Archive for July, 2006

Well, these have been done for a week but I am just now getting around to posting about them. Thanks to hours and hours of road trip knitting time, I present my finished Hederas:


Here are the stats:

Pattern: Hedera Socks

Source: Spring Knitty 06

Yarn: Sweet Georgia sock yarn, Moss (such soft beautiful yarn)

Needles: US 1 Double Points

Mods: None

Notes: To get a loose CO I cast on using two needles together. My only annoyance with these is that one part of the lace pattern makes a hole that is bigger then the rest. I wish it was more even and am not sure it this is due to something I did or not. It was on the yarn over before a purl stitch so in essence you have to yarn over twice right? Am I missing something? Either way, they are done, and I like them.


My next sock project will be for a knit exchange I joined…my first!!! It is called Toasty Toes. I have been thinking about patterns but haven’t decided on anything yet. I want to pick a pattern before I decide on yarn. I am excited about doing an exchange but a little nervous. I mean, I am an indecisive perfectionist when I am knitting for myself, let alone for someone else. I just want my pal to be happy, you know?

In other news, I cast on for a new sweater project that I am loving. I am also obsessing over a potential new project as well. Stay tuned for pictures and details…

The following 13 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

No, you’re not missing anything. If you think about it, when you yo before knit stitch, the stitches before and after pull up a little higher on the needle, making the yo shorter. When you yo before a purl stitch, it just wraps the yarn around teh needle, so it makes the yo just a bit longer. It’s not something you can do anything about except get an evener tension (which I still haven’t accomplished in this regard), but don’t worry because after you wear and wash the socks a bit, all the stitches even out.

Posted by: Miriam | 07/31/2006

Lovely green socks πŸ™‚
And yes, I agree about wanting my Toasty Toes pal to be happy with her socks – yet most of all I want them to fit! hah!

Posted by: Teyani | 07/31/2006

They are beautiful, I love the color!

Posted by: Steph | 07/31/2006

Fabulous socks! You did a lovely job and wll do a great job for your pal, too.

Posted by: margene | 07/31/2006

Ooooo, *swoon* I love that sock yarn color in combination with that pattern. It is a perfect match!

Posted by: Kristi aka Fiber Fool | 07/31/2006

The sock look beautiful – the lovely green yarn & the lace pattern are a great combo!

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 07/31/2006

The sock look beautiful – the lovely green yarn & the lace pattern are a great combo!

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 07/31/2006

sorry, i have no advice re the socks. i have only ever made one pair (nearly done!) and noticed the cuff is a little loose so i may need to do a bit of tweaking next time…
your socks turned out beautifully. how much do i *love green! and that lacy pattern is gorgeous.
ooh, a new sweater project. nothing like preparing for the winter! go girl! :0) x

Posted by: the knitchick | 08/01/2006

I just found your blog through the Toasty Toes update, but I wanted to chime in on the YO problem with your lace socks. I’ve had the same problem with lots of lace sock patterns, and it drove me crazy. The solution that I found was to just skip the yarn over, then on the following round, pick up the bar before the purl stitch, and knit it. This creates a YO, but isn’t a big gaping hole because you didn’t have to wrap the yarn twice. Does this make any sense?
The socks are lovely, by the way. I love the color you chose. It highlights the pattern very well.

Posted by: Rachel | 08/01/2006

The socks are adorable — particularly with jeans.

Posted by: sprite | 08/01/2006

Love the moss green socks and the lace looks perfect! I think that whomever you have as a pal for Toasty Toes will love whatever you knit!

Posted by: Phoebe | 08/01/2006

Gorgeous socks! I, too, can’t get enough of that SweetGeorgia stuff!

Posted by: JulieFrick | 08/02/2006

Your socks are gorgeous. I think you have just inspried me to make Hedera my next pattern- either for my Toasty Toes Pal or for another project.

Posted by: Allison | 08/04/2006

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First up…vintage knitting patterns. My grandma is a crafty lady. She sews, quilts, paints, crochets. She found out that my sister and I knit and gave us some patterns that she has from as early as the 40’s. Very handy…

You can knit to look good for your soldier:


Knit stockings for the little ones:


Cover your baby head to toe in knits:


Make sweaters for strong women working for the war effort:


Finally, here are some fair isle projects I love:


I want to make that hat on the bottom right corner. I must make it!

Now on to the yarn…

I told you before about the Yarn Shop in the depressing mall. Half the stores were closed, it was dark and full of random people–the perfect location for a horror movie. Surprisingly (or perhaps not so) the yarn store was the one oasis in this sad mall. I went there for one reason…Yarn. And yarn I got.

First up…


One Skein Louisa Harding Kimono Angora. I love, love, love this yarn. It is so soft and I love the colors. I am thinking maybe a baby hat? Booties?



I thought…everyone’s doing it. Why shouldn’t I make some washcloths too?

And finally…


10 skeins Grignasco Tango yarn. I love the colors in this one, it has the same composition as Rowan Felted Tweed. I have no idea what project I will use this for so any suggestions would be appreciated. I was thinking maybe Demi? But then it might not be a good knit for me and the color might not be right for the sweater anyway…I don’t know. Help me!!!

The following 8 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

what about Salina from the same book? The color that the sweater is shown in looks similar to the one you bought…

Posted by: Stefanie | 07/26/2006

What fun patterns from your Grandma’s attic! Welcome to cotton dishcloth knitting – it’s a lot of fun! πŸ™‚

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 07/26/2006

those fair isle patterns are neat! one skein of the louisa harding kimono angora will make the fingerless gardening gloves in her gathering roses: accessories pattern book.

Posted by: amy | 07/26/2006

chuckling at the patterns of the ‘strong women’ helping with the war effort!! what a hoot! but also, what a sweet grandma to give you these treasures.
Love the new Louisa Harding yarn

Posted by: Teyani | 07/26/2006

I’m loving that yarn and the Demi pattern. It’s way cute. I think it might work best with more ease rather than less, but that’s just me. πŸ™‚

Posted by: Kate | 07/27/2006

I think the green color would be so much cutier in Cherie but I love the yarn you have collected ~also the head to toe knit baby reminds me of the movie Christmas in Connecticut.

Posted by: Posted by: Annzy | 07/27/2006

i like the “service cardigan” but the name totally turns me off. Who wants to knit something called a service cardigan? Yeah, Ill knit that right after I knit a janitor sweater. SEXY!

Posted by: bunchkin | 07/28/2006

It’s like a yarn store threw up all over that baby.

Nice yarn balls. Very nice yarny porn.

Posted by: KatherineOfItAll | 07/30/2006

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A FO eh?

Heh heh, get it? I am in Canada? I used “eh?” in my title. Funny stuff. I really do have an FO people! And on vacation even. Here it is in all it’s glory…presenting, the cool hemp ponchette:


I love it. This was the perfect hanging out and talking to people while knitting project. Very easy but with a great payoff. The hemp is awesome, warm and cool at the same time. I finished the ponchette Wednesday, blocked it at my grandma’s yesterday, and wore it today. It is fun to finish a project on holiday.

see the back:


Here are the stats…

Pattern: Cool Hemp Ponchette

Source: LanaKnit Designs

Yarn: allhemp6, avocado, 3 skeins

Size: Small/Medium…sort of (see mods&notes)

Mods: I accidentally added two garter stitch rows to each repeat. I didn’t realize it until I was about 4 repeats in and decided it looked fine and just kept going. The pattern says to knit 25 total repeats but I knit 24.

Notes: I would probably make it a little smaller. As it is now it is a bit large and if it stretches at all then it will be way too big. I may unravel one or two repeats and reseam but I am waiting to see how much it expands. I really enjoyed working with hemp as it was an interesting fiber to work with and I love the way it drapes after a good blocking.

I was inspired to knit this after seeing Knit and Tonic’s finished one. I really, really tried to pick a different color then she did but I couldn’t help it, the avocado was my favorite. So just call me a copycat–I am fine with it.

Now onto my trip…The trip has been lots of fun so far. Taber is a smaller town then I am used to but it is fun to be with family. Lots of driving has resulted in lots of knitting time which has been great and the Super 8 we are staying at has wireless which means I can blog. Yeah!

Taber is the corn capitol of Canada but we are too early for corn season so that is a bummer. Although I am not starving on this trip…oh no, don’t you worry about me, I am getting plenty to eat. OR, maybe you should worry. I think I need to start. If only I could wake up and remember that I went to bed with a commitment to not eat so much.

We spent the day today in beautiful Waterton, Alberta. My Mom spent two summers working at the big hotel there when she was in college and it was fun to visit her old and beautiful haunting ground. Really more than anything, it is just fun to be together. I figure the times are limited when my whole family can go on a vacation all together so I am trying to remember that and really enjoy our time. I love my family.

I did buy some new yarn at a nice knitting store in Lethbridge that was in the most depressing mall I have ever been in. I will post pictures of my new acquisitions soon. Nothing like new yarn, eh? (get it…I used “eh” again. hahaha…I am way too funny!)

The following 9 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

The ponchette is so cute!

Posted by: Kathy | 07/22/2006

The ponchette looks great! And what a great setting to model a FO. πŸ™‚ Glad to hear that you’re having a great vacation (including yarn acquisition). πŸ™‚

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 07/22/2006

It looks great and should be something you’ll wear often. Sounds like you’re having a grand time, too!

Posted by: margene | 07/22/2006

I love the way this turned out with the straight back and the V front it is a really great take on the old poncho look and well the color is just too lovely

Posted by: Posted by: Annzy | 07/22/2006

i *love the ponchette! and how could you make it in any other colour besides the avocado, it’s gorgeous! sounds like you are having fun on your trip, eating (bring it on!) and spending time with family. can’t wait to see the new yarn. x

Posted by: the knitchick | 07/22/2006

Lovely ponchette! Sounds like you are having a great time : )

Posted by: Amanda Cathleen | 07/22/2006

what a beautiful ponchette ~ and the green is such a lovely color. I haven’t worked with hemp (yet) but friends have told me that the drape and softness improve with each time you wear it. Thanks for the links – I just might have to make this one!
I just got back from a week with my extended family. It is both wonderful and challenging all at once.

Posted by: Teyani | 07/25/2006

LOVE the ponchette…I really need to learn to knit. Cause I’m so jealous of how dang cute your ponchette is! Seriously.. maybe I’m gonna have to trade for a quilt… ENJOY the vacation… give Kara a big smoochie for me.

Posted by: Posted by: Red | 07/25/2006

Love the ponchette, seriously so cute!

Posted by: Wanda | 07/27/2006

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I am so busy. In fact, I am too busy to write this post but I am doing it anyway. Tonight I hosted a surprise party for a great friend of mine’s 40th birthday in my back yard. It was a lot of work but it was totally worth it. She was surprised and happy and I think everyone had a good time. This friend of mine, DeAnn, is a special woman. She is one of those people that everyone loves because of how wonderful she makes you feel. I hope she felt how loved she is through all the people that came to celebrate her life so far.

The girls I threw the party with are a special group of friends–we all met working in the same company years ago and have stayed active parts of each other’s lives. I love my girls…

Happy Birthday DeAnn (third from the left in the yellow)!

I have to send a big thank you to knitter, seamstress, and all around cool lady Necia who sent me this in the mail last week:

Isn’t that fun??!!? Handmade soap and shower scrub. They all smell so amazing! I won this gift by leaving a comment on her blog when she requested knitting confessions. Mine was that I don’t know the difference between sport and dk weights. Still don’t. Are you embarrassed for me?

Thank you so much Necia for the splendid treat. I love, love, love it.

Tomorrow I leave with my Dad and two sisters on a road trip to Taber, Alberta Canada. Taber is a small town that perhaps you most likely have not heard of but it is a special town to me as my Mom was raised there and my grandparents call it home. My Mom and brother and his family all left last week and tomorrow we depart to meet them there for a family reunion of sorts. I really need to stop typing and start packing, especially my knitting projects. Hmmm…what to bring??? I am thinking I need to finish the ponchette, start my second hedera scarf, and get some inches done on the somewhat cowl. I am praying I am able to knit in the car. A total of 24 hours of knitting time if I can just handle the motion sickness.

Wish me luck!

The following 6 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

I know I’m a bit late, but I’m just in awe of your rambling rose! I’ll try to finish my soon. I think it will be too big for me, but it’s my sister’s 30’th birthday in August, so I’ve decided that it will be the perfect gift for her! Anyway, yours looked really good on you and seemed to be the perfect shape! Congrats!

Posted by: VivaPia | 07/18/2006

have fun at your family get together! wow, all those ‘free’ hours. hope you can get some knitting in. surprises are always so nice. im sure your friend had a lovely time and really appreciated the effort and the thought. x

Posted by: the knitchick | 07/18/2006

This will solve all your “weighty” problems, haha *snicker* *snort*


This shows weights, wraps per inch for each of the weights and even yards per pound in wool or similar fiber (cotton and acrylic weight differently than wool). This is the e-bay yarn buyer’s DREAM.

Posted by: Miriam | 07/18/2006

Glad you received it well Erin. I forgot to tell you, to please please unwrap the soaps from their tissue paper, because of the high vegetable oil content, and the heat, they will sweat like a mofo. Just unwrap, wipe with a hand towel and you can store anywhere as long as they breathe. If you throw them in your linen closet, they will smell up your towels while they wait for you to use them. Enjoy.


Posted by: Necia | 07/18/2006

Sounds like a fun night. Me? I’m a terrible terrible party-planner, so I am grateful for people like you who can get things together.

Have fun with your family. I have a reunion next week too, but I’m going the opposite direction, to AZ. Right now I’m a bit jealous that your relatives are to the north.

Posted by: Posted by: Katherine | 07/18/2006

Get yourself some sea-bands at the pharmacy! They are little knitted wristlets with a plastic bump that presses on some pressure point that supposedly helps with motion sickness. Thanks to them, I can knit while ridding in the car now!
Hope you have a great trip, and sounds like you throw a good party! : )

Posted by: Amanda Cathleen | 07/18/2006

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First off, thanks to everyone for your incredibly kind comments on Rambling Rose. Seriously, you all made my week. And it was a good week to feel the blog love. The sister/roommate has been gone all week in Boston which has been very hard. I mean, I haven’t been able to watch any of the television shows we watch together. The fauxVo is bursting with fun new shows, we have 3 Netflix DVDs sitting on the counter, and I am stuck knitting to “Child Star Confidential” on E!…it’s gotten that bad. It’s not just the TV though, I miss her too. Come home Kara!

I don’t think I have ever mentioned Dennis before. Dennis lives next door. His real name is not Dennis. That’s just what we call him. It’s Dennis as in “Dennis the Menace”. He got this name the first day we moved in, when his little blond head popped over the fence and said in the best “Oh Mr. WIIIILson” voice I have ever heard, “Are you my new neighbors??!?” He asked us questions about us being sisters and we thought “oh what a cute precocious little kid”. Think again. In the year we have lived here he earned his nickname.

“Have you seen my SNAKE?”

“Your snake?”

“Yeah. I think he is in your yard.”

“You have a snake??!?”

“Yeah, can I look through your bushes?”

Oh that was a fun day. He didn’t find the snake in my yard but not to worry, he had another pet snake so he was not too heartbroken.

Our neighbors have this tree that produces a lot of fruit and hangs over our driveway. Last weekend Kara walked outside and saw that all of a sudden there was fruit everywhere. She audibly commented to herself something like “where did all this come from.” That’s when Dennis called out “oh, my brother and I are hitting them”. Kara looks around and not seeing anyone in the area she looks up. There he is, Dennis, chilling in the branches of the tree helping to launch the fruit on our driveway. Oh Dennis. He is too much sometimes. We think his Dad heard Kara talking about the mess so they picked up the fruit and put it in a pile on our driveway. Why they didn’t just throw it away I will never know. Well that was last week. When I came home today this is what it looked like:



He also likes to talk to me while I am watering my garden. “What are you DOING?” “Watering my plants.” “Why?” “Because They need water to grow?” “Oh. Did you know it’s my birthday on Saturday?” “No. How old are you?” “7…gotta go!”

Speaking of my garden, here is a peek at how it is doing:


Isn’t that fun? The girl who can’t keep a house plant alive has a thriving vegetable garden. The trellis makes it look legit I think. I have tomatoes, beans, carrots, peas, onions, cucumber, squash, and watermelon. I am new to this whole gardening thing but it sure is fun. My teacher, the tomato king, tells me my tomatoes look better then his…the TOMATO king! I can’t wait for my first harvest. Just as long as something turns out I will be happy.

Finally, I started a new project. The Somewhat Cowl by Knit and Tonic. Here is a preview. I am using a smaller weight yarn then the pattern calls for so I am trying to work out how to compensate for my much higher row gauge (oddly, I got stitch gauge). I love this sweater for it’s elegant simplicity. Should be fun…


The following 8 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Your garden looks fantastic! I’m very envious!

Posted by: Posted by: The Purloined Letter | 07/14/2006

Oooh, I didn’t plant any tomatoes this year so I’m looking at yours with tomato-lust.

Posted by: susan | 07/14/2006

I totally know Matthew is going to grow up JUST like that kid…oh, what we have to look forward to!

Your garden looks fantastic! So multi-talented…

I keep wanting to plant a veggie garden but I can hardly keep my potted plants from shrivelling away.

Posted by: Chef Messy | 07/14/2006

Oh dear. I hope that boy moves before he becomes a teenager!
Your garden looks wonderful…may it be full of good fruits.

Posted by: margene | 07/14/2006

sounds just like the little boy and girl who live next door to me. they mean well really, but sometimes they just…well you know!
your garden looks fabulous. how exciting- better than the tomato king! would that make you the tomato queen?! good work! x

Posted by: the knitchick | 07/15/2006

Have fun with the SC!! It is a fun knit. Think about doing the waist shaping, though–

Posted by: amanda | 07/16/2006

I’m so jealous of your garden! πŸ™‚

Your own Dennis the Menace – who knew you’d be living a comic strip! πŸ™‚

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 07/17/2006

excellent garden!

Posted by: green-eyed grrl | 07/23/2006

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Okay seriously folks? I am having a good day. Rambling Rose. Hands down my favorite knit ever. I am really not trying to toot my own horn here but…well, yes, that is exactly what I am doing. Please forgive me though because I am just that happy. As some of medium_rambling_rose_collar.jpg you know, I struggle sometimes with my sweater knits. I am a perfectionist and am a bit hard on myself when it comes to finished objects. I want them to fit well and look like I envisioned and perhaps shock people when they find out I made it but in knitting–especially with your first few sweaters and major projects–that just isn’t always possible. But I am getting better. I am learning what works for me and about the importance of a washed gauge. Oh the importance of the washed gauge.

medium_rambling_rose_front_bottom.jpg After Green Gable I feel more comfortable with making adjustments to patterns to fit my body. Before when I looked at my expensive, time-consuming, and failed beginning sweater projects I would get sad and frustrated. But now I can look at them and see what I learned, and that my friends, is invaluable.

Okay, Rambling Rose…

Here are the stats:

Pattern: Rambling Rose

Source: Rowan 39

Yarn: Rowan 4-ply soft, #378 Daydream, under 8 skeins

Size: 36, knit with Size 1 and 2 US needles

Mods: I used wool instead of cotton. I just loved the softness and drape of this yarn.


Notes: This pattern is not very hard…but it is not for the knitter who gets easily bored. Knitting 15 cm of ribbing (sorry to go metric on you but seeing how Rowan is English I am kind of in that state of mind) on size 1 needles was a bit time consuming. The rose pattern on the front is something you have to pay close attention to but it is fun to watch grow so not too bad.

The only thing I would change if I were ever to knit it again is to make the body a bit longer. But it fits so well in my past hard to fit knit areas (arm holes, shoulders) that I am not complaining.

Overall I enjoyed the process of knitting the pieces but the real fun for me came when I was putting it all together. It was just plain fun to seam. This may be attributed to the finishing class I took at my LYS a couple of months ago. I haven’t had a sweater to seem since I took the class so I worried that I would forget all I had learned. But not to worry, it all came back to me. I want to give my teacher a big hug–I wouldn’t have wanted to ruin a lovely sweater like this with horrid seaming but I think I turned out well. I am sure there are parts of this sweater that I could pick apart but I just don’t want to. I am simply pleased.

I love it.

The following 42 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

oh my goodness. it is simply stunning! i have been staring at your pictures for like 10mins hoping that one day i will be able to knit a top as well and as your rambling rose.
good job erin- it is beautiful. x

Posted by: the knitchick | 07/10/2006

It is beautiful! A classic piece to have for sure.

Posted by: Isela | 07/10/2006

TrοΏ½s chic! This looks absolutely wonderfully gorgeous! Congrats.

Posted by: Stefanie | 07/10/2006

It’s so pretty! I hope your next projects are just as satisfying knits for you. πŸ™‚

Posted by: Erin | 07/10/2006

The sweater is absolutely gorgeous! You did an awesome job…it looks so professionally finished, and fits like a dream. The roses are the perfect accent and the entire piece is just awesome.

Posted by: Leslie | 07/10/2006

It looks fabulous, truly classic and a sweater you’ll wear for a long time. You belong in pictures, baby;-)

Posted by: margene | 07/10/2006

WOW – RR looks so freaking awesome. What an amazing sweater! Good job.

Posted by: Lisa | 07/10/2006

Oooh, you look just like an Interweave Model. Love the sweater! Just gorgeous!

Posted by: Chef Messy | 07/10/2006

Alright Erin,

That truly doesn’t look handknit. You should be so proud of yourself. Looks wonderful, and you look very nice and classy in it.


Posted by: Necia | 07/10/2006

what an amazing sweater – and absolutely perfect for you.. whoa… definately a movie star look.. gorgeous!

Posted by: Teyani | 07/10/2006

it’s a gorgeous sweater. it looks like you bought it at a boutique. fantastic job!

Posted by: Sara | 07/10/2006

The sweater looks beautiful and fits perfectly. You look like a Rowan model (minus the weird eye make-up.)

Posted by: Posted by: Katherine | 07/10/2006

That is absolutely beautiful and stunning. It looks great on you. I don’t think I even saw this design, but it looks so lovely on you. You have every right to be pleased and toot your own horn! Great job!

Posted by: Wanda | 07/10/2006

Absolutely stunning! It looks great on you and you should love it! Take a bow!

Posted by: Kristi aka Fiber Fool | 07/10/2006

So freaking awesome! I congratulate you on a knit well done!

Posted by: bunchkin | 07/10/2006


You did such a fantastic job- I love the color, and I’m so glad that you got through the tedious bits. This one will be saved for your granddaughters.

I hope that you sat in the garden and sipped on a gin fizz after putting this on for the first time.

Corgratulations on a fantastic accomplishemnt.

Posted by: Coralie | 07/10/2006

Oh wow! What a gorgeous sweater Erin. I totally agree with Katherine. You look like a rowan model…absolutely stunning πŸ™‚ I definitely have to put this pattern on my todo’s.

Posted by: vanessa | 07/10/2006

The sweater looks wonderful & you definitely look so happy to be wearing it! Congrats on such a lovely knit! πŸ™‚

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 07/10/2006

Ooooooo I love it too. It looks like something you could charge a million bucks for at Neiman Marcus. Congrats, it’s stunning!

Posted by: domesticat | 07/10/2006

Oh my! It’s stunning! The fit is perfect, and such nice finishing. I’ve had this sweater at the back of my mind for a while, but seeing yours made the decision for me.

Posted by: Steph | 07/10/2006

It’s beautiful! The finishings looks perfect. Congratulations.

Posted by: Kathy | 07/10/2006

It looks like something you could buy at anthropolgie. Good stuff.

Posted by: Posted by: christine | 07/10/2006

What a beautiful sweater! It looks like it fits perfectly, too. I’m very impressed. πŸ™‚

Posted by: natalie | 07/10/2006

Queenie! It’s AMAZING! I’m SO impressed. You look great! To think I knew you when.. πŸ™‚

Posted by: Posted by: Red | 07/10/2006

That is stunning! I love it. Very nice work.

Posted by: erin (the other one) | 07/11/2006

STUNNING. I am tres jealous.

Posted by: KatherineOfItAll | 07/11/2006

Your rambling rose looks so soft in wool. Beautiful, with a touch of vintage and it goes so well with your bias skirt. It’s so nice when knitting turns out well and we feel happy πŸ™‚

Posted by: erin (another one) | 07/11/2006

I am SO proud of you for sticking with this. And I love the perfectionist in you.

Here me now, believe me later….I WILL learn to make this….but not until I’m your size!

You’re simply amazing.

Posted by: Posted by: zadalouise | 07/11/2006

Steph/Craftoholic showed me the way to your blog – and itοΏ½s fantastic! Rambling Rose is so beautiful and your finishing is perfect. Congratulations, I am sure you will wear it very very often!
Greetings from Germany,

Posted by: Krawuggl | 07/12/2006

What a lovely job you’ve done! It is the perfect color, the perfect knitting–and it looks fantastic on you. Very 1940s!

Posted by: Posted by: The Purloined Letter | 07/14/2006

I am such a proud sister/roommate. It is seriously your best FO ever. You have arrived, baby! Love it and love you!

Posted by: Kara | 07/14/2006

So lovey! Congrats and well done!

Posted by: Posted by: natalie | 07/14/2006

So beautiful! Looks great on you!

Posted by: Lauren | 07/17/2006

I don’t know it sort of looks like something my grandmother would wear ~just kidding! It is absolutely amazing my knitting jealousy grows deeper with the beauty of this project.

Posted by: Posted by: annzy | 07/17/2006

Both you and the sweater look beautiful!

Posted by: amanda | 07/17/2006

So lovey! Congrats and well done!

Posted by: Posted by: natalie | 07/14/2006

Fantastic! Just gorgeous! Congratulations!

Posted by: Cara | 07/20/2006

This is so pretty! I love the color and it looks great on you. I was looking at your other finished objects and you’ve knit a lot of stuff that I hope to make in the future, and they all look beautiful! Very inspiring!!

Posted by: Brooke | 07/21/2006

toot away! you deserve to–it’s breathtakingly beautiful and you’re beautiful in it.

Posted by: green-eyed grrl | 07/23/2006

What an amazing jon. It is such an impressive finished product. I’m thinking about knitting it myself but I’m in the process of loosing a little weight so I’m trying to decide between knitting the 36 or the 38. My actual bust measurement is 38 but I tend to like things to be a little more fitted and if I loose the weight (about 10 lbs) I’ll drop a size. It would be a nightmare to knit something only to find out when finished that it is too big. Would you mind dropping me a note about the fit if you get a moment? katrionastar at gmail dot com
Thank you!

Posted by: Kate | 07/24/2006

OMG that is amazing. I love it. I am doing carolina from the book right now, and I think this may have to move up on my list of must knits! GORGEOUS!

Posted by: StacyZ | 07/25/2006

Ok, that makes me want to drop everything I’m knitting and make that sweater stat!! You look fabulous in it! Congrats on an amazing job well done!

Posted by: Sarah | 08/04/2006

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Finally, it is blocking. See…


Exciting yes? My worries over it being too small are somewhat calmed. Blocking is magic. Of course, I won’t really know how it fits until I seam. I bought the buttons and ribbon yesterday so I am all ready to put it together. After seaming I need to do the button and neckbands and then put the buttons and roses on. And then I am done. This is not a knit for the lazy or faint of heart. I really don’t know why I choose it. Glad I did…but still wondering.

I do have one beef with Rowan though. For blocking purposes they don’t give enough information on what length every part of the sweater is supposed to be. I know how long and wide overall it should be but how long should the armhole be blocked to? How wide is the neck? Really, I am just winging it. I hope it fits right and if it doesn’t it better not be because I didn’t block it correctly. That’s all I am saying.

This morning Kara and I decided to wind some skeins of yarn. I choose to wind yarns for three of my current knits. Once done it became very obvious what my favorite color is.


(Top: Sweet Georgia sock yarn, moss for Hedera Sock, Middle: allhemp6, avocado for Cool Hemp Ponchette, Bottom: Cascade 220, dark olive for Forecast )

I really need to branch out.

The following 7 comments were originally left at blogspirit:

Branch out, shmanch out. Green is good. That’s what I say. I’m… dare I say it? I’m GREEN with envy, that’s what I am, over your luscious green yarn. I AM!

Posted by: KatherineOfItAll | 07/03/2006

You are branching out – they are different shades of green. πŸ™‚ Nothing wrong with going with lots of green. The sweater pieces look great – looking forward to the finished reveal! πŸ™‚

Posted by: Amy Artisan | 07/03/2006

I like the different shades of green–no need to branch out :).

I can’t wait to see how the sweater looks on you. Crossing fingers that it fits πŸ™‚

Posted by: Isela | 07/03/2006

Rambling Rose isn’t green! She’s one of MY favorite colors. Can’t wait to see her in action!
Hope your back is doing better. I was thinking about you today.

Posted by: margene | 07/03/2006

Wow! I’m so happy that it looks like your Rambling Rose is going to be finished!

Posted by: Vivapia | 07/03/2006

green is good. i’m loving green at the moment aswell. rambling rose…how exciting! nearly all done. no advice on the blocking though, i’ve never knit a sweater. i’m sure (fingers crossed) it’ll work out ok. x

Posted by: the knitchick | 07/03/2006

It is so perfect for you! May I make a small suggestion that may help you to love it more? Sew a bit of grosgrain ribbon on the inside of the button facings. It will help to stabilize it so it doesn’t gap there in the front.

Posted by: Miriam | 07/11/2006

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