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Sexy Back!

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Many things have happened since the last time I wrote. First of all, I'm sending prayers to those people who are affected by the explosions in Boston yesterday. I heard about the one at the marathon as I was leaving work, and although I am thousands of miles away from Boston, there was definitely heightened security at the metro and train stations on the way back home. 


Now bringing it back to knitting..

My new design, Beverly Tee, was published in the newest Knitscene Summer 2013 issue!


It features a plunging back and peplum waist hem, and would be perfect over a bikini top/bralette/bandeau this summer. The yarn is Berroco Weekend but I'm hearing Berroco discontinued this color. I'm thinking about knitting my own in "Reddy" for the sexy Hollywood glam. After all, the name I had in my mind for this project was "Marilyn."


Order and see the rest of the issue here!





Lost Garden Tee - Knitscene Spring 2013 issue

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Last week, Interweave Knitscene put out the Spring preview on their website. All the patterns are available for instant download right now and the magazine is scheduled to hit the newsstand on Januaury 22. My new pattern in this issue is Lost Garden tee.



When I submitted the pattern proposal to Knitscene, I titled it Secret Garden. I wanted to capture and convey the shy freshness of spring garden, kind of like something that I imagined in my head when I first read the novel The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The shaping of this tee is done entirely by fiddling with the gauge so the project is super easy, until you get to the Lace stitch pattern. In my proposal, I also called this the Garden stitch pattern. The Lace pattern is not particularly difficult, but with the cotton yarn with very little elasticity, your hands might hurt a bit. Just remember to use nice pointy needles, and loosen up the grip on your hand that holds the yarn. Change into even bigger needle if that helps.

I’ll be posting about tips on knitting this pattern as I think of more to say.. Again, the pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry as well as Knitscene website and the magazine will be available on January 22, 2013!

FO: Turbulence Pullover (a.k.a Sweater #1)

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Name: Turbulence U-Neck Pullover (see Ravelry)

Yarn: Brown Sheep Naturespun Worsted (Impasse Yellow)



Needles:  US 1 & 3


So, when NaKniSweMo began on 11/1, I cast on for this pullover in Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan. The pattern calls for US 6 but when I swatched I had to keep going down needle sizes until I knit with US 3. Ribbing section was done on US 1.


Modifications: This is why I love Ravelry. Plenty of FO pictures to peek and decide what you want to make for yourself. After looking at all the FO pictures, I decided that the sweater was shorter on the body than I usually liked. I have no waistline; cropped anything makes me look short and chunky. So, I decided to go for 17" torso.

I briefly thought about re-writing the pattern for in-the round but I don't know why, I just started knitting in flat. Boy, did I regret doing this pullover in pieces?!?!?!?!



I had a thousand and fifteen ends to weave in and sew. After completing the back and front, I spent a whole day just on seaming. And doing that made me realize how much I hate seaming. And how much I should do the sleeves in the round. So after front and back pattern, I completely ditched the pattern and went with set-in sleeves in the round, top down. I also changed the length of the sleeves and to make sure the two sleeves were exactly the same length, I knitted them two at the time on two pairs of  long US 3 circular needles.


Comment on the yarn: I have a feeling I'll go back to this yarn in the future. It's soft, spring-y, the colors are awesome. I bought 4 skeins of this yarn in dyelot 020 at Newton's Yarn Country parking lot sale ($2.50 per skein or something like that!). I though 4 skeins of this yarn with generous yardage would make a sweater, but with all the seaming and mods, I ran out in the middle of my sleeves--literally, I ran out of yarn when I reached my elbow area. So I took a sample of my yarn and ran to my LYS (Local Yarn Shop). Suzoo's Wool Works in Costa Mesa is my favorite LYS. It's close to my law school so I used to drop by every now and then after school. It's still my favorite yarn shop because of their superior yarn selection and reasonable price range. The owner now is the daughter of the former owner I believe and she is so nice. Not pushy, not chatty, but helpful. And thoroughly passionate about fiber.

Suzoo's Wool Works (website) 711 W. 17th St Suite F9 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

And so I went and saw the yarn, dyelot 037. Totally different dyelot but the colors matched completely. AH! I felt SOOO lucky. I left the shop with 5th ball of yarn, a ball of fingering weight yarn, and some fiber roving to practice spinning with. *Happy Jean Dance*

So I was able to finish the sweater, and, of course I waited few more days until I sucked it up and weaved in all the ends. So I give.... TURBULENCE!






It is extremely warm and soft. The yarn wasn't great for seaming because it wore out so fast, so I guess the next time I knit a sweater with this yarn, I have more the reason to knit in the round. And I WILL knit with this yarn again because I tried this on today on bare skin and it didn't itch! It's 100% wool, that doesn't itch!


So the sweater #1 is finished, out of 6. #2 is 50% done already, and it's a sweater for my dad. Updates coming soon!