Saturday, December 5, 2009
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Despite the fact that every member of this blog is obviously off knitting other things (hence loooooong Tomten silence) I am declaring, "I will return." I have two more Tomtens planned and I will be back with photos to prove it!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Well I need to finish the sewing and I am still debating the closure. I would really like to put in a zipper but I don't have a machine. I may try and take it to a seamstress as a few people have told me that doing a zipper by hand is a real chore.
I have to say, although the acrylic is a definite bargain I just didn't enjoy knitting with it. I don't know if I will do my daughters the same way. Also, this jacket is way too big for my son so I may put this aside for someone else and do two entirely new ones for the dear children in real wool.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
well, the tomten photo isn't quite up-to-date, but it does show the hood and the beginning of my first sleeve. I started knitting together the last stitch of the sleeve with a body stitch, but it finally became too cumbersome, and i wasn't delighted with the way it looked, so i decided i'd just knit back and forth and deal with a little seaming at the end. At right is a photo from last month of my snow-bound backyard. i don't like shoveling, but i have to admit it looks really pretty sometimes!
my shoulder has been troubling me, so i've mostly worked on smaller projects and left the Tomten patiently awaiting me to finish it. i hope to have more progress to show you soon.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
here is a photo of my progress to date. looks like a superhero mask! (or a raccoon)
i'm maybe halfway done the hood.
Here are some specifics for Amy (and any other interested parties)
my gauge is 3.5 sts/inch. i was planning for a jacket 45 inches around (without a button band- remember, you can always add a little width at the end if you need to by doing a wide button band or other border), so i cast on 160 stitches (came out to 161, but we want a number divisible by 8). i calculated my length (height?) measurements by comparing ratios from EZ's instructions in "Knitting Without Tears", and came up with 50 ridges before the armholes, then 35 more ridges to the top of the armholes (when you join all the stitches back on one needle). Oh yes, i did short rows every 7 or 8 ridges, but i'm not entirely convinced that was crucial- garter stitch is pretty stretchy. it was good practice, anyway.
i haven't finished the hood yet, so i'm not sure how many ridges that will be- i'll just keep trying it on until it seems to cover my head.
i *will* finish this thing- and while it's still cool enough to wear it, too!
Monday, January 14, 2008
i had taken a break from the tomten to make some other, smaller projects, and it's now too big to comfortably take along with me, so i am only working on it while at home.
i'm now about halfway through the hood, which i hope to finish tonight or tomorrow night, then on to the sleeves.
i have tried it on (without sleeves, obviously) and it seems as though it will be a good fit (well, by my standards, anyway. i think my mother would tell you i don't know what it means for clothes to fit.) it is heavy, as i feared, but rather pleasantly so. like a favorite blanket or something.
Friday, January 11, 2008
I've decided to give it a week or two before I rip that part out, to avoid the feeling of frustration/aggravation of ripping out all that work and starting over.
I have tried a couple different methods of sewing up the bottoms of the sleeves, and haven't liked anything so far. Can anyone tell me what they did, and liked?
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Amy- in response to your question (that you actually addressed to Gerry) we are both making adult sizes. Coincedentally we are both working at 3.5 sts to the inch and started with 160 sts. The plan was to add a button band at the end, and I think we have both decided the jacket would be too wide, and are probably going for zippers instead.
EZ has instructions on how to size up the Cast-on number (although I can't remmeber where right now), but the rest is guess work. I would be happy to go back and deconstruct my exact pattern for you leter, if you would like, as mine seems as if it's going to fit quite well as I had intended it to be worn [over other sweaters]. Also, there are some specifics in earlier posts.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
This is the Tomten I started for my son and if I were British I would say it's coming along swimmingly. A note on the yarn: I am using cheap Bernat yarn at 2.49 a skein and I don't feel the least bit guilty. I've decided it's ridiculous to spend big bucks on, although fabulous, finer yarns for garments that kids are a) going to outgrow and b) possibly wreck with any number of substances.
Also, I'd like to point out the pockets. I don't know why but it seems like very few knitters put in the pockets. I urge everyone to give it a try. It's amazingly simple and a really nice touch and if I can do it any knitter can. Or maybe there are good reasons the pockets are skipped? Please blog on the topic.
And the reason I know so much about the details of Tomtens is that I am absolutely obsessed with this particular garment and I think I've viewed every posted photo of completed Tomtens in all of cyberspace.
I can't begin to describe the numerous mistakes I made in attempting this Tomten for my daughter but I will try and put it succinctly: bad yarn choice (do not use fine light yarn to knit sturdy sweater jacket for active toddler), got wild and decided to take EZ's advice and do my own thing (basically changed the proportions of the pattern to get right gauge--not a good idea as now I have right gauge width-wise but not length-wise), and now have a huge mystery hole where arm and jacket meet (I KNOW this has something to do with how I picked up the stitches around the armhole but for the life of me I could not fix it and I tried three times).
Monday, December 17, 2007
or, in this case, 2 pounds! here you can see where i am with the tomten, after using two 1 pound cones of P&C double worsted. have slowed down on this, as i was doing some holiday knitting and making new mittens for my son, but hope to have this finished by the first of the year. i think i'm going to like it :)
just a little more to go on that middle section, then on to the sleeves and hood, and maybe i'll finish with a purple i-cord edging instead of the mosaic button band i had planned or maybe gray, or....
Maybe i'd better get there first, then decide.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I'm thinking about adding a blanket stitch edging in royal blue or purple. I have to see what the buttons look like when they arrive. I love the Rowan Big Wool in garter stitch, and I love the shape of this Tomten. I just halved the numbers EZ specified and skipped the short rows and the jacket is perfect. The sleeve length is great to just unroll and use as mittens.
more photos of the front and back of the hood at my blog.
woohoo! i want to make many more of these.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
i'll have to do another photo- no lovely NE foliage now- just lots and lots of white! that can be pretty as well, though. (unless one is in the act of (or recovering from the act of) shoveling it.)
i had intended to do a mosaic button band, but considering that the jacket is plenty wide, and plenty heavy, i may relent and save that for another project. i am thinking of an i-cord border for this one- maybe purple.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
i'm probably 75% through the second 1 pound cone of Peaches & Creme double-worsted.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I have to say I have, with out a doubt, spent more time ripping back and re-knitting on this project than any before it. Usually I find this incredibly frustrating, and would probably frog the whole thing, but somehow it's kind of fun with this. I'm really enjoying interpreting and translating the directions from different EZ books, and trying to make them all work together into a jacket I will actually want to wear.
I have finished the hood (twice, actually, but I'm keeping it as is now) I had thought I would line it and add a pull cord, but decided instead to make it snug, so I won't need a cord. I've started to knit into one of the arm holes, and it really seems to be taking shape now.
Also, now that it's at a point where I can slip it on and see how it fits it's much easier to figure out how/if I want to make modifications.
I hope everyone is doing well, and that you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. I will be at Gerry's house feasting (now that we finally found our tradtional vegetarian "roast") So, perhaps we will get to sit down after dinner and work on our Tomten's together.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
i have a few days off from work coming up later this week, so that should help get me back on track.
Brian and i spent some time Saturday evening chatting and working on our jackets together, and i think he may have a story or two to relate re: his progress. i'll let him tell it in his own words :)
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
well, i must be making some headway- look! i finished my first entire cone of yarn!
that's already more yarn than i've ever used on a single project- well, by weight if not by yardage. i'm now at the one pound mark and have just joined in the second cone.
Marliah- there is a way to add i-cord trim directly to the jacket- i haven't done it yet, but i know it's in some of EZ's books (i think it's in Knitter's Almanac and maybe Knitting Around). i'll hunt up directions and get back to you.
Anyway onto the pictures:
This is my first ever sweater and its for my newborn nephew. I made it gender neutral (I think anyway) so it can be used on future kiddos too. :)
While I'm posting here, could anyone clue me in on how the icord trim is done? Do I make the icord first then sew it together or is there some way to knit it right to the jacket?
Monday, November 5, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
I'll post pictures once I have something of substance to photograph ;)
Great to be knitting along with you all!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
After I make this one, I have another planned - one for my 4.5 year old. I'm planning to cast on provisionally and then when I'm finished, pick up and knit down, making it a longer jacket. The reason I plan on knitting down is that I have no idea what length to make it so that my daughter can still run around.
After that, I'm torn between making one for myself (heavily modified to make it better shaped for an adult) or making a Bog Jacket.
Now that I've babbled on and on about my Zimmermann plans for the future... let me close by saying thanks for making this knit-along!
I don't have too much knitting done yet, but it's been a busy day today. Hopefully tomorrow I can get some done.
i am using peaches and creme double worsted, in black, at 3.5 stitches to the inch on #10 Denise interchangable needles. So far i really like the yarn! i am a bit nervous, as one often reads that cotton sweaters are too heavy, but one sees them in stores and in catalogs, etc. one way to find out....though it may be a very labor-intensive way to find out ;)
Thursday, October 25, 2007
it is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, and i'm a little excited :)
i am going to try knitting mine in peaches & cream double worsted, black, with a band of black and silver gray in a mosaic pattern- still deciding which.
I have made up a gauge swatch, but I think I will re-swatch. The 4 sts to the inch I got was probably affected by knitting in the car while my mother was driving (I think her driving was making me tense!) Anyway, I still have to work up the underarm seams, and do the blocking on my Cobblestone Pullover. I guess it should wait until I'm done with that, but I really can't wait to get going!