Archive for March, 2010

Noro Circular Sweater, continued and FINISHED!

March 29, 2010

I put details (sortof) as I was going on my Ravelry project notebook.  If you already read THAT, then this will be boring, sorry.  ;p

Day 8–I’m now on two long (29”?) 10.5 needles and it is nearly large enough (about 20” radius, unstretched), not too crowded on the needles. I have 4 balls of Noro left and one ball of purple Lopi which I am intending to use to do a crocheted bindoff. How many balls do I need for the sleeves?? One each? Two each? One and a half?? Eeek… I also am unsure how much yarn I need for the bindoff. I know it is a lot, but likely not the whole ball. Decisions decisions!

Day 9–After consulting with KnittingKnadine, I put the whole edge (after row 88 and the end of ball 6) on waste yarn. It is nearly 20” unblocked. I am going to start on the sleeves and reassess as it goes…

Day 11–Working on first sleeve. HATED picking up the stitches from the waste yarn, but, then again, I would have hated seaming it, too. lol. I am using a #11 16” circular needle on the sleeve b/c I had one. I’m doing 8 rows of the mesh and then 8 rows of the stockinette. Haven’t decided on how the cuff will be shaped yet. Saw some cute variation with a more lacy cuff with a bell-shape (i.e., Molly Weasley sweater), but am not sure about how much yarn and, since Noro is a little scratchy, if having 3/4 sleeves might be wiser anyhow.

Day 13– One sleeve done. It is mostly straight and it is stockinette from about halfway down and then several rows of garter stitch with a crocheted bind off. One ball was fine. Now I picked up all the body stitches off the waste yarn and am adding on more–one ball of Plymouth Boku and then I have 2 more balls of Noro (not counting what I need for the other sleeve) and another of the Boku if I need it. Am not positive how big it will block, but HATE the idea of it being too small!

I was working on binding off the edges at a birthday party for one of my son’s friends and attracted attention to myself (I am such a show-off!).  One of the boys (who is in my Crochet Club at school), says, “Hey, you have 4 knitting needles and a crochet hook in that!”  It was actually two long circular needles (but there are the two wooden ends on each, with the cable in the middle, and they haven’t learned to knit yet, just crochet) and a crochet hook, but he was mostly correct.  I used EZ’s idea (for circular shawl bindoffs that was in the Knitter’s Almanac) and when it was time to take the whole circular sweater body off the needles, I went backwards from the last stitch.  Chain 6, slip through 3 knit stitches, chain 6, etc until they were all off the needles.  So, I had a little loopy edge that isn’t too tight.  I did that on the cuffs (along with some garter stitch rows), too.  The loopy edge worked to go around a big wooden button (instead of a button hole) that I tried on the chest of the sweater as a closure, but I wasn’t sure I really liked it.  I have my olive wood shawl pin that looks like a knitting needle in it for now.

I was nervous about the 3 different colors of Noro and one of Boku, but I think it came out splendidly, even with the more-tweedy look of the Boku compared to Noro Kureyon.

Week 3ish–FINISHED last night and blocked it! I think I used 9 balls of Noro and 1 of Boku?  Eight balls in the body and one for each sleeve.   I wore it today with a wooden shawl pin thing through 4 layers of folded down “collar”

I was going to block the thing on Evan’s bed, but he slept in it last night, so I had to do it on the floor instead.  I ended up not pinning it at all but just smoothed it out mostly evenly.  It is a BIG circle!

The whole thing is pretty neat.  It really is very much like a shrug, however, and not exactly a sweater.  It has sleeves (good) and it has a lovely long back that goes below my rear (good), but the front isn’t exactly what I want, and the sleeves aren’t set exactly perfectly.  And I had to “fiddle” with it a lot to get it “right” with the foldback collar and fastening.  I was considering making a sweater from mixed handspun yarns on this same principle, but I don’t think I really need TWO of them, so I am still looking for the perfect sweater plan to use with a bunch of different handspun yarns.


Weekend “Results”

March 9, 2010

I had to leave the Guild Olympics early because I was going to miss feast at White Hart (I had already missed Court, which didn’t break my heart, even though the king & queen were there and I probably would have gotten to go up and be presented with my A&S competition prize).  Evan came along with me and was a pretty good sport, especially considering that he wasn’t feeling very well.  I didn’t take ANY pictures, even though everyone had lovely things!  I know Judy and Cathy were taking photos, so hopefully I can “steal” some later.  🙂

Short Track Speed Knitting Medal Presentation: Grace-silver, Cathy-gold, Jessie-bronze

River Cities Fiber Clan Fiber Olympics Results, From Mitzi’s email announcement:
Congratulations to all the olympians!!! !

Here are the final tallys – We had a total of 15 people enter. We had 44 entries. One brave soul entered all the events, Nadine!!! I hope to post pics in the yahoo group tonight. We will have a special section on the guild website about the olympics.

Thank you to all who entered and supported!!! !

Curling – Crochet
Gold Medal – Patricia Flora – 20$ Gift card Spinning Bunny
Silver Medal – Jessie Maynard – 15$ Gift card Paradise Fiber
Bronze – Beth Stewart – 10$ Gift card Ms. Babs
4th – Cathy Flashman
5th – Nadine Borovicka
6th – Grace Gooding
7th – Beth Stewart

Nordic Combined – Felting
Gold Medal – Ann Grimes – 20$ Gift card Woolen Willow
Silver Medal – Jessie Maynard – 15$ Gift Card Ms Babs
Bronze Medal – Aimee Porter – 10$ Gift card Yarn Barn
4th – Maria Farley
5th – Nadine Borovicka
6th – Annie Higginbotham
7th – Beth Stewart

Short Track Speed Knitting
Gold Medal – Cathy Flashman – 20$ Gift card Knitpics
Silver Medal – Grace Gooding – 15$ gift card Green Mountain Spinnery
Bronze Medal – Jessie Maynard – 10$ gift card Spinning Bunny
4th – Annie HIgginbotham
5th – Beth Stewart
6th – Nadine Borovicka

Freestyle Weaving
Gold Medal – Jessie Maynard – 20$ gift card Green Mountain Spinnery
Silver Medal – Nadine Borovicka – 15$ gift card Spinning Bunny
Bronze Medal – Cyndi Bolt – 10$ gift card Knitpics
4th – Alane Thomas
5th – Cathy Flashman
6th – Alane Thomas

Figure Spinning
Gold medal – Cathy Flashman – 20$ gift card Ms Babs
Silver medal – Patricia Flora – 15$ gift card yarn barn
Bronze medal – Nadine Borovika – 10$ gift card Bearlin Acres
4th – Judy Ross
5th – Judy Ross
6th – Ellen Sheets
7th – Alane Thomas
8th – Annie Higginbotham
9th – Deb Powell
10th – Grace Gooding
11th – Annie Higginbotham

Gold Medal – Cathy Flashman – 20$ gift card Prochem
Silver Medal – Ellen Sheets 15$ gift card Bearlin Acres
Bronze Medal – Patricia Flora – 10$ gift card Woolen Willow
4th – Judy Ross
5th – Grace Gooding
6th – Nadine Borovicka
7th – Annie Higginbotham

Special Awards

Best in Show/people’ s choice – Cathy Flashman – 40.00 Golding gift card

Billie Bannerman award – Deb Powell 10.00 Gift card knit pics

Lee Ann King award for olympic spirit – Judy Ross – 10.00 gift card

Susie Smithers award for enthusiasm – Maria Farley – 10.00 gift card

Special Merit award – Beth Stewart – 10.00 gift card


Our SCA Tournament of the White Hart at Port Oasis Shire:

The Autocrat’s note after White Hart:

Thank you to everyone who made White Hart a smooth and fun event. I enjoyed watching everyone have fun and participate. It all came together and was splendid.

Thank you to Lee and Bruce for cooking. And to Hanna, Ron, Mat, and Juliet for filling in where ever we needed someone, whether it was to serve feast, hang banners, or clean out the cabins; it was wonderful to see such new faces so willing to help. Your service meant a lot to this tired auto-crat. Thank you to Mistress Anne for teaching a very cool class, and to any others that may have gotten the chance to teach others your craft. Congratulations to our own Grace for having won the A & S competition. {my note:  hee hee!  I got the Arts & Sciences gift goodie-basket!  for my display of two skeins of natural handspun–one Coopworth and one Suffolk dyed with turmeric, and, the real thing I’m sure won, a llama/lace handspun mini lace shawl}

I also cannot express how amazing it was to see people outside helping set up. Robert and Fiarchra were kind enough to let us use their pavilions for the ladies gallery shade fly, and for the Scarlet Guard Display. Bataar, Andrew, Jay, & Jacopo all graciously helped them either set up or tear down. Congratulations to Master Robert, our new Yeoman of the White Hart. I know there were countless others that also volunteered their services on the field. Including, from what I understand, many members from Huan Miguel’s house hold, who also helped set up the portable holes for the combat lists.

There were several people that took a turn at troll and let me tell you it was great to be able to get away from that desk for a while!!! Thanks to Dirk and Leann.

Lastly I must say that I appreciate the efforts that the last champions of the white hart put forth, in planning, organizing, and running their tournaments.

Also, congratulations to Lady Annora Draper, Lady Luca De’Cola, Lady Regnalis, Lord Faolin Dubh MacLochlainn for you outstanding achievements within the SCA; I’m proud to count you amongst my friends.
People, eager to lend a hand, and share a laugh are what make the game worth playing. Especially in the presence of a King and Queen who embody what this is all about!!
Great work Shire, I loves you guys !!!

Noro Circular Sweater…the saga begins…

March 8, 2010

Where to begin?  I have a lot of yarn.  On top of yarn I’ve collected, I inherited much of Sunny’s stash and my friend Norma was de-stashing and put me “in charge” of getting rid of 3 tubs full of yarn for her.  Some of it I kept.

Then there is all of the handspun that I’ve made myself.  I am sortof picky about who I am willing to share my handspun with and I mostly only have a few ounces of any one yarn.  I do have a pound here and there (up to three or 4 skeins is my max, I think) of some of them.

I have been thinking that I would like some sort of a sweater that will help me use up all these different yarns.  I think that possibly this sort of circular sweater (my friend Jenn made one for little Ella before she was born) might work, but I probably want the stripes/spirals to be narrower than one skein and I wouldn’t want to CUT the yarn and make the sweater and then HATE it, so I thought I ought to make a “test” version with “commercial” yarn.

I have 9 or 10 skeins of BEAUTIFUL Noro Kureyon yarn in my house.  Three skeins from Norma’s stash and 6 skeins that Sunny gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago and most of a skein leftover from another project.  They all have purple in them, so I figure they ought to be okay together.  Famous last words.  lol.  I also have 4 skeins of Wool in the Woods llama/wool yarn that MIGHT go.  Two different colorways, but also both have purpley bits.  The Wool in the Woods is softer than Noro and in larger skeins.  Possibly those will become involved at some point.  Or maybe some other “plain” yarn in a coordinating color.

Anyhow, I started something.

I have in mind something like a Pinwheel Sweater (from Elann), but I liked the 8 “wedge” construction on the Circular Vest better (theoretically, lol). So, I’m using Noro Kureyon in two colorways that I think will go together, alternating balls (knit one whole ball, switch).

Didn’t really enjoy the first few rounds with the 5 dpns when it was tiny, but I’m on row 25 or so now and it is much more fun. I did a couple of repeats of the mesh pattern, then a couple of repeats (8 rows) knit in stockinette but including the increases. Then back to the mesh pattern for a couple of repeats (4 rows each) and planning to alternate like that with the stockinette and mesh.

I am also planning to do something like the “better armhole” suggested here… and make sleeves like in the Pinwheel Sweater, although I am not sure what my yarn situation will be when I get done the body, so I haven’t decided for sure if it will be a vest or a sweater. If I do sleeves, I might use a solid yarn (like black?) for them and a crochet edging.

Day 2–I decided 3 repeats mesh then 2 repeats stockinette. After row 32 I switched to a much longer circular needle AND went up to 10.5 🙂

Day 3–finished with first ball and did a Russian join for the first time. It is pretty, and not quite big enough to do the armholes, but getting close…