or charcoal grey. No stripes for me.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

About 1/2 a Tubey!

I'm really loving how my colors are coming out...but the colors in the photo are a little washed out:

No, it's not going to be short-sleeved, but I wanted to do the chest stripes before I did the sleeve ones. And then someone just couldn't be left out of the action:

Friday, January 27, 2006

Finished my Tubey!

Hooray, it's done!

Now on to planning the next one, eh?

Which reminds me- is anyone who's good at icons interested in making some kind of "Team Tubey" banner for the Knitting Olympics? It sounds to me like we need one!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Intro! :)

hi, everyone! :)

I'm Manda, and I'm really excited to knit this sweater. I loved it from the moment I saw it, but I had to wait for yarn! Unfortunately, I'm forcing myself to wait a couple more weeks - I'm going to knit it for the Knitting Olympics. my main color is black, and I'm doing the stripes in shades of red and pink, with cream as the "light" color.

I can't wait to get started.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Speed Tubey, in more ways than one

Okay, this is the rainbow sweater layout I was talking about doing as a "Speed Tubey", going on the samples and shades I've got left in my stash of worsted. Yeah, it's a crappy drawing, but you get the idea of what it should come out looking like, right? I've been asking people if they think it's a bad/ugly idea, but so far people like it. Go figure. Maybe they're just used to my interesting color sense or something.

As for how my current Tubey is going...

I've got about six inches left to go on it! Yay! My goal is to have it finished by January 30. Hopefully I will make that date.
I did discover when trying it on that I will have to take in the sides by about 2 inches. If I don't do that, I have major bra strap showing issues. I feel kind of sad about having to take it in, but it's better than having to dig up a strapless bra. Has anyone else run into that problem with the neckline?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

PurlyQueen here!
It's amazing how much you can do when you are off work with a cold! I cast on last night and so far I've completed about 13 inches for the back.

Monday, January 23, 2006

one sleeve and a back

Here's my progress of Tubey, click the pic to see a closeup of the sleeve "stripes" patterning. (bad hair day, hence the neck-up shot) I'm using the Lorna's Laces Worsted Shepherd superwash and LOVE it! I can't wait to see how the body's stripes pattern out. I am so addicted to color pooling and self patterning yarns! You guys are doing some CUTE stuff with your tubeys!

All stashed up and ready to go!

Yes - there is another Tubey KAL member in England!
My name is Ronke - aka PurlyQueen.
I've got my yarn ready - it's a chocolate brown lambswool and cashmere mix that I bought in France. I'm only going to use one colour - I'm not a horizontal stripes kind of girl!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

About to start...

I just checked the Frappr map - am I really the only KAL member outside North America? I'm sure I can't be - I've heard loads of people talking about making Tubey!

I've got my yarn, got the needles yesterday, am going to start a swatch once I'm back from a few days away for work this week!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Halfway there...

Hi, I'm (yet another) Jennifer, and I just found out there was a knit-along, so I had to join.

Anyway, I'm doing my Tubey out of my worsted weight yarn stash with size 10 needles, figuring I can use up at least some of my orphan balls of yarn. It also helps that most of my colors are in the blue/purple range and go together well enough, and there's enough left for stripes in certain colors. Of course, this means I'm going to have more stripes than other people's, but that's all right. Makes it more interesting to work on. :)

I love how easily this knits up, even though I wish I'd made the arms a lot more close-fitting. I did decrease by about 9 stitches every inch after getting to the starting point of the stripes, but next time I am definitely making it smaller.

So far I've got the sleeves done and am a few inches down on the middle. This is so exciting!

I am thinking of doing another Tubey for the Knitting Olympics, maybe a "Speed Tubey" to see if I can finish it within sixteen days. The last sweater I did took four months, and this one is going surprisingly fast, so...it could work. But the real question is, will I have enough left in the yarn stash to do another one? Looking at the remaining stash, I might have to do a rainbow sweater, because I've got a lot of reds, oranges, yellows, and greens that haven't gone into this one. I wonder how clownish it would be, but it could be interesting too....

My Progress So Far!

One of the sleeves is almost done! here's my progress.
Greetings all! I'm Lauren and I'm currently waiting on my yarn to get here so I can get started! I ordered this in the colorway "Jasper." I'm looking forward to this knitting this little muffin <3

Friday, January 20, 2006

Here's my Tubey!

I finally gave Tubey to my twin sister last night - and here's a picture of her modeling it! I used Elann's Peruvian Alpaca (8 balls), size 6 circs.This is the extra small. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and I'm casting on for mine tonight. I just hope the one for me turns out well. Thanks, Cassie, for such a great pattern!


Buttons anyone?

I made a stab at creating a button for us... I've never made one before, so my feelings won't be hurt if you don't like them ;-)

With Border:

And Without:

Thought I'd be brave

and post a picture of my Tubey. This was a while back, I've finished the sleeve and knitted and frogged part of the body.

Can't seem to get up the motivation to pick up all those stitches again (I used a crochet hook the last time and tho' I say it as shouldn't, it was a BEAUTIFUL neat pick up!).

Hoping posting this will insspire me to continue.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Sleeve modifications

I'm doing it in Wool-ease - I'm finding it to be just fine softness-wise. I got about 10 inches into the first sleeve when I knew the sleeves would be too loose for my taste. I ripped it out back to 4 inches, then started decreasing 1 stitch every 3rd row. That takes me to about the elbow, from where I'm working straight (I'm not doing the belled sleeve).

Here she is!

I'm about half-way through the back of the shrug. I'm using the Silk/Merino handpaint I bought from Over the Rainbow Yarns. The vendor calls it a worsted, and it did give me 5st/in on size 7s, but it was an airy and drapey fabric, so I'm doing this on size 5s at 5.75 st/in, which gives me a nice stretchy fabric.

Since it's a handpaint, there's some variation between the skeins (the green and pink is much more prominent in some of them), so I'm doing the swap skeins every two rows thing.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Oh, it's not so bad!

My Wool-Ease seems to be okay so far (I'm about 3/4 of the way done with the sleeves - I had to set them aside for a bit to finish my "Dr. Seuss" Bags for Knit for the Cure, but now I'm back to Tubey).

Wool-Ease might need some fabric softener, but it's stretchy, warm, a nice color, and machine washable.

How can you not love it?

You can always do what I'm doing - knit two of Tubey! After all, one can never have too many of the Best Sweater Ever.

Hello everyone :)

Since I'm over my budget for yarn (thanks to web and bo peep's sales lol), I decided what the hell I will knit the lovely Tubey in wool ease! I'm not exactly thrill with the way the back is looking and feeling, it stands up on it's own lol. I haven't made much of anything in wool ease wrosted weight, so I didn't know what to expect.

Should I continue on with it and block it after and hope for the best, perhaps that will soften it up and act nicely for me?

Or do you think I should hurry up and order my alpaca yarn online before my hubby gets home from the shop hahahah?

Tubey will be close fitting, so I do want a nice and soft yarn, has anyone knitted in wool ease yet? any feedback?

Oooh look what the mailman brought...

Hah, finally received my yarn yesterday...darn that Holiday for making me wait another day. So I cast-on, and dug right in. Navy for the MC, and pale yellow, a dusty blue, and a green for stripes.

Not sure I like the green now that I've seen it in person, but it's only one ball, so I might drop by the LYS to see if I get one different color that I like better. Or, it's only gonna be a little narrow stripe anyway, so I might just leave it. I'm only planning on doing stripes around the chest, not most of the way down the body.

Texas Top Tubey Tube is DONE!

I am finished with the top tube of my Tubey!! Yay!! My DBF was in class and I couldn't wait to get a picture taken, so I pulled out the dress dummy. It turned out nice!!

As soon as I got the picture taken, I started to cast on the bottom tube. Getting that right took a couple tries, but I got it done! Right now, I am only a two rounds into the bottom tube and I am hoping that it isn't going to be too small!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hi from Texas!!

I'm Heather and I am from Hurst, Texas which is right between Dallas & Fort Worth. I actually started Tubey about 2 weeks ago, although my yarn was chosen the day after Christmas.

I am using KnitPicks Wool of the Andes and so far it is working up great! The top color combination is the one I am working on now. The other combination is for my second Tubey.

All the past posts have been very helpful and given me some ideas. I really like the short sleeve idea.

It is so nice to finally find an English Tubey KAL. I am also on the Norwegian Tubey KAL, but I am the only English poster. Thanks for starting one that I can actually understand without running through a translator!!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Yarn as hostage or bait?

Hi again everybody! I'm sorry to report that my Tubey has been delayed. While I am sticking with my Great Acrylic Resolution of 2006, I've changed my yarn selection to Hokey Pokey in Periwinkle. I actually really like this yarn (shocker!). Unfortunately, my mom found it at a store near her, and she's three hours away and is holding the skeins hostage. So evil! A desperate attempt to force a visit?! So until I go see Mum, my Tubey is on hold. :o(

Sunday, January 15, 2006

reply to Fleurdog's comment on my previous post

was going to put this as a comment but thought others may find it useful too.

As far as I can recall the gauge worked out the same as she specified in the pattern (much to my relief) I'm working the same number of stitches as specified for the size anyway. As far as the row gauge is concerned this is less of a worry as I'm measuring rather than counting rows. I went for the same size as designer said she had (29" bust) mainly because my bust measurement is the same as hers (36"), and it worked for the sleeves part but the body was too loose (probably because the thinner yarn has made a looser fabric) so I'm dropping down a size for that and hope it works out. My shoulders are 17" across (shoulder bone to shoulder bone) and the shrug part in the pattern is 21.5" across before joining for the arms. This seems to fit pretty well.

Hope that helps some. It's been mainly trial and error so far, but I think it's probably quite a forgiving pattern.

new member

hi, I'm ra and I've just signed up for the tubey knit-along. Started my Tubey at new year using 4.5mm circular (no DPNs, using magic loop technique) and Sirdar Salsa DK. This is a blend of merino & acrylic, and I'm hoping the Merino will counteract the tendency of acrylic to strech out of shape.
I've finished the shrug part and the sleeves but have had to frog the body as it was a bit loose so looking forward to starting it again in a smaller size (all those stitches to pick up again!). Will post pictures when I have some worth posting. Meantime you can catch my blog Knit-Tigger should you feel so inclined.

see y'all

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Thank goodness for jury duty

Hi folks! I just joined the knit-a-long and bought my yarn this week -- it's Cashmere Luxury Aran from AC Moore. A few folks recommended it to me as an affordable substitute for the Debbie Bliss, with the added bonus of less pilling. I didn't believe that a yarn from AC Moore could be so nice, but since all yarn was 25 percent off this week, I gave it a go. So far, it's a good choice.

I started the sweater while on jury duty in Queens. As you can see, there was not much to do there and I got a lot done. (They put on "Price is Right." I couldn't believe I was getting paid to knit and watch game shows!)

I'm making it solid and I'm now at the elbows of the first sleeve. So enjoyable ...

Another stripe color?

My yarn has arrived and I'm ready to cast on! I'll be knitting the main part of the sweater in Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran, purple #208 208-purple and stripes in 505-yellow and 502-green. I can't decide if I need a third color of stripes or not. Any advice?

(my new blog)

Friday, January 13, 2006

the big 2-5

Wow, we're up to 25 members! I think that calls for some blog doo-dads.

First, a Frappr map. We seem to have several countries represented here, so let's find out where everyone is!

Second, how about a button? Better yet, how about a button design contest? You girls start thinking of button designs, and I'll start thinking about prizes. :)

hi there!

I haven't actually posted yet, but I've been reading all the entries. I've got less than an inch left on my first Tubey .. I'm so excited! I knitted the xs using Elann's Peruvian Alpaca and size 6 circs. I ordered 10 balls, but I didn't even need them all ...I think I've just started my eighth ball and I'm about done.

I'm about to order yarn for a Tubey for me! (This one was for my sister.) I'll post some pictures here as soon as I'm done.

Happy knitting and yarn hunting to everyone!


checking in

Just awaiting the arrival of my needles, then I'll be getting started. I think I'll do 3/4 sleeves 'cause I just can't get enough of them and the opportunity to apply them to my first sweater is too great to resist.

Happy knitting, everyone. So far, so good.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

I'm new too!

I love this knitalong idea! I'm doing my initial version in dark green Wool-Ease, which is turning out cushier than I thought - can't wait to wear it! I'm moving this weekend so have been sneaking in a few rows here and there in between packing...

One question. It's really too late now, but I'm wondering if my crochet cast-on was correct. I assumed "back loop" did not mean either "side" of the chain part of the stitch, but rather the loop on the back of the sitch if the front is the chain. Just wondering if I'm going to have any difficulty unraveling the waste yarn to do the second sleeve.

Newbie Here!

Jess was kind enough to let me join! Thanks! This is my first knitalong... I've been knitting for 1 year, and have been quite a knitting fiend at times. I'm so looking forward to this, it's such a cute sweater. I just ordered up some Cashmerino Aran, it should be here in a couple of days - main color navy.

Looking forward to knitting with ya'll, and thanks in advance for all the advice and tips from those ahead of me ;-)

Sheryl from More Grey than Usual Seattle

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Hello all. I've just joined this knitalong after casting on late Monday night. I'm using Knit Picks Andean Silk in Cream to do a solid version, and I must say this yarn is delicious. I'm only about 10 inches into the back, but here's a photo of my progress.

I'm kind of uncertain about sizing. I'm doing a large due to the note regarding cross-back width, but I'm wondering if the body will be too large. I've heard some folks talking about using a smaller size needles for the body.. any thoughts on this?

a different yarn

OK, thanks to Jess for the AWESOME post about sizing shrugs & tubes. I'm going crazy and casting on the MEDIUM shrug and gonna make the XS tube. We'll see... it should work.

I went back & forth on what yarn to use, decided on my very fave worsted of all, Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted. I used 7s to get gauge. I'm using the COOLEST color called Charcoal that has that hand-painted look of different tones of dark greys, makes it a bit less tedious to knit than straight black. Have no idea what colors I'm using for striping, will figure it when I get there.

Here's my start. It looks so little here, but I was quite proud of my little tubey-to-be. Click the pic for a close-up of the cool coloring changes.

Monday, January 09, 2006

re: (sleeve) modifying question

Heh. Once again, I'm commenting without any first-hand experience. Can't resist the know-it-all impulse, I guess. :)
If anybody disagrees with my analysis, say so!

I read through the pattern pretty carefully, and it sounds like you:
- make a complete shrug
- cast on some stitches for the front of the body
- pick up stitches from the strug for the back of the body
- join these into a circle, and work the body downward until it's long enough.

So it sounds like the consequences of sizing up the shrug portion (without other modifications) would be:
- you get looser sleeves
- the shoulder width would be wider (that's the red arrow below)
- the back-length of the shrug would be longer (that's the blue arrow below)

You could easily fix the shoulder width issue by working fewer rows for the back section. (That's right at the beginning of the instructions: you work the entire back of the shrug first, and then the first sleeve, and then you pick up live stitches on the straight section and work the other sleeve in the opposite direction). You could use the "until work measures" number for a smaller size. Just remember that this measurement has to be bigger than your shoulder width, since it includes the part that goes up and over your neck too:

(the red lines here are twice the length of the shrug back section: both the top and the bottom of the shrug opening)

The back-length issue is trickier, since the length of the shrug back is the same as the circumference of the sleeves. If you don't want a longer back, you'll have to use the smaller size when you cast on for the back, and then do some increases when you get to the sleeve openings.

Need help deciding on size

Hi -

I'm having trouble deciding which size to pick. My 35.75 inch bust suggests that a small would be best for the body (Iwould like it to be close-fitting), but my 20 inch pit-to-pit says go for the medium.

Maybe medium sleeves and small body as has been mentioned in another post? Maybe medium sleeves and change to smaller needles for the body? Or maybe live dangerously and just do a straight-on small?

I'll make a final decision after I swatch (I'm waiting for my Knitpicks Elegance in black and fawn to arrive), but I'd appreciate any words of wisdom...

The sleeves are finished

Whew, I finished the sleeves last night. I decided to go with short sleeves with a seed stitch border. I knitted it up with Noro Cash Iroha #01; no stripes at all. Today, I'll start on the body portion with a seed stitch border at the top & bottom. How is everyone else doing?

Sunday, January 08, 2006

modifying question

Hi all,

I'm still swatching and picking out colors, but want to get your opinion. I need to make the XS size tube for the body, but I have long arms. At first I thought, duh, just make the sleeve tube longer, but I normally need the arms a bit wider also. Can I make the L or M size for the arms and the XS for the body without any major modifications? I haven't read the pattern very closely yet to determine if I need to do different math or can I just stick it together?

Can't wait to get started!! I'm off to the ONE lys in town that's open on Sundays.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Got some Cashmerino on sale!

I found some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino on sale (£3 a ball!) so have bought some! They didn't have many colours to choose from, so I've got mainly black, and there's going to be just one contrast colour - a mauve.
The site I got them from is here:

Thursday, January 05, 2006

So many choices

Eeeep. The more I look, the harder it gets to choose yarn. Here's what I'm looking into:

1) Karabella Aurora 8 in stripes, in one of the following color combos:

a) Black MC with red, dark teal, turquoise, brown, sand:

This was my first thought. It would go with pretty much everything I have, and has similar amounts of contrast to Cassie's choices, so it'd be pretty likely to work well, as long as I place the colors well. I like this, but I'm not jumping out of my seat about it.

b) Turquoise, Orange, Salmon, Yellow, Mint, and Tan:

This was inspired by the coolest and least-stereotypical-but-still-appropriate baby blanket color scheme I've ever seen. I'd probably use Salmon, Mint or Turquoise as the MC. Tan is the most obvious choice, but it may not be as flattering as a bright. Would look great with jeans, but not necessarily with the rest of my pants (mostly blacks and greys).

c) Salmon, Peach, Rose, brighter Rose, Tan and Sand:

I LOVE these colors, but it definitely wouldn't go with black or grey pants, and would probably be only okay with jeans. It's really got me tempted, though. Maybe even to the point of going out to buy some khakis to wear it with.

I'm not as wild about the next three as the previous, but they'd probably look nice on me and go with stuff I own (always a plus):

d) Blue/Greens:

I'm not sure if I'm wild about these. Maybe with three or four colors instead of all six?

e) Purples:

I'm also not as wild about these, but Carrioke's looks great in purple.

(UPDATE, a few hours later: I played with this color combo on the Random Stripes Generator, and it looks really, really nice. Awfully girly, but just gorgeous. I may need to revisit this...)

f) Purples and Greens:

Again, I'm not wild, but it could be nice.

2) Some GORGEOUS merino/silk handpaint from Over the Rainbow Yarns, to do without stripes:

This is a gorgeous, soft, and shiney yarn. I get spot-on gauge with size 6s, but I'm not sure it's elastic enough for Tubey. I'm going to try it with 5s and see how it turns out.

3) KnitPicks Andean Silk in Cranberry

I was thinking of doing a cabled variation with this. Maybe cable the body, instead of ribbing it, and then add a cable along the top edge of the shrug opening, to frame the neckline?

Opinions, anybody? Tentatively, I'm thinking that if the handpaint is stretchy enough, I'll use that, and put my Aurora 8 money towards another project.

Believe it or not, this was the short version of the rant. :) The full is on my blog.

Introduction & Questions

Hi everyone! I'm planning on modifying Tubey a bit by knitting short sleeves and having fewer, if any, stripes. Noro Cash Iroha in #01, a creamy white, will be the MC. Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in Aslan MIGHT be the CC. If I'm going to have a stripe at all, it'll be a single band across the chest. My concern, though, is how well will these 2 colors go together? Recently, I ordered a bunch of yarn online, so I'll be getting the Noro and Lorna's Laces in a couple of days. Judging from the pictures that I've seen online, the colors kind of match, but I wonder if the fibers of either yarn will be too different - one is a silk, cashmere, wool, nylon blend while the other is comprised of just wool. Hopefully, I'll be able to make up my mind one way or another and start Tubey once the yarn arrives.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Hi, everyone!

I was going to wait to knit Tubey until my LYS received the yarn, but I don't know how long I can hold out. Oh, I'll still buy the yarn from them and make it in Cashmerino Aran, but I'm thinking I'm going to join Peggy in knitting it in Wool-Ease first. I scored skeins and skeins of the stuff at an estate sale last April, black with primary color flecks, and it's just sitting in my Yarn Cave. Pop over to my blog for pictures of the Yarn Cave. I crawled in there the other night, looking for wrapping paper, and the dog closed the door on me. Spooky.

I'm going to start by using the skeins, and frog the knit piece only as a last resort. I don't know why, but for some reason I'd feel guilty frogging it if I didn't absolutely have to do so.

Anyway, just wanted to say hello, and that I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's progress. It's going to be so neat to see how differently all of them come out. Someone on the knittyboard made one up in eleven days. That means we should have one finished here by the 15th, yes? I kid, of course. I wouldn't expect anything until at least the 18th. ;-)


First Sweater?

I'm seriously thinking about making this my first sweater. Although I bought yarn already for another project (not sure which, just couldn't pass up the deal*), I don't think it will work for Tubey. So I'm on a couple of quests: figure out if I can size it up to fit me (it would stretch enough, according to the pattern, but I don't want it stretched TOO much), and, like everyone else, find the right yarn.

I've decided to do it in a solid color, with a stripe at the neckline and maybe wrists, just b/c stripes don't work on me (short & round). But I love the shape of it, and the neckline, so I will have to do it sooner or later.

Any other plus-size women tackling it in this KAL?

*off-topic, but Rowan Cork for $4/ball


My lovely yarn...

I had this vague idea I would make my Tubey out of some of the local alpaca yarn- my mother gave me a pound of worsted for Christmas, and it is lovely- but today at a somewhat LYS I was digging through the sale bin and found ten skeins of Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran in the most beautiful green. Sold.


(In grass green.)

I'm not sure when I'll be able to start. The semester starts next week for me, and I'm working until then. Hopefully I'll be able to make somewhat good time on this, although I would not be terribly surprised if May comes around and it's only half done.

Rooster yarn?

Just to complicate my yarn choice further (I'm still weighing up Cashmerino Aran and RYC Cashsoft Aran) I've just discovered another aran yarn - I think it's new. I've never heard of Rooster yarns before. But it sounds lovely - 50% alpaca and 50% merino - Almerino
I've made a jumper with an alpaca mix yarn before and it's bloomed quite a bit - also very very warm, so possibly this yarn isn't the way to go. It's also more expensive even than the Cashsoft...

I got my yarn!

Well, I just picked out my yarn - Karabella Aurora 8. :D

I can't wait to start my Tubey, but I really should finish these KAL socks first. We'll see if I make it. ;)

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Hi everybody!

I'm thrilled to be part of the Happy Tubey Family* - I'm knitting in Lion Brand's Wool-Ease worsted weight in "Blue Mist" (to get the gauge, I'm using size 6 needles).

Before you roll your eyes at the mention of an acrylic yarn - I'm intending to knit two versions of Tubey (the bestest sweater ever) - one in the acrylic that's machine washable, but is also a first version to get the kinks out (in what is, after all, a throwaway yarn, albeit a very pretty one), and my second Tubey will be in a locally produced sport-weight Alpaca (color: "Jet", from an Alpaca named Stewie).

Glad to be a part of the knit-along!

*I was turned on to this site after I posted a rant on the LA knitting message board. Here's the full story, if you're interested:

When this latest Knitty posted, I just had to have coolest sweater ever ("Tubey"), and thought I could get most of it done over the holiday break - when I'd be sitting on an airplane, knitting non-stop. I'm also going to Vegas on Jan 8th, so I thought I might be able to get the thing done by then so I could look hot on the Strip in the coolest sweater ever.

I followed the pattern, cast on the required number of stitches, and knit about three inches - which is when I thought it looked too big (I cast on 70 stitches and upon eyeballing it figured the sleeves would look better with a 50 stitch cast-on), but I kept going, because I figured that the whole thing would work out in the end, and because I know better than to start altering patterns when I've just started something.

Knitting like a madwoman, I finished the sleeves in six days (to get the right gauge, I had to use size 6 needles) - and tried them on.

They look great - as a pair of pants. They're HUGE.

Damn, damn, damn. I should have followed my gut instinct and redone the sleeves when I'd only knitted a few inches. A 20 stitch reduction would have made the sleeves fit perfectly.

So now, there's no way I'll get the thing done by the 8th, and as a karmic kick in the butt, I woke up this morning with a ripping headache - so I'm literally in pain as I frog a week's work.

If you're looking for the most unhappy knitter in Los Angeles today, I'll be on my couch.


you speak sense. Just ordered Addis on ebay in the 24" size. Thanks!

Does size matter?

Hello, All:

Happy knitting, everybody. I've got my yarn, that good ol' workhorse Cascade 220 in "Jet," which most of us would call charcoal. I'm not doing stripes. I'm a 33.5" bust so I'm doing the xs, but should I be concerned about which needle size to get, the 24" or the 32"? Does it matter?

Thanks for any advice. This is my first KAL and it's a little embarrassing to be this excited.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Yarn selected and swatched! Maybe.

I've swatched the yarn I've selected. I have some calculating to do - it knits 4sts/inch on US8 Addis. Luckily it's a 4, and the ribbing is in multiples of 4, so the math shouldn't be to wicked. I'm playing with the placement of the stripes as well using just 2 yarns.

Caron Wintuk in Deep Periwinkle #3255 and Red Heart Super Satan Saver Multicolor in Ocean #0995 (my monitor isn't very true to the colors, so I hope you are seeing a lovely deep periwinkle, just as it suggests.)

Hi there!

Instead of being a weird sort of voyeur, I figured I should just post and let you know I'm here. Hi! I'm Tubey's mom. If anything in the pattern is confusing, or un-working, or annoying I'm the one to bitch to!

So...for yarn selection...
I used the Cashmerino Aran mostly because it was in the stash and I wanted to get rid of it. However, I ended up totally loving the way it turned out. So far, it's wearing pretty well, maybe getting a little fuzzy but not pilling or stretching out. I think a few people are trying it in Elann's Peruvian Alpaca and having good results. And I almost knit it in Aurora 8 but then realized I could save a chunk of dough if I just stuck with what I already owned.

The one caution I would put out there is to be sure you're knitting with something that has give and recovery. Some people have asked my for recommendations for cotton yarns, and I fear that they will end up either with baggy backs, or with a binding seam across the back. Not fun!

Dancing Barefoot....I think it would look amazing in fine gauge, if you wanted to go that route. Or, if you wanted to do it by hand, could you double the yarn? I need a knitting machine so badly....sigh...

Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Please, don't judge.

I'm thinking of calculating for a slightly bigger gauge and, at this I shudder, in acrylic. Please, don't judge. This is part of The Great Acrylic Resolution of 2006 (#4) and why not get it over with early on?! I was eyeballing Red Heart's Hokey Pokey, and alas, it has been discontinued. Perhaps this is the Knitting Gods telling me to abandon the whole A-word idea.

Regardless, hello to all, and may we each find our dream colors for the great Tubey and get to knitting!