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Tuesday, December 14th, 2004
8:13 am
oh golly. i'm sure to bore you all soon
I was having a financial heart attack over using kid classic
but then realized that Mission Falls yardage is 85/skein
and Kid Classic is 153/ball. That's better and
as my grandfather used to say "That's double!"
I'm thinking along the lines of peat, smoke, crushed velvet, royal and battle.
ack that's only five...
Saturday, December 11th, 2004
12:10 pm
the yarn, it is a constant yearning
I've been looking around for substitutions for the mission falls wool which is
used in the interweave pattern. I did (I have) narrowed it down to
Debbie Bliss' Cashmerino and Rowan's Kid Classic.
While I'm wondering a little about the slight hairiness of the kid classic,
the reviews of the cashmerino at wise needle
convinced me not to touch the stuff.
So, my love affair with rowan continues.
Friday, April 16th, 2004
10:05 am

oh good grief. I love it.
especially how the shoulder line sits at the back.
and I love the structure. Because you carry the second colour
all the way across, it feels more like a woven fabric than a knit one.
I was a little worried about wooly itchiness but I've had it on all
morning and no problem.

Making it up went well (learned how to crochet!). The only
moment of indecision came because the front is wider than the back
and I wasn't sure what to do about setting in the sleeve...
whether or not I should line up the sleeve seam with the side seam.
I did line them up and the sleeves don't corkscrew at all,
so there you go!
Sunday, April 11th, 2004
8:49 am
yo ho!
Washed em up in the sink with a little woolite.
(it did soften up nicely, just like they said it would)
Pinned and measured on to the futon in the spare room
and this morning they are dry and blocked and
ready to become one with each other!

Thursday, April 8th, 2004
1:45 pm
well hey!
Ball o black yarn arrived today, so maybe I'll get
my rear in gear and finish this baby this weekend.
Well, finish knitting it anyway.

ahoy! aha!
Wednesday, March 31st, 2004
6:58 pm
and here's what I originally sent them
(Just cranky enough, I guess....)


I ordered the kit for the bowknot sweater from you back in November, with it
arriving the first week in December.
I have found now that there is absolutely _not_ sufficient black wool in the
kit to complete the sweater. I am a very advanced
knitter, the gauge I am using is dead on and I have made no alterations to
the measurements of the garment. Having said
that, I am part way into the last sleeve with less than a ball of black to
go while I have more than 3 skeins of white left.
There was no way to check the count for black and white as it was not
indicated on the pattern how many of each the
kit should contain. I am _extremely_ disappointed in this turn of events.
Can you please arrange a solution.

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible,
6:57 pm
AHA! and you betcha
Dear Ms. -

I am terribly sorry that you have run out of yarn. Jamieson and Smith, the company in Scotland which imports the yarn, has repackaged the yarn since we originally test knit and packaged our sweater kit. They claimed the balls were the same yardage as the previous skeins, but we packaged an extra ball of each color in any case. Unfortunately, our provisions seem not to have been enough and I do apologize for that. It is unpleasant to say the least to run out of yarn so close to the completion of a project, particularly when presented to you as a kit. Please send me your shipping address, and I will get a ball of the black yarn right to you.

Monday, March 29th, 2004
7:48 am
well, looky here.
there is not enough wool in the kit to make the sweater.
And seeing how they didn't indicate how many of each ball
there was supposed to be, there was no way of knowing initially.
I am partway down the last sleeve and there is no frigging way.
I am pissed and have sent the first of what may turn out to
be many pointed emails to the cursed museum.....
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004
5:19 pm
face front!
The front! she's done!
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Friday, March 12th, 2004
5:37 pm
It's done! The boys go away, I spend my nights
pining and knitting, knitting and pining
and watching documentaries in French about Parkinson's disease,
and good things happen!

So much fun! And I love the little sailor collar back.
And if I'd read all the instructions first I'd know this (ahem...)
but I am a huge fan of the unusual seam placement, the square back armhole
the bust darts that run out through the neck and
so imagine my glee when I'm reading about the front
being two inches wider than the back, and the
shoulder seam matching up with the neckline to create
the illusion of a really small back and aieeee! I love it.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2004
1:42 pm
So I practiced swatching and I think I got it down EXCEPT the yarns are tangled up as I knit something terrible. I think it's because I'm not holding it right. I don't hold my yarn to begin with so I'm up a creek! Must do it again!

And - how exciting - yesterday a student walked in with an armenian knit sweater! He had it on inside out so the carried stitches were showing! I am sure it was hand knit because I examined the seaming, and who else "commercial" would do an armenian knit!?! I almost died when I saw that he made thumbholes in the sleeves! His poor armenian grandmother (in my imagination) would faint!

How are you doing bowknot wise?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2004
4:32 pm
with the caveat that this is unblocked

A is where I cast on any it was so uneven and twisty
then things went all to hell in B because, I think,
I'd figured out how to hold the yarn but was trying to tension it
and it got sososo tight.
C is where I stopped and while it looks a bit funky on the scan,
I'm confident that it is even enough 1. to block up nicely
and 2. to begin the actual thingy.
Thursday, January 1st, 2004
1:32 pm
I've started swatching and I think I'm
going to be at it for a while.
I feel like a complete and total spazz.
Like I'm learning to knit all over.

Here are two good and clear links for continental knitting.

I'm currently concentrating on finding a comfortable
and consistent way to keep that left hand yarn
wrapped and tensioned around my fingers.
The actual tension of the knitting is currently for crap
but I've decided to ignore it for the moment
until I get a useable methodology for just carrying
the damn yarn... (o boy, can we see the tone of this
project for the near future?!)

happy new year!
Wednesday, December 17th, 2003
10:55 am
Well I'll be! It has ARRIVED! The squeaky wheel DOES get oiled! Do not mess with a woman and her knitting!

The yarn IS fabulous and old skool! The armenian stitch is really going to be a learning experience! The shaping of the sweater looks pretty straight forward tho, thankfully! I am really, Really, REALLY excited!

10:21 am
After a series of extremely frustrating events culminating in my husband calling the PMA store to cancel the order, my bowknot sweater has been OVERNIGHTED.


Will report more once it arrives!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2003
2:12 pm
What could it be????

I mean, what could it be???Read more...Collapse )
Monday, December 8th, 2003
11:06 am
it's been shipped...

i'm quite excited.
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003
1:28 pm
Kit backordered!!
I wrote wondering where the kit was and got this reply:

Thanks for your email. We are waiting for more kits to arrive. I was told by
the buyers that we will have it by the end of this week. I expect to be able
to get it to you, by the latest, the end of next week.
Please let me know if this will do.

So, a little bit more of a wait than we expected but it should be here soon!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003
4:51 pm
Have you gotten your kit yet? My little online tracking thing is still at "will ship in 1-2 weeks" ARGH! I am so curious to see this pattern!!

Thursday, November 20th, 2003
12:24 pm
sweet little tome
I found this at the library yesterday.
It's a charming wee book with this amazing photo
entitled "Schiaparelli addressing the crowd".
It's a stadium in Minnesota full of 1000s
there to hear the woman who made the lobster dress.

I'm also starting to become obsessed with finding the
patterns she did for the vogue sewing catalogue.
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