Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tubey finished!

Finished Tubey last night, after going with the Decrease Cast Off. I LOVE this jumper! It was a quick (can't remember when I started it, but about a month ago & I've done other things too in the meantime) pattern and FUN!

I haven't really got wonky shoulders, we just had trouble getting a pic taken cos the light was all weird. Tubey is also not good for keeping sore throats warm and covered up so she's gone back to sleep for when I'm feeling better.
Vital Statistics:
Pattern: Tubey, by Cassie Rovitti.
Size: XS.
Needles: 4mm (had to go down 2 sizes to get gauge).
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran - 7 balls black (shade 300), 1 ball each of mauve (601) and rust (007) and 1/2 a ball of green (502).
Still undecided about the bra issue with this jumper. Maybe strapless is the way to go? Or braless?!

Please can I have a star now for finishing it?!

Finished Tubey!

Yay! Tubey is off the needles and turned out really cute. Pics to follow (eventually!)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Cast off for Tubey?

Well, as you can see, I've nearly finished the body of Tubey. I LOVE this pattern, especially being able to try it on as I go! It's the first no-sewing up jumper I've made!
Anyway, I was wondering how other people had cast off their Tubeys? Did you just use a normal chain cast off or did you use something special to take into account the ribbing? I looked in my Handknitter's Handbook (Montse Stanley) and thought maybe the Decrease Cast off, which I've used for another ribbing cast off with success. Any thoughts?

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

My Tubey is done!

I couldn't get a modelled pic because I couldn't manage to take a picture of myself while wearing it. ;) It looks pretty good, though!

Sunday, April 16, 2006


after starting to think about it in December, I've started Tubey! The shrug part is finished and I love the stripes! I've just done the picking up stitches so just have the body ribbing to go now! I love this pattern so far.

I'm using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, the main colour is black, and the contrasts are mauve, red/orange and green.

Friday, April 14, 2006


I did it! I made my very own sweater. My first sweater. Yay me!

Finished Tubey!

Tubey Done!

Ok, granted, I made it just in time for the warm weather, but hey... I made it!

It was so easy and something nice to make when you did not want to "think" about your project. Knit 3, Purl 1 can be a nice thing. There is only one thing that I don't like, and that is that the part around the neck can be a little bit scratchy. I am sure I can deal with it, though.

Have I mentioned how excited I am that I did this?! Oh yea... and I made it only with yarn in my stash!

Pattern: Tubey from Knitty
Yarn: Cascade 220, Knit Picks Andean Silk, and Elann's Highland Wool

Sunday, April 09, 2006

I love my Tubey!

PurlyQueen again here!
This is destined to be one of my favourite items of clothing. I adore the fit, the cashmere/lambswool yarn and I feel like a 50s movie star in this.
This knitalong group has been invaluable. Firstly, because I noticed that a lot of people had problems with the sizing - so I made the smallest size and figured that I could either block it if it didn't fit or give it to my sister.
I am what you might call 'super curvy' - my dress size on top is a UK18 (US14) and the smallest size fits me beautifully without the ribbing stretching too much. Knitting with a very springy yarn helped as well. If I decided to make this in a less flexible fibre such as cotton or a linen blend, I would have gone for a bigger size.
Initially, the sleeve tube gaped too much, so I sewed up the sleeves using mattress stitch so that I would not have to expose my wobbly upper arms to the whole world. Once I was happy with the arms, I then picked up the stitches for the body. I have posted lots of other photos and Tubey thoughts on my blog.
Happy knitting!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Done and I Love It!

I finished my Tubey, tried it on, immediately loved it, and kept loving it through two whole days of wear. That's a new thing for me. More details on my blog, but in the meantime...Yay!

I am a slug.

I haven't started on Tubey number 2 yet - due to a grinding work schedule and being too sick to do much of anything this weekend besides oooze into the couch, watching "Wallace and Gromit" and struggling to breathe.

My pile of yarn seems to speak to me: "You could have let me go to a good home - now I'm stuck in this bag and I'm lonely. I hate you."

Oh, Tubey - hopefully I'll be able to start you soon.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Second thoughts on Tubey

As the problem with my tubey primarily was that it was too big, I'm now considering felting it a little. Will I dare? To be continued...