Sunday, February 27, 2011

Knitting mojo

I have a few hobbies, knitting, cooking, baking, etc. Some times they slowly losses my favor and other times I finding myself loving them again. The quickest way for them to be in the cold chamber is to bore, frustrate, or be uninspiring. I know it's not their fault, but that of the maker, which is me in this case. I have knit a few things that didn't do it for me, they are currently in hiberation, but they and I know that they are going to be in the bag/box/container in the basement for a long time since their presence is like having spouse who constantly nags at you to change the lightbulb.

I have knit on and off since the last blog post on knitting. There are quite a few pair of socks, many of them are worn out at the heels because I wear them so often. They are now taking up space in my socks drawer because I don't have the heart to throw them away since I spent so much time making them and yet I don't know and don't bother to learn how to repair them. Once in a while, I will take them out to wear the holey socks thinking they are fine to wear only to regret my decision because I dislike the feeling of bare heel to sole of shoes. And then there are the knits that caused me to leave the needles, I won't name names here, but if you reaaly want to know i have listed some of them in my ravelry account.

But I got my knitting mojo back, I knit 2 tops in 2 weeks! How did I get it back you might ask. Well, it started when I was chatting with a friend online, he mentioned me that his wife has picked up knitting, that leads to me adding his wife to my Ravelry's friend list (my user name is hooney) and looking at beautiful work other members have done have inspired me to pick up my needles and spend my money on yarn and patterns again. However, I have yarn stash that can possibly last me for a year if I knit daily, so I decide to seriously destash before I can buy any more yarn, I even told Mr. K about it (that shows you how determine I am).

So this is my first knit of the year, it's a improvised top from the pattern Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane. I have seen this many times and liked it, but didn't think it will work with my figure until I saw the version by Nordly. I chose to use Rowan Cotton Tape because it has the same weight as the yarn used in the pattern, and I want a top that I can wear in the summer. This is a quick and simple knit because of the gauge.

Needle: US 11 -8.0mm circular
Yarn: 7 Skeins (497 yards) Rowan Cotton Tape (Discontinued) in Color way 557

These are the few changes I made:
1) I knit the last 5 stitches of the each side together (the garter border) together at the start of the body so that it won't look wonky when I button them up, that is after I sew the buttons on;
2) I bind off 5 stitches on each side on each armhole to make the armhole smaller;
3) I did not do any shaping of the waistline.

If I were to make this again, I would:
1) knit the body with a smaller needle, maybe a 6mm needles, to get a tighter fit and make it less holey so that I don't have to wear a top underneath;
2) have waist shaping like what is in the pattern.

Just want to show you a picture of my dog before i cut his hair . My initial intention was to have a after-shot but I gave him a diseased look. I don't think he would forgive me if I post his new look on the world wide web.

1 comment:

quizzine said...

This top really looks good on you! Will I have one of your knitted stuff soon?
Tot I ll be seeing your pineapple tarts post first ;p