12/29/07

Kathmandu & more

Hello All and hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday. As for me I am sooooo glad its nearing the end.

Cutting to the chase, on the knitting front I finally finished my daughter's Kathmandu Drama sweater.

Particulars:

Pattern: Jean Frost JaspeRed Cardigan (heavily modified)
Issue: Knitting Universe Fall 2007
Yardage/Used: 147 yds / 5 balls
Fibers: 85% merino wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere
Modifications: 6 cables / seamed up the left/right panels
Twist Cables: Used cable design from Mari Lynn Patrick's Textured Sweater pattern
Issue: Knit Simple Fall 2006
Needles: Size 6
Wash Method: Hand wash; Dry flat; Do not dry-clean; Do not tumble
Started/Finished: November 10 - December 26, 2007
Yarn Review: No shredding, splitting or pilling. It works up fast and although its has a slubbiness to it, knitting was very smooth.
Cables... Cables and more Cables. I really love the look of cables and did my first knit hat. Again using the cable instructions from Mari Lynn Patricks Textured Sweater pattern and purl stitches and trimming the edge with crochet. I used one skein of Caron Simply Soft yarn in Grey Heather and used the remaining to make a 42" scarf done in purl stitches and did a crochet trim.
Particulars:
Yardage/Used: 355 yards/1 skein
Fiber: 100% Acrylic
Pattern:Kody May Knit pattern (heavily modified)
Needles: Size 8
Start/Finish: December 17 - December 22, 2007
Yarn Review: Simply Soft is one of the softest acrylics with very little splitting, has luster and sheen and very cheap. Also its easy on the hair.

For this set I used Vanna White's yarn in Dusty Blue and used ribbed stitches with crocheting at the crown and edge for the hat and did a 40" scarf in rib & crochet around the edge. After reading so much about her new yarn, I decided to give it a try and its similar to Caron Simply soft. Would I use it again - Yes.

Lastly, on the sewing front, I made a headband and 56" scarf using polyester rayon & spandex blend in a deep brown fabric and added beading trim to the scarf. I used Simplicity Pattern 4324, which consists of teen and adult top, cape, neckwarmer, scarf and hat. The pattern calls for using fleece, but I wanted to use what I had. I totally love the set and definitely will make more.

16 comments:

Karen said...

I love your work! You are so creative with the needles and hooks and the sewing machine :) Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Adrienne said...

You've been busy!!! Love all those cables!

Knitaholictoo said...

ooooh, it came out nice!!

del said...

Wow, have you been busy! That sweater is great...and I love the hat & scarf sets. Everything's different & so pretty.

Lesalicious said...

Love your daughter sweater. You have been oh so busy I see. Love all your latest projects.:)

yarndiva said...

i am absolutely loving these scarf & hat sets. just gorgeous!!!

that kathmandu sweater looks so nice. if your daughter doesn't want it, i'll happily wear it, LOL! :-D

C. Dishmey said...

Wow,that sweater is awesome. I'm officially convinced-you have a bionic arm that can crank out incredible pieces at lightening speed!

PAJNSTL said...

Great Work! Love the hat and scarve sets!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Everything is beautiful as usual and you have been very busy! :)

Cas... said...

Really nice! I love the sweater! Very nice! I want one now! Tee Hee!

The hat and scarves are very nice too. I like your colors. I want to try that Vanna stuff too. Looks good!

Thanks for the critiques! I really appreciate hearing someone else's point of view!

Valerie said...

Everything looks exquisite! My favorite is definitely project A though. That turned out lovely!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

gold said...

Man you were busy!!Everything looks good!!

Madelyn said...

Wow, you've been busy. All your projects are awesome. How do you find the time? :-)

007gurl said...

I love each one of the sets. They will come in very handy!

Mimi said...

Lovely projects!

Sheila said...

Thanks for the lovely compliments. I am so proud of that sweater and guessing all the drama made it worthwhile - lol - now if only I can get a pic of her wearing it. As for the hats - I am so addicted - they are quick and working them up flat and them sewing them keeps me from fighting with the circular needles. I figure I need to find shorter cables - b/c I would like to work a hat in the round.