Submitted by norfolk n good on Fri, 2006-09-22 18:59
I have to tell you all, im so excited!!!
Steve and I threw a bit of a party tonight and after a few drinks etc I showed our guests what I've been working on. I've recently finished the Jacky Fee sweater, a fantastic long stocking hat and some felted clogs all of them are in awe!!!!
After weeks of ridicule from my so called "friends" I now have orders for several items, including lots of baby clothes, hats and cardgans etc. The best and most exciting thing is that one of the guys who ridiculed me the most is now asking, no sorry telling me that I MUST teach him how to knit!
So watch this space guys, we may have another member very soon
Love you all
Submitted by norfolk n good on Sat, 2006-09-02 08:00
So here it is guys. My first sweater using circular needles.
I'm realy happy with the results. I used a chunky wool using 4mm needles for the ribbing and 5 mm for the body and sleeves. I used the fitted sleeves and the raglan seamline A.
If there is anyone out there who hasn't yet got the Jaquelin Fee book "Sweater Workshop" its a must for everyones collection. I found the instructions very user friendly and easy to understand, even the maths!
The best thing about it is actually fits. None of this reading pages and pages of difficult to decipher pattern, then to discover the neck is the wrong shape, or the sleeves feel to tight. Just a few simple sums and hey presto.
Submitted by norfolk n good on Fri, 2006-08-25 06:33
Just thought I would post an update on my progress on my Jaqueline Fee sweater.
Well after deciding to frog both sleeves for the 3rd time due to the bingo wing situation I finally cracked it. I did originally decide just to frog down a few rows but thought I may aswell do the lot, that way I could space the increases more evenly and the finished sleeves would look a lot neater.
The first few attempts of the sleeves I used the make 1 away increase as shown on knitting help. This increase was practically invisable to the untrained eye and was very happy with the results, but while re-knitting the sleeves the last time I thought I would try the bar increase as recomended in the JF book. I have to say I prefer the appearance of the make 1 away increase. The bar increase seems to be slightly more visible. Oh well, maybe I'll use the make 1 away on my next sweater.
Submitted by norfolk n good on Wed, 2006-08-16 18:09
Ok, so I've just finished the sleeves for the Jaqueline Fee sweater and am about to start putting all the pieces together. But While I was working on the sleeves I though I was going to run out of space before I added all the necassary increases, so what I did was to add more increases more often to get all the stitches before I finished the upper arm.
I have now finished both sleeves but as I have inceased more stitches in the last few rows I seem to have a little bingo wing thing happening. Im considering frogging back to where I started increasing more and spacing them more evenly to stop the bingo wings, but its gonna take me at least another couple of days. I guess I really should cos Im not really that happy with them so I supposed Ive answered my question really. In which case, thanks for listening to my rant guys.
Submitted by norfolk n good on Wed, 2006-08-09 20:30
Hi guys, just hought I would post an update on my progress. I have to say I am really enjoying this project. Its my first project using circular needles and am really enjoying using them. I have finished the main body of the sweater and am now working on the sleeves.
I thought I was gonna have problems with the sleeves and I was right. I decided to do the full sleeve. I followed what the book instructed but found there were to many stitches to add on the last row of ribbing and it made the knitting really tight also the maths didnt work out as well as I had hoped. So out it came. Attempt number 1
Submitted by norfolk n good on Sun, 2006-08-06 05:39
To all you guys who said I would love circular needles, Thank you!!
Well, just to give you all a small update. I've been using circular needles for my latest project the Jaqueleen Fee sweater and after a couple of false starts can I just say I love using them. In fact I love using them so much I've just orderd a set of Denise interchangable needles. Ive read a couple of reviews and people sem to like them.
Any of you guys out there used them? Would be interested on your views.
The sweater is coming on a treat by the way, Ive done maybe a third of it already and I am really please with the results. Will post a pic when Ive got a bit more to show you all.
Submitted by norfolk n good on Mon, 2006-07-24 10:24
After all the posotive comments and kind words of encouragement I recieved in my last post I was feeling all warm and fuzzy inside so decided to crack on with the circular knitting project.
While thinking of designs for my sweater and after knitting a few inches, I thought I would take a step back and have a look at what I had done so far. I'm sure you can appreciate my frustration when I realised that I had got the stitches twisted yet again and was now knitting an impossible sweater!
So out it all comes again for the second time! Oh well, that'll teach me for not paying attention. Im sure it wont be the last time I rip it but I'm determine not to let these circular needles beat me!
Submitted by norfolk n good on Sun, 2006-07-23 18:28
So, after reading Warren's and Jessie's blog entries re the Jacqueline Fee book I decided it was about time I started using circular needles.
I was so impressed with Jessie's sweater and Warren’s swatch that I thought I would start reading the book and get those needles out of the packet. I think I've done all the maths properly and after casting on lots of stitches I was set. Not sure what anyone else thinks about circular needles but for me they are proving to be a bit tricky...The first round took me ages to knit, the stitches kept getting caught on the needles and I could feel myself getting more frustrated as I went on but I persevered. I thought I had cracked it until it came to work the second round when I realised I had the stitches twisted. I didn’t swear that much!! Determine not to be defeated I pulled the stitches out and started again.
I’m now on round three and things seem to be going well at the moment. I will keep you all posted on my progress.
Submitted by norfolk n good on Wed, 2006-05-31 19:11
So, I thought for Steves birthday I would make him a something really special. I was gonna knit him a cuddly little monkey to help him sleep while im on a night shift. So I did a practice run and it worked fine. I found some really nice yarn, Sirday wow. It feels just like velvet and is really nice, looks nice, feels nice so decided to buy 4 balls. Then I started to use it and all I can say is I wish I never bought it. Its really difficult to knit with, it gets stuck on the needles, the stitches are really hard to work and the fibres keep falling out.
I saw that Jeff had used something that looks similar to make those fantastic phone caddies and scarves and thought I would give it a go, but I think Im gonna give up on this yarn after only working six or seven rows. Im a bit disappointed cos it does feel really nice, just really difficult to work with. Does anyone have any tips on working with it?? Would love some feedback
Submitted by norfolk n good on Thu, 2006-05-11 08:52
I gues it was my excitement. Here they are