Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hello everyone

I have been busy I havent even been able to come to see this site and see everyones progress. I was wanting to know if there was anyone who would like to take over this site for me so that we can make sure that everyone that wants to get on does. If you would like to take over control of the blog just email me....first come first serve. :-)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

There be progress around here....

It's been awhile I know. I finally have a little progress to show. A friend of mine had been wanted to have a baby for at least 2 years now and I'm excited to see that she is finally pregnant. I have been so consumed with knitting baby things recently that all other projects have been in temporary hibernation. Now that the weather has gotten cooler I'm determined to finish this.
I'm working with Berocco Ultra Alpaca that I had in stash. It's really soft and very close to the Peruvia color that's used in the magazine.

A close-up of the increases. I hope to finish the skirt this week. I'm becoming more inspired seeing what everyone else has done with their duster.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I finally finished!!!

And it doesn't fit me. sigh.

Luckily, it DOES fit my little sister, so she will be getting it. All in all though I am totally glad I knit it. Here are some pictures, and full details are on my blog!!

Front Detail Tilted Duster

Tilted Duster

Side view Tilted Duster

Tilted Duster

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I am on ravelry now :-) My name there is knitnpurlgurl :-) Come visit me


Hello, my name is Gabriela and I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is my first KAL.
Tilted Duster is my first Norah Gaughan's project. I like very much the construction of this pattern; it's so original!
I casted on two weeks ago; I'm knitting the skirt now. This is my last Winter project, because in Southamerica is Spring now, altough the weather is cold and rainy yet.
The yarn is similar to Malabrigo's Merino; it's from a local store, Yanabey. I'm using 7 mm needles:

Monday, October 8, 2007

And Voila!

I finished my sweater at about 1 a.m. I was determined to finish it, so I stayed up a little late. And it was well worth it!

Don't mind the bad pic of me. I wasn't mad. I just wasn't smiling the moment Shawn snapped the shot.

I'm not satisfied with my button choice. So, I'm going to change them. They need to be bigger.

Yarn: Berroco Peruvia in Grano
Needles: US 9's for gauge
Size: I did the 45" bust, since I was going down a needle size and because I wanted a little extra bust room. (Worked out well for me.)
Mods: None, but for change in needle size.

I have to admit that while knitting the 16" of 2 x 2 ribbing for the skirt, I was ready to stab myself with a knitting needle. It just seemed to take forever to get one row done. But I persevered, (without puncture wounds). I love the pattern, I love the architecture of the pattern, (thanks to Norah!), I love the yarn. Most of all, I love the sweater. Yay!

Finished Duster

I finally finished my Tilted Duster. I first did the collar as written and didn’t like it so I ripped it out and left out the buttonholes. Then I made a loop and sewed on one button. I usually wear sweaters open and it will look better this way. I can also fold down the collar and it looks good that way too.
I used Berroco Peruvia in Marron that I bought at Webs on my summer vacation. It is soft and warm and I can’t wait for the weather to get cool enough to wear it.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

She is finished!

This is probably one of my favorite projects ever. It was easy, but not too simple, and with the malabrigo, knitting it was a dream!

Notes about this project:
If you knit it in malabrigo (or a similiar kettle dyed or hand dyed yarn) do some looking before you start. In hindsight I wish I had purposely chosen which two balls to use for my sleeves. One sleeve has a lot more of the lighter pink in it than the other. But rather than rip, I decided to "embrace" the kettle dyed qualities.

I was afraid I was going to run out of yarn, so I knit the fronts, the back, the sleeves, and then the collar. That way if I ran short I could just shorten the skirt. Turns out I was fine. I used way less than 6 balls of the red mahogany malabrigo on size 10 needles for the 40" size. It came out a bit bigger than 40" because my gauge was off, but I had planned for that.

Regardless of the yarn issue, I think knitting the skirt last was a good idea. The skirt is long and tough to get through, but it's nice to know that you're done at that point.

As you can see my duster is hanging out in the yarnstore (near the malabrigo and the IK) until it gets cool enough to wear it here. All in all, I must say, I *adore* this sweater!

Ooops! I forgot something. I had saved my original swatch so I tested out steam iron blocking it. It worked fine and didn't hurt the precious yarn so that's how I got the curl out of the stockinette portions of the skirt.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Body done!

I'm very pleased with this - I especially like the collar folded over! It's not curling too much at the bottom, and it hasn't even been blocked yet, so I don't think that'll be a problem. I've got one sleeve done, and I'm starting the 2nd today, hopefully blocking it this evening.


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Lookie who has three pieces done! Me, that is who! These three should be dry now, so I can seam them and start on the skirt. Hmm...maybe I should start on the sleeves? Just to get them out of the way, but I am way too excited not to get knee deep into the picking up of the stitches. This is one of my favourite things to do.

WIP Tilted Duster

Yep, I know - I went pin crazy..Hee hee.

Lisa @

Finally posting

Hi all,

I started on 9/23, then promptly got bronchitis - lots of knitting time, but not up to photography!

I've left the skirt on the Options cable, while I'm working on the collar. I can't decide how long I want the skirt to be, so I thought I'd finish the rest, and see how it looked. Has anyone knit or seen a shorter version?

I'm using Classic Elite Skye Tweed - not soft like the Peruvia, but I like the way it looks, and I'm stash-busting!


Monday, October 1, 2007

Done...just about

Well, I actually "finished" this over a week ago, but I still have a couple of things to do before I can really claim it is finished. I need to find some nice buttons and I think I am going to undo the seams and take it into a store to have it finished (the seams) for me. My friend uses L'Atelier in Santa Monica for her finishing and she swears by them. She says that her projects have come out looking 100% better when they were finished by the pros in that shop. So, since I really do like the way this turned out, I think I might invest in that and see how much of a difference it really makes.

I really liked the way this sweater turned out, though. I re-knit the top portion after changing yarns (from Elann Sierra Aran to Malabrigo) and it worked out a lot better. I would make another one, for sure. It was a fun and simple pattern. I think I have inspired a couple of friends to try it out, too. I am going to go search for some buttons and have it put together properly, then I will post a pic. All the other progress pics look great. I really like to see all the different versions.