Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Textured



Textured Top
Pattern Source: Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel
Yarn: Rowan Summer Tweed "Gold", less than 5 hanks
Needle: 5.00mm Addi Turbo Circular
Modifications: Shorter length, short sleeves, no slits, no purl ridges framing the texture.
Comments: I initially knitted it following the pattern length, but it looks horrible on me when I put it on. Fitted tunic really isn't suitable for my wide hips. So, after letting it ferment in the knitting basket while I'm working on other stuffs, I finally took it up again. I'm glad I pushed myself into taking it up again, otherwise it'd just sit there for months or even years.
Even though I made it shorter, I still want to keep the design element of the slit, so I knitted a seed stitch panel on one side and put some buttons on for the illusion of a slit. I didn't knit the purl ridges at first because I missed that part of the pattern and just kept on knitting. But actually I prefer it this way since I think those purl ridges would accentuate the bust part even more, and I really don't need that. As for the short sleeves, I've never been much fan of long sleeves anyway and it'd be more suitable for spring/summer wear.
Of course, the original pattern from the book is gorgeous, and had I been working with wool I might've kept the long sleeves.
The yarn came from my stash. I bought it off ebay last year since I've heard so many good things about it, and Kim Hargreaves uses it a lot in her lovely designs. It took me quite some time to get used to the rougher texture since I've been working with soft wool yarns for my other WIPs. But I do love the glorious tweedy texture, it's so pretty. The colour isn't my usual colour too, and I doubt I would've chosen it if it wasn't on sale. But I think it's a gorgeous colour. Perfect for spring and oh so Project Spectrum appropriate!

I finished something else too...

Midwest Moonlight
Pattern Source: Scarf Style by Interweave Press
Yarn: Jaeger Wool Silk 6x20g
Needle: 4.00mm Addi
Comments: I never blogged about starting this because it was one of those project that I only pick up while I have nothing else to knit. It's been on my needle for months, I can't even remember when I cast on for it. The pattern was really easy to follow and with pretty result.
The yarn also came from my stash, it's a vintage yarn won from ebay with 60% wool and 40% silk. It's lovely to knit with and has excellent yardage considering it's only 20g per skein. The whole scarf weigh only 120g!

There are two other projects that I finished, but I don't have pictures yet so they'll have to wait.
So, on Sunday(or was it Saturday, can't remember), I ran out of project. The only thing left on my needle was the entrelac socks, but I wasn't feeling like working with it. I think I spent about an hour rummaging around my stash and my knitting magazines and books looking for a project to knit. For those of you who have a longer-than-live list of things-to-knit this might sound crazy. But I do have a long list of things to knit, and a long list of yarn to knit with. It's just that most of the time they don't really match. I finally remembered that I've been wanting to knit Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style in some pure white Regia Silk I've got in my stash as a wedding gift for a friend. So I cast on, knit like a mad woman while watching a ridiculous amount of anime and I've got 9 repeats done. I'll be sure to share a progress picture next time ;)

And thank you soooo much for all you nice comments on my cadigan!! Each and every one of them are very much appreciated, I love knowing there are people out there who would understand the happiness we get from getting a nice fit from a garment or finding the perfect button for a project.
Anyway, can you believe I missed my own blogiversary?!! I can't believe I've been blogging for more than 2 years now! Can you?

20 comments:

bradyphrenia said...

your modified tunic is cute! i just traded for the book--can't wait til it arrives.

Octopus Knits said...

I really like your short-sleeved textured non-tunic. It's very summery! (And midwest moonlight is lovely, too). I have been thinking about making the textured tunic, but wasn't sure how it would look on me, so your changes are food for thought.

Lily said...

The color is gorgeous and the slit on the shoulder is sexy, but I fall in love with your shawl.

Mimi said...

Yuvee, you look so pretty with your golden top!;) The fit is perfect and the side buttons idea is clever. I like your midwest moonlight scarf as well. It looks very comfy and light as you described. Enjoy your FO's.

opportunityknits said...

Yuvee, this is another winning sweater. The colour and style looks great on you! I also like the way you wore it over a T, so stylish. I'm also itching to knit something spring and have the longest wish list ever, but as you say, the stash yarn does not match the list :)

knitties said...

Wow, the top looks fantastic on you and the modifications are spot on! Your scarf looks great too :)

bunchkin said...

I just got some yarn today to swatch for this sweater. Yours is beautiful! I was going to make the long sleeves, but your short sleeved version looks so good! Decisions, decisions...

And the scarf? Fabulous!

Laura.Y said...

Love both FOs. One is so sunny and the other so sweet. :)

joy said...

The buttons on the side add a very nice touch. I can't believe you've already finished two sweaters from that book!

Siow Chin said...

Lovely top, Yuvee!

R a i n said...

Awww...it looks really cute on you =D

lisac-b said...

I love it, espeacially the colour.

Peggy said...

Wow, lots of FOs! I like your gold sweater, especially the hole on the shoulder!

frecklegirl jess said...

Wow! What lit a fire under your bum? Can they do the same for me? I have some UFOs that need to get off my plate. :)

Two more beautiful FOs- love them both. Good to know about the summer tweed... I have been eyeing that yarn.

handknit168 said...

Your top is lovely. Having changed the original pattern to cope with yours wearing style is great. I always do this.

mel said...

Wow - that is a great top!! Love your puff-sleeve cardi too - excellent job :)

Knittypants said...

Your textured top turned out so cute. I think I will follow your lead and make mine shorter if I ever get to make it.

nona said...

Wow! You've been knitting some really fabulous things. I'm glad you re-worked your textured top and think the seed-stitch "slit" with buttons was truely inspired. Cannot wait to see the shawl.

Andrea said...

Just discovered your blog. The golden top looks great on you...fits like a glove.

Julsey said...

Your mods are truly amazing on the textured tee. Did you get gague on the 5mm needles? Did you have to modify your gague at all? I feel like knitting this on US10s would be too airy!!!

Thx,
Julsey