Archive for February, 2007

Mystery Quilt, Part Two

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

So the latest issue of Quiltmaker came out recently, with the next installment of the Mystery Quilt, four six-inch blocks of different flower designs. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed, since I don’t much care for flower blocks, but oh well.

Here are my renditions of the four new blocks, with the original block in the center:

Mystery Quilt, part two, with first block

Clockwise from upper left, they are Ruby Slipper, Trumpets of Spring, Dutch Touch (this one is foundation-pieced), and Log Cabin Star. Trumpets of Spring was hard – there are set-in seams and seams that have to turn corners in the piecing of this one, and they don’t really give you any guidance or tips on how to make the piecing work. Also, the directions for Ruby Slipper contain a typo; under “Assorted spring prints” where it says “(1 from each of 3 fabrics)” they really mean “(1 from each of 4 fabrics).”

Dale Sedalen Sweater

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

As promised, more pictures and details on my Dale sweater. The pattern is Dale 3006 – Sedalen. It’s out of print, but I’ve seen it at various places online. I knit the sweater with the recommended Dale Heilo yarn – the yarn, pattern, and accessories all came from Bea Ellis Knitwear about a year ago. I started knitting in October 2006, took some time off for some Christmas knitting and finished on February 12, 2007.

I completely adore this sweater.

And now for some pictures! Please excuse my horrendous photography.

This modeled shot is a little better than the one posted earlier this week. Note the super-high-tech tripod, aka roll of paper towels. (and no, my fly is not open – it’s the angle and lighting)
Sedalen Modeled

Here’s a detail shot of the sweater body. The fact that the large colorwork pattern is nearly aligned between the body and sleeve is pure coincidence.
Sedalen Body Detail

Here’s the neckline. You can see the mitering of the braid:
Sedalen Neck Detail

Here’s the back of the sweater, where you can see that the design is centered:
Sedalen Back Detail

I thought Ann might be interested in looking inside, where you can see the sleeve facing which covers the stitches which were sewn and cut for the sleeve hole:
Inside the Sleeve

If you’re not so into knitting geekery, you can probably stop reading now, but I wanted to address a few topics which have come up in a couple listservs that I belong to.

These details are already recorded in the lovely blank book that I got from Cathy for Christmas…

Sizing: I knit the size 12 kids’ body and size 10 kids’ sleeves, with some added length in the solid-colored sections. When I re-did the sleeve tops, I stopped increasing at the point where there were as many stitches as on the size 8 kids’ sleeves, so I probably could’ve done the size 8 sleeves (again, with added length) for a more gentle increase slope (instead of the more dramatic increases and a longer straight portion at the upper arm which you see in the pictures).

The result of the mix-and-match sizing is a sweater which is far less oversized than the Dale patterns depict (for the record, I typically wear a womens’ medium in shirts). The sweater came out exactly the size I wanted it.

I also changed the colorwork a bit, by using parts of the smaller patterns from the adult-sized pattern (the large colorwork design is the same for both kids and adults).

Steeking: Instead of knitting back and forth starting with the front neck shaping, I did a front neck steek. By the time I got to the back neck shaping, all of the rows were one-color knitting, so I knit back and forth. I do have a couple previous posts about steeking.

Pattern Alignment: On the pattern leaflet, the colorwork is not symmetrical with respect to the cardigan opening for the adult sweaters shown (it is for the kids’ sweater). I did some calculation and found that if I started at the right front (after the center front steek) with the stitch marked on the pattern and knit all the way around the sweater, I would end up with the pattern centered at the back and symmetry in front. I didn’t have to stop and re-start the pattern at the side seams.

Sara’s Quilt

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Here are some photos of Sara’s Quilt in process. The next step it to put the border on. We can have the bubble border:
lower corner 2

Or the striped border:
upper corner

And here is a view of the entire quilt without the borders:
quilt for Sara

Nancy and I thought the bubble border looked best, but when you see everything together with the pink sashing, the bubble border makes a very soft, pink quilt. The stripe adds a little zip. It all depends on what look we want. So let me know what you think. That includes Crackpots who are only observers as well as the participants in this project.


Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Last night I finished sewing the clasps on my Dale of Norway sweater. I had intended to finish the sweater on Sunday, but that estimate failed to account for my excruciatingly slow hand-sewing when applying the braid.

I need to take better pictures, but I don’t think that’ll happen until the weekend (when I’m home during hours when there is decent natural light). So, to whet your appetite, here’s what it looks like:


Does it fit? Perfectly!

Sedalen Modeled

Details and better pictures will come in the not-too-distant future, but I’m thrilled enough with the sweater that I needed to post something now.

A Post About Comments

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Hi everyone! I’ve been woefully behind on commenting on other people’s posts, so I’ve just blown through and posted a bunch of comments. If the blog is set up correctly, you should get an email message for each one, so I’m sorry for spamming your inboxes.

Unfortunately, I have very little to post about – I’ve been stuck on a project for quite some time now, and it’s sitting on my sewing table silently mocking me: “You forgot the Golden Rule: Measure twice, cut once, and now you’re paying the price, mwah ha ha ha…”

I think I may stuff it back into the closet for a few more months and move on to something else.