Monday, November 12, 2007

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I'm done with knitting

I think I'm done with knitting. At least, for a little while. I was VERY disappointed when I knitted a baby hat and it didn't turn out well. I really liked it. The shopping tunik... I looked FAT in it. I have to chill out. I know that it's what I AM doing wrong, but anyway. Spent so much time for something that my baby can't wear... I'm taking my time. I'm thinking about giving out my stash

Saturday, October 20, 2007

I am a genious!

Look how gorgeous!:

It's from B. Walker's "Charted designs". That's how it looks in the book with other 2 cables:

I want to design with it a hat and a scarf. I know that it's difficult to design with cables, but I'll try.

I'm completely obsessed with knitting my own clothes. In the stores I look at every knitted item and think that I can do that and even better because I'd pick 100% wool instead of this yackie acrylic! I want also to learn sewing so I wouldn't depend on any store! Also I want something one of a kind.


Last picture is what I've got from Knit Picks

Saturday, October 6, 2007

A confession

I was rejected! OK, I said it! Last week came a package from Interweave Crochet that I sent on February. I was laughing out loud when I saw it! Really! It was like a throwback to the past! How much time passed! How much changed! I'd definitely wouldn't send it now. Now I know a lot more and this package was put together at the last moment before deadline. It was felted case for hooks. I put only one swatch that was crocheted. There were no felted swatch. Also the instructions were written by hand--I didn't know yet how to use software and what kind of software to use to write it and to draw. I wouldn't look at it now for certain. And I think the biggest reason for rejection was that they are NOT interested in cases, only wearable garments (have you seen the magazine?)
The learning point:
1. there are half a year (!) in acception/rejection at Interweave
2. do it professionally
3. pitch it to the right place

Monday, September 17, 2007

Socks socks socks Socks socks socks Socks socks socks

Everybody are doing socks!

Guess now what I'm doing?? Yes, socks! I couldn't resist and open "The Knitter's Handy book of Patterns" by Ann Budd and cast them on on 4.5mm dpn and Patons Classic merino Wool. I was unsure of this variegate yarn, but it looks wonderful!

And these are my first pair of socks that will be knitted from the top down! I felt READY to do them for the first time after hearing and reading so much about how to knit them. Finally! I'm doing the gusset with sewing thread. And I know that they are thick and they are suppose to be thick because I don't wear slippers at home, I wear
thick socks instead!

I love the way colors are changing diagonally!

In fact, I have startritis. Now I painfully want to start lace shawl. I spent a lot og hours on Ravelry in searxh of a PERFECT shawl. I found it (by Meg Swansen), but she didn't have any notes on how to knit it, so...

And I received yarn for Shopping tunic (see it on Ravelry). And needles. Which are US 19/15 mm. Big!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

No,I'm not dead, I'm just reading fact, the most interesting book EVER!! It's 1967 RUSSIAN knitting teextbook!!! I'm so thrilled!!! It's written in a way that it teaches to DESIGN and think for yourself, not to follow patterns. There are patterns, but not as today's , they are word instructions.

This book reminds me of E.Zimmermann's books., but it more thorough (325 pages!), and also has a lot of stitches patterns and instructions how to knit in the form of lessons. The one thing that I like the most is that it teaches how to constract the schematics of the project to fit MY specific size (by hand, of course, no computers in 1967). There are men and womens sweaters, jackets, hats, mittens, and also skirts and dresses and one purse in the back of the book. No children patterns here.

I also like that it's in Russian. It's weard to read all those technical knitting words in Russian after learning to knit in English, they don't sound as regular words, sound .. well.. technical, but that's OK. I wonder if it's the same applies to English knitting words?

Lessons explain how to wash and dye yarn, how to construct and knit different collars, sleeves, top-down sweaters, socks, hoses,a skirt, a shawl, and swimwear--a bra(!) ans panties (!). Total is 100 lessons plus patterns.

I got this book by chance and I'm so excited!

If I'll study it all, I'm sure be able to construct those things and design myself!! This is actually the point to read it!

P.S. I'm knitting a hood for BSJ based on Tompten from "Knitting Without Tears".

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Knitting in 93 degrees is hard,

but I managed it! What I've done :
This is the moss stitch close:

Converting to circular knitting is difficult, because it is first time for me, but I'm doing well. I had to re-do the neck 3 times so far.

Facts about me

I realized that I am an ambitious knitter and crocheter: I love BIG progects like sweaters. The only thing that annoy me is that they are going slowly!

The yarn feels fifferent for crocheting and knitting. Because crocheting is quicker, and uses more yarn, I usually use cheaper yarn for it. (Although plan to change it when will use all my yarn). Knitting is going SLOWLY through the hands, so it is pivotal to use yarn that FEELS rich and soft!

I spend A LOT of time on Ravelry!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

My ravelry!!!!

I'm in Ravelry!!!
Check here
My nick is creativesoul!!

My long-awaited dream (Crocheted dress crochet-along)

I wanted to crochet this dress from "Knit Simple" spring/summer 2007 has done the top of dress - look there if you want to see!

I ordered the yarn only recently:

in these colors, which are different from the magazine's pattern

But I realized that acrylic is not the yarn that will look good after a while, and I will regret all my hard work. I need some nice substitution, some summer yarn, preferably natural blend, that will last long and will look good after washing.

The yarn is Simply Soft Brites by Caron International. Worsted weight. Gauge is 12 sts to 4"/10 cm in single crochet. using J-10 (6mm) hook.

Join me to Crochet-along! I post a thread on

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Master Knitting Program

I'm thinking about getting into Master Knitting Program (
for several weeks now.
Is it worth it? What did I get out of it?
Skills, feel of accomplishment, yes. Several hundreds of dollars out of poket too.
Is it worth it?

Thursday, June 28, 2007

I didn't blog about World Knit in Public Day...

...because all my days (almost) are knit in public--when I'm sitting with my daughter who sleeps in the stroller outside. Where? Here:

I love watching ducks here! Especially baby ducks. They are so cute!

I was disappointed with my progress on U-neck vest. I made mistakes several rows and had to frog it. It took me 2 evenings and several evenings between just to have courage to start to frog. Now I'm ready to move further.

In the meantime I'm reading "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs (love it, very relaxing) and also reading several knitting books from the public library--I'm so glad that I can preview them before buying! What are they :
  1. a pattern book with Aran sweaters--want to do one for the first time in child's size--from Knitter's magazine, called "Arans & Celtics: The Best of Knitter's Magazine (Best of Knitter's Magazine series, The)" .
  2. Then, "The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes & Gauges (Interweave)",
  3. "The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes & Gauges" and
  4. Melissa Leapman's "Hot Knits " book.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Finishing BSJ, starting new Object, speed knitting

I breathed in full lungs of air and spent two hours of weaving in all ends of Baby Surprise Jacket

And...didn't do the shoulder seams (for those who don't know--the only seams in this jacket). Why? Because, aparently, I was knitting a baby sock from the yarn! When I do it, I'll post a picture of FO.

After BSJ my head was tired from deciphering a pattern and I wanted to knit something mindless. This is what I started:
(from Knit Simple Winter 2006/07)
I was cocky and changed the pattern from flat to circular knitting.

This is THE ONLY ONE knitted thing that I liked so far from ALL knitting magazines (and was able to do) (I'm not considering myself a beginner, intermediate is more my level). (Vogue Knitting Magazine doesn't count here because that's beyond anybody's skills)
What I've done so far:

(The yarn is Cascade 220 and I have only one skein--that I'm knitting with--will order tomorrow at WEBS if they have this dyelot--don't call me silly, please :)

P.S. And also I was counting today how fast I'm knitting: 106 sts. of one row in k1, p1 rib. on circular needles for 6 minutes--is it fast??

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Cracking the DaV.... EZ's code

Finally, I did it! I cracked this ... code with my 2nd trying.

Thanks to Ready Set Knit podcast who did it as a Knitalong and explained it in plain English.

This is RS

and this is WS

and this was the yarn that I ordered from WEB on sale-Cascade 220. I love the colors!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

My new FO!!

YEAH!!! I did it!!!!!! Despite of not having time!!!!! They are big for my baby, but she will grow... They are not blocked and I'm hesitant to do it because I don't know how this yarn will react on it.
Yarn: Patons SWS (I LOVE these colors!!!)
Patern: Knit it! spring 2007
Needles: US 8 (5 mm) (my new Knit Picks, I love them)

Saturday, May 26, 2007


I MISS KNITTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Back again..sort of (exchanging yarn--several skeins Patons Classic merino wool to one or too Koigoo or Aussie wool)

I gave birth to a girl on May 19!

It's a girl!!

Sorry, no pictures--bad luck.

Yesterday I actually had time to put back to stash yarn that I had in my closet on the floor--I don't think I'll need it for another...century. Kidding! :)

I did put UFO's in another bag and put it closer. But actually I decide that I don't want to finish projects that I don't want to do anymore--I DON'T NEED to KNIT THEM!! WHY SUFFER???!!!!! I want to enjoy my knitting, not torture myself, especially now, when I don't know when I'll do something again.

What I Don't want to see anymore (see labels):

a cardigan for myself,

bunny baby hat,

cotton tank (already frogged),

B. Walker's top down sweater (already frogged),

The baby winter afghan (I'll do something else with it because I still like it).

Yesterday I was determined to get rid of yarn that I don't like or tired from--I have a lot of Patons Classic merino wool, for example, but lost courage to do it when I saw it.
Maybe i"ll TRADE it-- DOES ANYBODY WANTS TO TRADE IT?? I'd like some Koigoo wool designs Kersti color 308 (9) or Aussie wool any pretty color--not many skeins, maybe just one, just to play with it, I've never knitted it.

P.S. I've got my Cascade 220 !!!!!!!!! YEAHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

No, I haven't given birth yet

...although my due date is this Sunday. I'm waiting. Scared.

My mom arrived from Russia and I stopped knitting for a while. She brought me undied goat yarn from Russia

As you see, it's not tightly spun, but very soft and warm.
I'm going to knit socks for my baby from it.

The colorway is called Natural Geranium. I love it! Socks are not done yet, but willl be soon.

This sock is not sewn up yet--I wanted to compare them. And this is the second:

And sweater sampler is going on too, from time to time.

It turned out to be huge--one skein is used up already. I do regret that I took "bad" quality yarn, even for a sampler (80% acrylic, 20% wool). I'm turning into a yarn snob slowly. Even for things that I'm not going to wear!! My hands demand better yarn!!

Yesterday I was trying to knit a top down sweater for Barbie with this yarn

Lion brand Magic Stripes. I HATE IT!!!!!

I'll do get rid of ALL Lion Brand yarns in the future as I've written!!! To do that, I need to buy quality yarn, so I'm not going to be left without ANY.
I ordered Cascade 220 from WEBS on sale. I'm not happy, though, that it took for them several days to process my order--time is scarse for me now (and I don't have patience as usual). Well, I'm waiting.

And this is just what I dream of

Friday, May 4, 2007

Knit Picks Options, books, a cardigan for myself

1. I've got my Knit Picks Options needle set!!!!!!!!
I'll try something to knit with them right now!

2.I've got the new book. I had DANGEROUS thought to be a knitwear designer. After I did a research on books about knitwear design, I realized that there is not many books about it. This and Newton's "Designing Knitwear"

I have to study how to do sewn pattens too, as Lily Chin does--she makes first a pattern from a sewn piece and then from it makes knit/crocheted design.

This is what I was doing yesterday during the day and night. (That's why I'm so sleepy now).

This is the story of the sleeves of these cardigan:
First, I decided to do them as in the pattern. I didn't like the result. I was doing them on one needle, they grow, and didn't have enough space on it. Second, they were too wide for my taste.

I ripped them and decided to pick stitches from the sleeves and knit them from the top. To do this, I needed to block fronts and back and sew them. Which I did.

I'm proud of my seams . They are invisible

And this is the beginning of the left sleeve

I picked up stitches first 3 to 1--too many stitches around, and the sleeve will be too wide, then 2 to 1, then one to one (one stitch is picked, another one is picked in one). With the last I was pleased. Not too wide.

Then, when I began to knit, I wanted to make the seam less bulky--after all, this is THREE colored cardigan, plus other THREE--it is bulky! I wanted to picked stitches closer to the seam. I did it on the right sleeve. Compare:

You probably won't see any difference. And you'll be right because it doesn't exist.
So, I ripped out the left sleeve and I'm working on the right . Hope that this is the last attempt to make it!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

So many projects, so little time...

  • I decided to go ahead and try everything that I want to try. This is my indulgence. After all, there will be no time to do it after the baby is born. (For at least several months, but I still hope sooner...)

  • I ripped out the yoke completely and doing it over. I decided to see if I knit tighter, will it work with the gauge?
The previous yoke was too loose and maybe that is why I didn't get the right lenght of the yoke?

  1. 2.This was my main indulgence--to see how baby surprise jacket (E. Zimmermann's) will look like with MY tools. I've seen a lot of them on and wanted to do it for a long time.
I realized that the yarn is wrong (Patons classic merino wool, variegated as you see) It looks good with crocheted squares, but not so with garter st.

Then, the bamboo needles... I liked them before, but they irritate me now. My hands are begging me for metallic needles. Can't wait to see my Knit Picks Options needle set. And the instructions was not very clear to me. Thanks the blog, I can get answers.

  1. 3. I'm knitting also the sweater samplerfrom "The sweater workshop" by J. Fee.
It is a VERY useful and thorough book not only for beginners, but for intermediate knitters as well. I do want to make a sweater from this book (from the bottom up, especially the Aran sweater). I was arrogant before about doing all this stripes and doing rib (Ah, who CAN"T knit it????!), but after making this sample I know that I didn't know important details. So, don't be arrogant, learn, and learn, and learn, you'll benefit from it tremendously!

  1. 4.
I have a pair of knitted booties already .
I wanted to make another pair. And, for a change, I picked my metallic needles. And colors of Patons SWS yarn are beautiful--I love them!
Well, that's my confession--I'm a sucker for colors!! I can buy yarn only for colors, regarding of everything else...

  1. 5. Now I'll be complaining. Wanted to buy Koigu for Baby surprise jacket and Aussie wool for top down sweater, but can't walk to the store... Can't walk to any long distances. To order online, I have no patience to wait. I'm sorry for myself :)