Sunday, March 25, 2007

Swap-er-oo!

Lookee what I got in the mail this week:



Yarn! Yay! This marks my first official yarn swap, thanks to the ever fabulous Knitty coffeeshop messageboard. I am now the proud owner of Alison's cast-off Morehouse Merino, and all I had to do was ship off some linen yarn I had no idea what to do with (or why I bought it in the first place). Whoever dreamed up this concept of yarn-swapping is a genius!

In UFO news, I am no longer "gnittink", but the knitting gods are still refusing to smile upon me. Twinkle's Tuxedo Jacket appears to be a dead easy pattern, but I'm completely stumped. My issue is further detailed on the (again, allmighty) Knitty board here if you'd like to look it over and add your two cents. I must still be paying penance for for overestimating the simplicity of certain knitting projects. * Sigh * I will take solace in my squishy new merino...

10 comments:

laura said...

hey darlin',
question 1: where does the 4 knits/4 purls fall? if it's in the center back, then you'll be increasing there, right? those increased sts will have to be worked into the pattern, which might bring you up to the proper full rib by the time the increasing is done.

question 2: are you SURE you're not supposed to have 4 knits/purls in a row? In the middle of shaping it's not uncommon (such as say, a ribbed, sleeve, where if you're only increasing 2 sts each time, you won't always have a perfect rib pattern).

whew. long. i'd be better able to answer if I saw it in person!

Diane said...

if you enjoy swapping, check out knitters treat exchange...it's a one time only swap...sign up before March 31st

http://knitterstreatexchange.blogspot.com.

Reckless Glue said...

pattern instructions make me crazy.

Miss Muffy said...

Oh Laura, I should really start paying you as you have unwittingly become my personal knitting tutor! I'll bring it in to L.K.

Marilyn said...

Hi. Going back to the Twinkle cardigan... Do you double the regular bulky yarn? Or do you use it as is? I am intrigued by your experimentation with substitutes with these patterns and would like to have more detail please. I was thinking of trying something called Red Heart Grande(?) which is a superbulky acrylic.

Miss Muffy said...

I'm actually tripling the chunky to get guage. It's a little awkward to knit because the acrylic doesn't really stick to itself the wool would if it's doubled - but it looks just fine. The Lopi I used for the Best Friend Cardigan was doubled. It's hard to find yarn as chunky as Twinkle's (without spending $200 a sweater!)

Marilyn said...

Thank you for explaining. Just wondering if the Lopi was bulky or superbulky yarn?

Anonymous said...

Hi -- Re. your problems with the Tuxedo Sweater (which I hope to make myself someday), have you tried writing to the woman who wrote the article for the LA Times, Amy Scattergood? Her Email address is included at the end of the article (which you can find easily by Googling, if you don't happen to have it handy). She says she made the sweater -- perhaps she can answer your question or at least point you in the right direction. It couldn't hurt to ask -- since she's a knitter, she might be willing to help. At worst, she simply might be too busy to respond. Good luck!

nicole said...

I envy you & your petit frame! I could never ever never wear a chunky knit - a fact that I only discovered once I had finished knitting a sweater using Lamb's Pride Bulky...

I'll be frogging this sweater - you wouldn't happen to want about 7 balls of cookie monster blue fuzzy chunky stuff, would you?
I'm serious. Otherwise, the only thing I can think of is to make a GIGANTIC scarf.

nicole said...

It's Lamb's Pride Bulky in 'Blue Heirloom' it's not as cookie monstery as I thought - I made the 'sweater of many buttons' using it.