You have to be “this” tall to
get on this ride read this blog entry.
We enter the WendyKnits Theme Park and see it looming in the distance: Sleeve Mountain!
Please to keep your hands and feet inside the car at all times. For there be beasties lurking on Sleeve Mountain!
At the start of the ride, please to note the neat ribbing pattern, simple yet elegant.
As we continue on, the sleeve gently flares out from the increases.
Until we reach . . .
The armhole shaping! Wheeeeeeeeee!!!!! Raise your arms and scream!
Nice neat decreases above the cast-off.
But wait! What is this?
The shoulder shaping is worked in the center of the sleeve.
Scream along with me! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!
Okay. We’re back on the level ground as we reach the neck. Please to remain seated until the ride comes to a full stop.
Well, what did you expect? It’s awfully hard to squeeze an exciting blog entry from a ribbed sleeve.
Here’s a sloppy preview of how the sleeve will be attached to the body:
Here a Dale, There A Dale, Everywhere a Dale Dale
Snow asked if I ever have used Hauk. I haven’t, and I’ve never even seen it up close and personal, I think. I have reservations about a yarn that is treated with the same stuff as my mom’s favorite frying pan. Just sayin’.
Barbara asked me which colorway of Torino I’m making — I’m making the lighter colorway, because the design has some texture in it — at the bottom. I thought it would show up better in the light colorway.
And Diane asked:
I was thinking of knitting a Dale sweater. Are they very hard to knit and what size needles do you use? How did you know how much yarn to order or is it on the web page some place?
Are Dales hard to knit. There are Dales and there are Dales.Some are easy, some not so easy.
The easiest colorwork Dale I have knitted was a Sirdal pullover I made for a friend. Just two colors and very easy to knit. I also knitted a Sirdal Cardigan for myself — a bit more complicated because of the front steek and application of embroidered braid.
Some of the more complex Dales? Lillihammer is one. As I recall, it has some three-color rows in it. The pattern is quite complex, but immensely fun to knit.
How does Torino rate on the Dale difficulty scale? I’d say it’s one of the more difficult Dales, as I did note that they sneaked some three-color rows into it, and the pattern is fairly complex and non-symmetrical, so it is more challenging.
The ski sweaters are made from Falk or Heilo yarn, which is sportweight, knitted at a gauge of 6 stitches to the inch. I usually knit my Dales on US size 2 for the ribbing or bands, US 3 for the plain areas, and US 4 for the patterned areas. You go up a needle size for the colorwork because the gauge tightens up a bit when you are stranding.
As for how much yarn to buy, I bought the pattern first, then ordered the yarn. But I just as easily could have called or emailed Bea Ellis and asked her how much yarn the pattern took, and bought it all together.
A word of warning about the yarn amounts specified in the pattern. I always buy the amount for one size up from the one I am making, because Dale of Norway is notoriously stingy on the amounts they specify for each size.
Check this out:
A pen that looks like Lucy, a gift from Ria. Ria, I can’t find your email address (hello, dork here) so please accept my thanks here!
This pen is so going to work with me tomorrow. I think I’ll use it to take notes during the job interview I’m conducting. That oughta freak out the applicant, huh?
Movies and Knitting
Is your reason for not going to the theater much to watch movies related to your knitting at all? Even though, I can easily knit on simple stockinette stitch projects in the movies, I am finding that I don’t enjoy going as much I used to now that I am so passionate about knitting. I enjoy sitting at home with light and working on my more complicated projects while watching a movie these days, and I only go to the theater if it is a movie that I feel that I really need to see on a big screen.
While that makes perfect sense to me, my avoidance of movie theaters has more to do with my general disenchantment with the whole “going to the movies” thing. And my love of comfort. Ain’t nothing quite so wonderful as sitting on the couch in your jammies watching a movie. And one can pause the movie should one feel the need to waddle into the kitchen for a bowl of ice cream.