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?