Monday, May 29, 2006

Ok Here they are!

Both dog and human tubeys were made with Filatura di Crosa's Zara merino using US8 needles. As you can see, Lola is very comfortable in her dog tubey.

Mine tends to bunch up on the sides---it seems like this could be fixed with better blocking. Any tips? This is my first human-sized sweater, and I don't have much blocking experience either.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Done--photos to come soon

I finished my tubey over a month ago..since it's just boring black and doesn't look all that great on me, I decided to make a more colorful one for my dog, which I finished last week (it came out ok, but I feel like it needs some adjustments).
Anyway, I'm hoping that posting this now will motivate me to take photos and post them by this weekend.
So, coming soon........

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Tubey in progress

Work in progress. I seem to have got the idea (finally!) of how the 2 circs magic loop method works - and although it's a little bit slow, at least I don't feel like I'm trying to knit with a hedgehog. I am making some changes to the original pattern. The sleeves are being worked in the main 3x1 rib pattern (hope this should take care of the slightly flabby upper arm problem!) to about 3 inches below the elbow. I then plan to taper some of the ribs down to 1 stitch wide on the underarm side of the sleeve (so some decreasing to do), and will then change to 1x1 rib for the final part. I need to find out how to do tubular (sewn) cast-off, and this is an ideal project to try it on. (Fortunately, the Vogue Knitting encyclopaedia I picked up the other day seems to have some good diagrams for this). I also plan to use tubular cast-on (it's in Montse Stanley's book, cast on 1 k-wise, cast on 1 p-wise, repeat for number of stitches needed, and then work 2 rows in k1, yf, slip 1, yb) for the main body, and finish the bottom in 1 or 2 rows of 1x1 rib, and tubular cast off as for the sleeves. On the main body, I am going to use these lovely purple yarns from Texere, knitted in with the main yarn.