Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
My crazy Pi Shawl
You can find me on my blog working on this and all sorts of other things.
pi r square shawl
Have a great week!
not to be ungrateful or unappreciative, but I am asking for advice on the Pi R Square shawl from Knitting Around, not the Pi Shawl. This one is knit flat and is kinda square.....thanks!
Monday, January 29, 2007
A flip on EZ's 36 stitch mittens
For these flip-top convertible mittens I followed the basic recipe for 36 stitch mittens in Knitting Without Tears. They were a quick and easy knit. I knit the fingers as you would for a basic glove, ending at about the first knuckle. Then I picked up 18 stitches about 2 stitches below the pinky and cast on 18 stitches and followed the rest of the pattern for the top of the mittens.
I did the embroidery she suggested and thought it was funny because in the book she says something to the effect of "This embroidery will trick even the most experienced knitter into thinking you have learned some new fancy stitch." (I wish I had the book on me for the full quote.) Well, the first time I wore them to Stitch n Bitch, one of the other knitters asked "Wow, how did you do that? a slip stitch?" So smart that EZ is.
So, they look great and are very functional. I decided not I also really like how she has you decrease for the wrist and then increase back up for the hand. I'm not as fond of the thumb placement because it stretches across my hand too much, perhaps for my next pair I'll place the waste yarn so that the thumb comes out of the side of the glove.
Knit with Mission Falls 1824 wool in Amethyst (cc) and Damson (mc) at five stitches per inch. I used about 1.5 balls of the main color (I have small hands).
Thanks to everyone who provided me with feedback on my last post about my Malabrigo Saddle Shoulder Sweater. I reknit the top and am now just working on the finishing. I'm very happy with how it is turning out and hope to be finished soon.
Labels: 36 stitch mittens
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Seamless Yoke Sweater
Made this sweater for the Squid using yarn she chose (I offered 14 shades of red, 3 shades of pink, and then a "ok, grab what you want as long as there are 3 skeins of it." and she chose 2 shades of natural brown organic yarn from Full Belly Farm). Together we decided where the stripes should go. It was her idea to have the sleeves and majority of the yoke be the light color and the body be the darker color. I think it was a wise choice; I love the colors of this sweater.
I loosely followed Elizabeth Zimmermann's Seamless Yoke formula with some minor changes. One minor change was to eliminate all neck shaping - I'm a firm believer that all clothing for kids should be reversible. So I always either make the neck shaped for either side or eliminate shaping altogether. A yoke sweater begged to become a funnelneck so that's what I did.
I spread the yoke decreases out a bit further than EZ specifies. She suggests starting the decreases when you have reached half of the yoke's final height. I started a hair earlier than that, and if I were to do it again, I'd start even earlier. I feel like there's just a little bit too much room across the chest, especially when the kid is in motion. And my kid is almost always in motion.
I also spread the sleeve increases out a bit. Doing them as EZ specified left a too-bulky sleeve, in my opinion. Granted, the Squid is built like an average size 4T except for her height, so when I scale things for her they come out all wide and short. So it may be my kid's proportions that are off, not EZ's calculations.
All in all, I'm pleased to have made yet another classic piece from EZ's classic books. The Squid seems happy, too, as evidenced by the fact that I didn't even need to sneak in the photo. She did, however, request that I make sure to take a photo when her tongue was out and she wasn't looking at me. I was happy to comply.
bsj and modular boots
Saturday, January 27, 2007
All done ....
but the sewing up! An EZ seamless yoke with fair-isle patterning (used my own), did the back short-row shaping (and you can't really tell unless you look) and I did a 37% underarm which seems to fit a bit better.
I think I'll call this one "September" -- the greens of summer blending into the browns, golds and yellows of Fall (and a hint of white snow)!
Friday, January 26, 2007
When At First You Don't Succeed...
....shamefully refuse everyone's good advice to rip it out and instead just start all over again, but in a different shade of pink.
Pattern: The February Baby Sweater, by EZ, of course, found in _The Knitter's Almanac_
Yarn: Caron's Simply Soft, 1.5 skeins (acrylic! gasp! sorry EZ! next time it'll be wool!)
Needles: US 5 circulars
Modifications: No real modifications, except for the helpful advice of those many who have gone before who suggested casting on an extra stitch on each side of the sleeves (so cast on 8 instead of 7 stitches), and then you can slip this extra stitch each time. This slipped extra stitch will create an easy-to-seam-border for the under-arm seam.
Other final comments and thoughts found here on my blog for anyone who might be interested.
very warm son
heres my eldest in my latest EZ knit, it was a quick knit and just what I needed to get my needles going again. Its the Very Warm Hat and I used a 4mm 16" circ and two balls of sublime silk cashmere merino dk which is a lovely yarn but not the best for this type of hat as the two tend to slide about on eachother a tad and they are a pain to get to sit nicely.
Great knit though and the first of many
Oh p.s. I am now on new blogger and have managed to post here, zimmermania doesnt show on my blog list BUT if I go to dashboard its there and I can post via there I hope thats of some help to others.
Zimmermania saves the day
Ribwarmer -- almost!
I'm getting there! Only two issues -- I-Cord border takes almost as long as it does to knit the darn thing! Of course, I am doing two rows -- I like the thickness ...
And ... how do I get rid of the short-row "pooching"? I plan on some heavy steam blocking, but fear I may either have to live with having boobs above my bum, or cut, unravel and graft. Anyone else have this problem? Or better yet, a solution?
Thursday, January 25, 2007
on the bandwagon
The Seamless Hybrid is complete! I heard the call of the bandwagon and responded by jumping on eBay, determined not to make the same "crappy yarn" mistake I'd made with my last sweater. I went straight for the Rowan Yorkshire Tweed, which I found a bag (color Gust) and a ball (color Champion) of at Jannette's Rare Yarns.
With a tutorial on provisional cast-ons and a tutorial on contrast turned-under hems I was prepared to cast on for the hidden jewel of the sweater, the contrast-color hems. There were several snafus at this stage, mostly owing to the fact that I have no idea how to crochet and my provisional cast-on didn't unzip, it snarled and had to be painstakingly picked out, stitch by stitch. However, I prevailed eventually, and with two small cuffs and a waist constructed, I was set up for hours of happy stockinette on the body and the sleeves.
I took these little contrast color hem bits with my on my December vacation to New Zealand and knit my way through the kauri forest, across the Cook Strait, down the east coast of the south island on the TranzCoastal train, and in a cottage on Stewart Island.
The sweater's construction was a bit mysterious at the outset, but I soon saw how the saddle shoulders were coming together, and I particularly like the way the saddle back turned out. The fact that there was no sewing to do at the end was certainly the best part. I don't share EZ's hatred of purling, I rather like it, but the hatred of seaming runs very strong, and I anticipate several more of her seamless sweaters in my future.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The Anniversary sweater
Or rather, look another seamless hybrid.
More info here
Another EZ sweater finished! I've got ideas brewing for the next one. It sure is fun to knit small sweaters for small kids - they just fly off the needles (the sweaters, not the kids).
The yarn is Dale of Norway Falk. I added a pirate motif that was adapted from Hello Yarn's We Call Them Pirates pattern. To size it down for a child, I made some adjustments to the sleeve percentages and the shaping at the top. All the details, and more pictures, are over at my blog Zigzag Stitch. Thanks for looking!
Still want to join?
I had no idea how many comments had collected over at the "Join Zimmermania" link in the sidebar. Please, please send me an email if you want to join - it's sarah AT bluegarter DOT org - if you never got an invitation after leaving a comment under "Join Zimmermania," it's because you didn't send me an email. Do so today! We want you aboard, I promise!
Posting from the New Blogger
I am waiting for the mailperson to deliver my Zimmerman order. I've got the babes all lined up, waiting for knitted garmets, just need the directions. Oh yes, there is the yarn shopping too.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Hello Fellow Zimmermaniacs!
I have been a big fan of Elizabeth Zimmerman for many years and always enjoyed reading her books. What I liked most were her thoughts on wool - (get those little kids into their woolen leggings upon birth! ) and her extraordinary use of language. Challenging, yet supportive, yet strict. What a great combination for a teacher!
So, I decided to finally knit something from one of her books; the Baby Surprise Jacket. I went down to the LYS (because for some strange reason, I thought that I had no yarn in a 6/inch gauge..) and told the store clerk what I was looking for and why. I just about choked when she suggested a "lovely, soft, baby acrylic". (Ackkk!!) That just goes against EZ's philosophy of materials - so I went through my stash from my Fair Isle knitting and pulled out some shetland. (well, duh! many of you must be saying..) What a great fabric! Here I thought that I didn't like garter stitch.. Springy and soft, but not obscenely so. A great hand and so warm and pleasant to work with. I'm really inspired by this project!
Melissa (aka stashmaster)
of afterthought pockets and other things....
Since learning how to knit last autumn, I've been thinking that I'd like to recreate this gorgeous sweater for my Mom, in a fiber she can handle. The original was made flat and seamed, but I'm planning to apply some EZ logic and make it seamless.
This is my problem though: It has vertical side pockets. How on earth can one put in vertical pockets when knitting on the round? Can it be an afterthought pocket? Would I need to steek?
Sadly, mother refuses to wear anything without pockets, so that's not an option either. :(
If anyone has any input I would be very very grateful!
Blogger switching issues
If any of you are super-savvy about Blogger and know a clever way to work around these issues and seamlessly roll Zimmermania into the new format, I'd love to hear about it. For now, if you want to switch to a Google account, send me another email and I'll send you a new invitation. (If you all do this at once, be patient - it may take me a few days to catch up with a big flood of requests. I'll do my best, though, because I love coming here every day and seeing all the marvelous Zimmermann-inspired knits you brilliant people keep turning out. Zimmermaniacs are the best!)
We are intrepid knitters, used to forging through the pithiest of instructions and overcoming all kinds of disasters in our craft. We shall persevere, and Blogger shall not flummox us. Thank you for your patience and good will as we figure out a solution.
EZ saves the day (or at least my sweater)
I was very pleased with the results.
Check out the Saddle detail! (and please forgive that I'm learning to photograph my knits in the mirror!)
Monday, January 22, 2007
EZ Yoke, Almost there
My name is Morana. I absolutely love EZ and have ever since I saw her in the '80s on knitting workshop. I have all of her books, her videos - even the one taped on Beta off public televison - the original workshop! Now I am working on her daughters videos and books.
I am a slow knitting and ususally cannot participate in KAL but I love to knit anyway. I teach knitting when ayone wants to learn and well as tatting. I even try to teach people that "yes- you can knit seamlessly".
Slip as if to purl with yarn in front, then bring yarn to back? Slip as if to purl with yarn in back? Slip as if to knit? I would love to get this question settled in my mind so I am doing the edges correctly. Thanks for any clarification!
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Using the One-of-a-kind Scandinavian Sweater from The Opinionated Knitter as my basis.
I had no idea designing color patterns would be so much fun!
Greetings and Introductions
Any particular advice on what would be the best EZ pattern to get my feet wet on? Perhaps I should just read all the posts here on this blog and see what ya'll are doing and glean from all your collective knowledge!
By the way, I'm Lisa from Arkansas. Not only am I an addicted knitter, but I am also an obsessive spinner. My blog is located at www.bubblesandpurls.blogspot.com
Friday, January 19, 2007
Bohus Inspired Sweater
Yeah! I finished by classic EZ circular yoke sweater. The bohus-inspired yoke is from Spun Out #5. It was fun to knit with lots of slip stitches and purls that add texture and rich color changes.
I love the fit of this sweater. It is like a comfy old sweatshirt. I increased the arms to 37% after watching Meg's spiral yoke DVD. (The green bits hanging out from the arms are just another tee I'm wearing--it's cold here!) The yoke is probably 1/2" too deep, but that's getting picky.
These sweaters are getting really quick to knit. This one took about 10 days. The yarn is Rowan Kid Classic. Gauge is almost 5 spi.
Maybe I'll try a steeked cardigan next. (Gulp!)
My first post
I am so happy I finally am able to post to the group. There have been some technical difficulties, but they seem to be fixed. My first project was a saddle shoulder sweater last fall, and I have a photo which isn't that great. I'm just thrilled to be able to share this. The sweater was made out of Patons Classic Merino in a denim marl color. My son loved it. I will hopefully share some other projects now that I'm up and running. I've really been inspired from everyone's wonderful EZ projects!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
ganomy in red
had a hat knitting craze a little time ago. did this red ganomy which is as red as the green ganomy of yesterday's post is green. this is in sockweight merino baby wool. i did a few alterations so it would fit a 6 month old baby. i love elizabeth's idea about putting in a ping pong ball so the hat will float.... this one can't though. the top is filled with scraps of wool.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
My first EZ project - BSJ. Here is the story behind it:
I’m keeping it for our baby (not yet conceived) and here’s why:It was knit with my husband's aunt's needles (she died in Aug. 2005) and yarn from my grandmother. The yarn was gathered from scraps leftover after many sweaters my grandmother knit for various family members. In other words, it is quite sentimental and special despite the haphazard color sequence and randomness of the whole project to begin with. I had this yarn from my grandmother and it was just small balls of random [gorgeous] colors. I also had just gotten Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Opinionated Knitter and wanted to try the BSJ. And with the stars aligned, I began to knit (and frog, and knit, and frog, and knit, etc.). So that is the story of Baby B’s 1st sweater.
I still have to seam it, but perhaps I'll save that until I'm actually expecting....
I'm hoping one of you seasoned EZ Yoke Sweater knitters can advise me. I want to make the "Box-the-Compass" sweater from Meg Swansen's book. It's different from most of EZ's yoke sweaters in that the yoke isn't fair isle, it's solid contrasting stripes.
I'm about to order yarn and I'm trying to figure out what percentage of the entire sweater the yoke is. Any one have any estimates? To complicate things further, I'm going to knit this in a sport weight yarn instead of worsted. This should be pretty easy using the "EPS." (Famous last words ...)
Any and all advice welcome. I've been so inspired by everyone's beautiful work, I hope to have my own to show one day soon.
Mr. Man's Sweater
Mr. Macho Man FINALLY got his finished sweater. Man, after almost FOUR months of boring stockinette, the thing is DONE. He really likes it. I took pix of it unblocked because we were both happy to just have the thing finished.
Funny, I don't understand why it's more of a mock-turtleneck than a crewneck. I knit it as written. No mods.
I would love to hear what you think!
(cross-posted to my blog: The Soapy Knitter)
Pattern: Seamless Hybrid Sweater
Source: Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Yarn: Dale of Norway Sisik (Hem in Bergere de France Irland)
Cost: Sisik yarn was a gift from SP8
Started: September 27, 2006
Finished: January 14, 2007
I love it! Such a clever pattern, and it looks so adorably elfin when you put it on. I've got a bigger post about it on my blog. Anyway, I just wanted to share my excitement about the Ganomy hat, and E.Z. in general. I'm looking forward to trying some larger patterns, like the gorgeous Patterned-Yoke (I've got some Paton's Classic Wool in some colors I think would work really well for one!) and Seamless Hybrid sweaters I've seen here on this blog.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Tomten and other projects
Finally getting around to posting here! I've been knitting EZ's designs for a while now, but am just getting around to posting here. The first thing I ever made by EZ was her seamless yoke sweater. Close up of the yoke here. Will have to have hubby take a pic of me wearing it as the one pic I have is really awful! I followed EZ's instructions for the sweater and for the yoke I just got out the graph paper and started seeing what I could create that would fit with the multiple of stitches I had. I love that there are so many possibilities with this sweater. You can use the same "recipe" and tweak it with different yoke designs or colors and give it a totally different look.
Next I tried the "adult" Surprise jacket. I think my mistake was trying to do stripes. I liked the way it looked, but all those ends to weave it, oy! By the time I got to the point of picking up stitches to knit this sleeves, I gave up. Poor thing is still in this state...
Has anyone else had the same problem? Maybe next time I'll try it in a variegated yarn and save myself the trouble.
Now I'm working on a Tomten jacket for a cool kid I know. Hopefully won't run into the same problem with it as I did the surprise jacket!
Maltese a la Cleopatra
I made one of these a few months ago using some bulky merino yarn. I liked the hat, but wondered what would happen if I tweaked the look. My mom suggested using ribbon, so I went for it! I used one skein of Tilli Tomas Cleopatra. To make it work with just that one skein, I had to modify the pattern a bit. If you are curious, please visit my blog for details.
another seamless hybrid
I finally finished the seamless hybrid I started last October. I had a few trials and tribulations that you can read about here if you are interested. Clearly, I am not covering new ground here as there have been some really great seamless hybrids knitted up by some really great knitters.
But I will reiterate what has been said before, this is a great pattern and the construction is genius in its simplicity. I love the seamless hybrid and I think if you have not yet knit one, you should knit one up so you can love it too!
Monday, January 15, 2007
Having another try!
tomten for a girl named tomten
this is the tomten jacket for my niece, once removed. i knit it during the christmas holiday and it was a little bit like in cinderella. the mice must have helped me because it was done without me even noticing it. or that is how it felt. the recipient's last name actually means tomten in danish. she is a great fan of ez. she has had several baby surprise jackets already and is especially fond of her noro silkgarden bsj. we call it the jimi jacket since it reminds us all of something jimi hendrix would have liked to wear in his heyday.
right now i am knitting yet another bsj for another little girl. and then i will knit the seamless hybrid.
the tomten with matching boots is made out of rowanspun and yorkshire tweed dk.
I am totally confused as to how to sew the Ribwarmer together. Here are the directions again:
It's that weird neck tab thing. I've sewn the shoulders, and the center back. Now what? Is it doubled at the back of the neck? Did I miss something? I'm almost to the point of ripping back those 10 rows and just having a scoop neck, with attached I-Cord edging.