July 30, 2008

Phyllo Yoked Pullover

Posted in Finished Objects at 9:24 pm by merknits

Wow, two new FOs in just a little over a week!

 phyllo pullover

 phyllo pullover back

yoke detail flat

Lucky for me my husband/FO photographer will be back soon, so I’ll hopefully have not so crooked pictures in the near future! But you get the idea…

Pattern:Phyllo Yoked Pullover from Knitting Nature
Yarn: Rowan Calmer in Laurel, 8 balls for the smallest size at a tighter gauge
Notes: This one was another lesson in yarn buying – I kind of forgot that knitting something at a different gauge will require a different amount of yarn.  And it didn’t help that I purchased a discontinued color of Calmer online and didn’t start the sweater until about a year later.  So I ended up with this, but luckily Sarah came to my rescue with the right dye lot! 

Good thing that I persevered – I really love the sweater!  It fits great, and the yarn is so soft and comfortable.  The yoke pattern was a bit confusing to me, but with the help of the picture in the book I was able to figure it out.  I highly recommend this knit!


July 21, 2008


Posted in Finished Objects at 4:28 pm by merknits

It’s been a while since I had a knitted FO to share – luckily I took the day off today and was able to finish up Cherry and take a few photos:

cherry finished

cherry modeled

I tried to take a few pictures outside, but was getting eaten by mosquitoes and had to abandon that plan.  A few notes on the pattern:

Pattern: Cherry
Yarn:Dale of Norway Svale (8 balls)
Notes:I absolutely love the way this turned out!  It fits well and is very comfortable (I love the Svale yarn too!) and was a fairly easy knit.  I accidentally added some length, which turned out to be a good thing.  But that meant that I underestimated the amount of yarn I needed.  Luckily, Susan came to my rescue and picked up some of the same dye lot for me when she was up at Twisted Yarns (and they were able to look up my last purchase to see what the dye lot was – nifty!).  I think I’ve learned my lesson with my last few projects.  Always buy some extra yarn!


July 1, 2008

Yay for Easy Sewing

Posted in Sewing at 7:22 pm by merknits

I decided last weekend to head to JoAnns and find some cheap fabric for pillows to spice up my dark couch.  50% off already-reduced fabric and 50% off of the pillow forms got me this:


There’s actually one more small pillow that you can’t see.  And they’re Phoebe-approved!

While I had the sewing machine out of hiding, I decided to try the dress version of Simplicity 3835.  I had cut the fabric out a while ago and was sewing along until I noticed a big problem:
See how the pattern is off center?  Grrr!  I was so careful with all of the other pieces, but somehow I forgot to double check the all-important front before cutting.  But I think that I can salvage the fabric and give it new life as a skirt!