Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Blackberry Button!


blackberrybutton
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Lookie lookie, Elspeth made a button. I'm not sure how exactly I make this available to others but it is on flickr and, um, here.

thanks Elspeth!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

I've been waiting for days for the weather to clear up (it's been dark, misty and gloomy in London) and for hubby to return from a business trip to photograph Blackberry. There's one done by Aidan, my lil one, but it's slightly out of focus and has more of the ceiling in the picture than me. I have enjoyed knitting this cardigan and it's been getting a lot wear in the cold weather at the moment. I made a few changes to the pattern including resizing the sleeves to fit my puny arms, omitting the bobbles (mine were just too messy) and reversing the cables, because I liked them that way round. Here's a side view of the sleeves and cables.


Here's the full frontal view. (Sorry about the messy hair - didn't have time to do anything with it!)

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Hi everyone. I have one completed Blackberry. (Applause in the background!!) Ribbing done and seams all sewn in, some neat and tidy others not so. I have really enjoyed making it. Apart from Clapotis, this is the first Big knit I have made for me. Hurray! I'll post pictures tomorrow as it's 12.30 am and I am bushed.

Monday, November 21, 2005


well, what now? I was knitting according to XL to get a L because my gauge was smaller (12st/15 rows instead of 11st/14 rows) so I should have come out okay, but I didn't. I ended up with an M. 19 inches across the back. :-(

Everything else I am happy with (except I wouldn't make a shadow cable again, not nearly the fun and visual interest of a regular cable), but I don't have the heart to redo the whole thing at this time . . .

Sunday, November 20, 2005


HOUSTON, WE HAVE A BLACKBERRY!


I am so excited about my blackberry. I tried it on and it fits like a dream. Thanks to all, it has been a blast.

Friday, November 18, 2005


Celia we are in the same place....Yeah! We will have a FO soon. These are my pieces waiting to be assembled. I am so excited. I hope it stays cold long enough to wear this!

Lauren, Hang in there and I agree with Celia; the sweater will be worth it to start over with a bulky rather than super bulky yarn. Lion Brand Chunky Woolease will work nicely. If you do this, a hint for the cuff - I knit the cuff on size 11's using the # of stitches called for then switched back to 13's for the body of the sleeve. It makes a tighter, small cuff. Good luck!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Lauren, Woolease T&Q is *very* bulky! I can imagine you feel like you are knitting a rug! I am using Woolease chunky on sz 13 needles and it is going nicely. If you want to start fresh, I highly recommend this yarn, and it's not to pricey, about the same as the T&Q. I spent $36 on 6 skeins, and probably won't need them all.

I have finished my sleeves, and will be sewing body parts together later today, then picking up stitches for the ribbing! I can't wait to finish it! Here is a (not great) picture of my sleeves. They are the same size just photo-ed wonky.

I started with 42 stitches although I am knitting the size that would call for 44, then increased evenly (every 10 stitches, along with cable crosses) to have the required 48 at armhole bind-off, then followed pattern. I did frog two rows of my first sleeve and put in one more cross at the top.

FO soon?!?

Hi everyone! I'm in a very dark place right now. I'm thinking about frogging the blackberry I'm working on, because the yarn is just too darn heavy and the cuffs are going to be HUUUUGE, as it is. I've had terrible problems with the gauge. Can I ask, what yarn would you all recommend, if/when I start knitting it again? I'm using Lion Wool-ease T&Q. Obviously, I can't afford Rowan Chunky or anything so fabulous, but something mid price is do-able. So please, help me salvage my moral...I really want to knit this! Thanks

xo Lauren

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