Thursday, January 25, 2007

I'm getting there!

Here's where I am. I finally finished the second front. The back and first front have been done for sometime now. This yarn is really amazing. It's the KnitPicks Andean Treasure in Embers. I just love how soft it is. I am going to start on the ties tomorrow while I am work. I figure it's more portable than the sleeve and requires less concentration. I am giving myself two weeks to finish. I really can't wait to wear this sweater.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Duelling Ivy fronts

I wanted to make absolutely sure my gauge is identical on the left front and right front (I'm bad at that), so I decided to at least start knitting them at the same time, on the same needle. I've got about 3 repetitions of the twisted rib pattern down and it's not as much of a pain as I thought it would be. I did have a little "oops" where I realized, about 5 rows too late, that I'd cabled one of the stitches the wrong way. Somehow, I managed to unknit just those stitches and fix it to my satisfaction, without having to rip back 5 rows.


Saturday, January 20, 2007

Making Progress

I've been getting on well with the left front as I had some unexpected knitting time which you can read about on my blog.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Just joined the KAL!

Hello! I just thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Beverly and I just cast on for Ivy this weekend. I'm using Knit Picks Telemark and so far, I'm pretty happy with it. There are more details about it on my blog. I didn't exactly get gauge so I'm knitting the smallest size. Think it'll work? I've done the math and it comes out pretty close. Let's hope I'm right!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

My First Ivy

I finally managed to start Ivy just after Christmas, when I had finally finished all the things I was making for other people. I've been wanting to start for a few months and I'm really enjoying it. Here is the back, which I have now finished, I've started on the left front now. I'm using Patons Diploma Gold, which is 55% wool and 45% acrylic, in a colour called Lupin. I'm fairly sure I'm going to wear this A LOT, so I wanted something I could put in the washing machine. I'm thinking I'll probably knit more than one, and I have an idea to knit a variegated one next, but one step at a time! I've been enjoying seeing all the lovely colours and yarns everyone else has used, it is very inspiring.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Hello and check it out!

Hi everyone! My name is Malia and I've been diligently working on Ivy since the end of October. I just found this KAL and now I'm done with all my x-mas gifts and back to knitting Ivy!

I love this pattern! The yarn I chose is a handspun Peruvian Tweed 100% SuperFine Alpaca. It's got slight thins and thicks as you knit through the hank, since it's handspun. I absolutely adore this yarn, except that it sheds on everything as I'm knitting with it! I was planning to wear Ivy with black pants, but now I'm thinking if I do that, I'll have to carry a lint roller everywhere I go. Hmmmm... just have to finish and see how it does.

I'm getting ready to start the front and I'm thinking about doing both front pieces at once. As long as I can keep everything straight, it should work, right? Keeping things straight will be the hard part. I think I'll try to do the two fronts at the same time at least through the end of the twisted rib section. Then the gauge should be established enough for me to put one of them down for a while.

Anyway... hello! And here's my Ivy so far, the back just completed:

There she is!

Ready for her closeup

Sunday, January 07, 2007

My Ivy #2

I realized I never did post an 'FO' pic of my 2nd Ivy sweater - I'm not sure why. It must be something along the lines of 2nd child syndrome or something like that ;)

Anyhow, here's a quick pic - this one was with Elann Highland Silk (wool/silk blend) in Dusky Lavender. I really enjoyed using this yarn and will definitely plan to use it again in the future! I'm not ruling out a 3rd Ivy, either - something in a dark colour for dressier occasions might be nice. Sometime, sometime...

This is about as striking a pose as I can muster up on my front stoop on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Heh. ;)

I hope you all are doing well with your Ivys-in-progress! You can do it! I'll wave my pom poms for you!