Monday, February 27, 2006

Another Olympic Tubey

So I finished my Olympic Tubey just in the nick of time this weekend. Though I had a few setbacks along the way, I'm very happy with how this came out and will wear it often.

Let's see, a few details:

I used the yarn called for in the pattern (bought it 30 percent off at a Superbowl sale with a gift certificate -- it doesn't get much better than that), and although I haven't had a chance to see how it wears, I'm very happy with it for now.

I shortened the body by about 1.5 inches over what was called for. I also cast on 16 fewer stitches for the body tube than the pattern called for. If I were to do it over I wouldn't decrease the number of stitches but I'd knit the body with a smaller needle.

I think the cross-back measurement is the key to getting this sweater to fit you well. Too long or too short causes really big problems.

There are lots more details and a few more photos on my blog. Thanks for letting me be a part of this knitalong! I'm looking forward to seeing many more Tubeys here.

My shortie-tubey is finished!


Yes yes yes! This is the result!
The yarn I got left will be a pair of matching wristwarmers I think... Or socktoes...hahaha...

Now I would love to have a black tubey, maybe with crocheted sleeves... hmm...

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Olympic failure due to flu


I got the flu real hard this week and didn't have the power to even think about knitting. I realized quickly that I wouldn't be able to finish my Tubey before the end of the Olympics, so I started prioritizing something for another KAL. Anyhow, this is as far as I've got until now. I'm not 100% sure about my colour selection, but orange is really in this spring, isn't it?

Five Flavor Lifesaver Roll Tubey

I'm just now getting done with the first sleeve on my Tubey, so I've not made much progress in the last week, but I thought I'd post a quick photo of what my colors look like knitted up:



It actually looks a bit more muted than that photo -- I think the flash boosted the color a bit. My fifth color is a darker plum, so hopefully that will make me look a bit less like a fruit flavored concoction. :-)

Finished Tubey

Few ends to sew in and then it's done. I'm fairly pleased with the finished item, though it's a bit baggier than I would have liked. probably because the yarn I used was lighter, so although the gauge was okay the fabric was looser than that in the original. I also had to model it in my strapless bra which I'm okay with wearing in the privacy of my own home but not at all confident about wearing in public! (it has a bad habit of finishing up around my waist!) LoL!

I think that all in all I'd have been better of knitting a smaller size (which comes as a bit of a surprise) and in a firmer fabric. Not sure how much I'm likely to wear this one.

Tubey Diary


Hi, this is my tubey in progress.
Check my blogg for a tubey-diary.

So far I don´t know how to do with the sleeves, the yarn will decide it for me... ;0)
Right now I have 3 balls left (and the 2 used balls in the sleeves), totally 10 balls for my mediumsize. I knit with 4,5 needles and the yarn is Marks & Kattens "Higgins"; 45% cotton, 45% acryl 10% viscose-a tweedlooking yarn.

This is the first knit-along I ever been in and it´s really fun to see the same tubey in all different colors. Even I find it fun to knit the hole jumper, I use to crochet mostly and the knittingprojects often ending up as a UFO... Oh I better hurry, it´s time for Sweden to play for gold/silver in hockeyOS and me to knit! Knittingtime!

Klara/Kristallklara

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Finished!

I finished my Tubey, and although I had a few problems, it's turned out great.





The Wool-Ease has made a bulkier sweater that I'd originally envisioned, but it's warm and cuddly and goes great with jeans.

I'm going to have to crochet a border around the neckline, though. It's rolling under at the top and out at the front.


The problem that I had is that I've got a teeny tiny ribcage (32 inches) and really broad shoulders (when measuring for size, I'm the large - 24 inches armpit to armpit with my arms forward), so when starting the body, I had to drastically reduce the number of stitches that I picked up. Even then, I had to reduce even more just below the bust in order to make the body snug enough (I hate that potato sack look).



That looks cool, too - it's given the bust area a bit of shaping (although that may be why it's rolling outwards).

I'm starting tubey #2 now - I changed my mind about the yarn and am now using a brown alpaca, which is much thinner than the wool-ease and should make a much less bulky sweater.

I medaled in Tubey


I finished faster than I expected, given that I changed from English to Continental and from mirror image to normal knitting just in time for the competition.

I made the small size but shortened it by more than TWO inches! I am a long-legged, short-bodied creature, I tell you. Like Kermit the Frog. How appropriate that I made a green sweater. I made the sleeves a little long just because I can never find sleeves long enough for me and dammit for once I don't want to see my wristbones.

I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran and although it's nice and soft, boy it sure looks like it wants to pill already. Has anyone else had a problem with this?

I'm happy that I took the KO challenge because I've felt a little bad about my UFOs lately. Samus still languishes in my knitting basket and probably will for a while. I've moved on to a cotton sweater for my daughter and am working up some socks in some handspun. I completed this in 15 days without really losing any sleep or ignoring my family that bad. A miracle.

I've really enjoyed seeing everyone else's sweaters. For those of you who haven't finished, press on! You can do it.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Hurry Up, Sleeve!



Dear Sleeve,

Sure, I know we've had our differences. You wanted to be twenty inches from join to wrist, and I stopped you at 17. Didn't I compromise with you and knit those extra three inches? Yes, I did. You wanted your stripes to match, not have five rows of blue on one end and eight on the other. I frogged eight inches of you so that I could make you perfect. So could you do me a favor and just finish yourself up while I play video games?

Thanks.

Suzanne

Thursday, February 23, 2006

A gold medal for me, too.


I made an entire sweater in 13 days, or about 61 hours of work.

Awesome.

Now on to my third and final Tubey, started a few days before the KO because I had nothing else to do and some unused yarn...

Yes, I'm crazy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Almost completed tubey

Never ever ever EVER make important decisions in knitting after 1:30am. Never ever. Here's the result if you do. I was sitting there, thinking wow, I've really done some serious knitting here (those ice dancing series are good for cranking out the knitting!) and was in bed, tired, and thinking I was ready to finish up this puppy. I held it up to my bod, squished it against me and thought "yup, that'll do". No measuring tape in sight (I would've had to get my tired butt out of bed and cross the room, so apparently that was out of the question.) I decide to NOT take 5 measly minutes and put it on waste yarn so I could try it on, no, not me, I don't need to do that.... Here's the result.... Good looking sweater, but showing a bit of belly flab. ooops. I'm gonna learn how to un-bindoff and add a couple of inches and then be done. I do love the look, though!



OK, apologies for the angle of the picture, like I said, it was 1 freaking 45 in the morning and my arms are only so long to take those pics. Didn't mean for my little boob to be the center point of the pic, oops. Anyway, I am LOVING this pattern, and my daughter wants a smaller matching version, so I've got to do some measuring and thinking!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Tubeyphobic?

My name is Amy, and I am a Tubey-slacker.

I started Tubey.
I frogged Tubey.
I changed yarns for Tubey.
I frogged Tubey.

I am a Tubeyphobe.

Someday I will have a Tubey just like you.
Apparently, today is not the day.

Keep up the grand work everyone -
Your Tubeys look wonderful!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Day 10 and er, working on the bronze medal?


I'm probably at "just-below-the-boobies" point, I'm guessing.

I'm pulling stuff out of my stash in order to make this, which means that um, certain colors are much shorter than others. And I now wish I'd made the first red row and the screaming orange row longer. I was intending to make this one a longer sweater than my first Tubey, but now I'm wondering if I'm going to make it. I may end up with a lot of 12-14 row blocks of color and a few 2-4 row blocks at the top and bottom or something. Ergh.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Day 9: Knitting Olympics - where's my gold medal?

Day 9: Knitting Olympics - DONE!

I finished up the knitting on Tubey last night and set it to block overnight. This morning I sewed the neckline up a bit so I could easily wear a bra. I think, though, that were I to make another Tubey, I would just leave the neckline alone.

The only real mod I included [aside from the neckline] was to switch from 3x1 ribbing to 3x2 ribbing for the bottom five inches. I've got wide hips and I wanted the bottom to be just a smidge wider to avoid having the sweater bunch at my hips.

I'm pleased with the way it turned out, and I'm amazed that it knit up in only nine days, start to finish! Yay Team Tubey!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Old News...

So, I actually finished Tubey Thursday of last week, but life's been hectic, and so it's taken me a while to post a photo:



This is immediately post-washer AND dryer ;-) Overall I'm really happy with it. I think after the winter season, I may frog the body and reknit it a little bit smaller, 'cause after I've worn it for a bit, it stretches out ALOT and is VERY loose. But I still love my Tubey ;-)

However, here is my big beef: the dang Debbie Bliss yarn! see those pale green stripes? Those used to be pale yellow! Yes, the navy yarn was absolutely saturated with excess dye, you should've seen the rinse water! I've had yarn that bleeds before, but this was ridiculous. Actually I knew it was coming the way my hands would be stained really darn blue after each knitting session. Oh well. So, I think I've sworn off Debbie Bliss, yarn and patterns, 'cause what ticks me off the most is that I can't find an easy way to contact the company and complain. It would appear, from the website, they they don't really want to hear about consumers' experiences with their products. The only email address I could find on the site was for "The Club". So I think it's really arrogant when companies don't make it easy to give feedback, especially in this age.

Anyway, I still love my Tubey! Good thing I like pale green ;-)

PurlyQueen again!

Hi there,

I'm still knitting my Tubey, but I have been temporarily distracted by a present that I making for my husband. Anyway, I have nearly finished the first sleeve. I would have posted a picture but I didn't think anyone would thank me for posting an image of a brown tube! I can't wait to get onto the body section, knitting what feels like miles of stockinette is getting rather tedious!
PurlyQueen

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Day 7: Team Tubey - Mac's progress

Day 7: Knitting Olympics - Tubey front

Day 7: Knitting Olympics - Tubey back

Things seems to be moving along well on Day 7 of Tubey for the Knitting Olympics. I think maybe another five inches to the bottom will see me finished! How exciting!

I have to hand it to Cassie - in the midst of fretting over my Winter weight gain, knitting a size medium sweater and having it fit perfectly is good for the ego.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hi! Just joined the knitalong

I started my Tubey on Sunday--just about 6 inches of the back so far. I'm using Filatura di Crosa's Zara in black, and I'm making it all black...not terribly exciting, I know.

Anyway, I have some concerns about how the stitches are going to look once I switch to the circular knitting part. The pink fabric pictured below is from another project where I used Zara and switched from straight knitting (top half) to circular knitting (bottom half). It is a pretty noticeable change in stitch definition.

So far, my tubey's stitches look like the top half.

Does anyone have any tips for making the circular part look consistent with what I have now? Anyone else have this problem? Any advice would be appreciated--Thanks!

Tubey Done!

Hey there! Here's my finished (unblocked) Tubey -- made from super cheap Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red(3 six ounce skeins). Sorry for the ugly brown track pants, but I figure you're looking at the sweater and not the britches ;-)

I made the second to the smallest size and wish I'd have made the smallest size, as the sweater's a little big (especially across the back shoulders). I still really like the way the sweater turned out and will probably wear it a lot. I was really worried about my bra straps showing but was afraid that I'd lose the affect of the beautiful neckline if I took up the sides too much so I just decided to wear a lacey camisole underneath instead. Things I'd do differently next time (in addition to making a smaller size) would be to go down at least one needle size (to a size 7) for the ribbing. I think this would give the body a little more structure. Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing if I was going to make another long sleeved version. I am however, seriously thinking about making a "spring" version of Tubey with elbow length sleeves (with the 3 X 1 ribbing at the bottom of the sleeves) in a light weight yarn such as Knit Picks Shine on size 4 needles. Yeah, it'll take a while on size 4's but I think the results will be worth it. The pattern would need to be modified to accommodate the smaller gauge, but this would be easy to do.

All in all, this was a quick and easy sweater to make. I can definitely see the benefit though of adding stripes to break up the monotony of the stockinette stitch sleeves and the 18" of ribbing on the body. Thanks Cassie for an awesome pattern!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

My tubey is done!

I'd post pictures, but hubby is sleeping at the moment, so it'll have to wait till tomorrow. But Tubey is looking gorgeous. She's blocked and ready to be worn for a romantic dinner and movie tomorrow! Thanks Cassie for a wonderful pattern.


Here's my Tubey in progess! I'm about 8" past the join for sleevie #1, and I'm using Karabella Aurora 8 in #44, a beautiful shade of blue.

Due to rumors of this yarn expanding after wash, I washed my swatch like a good little girl and got gauge with a US7 from my Denise Interchangeables.



I've gotta say, I'm getting pretty bored with the plain stockinette! Especially now that I'm knitting in the round and all I'm doing is knitting. I can't wait to get started on the body :)

Thanks for taking a look! :) I'm enjoying seeing everyone elses progress.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Team Tubey - Day 4

Day 3: Knitting Olympics

Things are going pretty well during Day 4 of the Knitting Olympics. Progress is swift and I'm starting to really like the color of the yarn.

Here's my concern: it seems as if the back is going to end up slightly longer than the front of sweater simply due to boobage. Has this been an issue for anyone?

Go Team Tubey!

I'm about 9/10 ths of the way done...

Hurray! I'll get to wear my tubey tomorrow. I have a question, however. When I pick up stitches (not just for this pattern, but in general), the first join always turns out to be quite loose. Is there anyway to avoid this in the future, so that first join stitch won't be all loose and wonky looking? Thanks for you help!

Tubey Color Scheme

I launched into my Tubey this weekend for the Knitting Olympics, and I'm having a great time with it so far. I have gotten through the stripes on one sleeve, and I'm very pleased with how the colors are looking. I'm not following the stripe size and order suggested in the original pattern; I'm kind of winging it instead. So far so good!

Tubey Sleeve Stripes
That main color is dark brown, not black. It shows up really dark on my monitor.

I had decided to do a tapered sleeve instead of a bell sleeve, but after finishing I decided I didn't care for the way that looked, so I'm gearing up for a frogging session tonight and sticking with the original pattern after all.

I hope to start on the body within a few days and knit like the wind!

Gold Stars!

These were a lot of fun on the holiday gift knit-along, so I figured I'd add gold stars to the sidebar entries of those who have finished their Tubeys. If I missed yours, or gave you one by mistake, let me know. For future Tubeys, I'll add the star within a day or so of when you post pictures. Feel free to remind me if your star doesn't appear.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Day 3 of the KO.



I have now managed to finish the back and one entire sleeve in 3 days of near-constant work! Hoorah! I'm just sad I have to go back to work now instead of putting in 9 hours a day on this.
The pins are to indicate where I was taking out stitches to make the arms tighter. It worked out surprisingly well, actually.

New Here!

Hello fellow Tubers!!! Jeanie here from Texas and here's my Tubey so far. I started this just a few days ago and it's not quite as bad as I thought it would be. I'm using a super cheap acrylic yarn (Caron Simply Soft) in Autumn Red on size 8 needles. The gauge isn't spot on, but it's close enough for this top. I do think though that if I were to knit this again using the same yarn, I'd go down at least one needle size for the body.

I'm enjoying knitting this a lot, but can definitely see the advantage of making a striped Tubey as it would help break up the monotony of the endless ribbing. And while I would love to make another striped Tubey in another long sleeve worsted weight version, I have already decided that I will make a shorter sleeved (to the elbow) version with several (at least 3) inches of the same 3X1 ribbing at the bottom of each sleeve in a lighter weight yarn (Knit Picks Shine comes to mind) for spring. Size 4 needles? Yeah baby.

And just for grins, I timed myself to see how long it was taking me to knit a row of the 3 X 1 ribbing. I hate to admit it (it makes me sound like such a slow knitter) but it takes me about 8 minutes to do one row of ribbing (yeah, I'm an English knitter). It also takes 6 rows of ribbing to make one inch of Tubey, so that's about 48 minutes per inch. Multiply that by 18 inches and that's a lot of hours on ol' Tubey! Oh well, I figure I'm about halfway done with the body so I'm getting closer to the finish line!

I do have a question for those of you who have already finished your Tubey's.... are you able to wear a bra without the bra straps showing with this sweater or do you have to wear a strapless?

First post--just started Tubey

Hi all--I joined this knitalong sometime last month, thinking I'd start Tubey before spring. Well, Saturday, after tearing my room apart and not finding the project I needed to work on, I decided the logical thing to do would be to cast one for a new project. (of course!) So I started Tubey.

When Mission Falls announced they were closing last year, I kind of panicked, and now they've announced they're not after all, and I have an incredible stockpile of their 1824 wool yarn. So that's what I'm using for this. Here are the colors I chose:



I might just look like a roll of lifesavers when this is done.

I swatched, and hit gauge exactly on size 8 needles, despite the fact the 1824 wool has a slightly different gauge on the label than what the pattern calls for. I got pretty far on this yesterday. Can't wait to get to the stripes, because photos of charcoal stockinette aren't terribly exciting. But anyway, this is what I have so far.



I took a pause today to finish up some other projects, so hopefully I'll have some more substantial updates later this week.

--Amy

Saturday, February 11, 2006

A question about arm fitting.

I've noticed that some of y'all have made the arms tighter/more form-fitting. How did you do that, exactly?

I am working on Rainbow Tubey for the KO, and am about to start one of the arms, and I want to make them tighter this go-round, but am not sure whether or not to decrease evenly, or what exactly.

Day 2: Knitting Olympics

Team TubeyWell, Team Tubey-ites, how goes it on Day 2 of the Knitting Olympics? I think we picked just the right project -- with the miles of stockinette stitch needed to knit the shrug part, it's easy enough to knit and pay attention to figure skating and moguls competitions! Although, I admit that I'm a sucker for luge.

At the end of Day 2, I'm happy to report that I'm two-thirds of the way done with the shrug part. I just finished the first arm about 10 or 15 minutes ago. I'm guessing that I'll definitely finish the second arm by the end of tomorrow, and maybe even start the body. These are the benefits of having what is predicted to be a major snowstorm, I suppose. No one wants to leave the house, and everyone has panicked and cancelled all their events anyway! So, aside from doing a little driveway and sidewalk shovelling tomorrow, I've got nothing to do but knit!

Texas Tubey - FINISHED!!


I just finished my Tubey!!! Woo hoo!!! I am so excited!! It is a perfect fit and it is just in time for the colder weather that is expected!!! I plan to wear it to Knitworking (SnB) tomorrow!!

It's funny. I was sitting on the couch last night thinking, “I knit about 5 rows of the body in an hour. There are 105 rows (120 when finished). I have spent 21 hours on the body alone so far. Wow!”An even bigger bonus, it is Mom's birthday! It's a shame that she isn't in town to see it!!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

I'm in training, too

Hi everyone. I'm gearing up for the Knitting Olympics. I'm using the Cashmerino (my largest yarn purcha$e in a long time) and I finished swatching today. I'm pretty close on stitches but my row count is long. I'll keep an eye on it. Right now I'm working on the provisional cast-on so I don't get hung up on that and ruin a promising start.

The kicker is that recently (okay, yesterday morning), I decided not only to try knitting continental instead of English, but I also switched directions. As a leftie, I've always knitting mirror-image to what is normal (right to left); now I'm going the same way as everyone else. And I plan to do Tubey continental, the normal way.

It's not as hard as it sounds because I've always carried my yarn in my left hand, it's just that I was knitting in the opposite direction before, and throwing instead of picking. At least tension is not a problem. Right now my speed is not so good, but I am getting faster every time I pick it up and I'm hoping that the 16-day challenge will turn me into a speedy continental knitter by the time it's all over.

Or maybe I'm just an idiot.

Hi Everybody

I'm happy to join you. I just love the Tubey and hope to make one soon. I saw one done in a solid color recently (Carrioke's blog) and loved how it looked so I think that's what I'm going to do. I have a bunch of Knitpicks Merino Style that I had hoped to use for it but that's a DK yarn versus the cashmerino which is aran weight. YIKES! I'm not so good at fudging patterns so I will probably look for something else. I don't have enough to double it unless I use both my pink and my purple. Hmmm, maybe I will do stripes!

Anyway, for now, I'm going to keep looking at the results in here and work on finishing my other projects!

Thanks, Jess, for answering my invitation. I'm not sure how you might know me. I am definitely in the Clapotis KAL (recently finished my second one in L&L) and I also have a Cottonease Yahoo group. Good to be here!

Bonnie

In training

Team TubeyI figured last night was as good a night as any to do my official 'training' for the Knitting Olympics - the gauge swatch.

I hate making gauge swatches.

I dragged my box of KnitPicks Yarn of the Andes in Blueberry over to the sofa and cast on with size 8 double points. I'm half a stitch off gauge in both the stockinette and 3x1 rib. I know I should probably be more concerned about that, but yet I am not. It's close enough. I guess I won't win the award for Most Anal Compulsive Olympic Knitter, eh?

This evening's 'training' will include actually reading the pattern. Nothing like waiting until the last minute!

I'm ready to go, and excited about casting on! By the way, who else doing the Tubey-a-long is knitting it for the Olympics? I'd like to know my teammates. Because misery loves company, yo.

Tubey love....

I love this pattern! Love it! I'm done with the shrug and am now starting the body tube. I have a question for all. Is anyone doing decorative edging on the sleeves and bottom edge? I'm wanting to do a shell crochet around the cuffs. Will it look weird if I crochet around a knitted piece, or is this fairly common practice? Should I do a knitted edging instead? Thanks in advance for the advance. Oh, and I promise I'll get off my lazy duff and take some WIP pictures.

xo Lauren

blue tubey

lord help me, i'm starting tubey. i'm feeling that this is going to take me forever! right now i only have about 15 min per day to knit, so it's going slowly. i'm knitting this version with cherry tree hill silken mohair on US 5s. wish me luck! i can't wait until i finish the shrug and have to struggle through all the math and the picking up of stitches. wish me luck.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Am I crazy?

While waiting for the Knitting Olympics to start, I frogged the other (PITA) sweater I was working on...and have now tentatively started another Tubey. Not the one I'll do for the KO, mind you. But I need something to work on for a few days, and the yarn for my next knit-along hasn't come in yet, and I've got a nice stash of worsted on hand that I could perhaps make the original pattern with...

~ Advice needed ~

Ok where you have to do a provisional cast on in the beginning of the back. I used a cable from my denise set instead of yarn to do this. When I went back and was ready to knit those stitches they are very lose. VERY lose. It looks like I am knitting with a needles sz 3 or 4 sz bigger than all the other rows. I am using a sz 8 needle so the cable shouldn't have been a problem at all since it is closest to a sz 5 needle. I have worked my way to the stripes on this sleeve and it is really noticeable that they are so lose in that one row. I don't know what to do to fix it. The only thing that I can think of is to duplicate stitch over it and pull that row together that way. Not that I really know how to do that either. Does anyone have any advice for me on this? Please?

42,564

I'm plodding slowly along the back portion of the shrug. To engage my brain, I did some calculations to see how many stitches will be in my finished Tubey. The details are on my blog.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Finished tubey, at long last



My tubey ended up too big for reasons that I'm sure are completely my fault. So I tossed her in the dryer, and it's a marked improvement. I went with a solid using the Luxury Aran Cashmere from AC Moore, but, as a few of my blog's wise commenters pointed out, the stripes probably add to the garment's shapeliness. But I wore this to work today, and no one said, "Um, did you make that?" Always a good sign!

Carrie
www.everywordsapurl.blogspot.com

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Too Sexy For My Tubey

I’m too sexy for my tubey, so sexy it hurts….. hehee

After many weeks of knitting like mad, the ultraly cool and sexy Tubey is finally done this weekend. here are my notes on the Tubey.

Let me start by saying that it was a very easy and fun pattern, I loved the way how the stripes come out. Next time I will use a different yarn perhaps a solid Tubey with no stripes :)

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease, main color: black, stripes: red, gray, camel, brown, teal
Needle Size: US 5

I made slight modifications, more info on my blog.



Shrug done!

Here she is:



I'm very pleased with it so far. Next step: recalc how many stitches to pick up, based on my gauge and how far around I want it to be attached.

p.s. pardon the crappy tank top. It was a failed attempt at a printable iron-on transfer.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Butterfingers

Last week I finished up the back/arms, today I spilled diet dr.pepper on them as I was about to start the bottom. So it's in the washer, and I'm really hoping it can be washed out.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Waiting on the yarn...

Hi!

I can't wait to cast on for this. I actually decided to order a new yarn that I haven't worked with before (trying to branch out beyond Cascase 220, which is currently the BEST worsted wool ever, it needs competition). So I ordered Knitpicks Andean Silk. I can't wait for it to come in! I ordered 6 colors instead of 5, so I can figure out what looks best when it actually gets here. It was cheap- bucks for 11 skeins, and free shipping. And now I wait!

~ Part of a sleeve and a back ~

So I have been working on my Tubey.
Wed morning this is what it looked like

And this morning I am finished with the stripes on the first sleeve still have to finish the sleeve but I will have some extra knitting time today and should be able to finish the sleeve.
I was hoping to have some pink in the stripes but they didn't have any when I ordered my yarn for this.
So far I am loving it.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Shruggy goodness

Hi folks - really enjoying everyone's adventures in TubeyLand!

After two false starts (I'll detail all my pattern modifications once I'm done), I've almost completed one side of the shrug of Tubey. I'm using the Peruvian Alpaca from Elann, and I LOVE. THIS. YARN! So soft, so buttery, so even. Purrrrrrrrrrrr.



I also had a false start with the yarn, too! Details over on my blog...

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Another trip to the frog pond

OK, so I have a beautiful shrug, love it, it fits, love it. I got a bit confused on the picking up stitches part. I think I had it backwards or something as about an inch into the body tube part I realized I'm knitting it inside out. Somehow I am knitting inside the circle and the body is showing up with 3 purls and 1 knit, which really DOES not look good. I'm gonna frog it, but not sure how to start the picking up so it doesn't happen again. Anyone else do this or am I the only stitch-challenged one so far? cripes. I'll post how it goes the 2nd time around.

When I first picked up stitches, the seam part was showing up on the outside of the shrug. I didn't think it was supposed to be that way, so I picked them up with purls to get the seam on the inside. Somehow that got me knitting along the inside of the tube. Who the heck knows what I did? Ah well. I'm off to frog city. At least I only had an inch into the body tube.

NOTE: Thanks for the comment, I also went to the LYS and said "WTH" (aka what the HECK--which doesn't offend as many people in public as my usual WTF's seem to do) is wrong with me? I didn't have the RIGHT SIDE facing me. I was picking up stitches from the inside to the outside instead of poking the needle from the right side to the wrong side. Much better now. I'm off to work and then reknit!