Thursday, December 6, 2007
I remain a bit ambivalent about how the charcoal Tsumugi silk looks worked in with the other colors (it's most clearly visible in this photo on the far left). I think its colors may be too cold compared to the other colors of yarn I'm using. I just remind myself that it's easy to overanalyze a piece this size. When it's a full garment, I think the whole will be greater than the sum of its parts.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
I finished seaming Zena Thursday night. I'm very happy with the results.
Recall that I knit this with 2 strands of Habu A-33 Merino (one black, one a light olive) and one strand of Habu Silk Mohair hand-dyed Kasuri in green. The resulting fabric is very open and drapey, but the mohair makes it less transparent and gives it some body.
I made a few changes to the pattern:
- After several attempts, I gave up trying to make the collar by picking up the stitches on each side. It just looked messy. I had even knitted several inches of the back before deciding to rip back and simply re-knit the back of the collar as a separate flap and then seam the three parts together later.
- I did not use the larger needle on the sleeves, as directed, nor did I switch to a smaller needle for the last 4 inches.
- I knitted the sleeves with the knit side, rather than the purl side called for in the pattern.
Also, I knitted the sleeves flat because I my circs weren't flexible enough to magic loop and I wasn't into DPNs.
- The sides and sleeves were joined with invisible seams using a sportweight yarn from the stash that had similar colors.
I truly love Zena. It is the perfect foil for the Habu yarns, as many of us suspected.
I had planned to knit Neptune using the A-33 and silk mohair with a strand of Shosenshi Paper, but I'm thinking that combination might be more appropriate with Jess. Fun things to ponder.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
I hope everyone else is having pleasant experiences regarding their corrected patterns.
As to the actual corrections, I glanced through Zena and it appears several numbers have changed, but I'm too far along to bother analyzing it. At least, I'll have the presumably correct numbers for Neptune.
As far as I can see, there were no updates to the instructions for clarity, which is too bad.
I think we can all agree--SKIF designs are awesome; SKIF patterns, not so much.
But, at least they're getting better. Thanks, SKIF!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
FYI…..Skif patterns have been corrected and are being distributed to retailers today. Folks are encouraged to re-visit their LYS or on-line source for a corrected copy of the pattern(s). Corrected versions will not include the hardware.
Also, she mentioned that there are two new SKIF patterns: Mateo, a cardigan, and Bellagio, a man's pullover. Hmmm...with the name "Mateo", perhaps both are men's patterns.
Lastly, Donna would like to join our KAL! She will bring along some insider knowledge and be a direct source of contact with the designer. Welcome, Donna!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Zena and I have agreed to separate – temporarily. It just isn’t working out the way I’d imagined. There are issues and setbacks that I can’t be bothered with.
I need a break.
I’m giving it a week or two. I truly hope we can work things out by then.
If not, there’s someone else, waiting for me - Neptune. Or Jess.
A girl should always have options.
Monday, October 1, 2007
I have miles and miles and stockinette stitch to do before I can even start on the sleeves.
Still, it's progress.
I've made my peace with the Zena pattern, problem child that it is. Aside from the obvious mistakes, the pattern isn't written in the standard knitting language we all know and love. The terminology is vague and the syntax is weird. I would be quite suprised to learn that it was test knitted at all. Or edited. However, I'm happy to know that SKIF is aware of the problems and appears to be acting upon them (Thanks, Teri!).
After all, the Habu loves this pattern and that's what's important!
Cross posted at Knitopolis.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Donna called me back so quick with the news that Nina (SKIF designer) is taking over the pattern control herself and is busily working on corrections. We're going to receive all new prints of the patterns and SKIF will post an errata page as well.
I truly like the way SKIF encourages you to add your own creativity to the designs. But having a correct pattern to begin with is important.
I'm looking forward to more SKIF designs.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Going with the flow
I've decided to take SKIF's advice and relax, feel free... and just go with the natural flow.
So I'm knitting the back from the bottom up as opposed to joining the collars together and working my way down.
Because, really, when the designer says: Don't worry, you will love everything about your super sweater, who am I to argue?
Friday, September 21, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
First, a strand each of black merino, green silk mohair, and natural linen paper.
Granted, it's a bit of a odd combination, but I simply adore the results. Oh, and It looks so much better in person, trust me. My five-year-old camera has not been performing well lately.
Anyway, I think this would be good for Neptune. It's very light, quite warm, and has a beautiful halo--not that you can see that, nor the beautiful colors in silk mohair yarn. The fabric is slightly crisp, but it drapes far more than I thought it would. I like the color combination, but, ultimately, I want to go with darker tones--a blue/black theme--charcoal , ink silk-mohair, and either black, blue, or green merino.
Second, two strands of merino--one black, one light olive--and one strand of green silk mohair.
I like this swatch very much--definitely for Zena. I love the feel of it. I can't stop fondling it--I'm like Lobo in Bride of the Monster.
I'll probably cast-on Zena in the next day or two. I'll be going out on a limb since I don't have enough of the green silk mohair on hand, but keeping in the spirit of SKIF, I'm not going to worry about that.
(Cross-posted on Knitopolis)
Saturday, August 25, 2007
The Neptune pattern includes three industrial-style metal buttons, a tiny metal SKIF tag, and some stiff waxed cord for making the button closures. The pattern is started at the bottom front edge and worked to the bottom back (sleeves are worked separately).
The patterns are very graphic; simple, but with a twist. They are designed for a worsted gauge (US8 needles), however, the knitter is encouraged to get the gauge by combining multiple strands of linen, silk, cotton, or merino. The ethos of SKIF appears to encompass playfulness, discovery, and utility.
Now, I want to see the other two patterns.
(Cross-posted at Knitopolis)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
These patterns have a raw, organic quality that calls out for textured, natural fibers, such as those produced by Habu Textiles. Edit: Or how about "found" or recycled fibers?
Let's consider this a proving ground for these SKIF designs and see where we can go.