Whazzup on the knitting front?
Fern, from Rowan 36.
I’m using Shade # 835 in Rowan Kid Classic — a pretty purple. and so far so good — see?
Questions from the Comments
I am just wondering why you made the smallest size 32-34 if your
bust is 38. I think I remember you saying that. I am not trying to be mean
in any way I am just getting frustrated with knitting patterns and
sizing because I never know which size to make and I am wondering why they
would make a size 32-34 that is not meant for a 32-34. How can you
really know which size to make to give you a good fit. Even though you
said you made the smallest size it still at least from the picture looks
big, well not very fitted at least. Just wondering if you can offer any
help on sizing issues with different patterns.
The smallest size of Lara has an actual finished measurement of 40″ around. This is not an unreasonable amount of ease for a wrap sweater for someone with a 32-34″ bust. Yes, I have a 38″ bust. But my ribcage directly under the bust is 31″ around. I also have a small waist.
So I looked at the style. The size medium is 44″ actual size (as I recall). I thought that would be a bit too much to wrap around and pin.
The bottom line is that you need to look at both the style and the finished measurements and decide what suits you best.
The color I used is # 25010, by the way. But I wouldn’t call it orange. More of a deep salmon. My photo doesn’t accurately depict the color.
I have an Aran question. How do you determine how much yarn you need
for an Aran when you are designing one? I can guesstimate for a plain
sweater, but I don’t know how to account for the yardage that the
cabling eats and I haven’t found a good book with that info. I’d like to
design an Aran out of my stash, so I only have a finite amount of yarn to
use. (Otherwise, I’d just overbuy at the LYS and either return or use
the leftovers in another project.)
The best way that I know of estimating yarn for an aran is to look at an aran pattern that has about the same depth of patterning as yours and guess-timate from that.
There’s a formula that says to allow about one-third more yarn (Is it one-third? Anyone know?) for an aran than a plain sweater in the same size. But I find that too vague — so much depends on the amount of cabling in your design.
I happened to have a boatload of Freestyle yarn, which was what I used for Liam. I didn’t worry about estimating yardage, I just kept track of what I used.
Thank You . . .
For all the nice comments on Lara. If I’ve enabled just one more person to knit it, well, I feel as though I’ve done my job.
And More Thank Yous!
To my Secret Pal 3, who sent this:
Mmmmmmm . . . exquisite French chocolate and a pretty postcard with a sweet little note. Secret Pal 3, you certainly did your homework on my blog, because yes indeed, I was sent some Bonnat Chocolat a while back by a pal, and YES INDEED I love it!
And to make sure I was completely spoiled, I got a package from my Secret Pal 2! Inside:
A beautiful quilted purse! Secret Pal 2, you sure did your homework too, because I love bags! And I love green!
This bag is quilted with pink thread — for a Knit Happens theme! — and lined in a pretty ivy print fabric. The handles are knit from a delightful fuzzy green yarn and it has a magnetic snap to close it.
It’s perfect! So cute and girly!
Yarn! Some yummy laceweight mohair in a steel blue, and some fun ribbon yarn in a refreshing light green.
And there was even a knitted toy for Lucy. Awwwwwwwww . . .
Lucy says “Meow! Thank you very much!”
She loves things she can easily pick up and carry in her mouth, and this is just the right shape and size to tickle her fancy.
Thank you to both my wonderful Secret Pals — you guys are great!
And if that weren’t enough . . .
Spongebob stickers from Betsy in Colorado! Wheeeee!!!!!!! Thank you!
State of the Ankle
Thanks also for your inquiries about the state of my ankle. It’s getting better, though it’s still swollen and an odd color!