Saturday, April 30, 2005

Mini sweater success!

I'm almost done with my Mini sweater, and since I have no idea how to post photos here, you can view them on my blog. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, April 28, 2005

One more time...

Well, I;ve started again, broken hand and all. This time I am using NoroSilk Garden in a really springy interesting colorway.

This yarn is both a delight and an oddity to work with.

It is suck a mix of colors, textures, and thicknesses. But the outcome so far is beautiful. I am about 2 increases in.

We will see if the kitties leave this one alone...

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Sweater Sack

I am nearly finished with my Mini Sweater, and there is something about it... I still have to work the garter edge on the sleeves, but it seems less fitted and more like a sack. I love the yarn (Lang Tosca), which striped very nicely.
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Should I rip back a few rows or can I work this? The yarn is wool, so maybe when I block it the sizing will "shrink" a bit.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Just as everyone else seems to be finishing their minisweaters, I have finally gotten around to starting on mine. And after several small fiascoes (including leaving the pattern on an airplane, and frogging about 20 rows in because I didn't like the look of the raglan shaping), I finally have something worthy of being posted.

My apologies--the photo is rather dark. Here's a close-up of the increases, which I am doing in pairs of M1F and M1B.

Just a quick question: You really are supposed to purl all the way across row 14, right? Even though this causes you to lose the garter border for a few rows?

Monday, April 25, 2005


I'm not sure how I feel about it, but the minisweater is finished.

Yikes...hello chest!

A less blurred shot.

No button yet. My husband didn't seem to like the addition of the cream at the sleeves, and he said the poofy sleeves look like Snow White. I think I'll probably wear it in my office when it's cold...but I don't I feel like ripping the sleeves out at this point.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

how I depoofed

To answer the question about how I depuffed the sleeves...I think I just skipped the increase row that says K3, M1...and then skipped the decreasing on the sleeves altogether. Hope it helps!
Here's my minisweater!

I made it a wrap-around sweater, sort of like the one that Glampyre posted on her blog recently.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Almost finished...

Hello! I'm knitting the minisweater in some alpaca yarn I received as a gift from Ecuador. I've finished the body of the boobholder. I don't think I have enough black alpaca to finish the sleeves, so I've decided to finish them with the same alpaca yarn, only it's a cream color. I'm hoping this won't look weird. The progress thus far (see the cream on the right sleeve):

My finished minisweater! I got the yarn on Monday and finished it last night (Sunday) and wove in the ends this morning. I love how fast it was (now just to see if it fits the recipient!) Posted by Hello

Monday, April 18, 2005

Here I am!

im sooo far...
I really don't know how this is going to fit on me, it seems kind of tiny, but alot of people have said they knittied it too big. So I'm hoping I guess. When I CO I didn't even know where I was starting it. The top? The bottom? Where is everything!? But it seems to be coming togetehr nicely.

(ooo my pretty stitch markers)
Here are the m1 increases on the sleeve sections. I ended up with a little bit of an eyelet almost, but the puckering of the sleeves sort of covers it up well. I really dig the puckery sleeves... I hope its amaing when I'm done. I don't know what I'm going to use for the edging, I'm actually thinking about using orange. I have a ton of bright orange yarn. Dinosaury? Maybe... we'll see!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Frogging It

I am having to frog it a few rows. I didn't print out a copy of the pattern and was trying to knit by memory. I went a little crazy with the increase rows. Here is a picture of the yarn and color that I am using. It seems to be a good match for the pattern. I am not sure what to use for the border. Any suggestions?
Oh man... I've got this going in some celery green stuff I got from my Grandmother. I think it's acrylic... but I think it also softens up a whole bunch after washing. It's the same stuff she used to make every afghan in my house and those are super nice.


I'm not very far along... but here's a photo... how am I supposed to increase? I think I know how... so I'll try it... but someone help!


I finally have a picture of my sweater in progress:

I took this on the second day of working on the project, but I am actually almost done with it now... except that I ran into a problem & now I have a question for everyone who is making non-puffy sleeves.

How are you all doing it??

I just knit straight, but the bind-off edge is a tiny bit too snug, even though I bound off with bigger needles to try to make it loose. Then, I frogged the sleeve and worked a few increases at the seam edge, but this messed up the shape of the sleeve, so I frogged again. I was thinking of trying to knit the garter stitch band with size 10.5 needles to see if that would make it a little looser. I just need like another centimeter of space for my arms to be comfy. It is frustrating me.

I think part of the problem is that I knit the sweater with angora (it was my first time knitting with angora) and it doesn't have very much stretch. Anyhow, I would really appreciate any advice on how to make non-puffy sleeves for this sweater.


Friday, April 15, 2005

Stegosaurus Update

Hey Ladies.

The spikes are edged in single crochet, and they are Noro Cash Iroha and Lamb's Pride

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Beyond that it's

Noro Cash Iroha
Lion's Brand Jiffy
Dale of Norway Sisik
Lamb's Pride worsted

No more spikes for me, I wrote more about it on my site, I'm in a rush now to get out of the office, so this is the best I can do.

I am interviewing at WEBS ( tomorrow, which would be a complete dream job. Fingers (and needles) crossed!


Progress on my minisweater. I'm using Licorice Cotton-Ease and making it for Hawaiilove from Craftster. You can't tell because the yarn is so black, but I'm on Row 25. I'm not making the sleeves puffy so I ignored the instructions from Row 17 and just increased as normal. Ok, now a question....when it gives the total rows in parenthesis before you separate the that including the 8 garter stitch rows? I tried to count and do the math, but my brain just isn't working today! Thanks!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Got yarn!

About one month ago, I purchase four balls of this Lang Tosca, thinking that I would use it to make a vest.
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The vest idea went by the wayside, and the yarn languished.
The guage is 12, rather than 13, but I think it will make a great Mini Sweater.

Planning on starting soon!

Hello everyone! Wow, some of you are really trucking along with the pattern. I have the yarn but haven't started yet. I ran into some problems with a sweater I'm making for my mother for mother's day. I can't stand it anymore though! I'm planning on casting on for the minisweater either today or tomorrow. Got to check my needle supply. I'm using Plymouth Encore in petal yellow. I think it's going to be very nice for spring.
Hello all,
I'm new to the Minisweater KAL... My name is Kate. I just started my sweater two days ago and I love this project so far. It knits up really fast. I am already to the part where you separate the sleeve stitches and start on the body. The only thing that I have had trouble with is the increases on this part. The pattern says to m1 on the purl side, but that was looking really funny on mine, so I decided to work the increases on the knit side. I knit 7 then m1 knit until 7 remain, m1 then knit the remaining stitches so there is a smooth line along the garter stitch band. Did anyone else have trouble with this part?
Anyhow, overall, I really like the sweater and I am already daydreaming about making it again. I love to see the different yarns that every one is using for their sweaters, too. I am making this one in grey angora that I got a thrift store. I think I might make another one with some scraps of two different colorways of Noro Silk Garden that I have. I think the pattern would lend itself to self-striping yarn.
Well, that's all for now. I will try to post a picture soon. Happy knitting!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005


I am up to row 14 on the Boobholder. It's not as complicated as I thought it was and it looks wonderful !!

Addictive Knit, like woah

I am totally addicted to knitting this sweater.

Here's my 'progress' pic. As you can see, I'm almost done.

So far, so good. I was afraid that knitting with the regular pattern would not be ample enough for my chest, but it works just fine. I think it will fit really well.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Passion Flower Beginnings

I am knitting my minisweater in Classic Elite Star, color:Passion Flower. It's working pretty well; however, I am a little worried about the gauge. The yarn stretches a lot. I am also using a m1 increase on either side of the markers. It is making pretty little bars that look like yarn overs. I'd like to try this sweater with a lace pattern that incorporated increases.

I am a little confused by the pattern though. I have just finished the two sets of increases that come after the garter stitch beginning. What part of the sweater have I just made? Am I missing something? I suppose I need to have a little faith and just keep knitting.

Some answers, some questions...

I am currently w/o camera, so I'll have to hunt someone down soon. This sweater is an addictive knit, I should be done soon (with the sweater at least, the spikes look time consuming).

I'm randomly striping, they're all varying widths, and there is no pattern, but if you're ever looking for a really cool striping sequence, check out this random stripe generator:

I love stripes and this site/tool is amazing.

After the green, I'm going to be making a red one because I have just as many red scraps as I do green...this is such a great scrap project. Ashiko's contrasting sleeves are a great example of how necessity is the mother of (really cool looking) invention. It reminds me of one of those baseball raglan tees, but fancy!

One quick question: how is everybody increasing? It's totally up to the knitter, I'm really curious what everyone chose. I'm using paired M1 increases--so before a marker, I make a right leaning and after I make a left leaning. Someone did this on Craftster, and I'm like the effect. It creates a little bar, and a hole, and they stack up to look like a ladder. I'm going to try to emphasize when I block.

Oh, another poll--how do you all feel about the puffed sleeves? Many people skip them, but I'm gonna rock them like Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables...


Monday, April 11, 2005

Miniature Stegosaurous

Hi, everyone! I'm a huge Stephanie Japel fan and this pattern was next in my list...I was trying to be good and finish up my winter sweaters before diving in, but this knit-along came along at just the right time. I've never joined a knit-along before, but I'm thinking this will work the same way exercising at the gym does, and that the mild peer-pressure will curtail any laziness.

I am currently working the increase rows, I'm around Row 14. I'm using a lot of different yanrs, all of them green leftovers from other projects. I am planning to knit the spikes, and I'm really hoping that my sweater will end up looking dino-esque.

Some of the yarns:

-Noro Cash Iroha in olive green
-Lamb's Pride in lime green
-Dale of Norway in a tweedy army green
-Manos del Uraguay in hunter green
-Lion's Brand in grass green
-Some Kool-Aid dyed Lamb's Pride in acid green

Clearly, I love green. Pictures soon, and if anyone has questions about this pattern, there is an amazing thread/psuedo-knit-along at


Chunks of Yarn.

So, here's my "progress".

I got that far. Then decided that I was gonna run out of yarn (I'm using a leftover cone from my first ever sweater). So, I ripped it right out, and pondered for a while. Then pulled out some of Katia's "Mississippi", which I absolutely looove, and decided to use that for the arms.

Using a different yarn for the sleeves is only something I'd reccomend if you've got a good amount of separate balls of yarn (try 5). I just randomly wound up my own. Bad idea.
To help me cut down on current projects, I've got three shoeboxes. One per project at a time. Want to start something new? Bad luck, you'll have to motivate yourself and finish soemthing else first. It works.
But yeah. This is what my Boobholder Box looks like.

This is the stuff of nightmares. All my chunks of yarn (they used to kind of look a little like balls of yarn. Now they are just knots. Lots.) have just mashed together. It takes like, ten minutes to get one row done, if I'm lucky. :'(
Ah well. It's gonna look so cute though :D
Anyone else got some progress pictures happening yet?

Yummy Laces!

For the one that's on my needles now, I'm using Lorna's Laces: Fisherman, in the RIver colorway. It's very pretty, and handles well. I've already frogged this one once, after I had the sleeves done, since the sleeves were huge on me even after the decreases. So now I'm trying on the current one after every couple of rows, also i've made some modifications to the sleeves so they won't be so huge this time. This one will be my winter early spring one. I'm planning on also making one in cotton for those cool summer nights.



I am actually already half done with this sweater!

The yarn that I am using is actually a smaller worsted weight, so my minisweater is coming out pretty stretchy and light. That's perfect, seeing that the hot weather is moving in.

The great thing about this pattern is that it seems like it allows for many types of yarn, since you just knit until it fits you.

Good luck picking yarns.

Ready to Cast On.

What yarns are y'all using? I have some bright pink Rowan Summer Tweed that I thought might work. I don't really like knitting with it though, but it's handy and its already paid for.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

The MiniSweater/Boobholder Knit Along

Yay! Finally, tis here!
Alright, so, lets get started. This is a knit-a-long blog for those who are currently (or those who will be in the near future) knitting Stephanie Japel's Minisweater. It's a cute little pattern, and doesn't get boring, like some do :D
If you would like to join...Let me know and I'll see if I can figure out how to invite you to this blog. I'll be ok, I'll work it out :P
You can contact me at : noirlutin(AT)hotmail(DOT)com or my blog or just leave a comment here :)
So yeah, that's about it. We'll get a button happening soon, too. I've got to head out now, so I'll get around to that. Anyone want to donate one? Alll are welcome!