Wednesday, 28 September 2011

WIP Wednesday 28th September 2011

It is a glorious autumnal day :-)

We were away last week and unfortunately it was miserable weather all week but that did however allow me plenty of time for knitting!  I've got a couple of FO for friday at last (seems ages since I was able to join in on a Friday).  My WiP is a Lore Hoodie from the Vampire knits book for me.  I decided I wanted a cheap knit which was washable so I'm using James Brett Marble Chunky.  Having serious yarn regret though as I am a yarn snob at heart and I'm really not enjoying working with acrylic.  Keep having to remind myself though that I will have a finished hoodie for 12 rather than 60pound+.  I'm using some of the modifications on ravelry and will be knitting longer sleeves and I've knitted the frontband along with the skirt to make it seamless.  I love ravelry for all the hints and tips.  This pattern is written in pieces but it can easily be a seamless knit - without ravelry I wouldnt have spotted the seamless potential.


The lace skirt is almost finished now.  Can you block acrylic?  The lace really needs blocking to open it out.  Marble chunky goes a very long way - I'm still on the 1st skein!!!

Knitting with chunky and 8mm needles has also made me realise how much I love 4ply and finer needles!!

I'll be back on friday :-)  but popping over to Tamis Amis blog now to see what everyone else is up to xx

12 comments:

  1. I wish I'd knitted the front band at the same time (funnily enough I am wearing mine today!), that part felt like it took forever!

    You can steam block acrylic, which I did with mine. It definitely does need it, it looks so much better after. What I did was gently steam with the iron and pat out to shape, short bursts so you don't overdo it!

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  2. I know what you mean about being a yarn snob, I am too, I can't help it! Your hoodie looks really good so far, I love the colour!

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  3. The color is so lovely! Be careful blocking acrylic. You don't want to "kill" it. I normally just soak it a bit and then lay it out flat being sure to smooth it the way I want it.

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  4. I hear ya on the snobbery. I just don't like the feel of acrylic, even some 50/50 blends are too much. Can't wait to see it done.

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  5. Love the color of the yarn though! I'm not a huge fan of acrylic either, but it does sometime have it's uses.

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  6. So pretty! I didn't have much luck blocking an acrylic sweater, but there's tons of info on Ravelry -- just search the yarn forum. Looking forward to seeing how it comes out!

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  7. Lovely, and what a good idea to knit it seamless! I always make a point to check Ravelry for hints and tips for other knitters. I'm sure they've saved me a whole bunch of pain over the years!

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  8. The texture on that hoodie is gorgeous!!

    I saw that book at Michael's several months ago and now it's on my wishlist at Amazon. . . I'm hoping maybe I can finally succumb to the desire and buy it for myself for my birthday.

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  9. That is a lovely hoodie. I like the color. I actually really like acrylic a lot of times I think it just takes some getting used to.

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  10. What a beautiful pattern and your lace panel looks great. I think blocking acrylic involves an iron, but it all seems a little scary to me

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  11. You can spray block acrylic, which is what I usually do. Definitely don't approach it with an iron!

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