Friday, September 28, 2007

SKIF Pattern Corrections Coming

I spoke with Donna from Deep South Fibers today about the pattern errata. Can I just say that she could not have been nicer about the situation. She understood right away that there appeared to be errors in the patterns and offered to contact the SKIF designer immediately. They truly hadn't realized that the patterns contained errors.

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

Houston, we MAY have a problem...

I never trust myself, so will someone with the Zena pattern read through the first few sections and tell me if I'm interpreting them correctly. The way I'm reading things, the stated number of stitches to cast on is incorrect--off by 11 stitches, in fact! Anyone else coming up with that?

Sunday, September 9, 2007


I'm a few inches into Zena.

I wish I could knit faster.

(Cross-posted at Knitopolis )

(and LOOK, a SKIF Flickr group!)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Habu Swatches

For days, I've been scheming in my head over what yarn to use for my SKIF patterns. Finally, I decided to see if I could do any swatching from my small Habu stash. I picked out some linen paper, silk-mohair, and laceweight merino--just using the colors I had on hand--and knitted a couple of small rectangles on US9 needles. (Why US9?--they're the only ones I could find--grrrrr... I have no idea where all my needles are hiding, but I digress...)

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)