Monday, October 31, 2005

Blackberry Blues?

Hi all. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, Sheryl, and I hope you have some quality time with him. Please don't let Blackberry haunt you (on this Halloween day). could you lose a sleeve?

Anyway, I've been doing the edging (3 rows out of 11 done). First of all, it is like knitting a collar on a St. Bernard puppy, it is very unwieldy. I have the stitches on two long size 15 circs and am knitting in the two-circs method since you're supposed to knit the edging in the round. But honestly, the thing weighs about six or seven pounds and it is a bit, um, much.

DH looked at it and said "are you knitting a parka?"

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Problems ... so, I can't find my Blackberry sleeve! I can find the pieces I have finished already, and the yarn I'm using, but not the active sleeve I was working on! I guess it's a good thing I have a paper due in my class on Tuesday so technically I can't knit tonight anyway.

I am away from home staying with my dad who is in hospice care. I have my computer for today so I decided to post, even though I have no pictures. I am having a problem with the sleeve instructions. Maybe it is just my emotional state at this time and my mind is a mess, but I have knit to the first bobble row - what do I do next? I don't understand and I am sure it is quite simple once explained...any and all help would be appreciated. I hope to get to a computer in the next couple of days.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

finally finished front!

on she has increases called "Make One Front" and "Make One Back" that are slightly different for left and right, knit and purl, that finally satisfied my perfectionist nature. AND I quit trying to do both sides at 0nce. Nightmare! to remember which was which and switch back and forth, all on top of making right side wrong side and vice versa. But one is done, and I'm pretty happy with it AND it only took a days worth of knitting time. woo hoo!

Here is the picture from the Vogue, the one that Kim mentioned. It is a lot like blackberry, I think, but more of a set in sleeve, rather than a raglan. I like ours better. :-)

(sorry about the photo quality, I had a little disagreement with my scanner) :-)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Seams to me...

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
...that my blackberry is put together.

Now I have to pick up about a gazillion stitches for the border.

I must tell you, this will defiitely be more of a jacket than a sweater. I should have used a much much lighter yarn, it is heavy!! BUT..I really like it a lot. The seaming wasn't too bad.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Both of my sleeves are done, and now I have to seam.

I hate seaming. Hate hate hate seaming.

Does anyone have any tips on seaming reverse stockinette? The only lesson I've learned (finally) is NOT to seam with bulky yarn...I have black sock yarn that I'll use.

On another topic, did anyone see the new VK? There's a 'blackberry' like sweater that (I think) is the first pattern. It's pretty. It has ribbon woving through the fronts. I'll see if I can swipe a picture somewhere.

On yet another topic, I've got a hankering to make the 'kitty' hat from Stitch n' Bitch (for Halloween). I don't know why....I should just wait a few days adn the Halloween feeling will pass!

someone (me) *is* working on blackberry - i am still trying to figure out my purl increases - and i only had a half hour (during piano lesson) to knit yesterday, 'cause it was an *exciting* day! you'll have to go to my blog to find out about that! and i think i'll try the two stitch in one increase and see if that works better for me that the M1. results: tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

I stalled for a couple days, too. My weekends get so busy! And, since I am doing a little different (regular stst) and my gauge is a little off, I had about 6 false starts on the fronts yesterday. Well, that and my increases looked *bad*! I'll see what I can get going today and hopefully have a picture tomorrow. Anyone else do the fronts and /or the sleeves at the same time, same needles? Visit my blog for other news and projects. :-)

No new pics yet. Yesterday's post on my blog will explain, so there is no need to repeat myself. I have finished the right side and am well on my way towards the left. Unblocked they look like big purple bananas. I want to get to those bobbles and cables!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

blackberry spice back is okay!

well, after a panic, a few rows short of the finish, not realizing i had a few rows still to go, my blackberry spice back is done, the proper length (allowing a little difference in gauge) and i like it!

Another Blackberry-er

Welcome to Gail, who just joined the KAL.

The sleeves look BIG, especially compared to the fronts & back. And they're definitely going to need blocking.

This is what the knit side looks like as the right side. I'm making half the total number of bobbles, because, in this bigger gauge, they're the size of gumballs.

If you're using the 9 sts to 4" gauge, here are the revised sleeve instructions for the size small:

Cast on 32 sts. Work 10 rows of K2, P2 rib.

Next row: K7, p3, k12, p3, k7. This establishes your rib pattern for the cable. Work the stitches as established (knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side) for four rows. On the 5th row, work a bobble on the middle purl stitches (p1, make bobble, p1) and work the C6B, C6F cable on the center 12 stitches.

Reseet your row counter to zero, and repeat the cable-and-bobble row every 8th row.

Increase one stitch at each end when your sleeve reaches 5" in length and again at 8 " in length. You'll have a total of 36 stitches.

I don't think 17 inches is long enough for my niece (she has long arms) so I'm going to start the sleeve cap shaping at 18".

Sleeve cap: Bind off 3 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Now you have 30 sts. Follow the instructions to decrease 1 st each side, every other row, until you have 14 sts. Work 4 rows even, work the dec row again, p 1 row. Put the remaining 12 sts on a holder.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

Pictures you ask for, pictures you get. I am decreasing for the armhole shaping and everyone who has said it is right; this works up very fast. These fab needles on loan to me are Lantern Moon's in palm wood. They are not only beautiful, but they feel great in my hands and are a pleasure to work with. This is a close up of the knitting and needles. The color and texture really makes this look like blackberries.

I am now busy getting ready for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday party at our house tomorrow. My plan is to watch our Houston Astros in the World Series, and some football on Sunday while I work on my Blackberry. I hope for a major post on Monday, which of course will include a picture of the birthday girl. Happy knitting and "Go 'Stros!"

It looks Better than this in person

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here's my first sleeve. I should have stretched it out a bit more for the picture...oh well.

I haven't worked on the Blackberry this week--I became enchanted by another yarn--but I had 'do the Blackberry' dreams last night and so I'm going to work on sleeve 2 a bit today.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

progress and problem or not?

i have my back decreased to the proper # of stitches, but due to gauge, it is about 2" short. im thinking that because of the ribbed edging i can get away with this.

what do you-all think?

edited to add: girls, *sigh*, did i mention how tired i am, how dysfunctional my brain? i have 4 more rows of instructions to do and *then* i'll measure it . . .

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

here is progress! one half of back for blackberry
- only had to rip back about 4 rows one time! :-)

oh! i learned a new M1 at that works beautifully! she calls it "make one away" and i started using it and i love it (haven't been fond of regular M1)

I've finally started. I borrowed my friend's #13 needles because my 3 pairs all are WIP. I am loving this yarn - Rowan Chunky Print - it is a dream to work with. My first purl m1 was ugly. It left a huge gaping hole that I didn't catch until the next row. I tinked back and tried it again with better success. I got the bar to twist when I made the purl. Otherwise it is great. I'll post a picture of my progress soon.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

hi, everyone! i have six skeins of woolease chunky in "spice" just waiting to be a blackberry, mine might be a little different, i can't help modifying patterns to my own taste :-) also i went and blogged myself: here i am see ya soon!

Welcome to Another Blackberry-er

Everybody say hi to Cecilia, who is joining our Knit Along. She doesn't have a blog as yet but will hopefully be posting her progress.

Hi Cecilia~

Monday, October 17, 2005

Sleeve to Date

sleeves: ready to decrease
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I didn't work on the sleeve much this weekend, but did get it to the point where I'm ready to start the decreases. The sleeve doesn't look that big when you just look at the picture, but compare the size to my shoe (red) and Jessie the Cat's face. Granted, they are both about two feet lower than the sleeve, but you get the idea.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

I'm using a bulky yarn on size 13 needles, 9 sts & 12 rows = 4" instead of 11 sts & 14 rows = 4". If anybody out there wants to use a bulky yarn, here are the pattern changes for the size small:

Back: Cast on 36 stitches. Work 4 rows in reverse stockinette stitch. Increase 1 stitch each side now, and increase 1 stitch each side again when the back reaches 5" in length. (You will now have 40 stitches.)

When the back is 8" long, shape the armholes by binding off 2 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. (Now you're back to 36 stitches.) P 1, p2 tog, p to last 3 sts, p2 tog tbl, p1. Work this decrease row a total of 10 times. (Now you have 16 sts.) Work 3 rows in reverse stockinette stitch, then work one more decrease row as above. (Now you have 14 sts.) Knit 1 row, place stitches on a holder and break yarn.

Right Front: Cast on 6 stitches. Follow the regular instructions through row 24. (You will have 19 sts.) On row 25, shape armholes: bind off 3 sts, k to end. (Now you have 16 sts.)

Next row: p to last 3 sts, p2tog tbl, p1. K 1 row. Repeat these 2 rows 10 more times. (Now you have 5 sts.) Work 2 rows in reverse stockinette stitch. Next row: P1, p3 tog, p1. (Now you have 3 sts.) K 1 row. Place all stitches on a st holder and break yarm.

Left Front: Same as right front, reversing all shaping.

Sleeves: Stay tuned! I'm starting the sleeves this afternoon.

Posted by Picasa I just have to be different. ;<) I like the knit side better. So I'm going to adjust the cable pattern on the sleeve as purl/knit/purl instead of knit/purl/knit.

I couldn't wait for an online order to arrive, so I drove 30 miles to the only yarn store open on Sunday to buy yarn for my Blackberry. I decided to use the yarn called for in the pattern and I chose a beautiful, deep purple. Yea! I am so excited and ready to knit along.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Welcome Sheryl!

We have a new Blackberry knitter: Sheryl! We all look forward to seeing your progress!

Well, I guess this means I did it right. I am very excited to be a part of a KAL! I'll head out for the yarn shop on Monday and see what I want to use. More to come...


Look closely...

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
...and you can see the cable and the bobbles. This sleeve isn't that long and has used probably about 70 yards of yarn. This will be one warm sweater/

Thursday, October 13, 2005

A Blackberry disease! I don't think I have enough yarn either. I think I got the wrong skein size (it is 65 yards, and I think I estimated it was 100 yards). Yee. The sleeves are taking up a TON of yarn. So. I hurried and ordered some more from the good people who make malabrigo but it takes them so long...I will probably have enough for the sleeves, and so can just work through the sleeves and wait for the rest to arrive.

What is it with this sweater and yarn booboos?

Monday, October 10, 2005

A Little Blurry

the fronts.
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I finished both sides of the front...these just went lickety split, probably about 45 rows total with 20 stitches or so on the longest rows and most shorter than that. I'll slow down a bit now that I'm at the sleeves, since those are bigger and have a cable pattern.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Here's my problem: I have 7 skeins of Noro Kabuto. Oh, I'm getting the math wrong in describing it but basically I probably would need _12_ skeins of Kabuto to finish it! And I don't have any other bulky yarn. So I'm going to knit on and see if I can get more, and if I can't, I'll try picking up the ribbing at the end in a comparable yarn and/or color.

And I changed my mind about this yarn -- it's like knitting with green cotton candy. I want to eat it!

When someone calls is a quick knit...

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Believe them. I finished the entire back in a few hours. The decrease rows for raglan sleeves really help. So far I"m liking it...the yarn I'm using is the thick/thin type which gives it some texture.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

I think I've got one! I got gauge on my Noro Kabuto on 10 1/2 needles, so I'll start soon!

Welcome to the newest members of the Blackberry KAL: Kate and Elspeth!

Feel free to post your thoughts and pictures of your blackberry as you progress.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Yarn for my Blackberry

paris night
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I'm using Paris Night from Malabrigo ( in a bulky weight. Very beautiful, imho.

Want to knit the Blackberry with me?

I'm starting a KAL for the blackberry pattern from

If you wish to join, leave me a comment here with your email or email me at the following address:


and I'll send you an invitation!

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