Saturday, December 30, 2006

Help with gauge please

Ok, my learning curve is big, I just figured out how to post.

Nothing to show yet, just a really long gauge with a result of the st stitch gauge with a needle size 4 and the pattern with a size 3 - using Cascade 220.

What is wrong with me? Is that ok to use teeny needles?

Should I change yarns?

I am itching to get started. thanks, Lori

First modification complete!

Hi all! I hope the holidays were wonderful for everyone! I didn't get as much knitting done as I'd like (although I don' t have to be back at work until Tuesday, so there's still time!), but I did finally get to the eyelet portion of the jacket's back. In this pic, the orange stitch marker indicates where I would have stopped decreasing the seed stitch and started the eyelet column, had I been following the directions for the 41 1/2 bust size. Instead, I kept on decreasing the seed stitch, continuing in pattern, until I was down to five stitches between the markers, then started the eyelet column. This keeps my size looking more like the Interweave pics (complete seed stitch triangles), more accurately follows my measurements, and added 2 3/4 inches of pre-blocked length to the back. I'm planning to add back those additional eight stitches I decreased in the bust increases. My copy of the pattern is turning into a rainbow of highlighted modifications!

The "Barn Red" KnitPicks Andean Silk isn't quite as bright red as this pic seems, but in terms of a yarn substitution, I'm very happy so far. I can't wait to finish the back so I can block it!

On the technical front, has anyone switched to the "new" Blogger (since they're supposedly out of beta), either before joining this "old" blog, or afterwards? One of the members is attempting to join by following the link in the invitation, but it's not letting her sign in under her Google/new Blogger account. My personal blog is through Typepad, so I don't have much experience through Blogger...if anyone has any suggestions, definitely let me know! Thanks!!!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Yarn is on it's way!

I ordered KnitPicks Wool of the Andes for my jacket, in the Maple Syrup color. I am really looking forward to this KAL, as I have not knitted a sweater for myself. Most of my knitting has been baby-sized for various charities. I will probably have to modify the pattern to make it fuller in the body - I wear a large size, and need room for "the girls". And let's not even talk about the sleeves! I don't like tight sleeves, so I will definately be making the armsythe a little deeper and the sleeve a little fuller. I can't wait to start my swatches!

Thursday, December 21, 2006


Well, this is kind of an old picture, but I figured I could at least post a few notes about my current progress. This shot is from right after I finished the back. Right now, I am a few inches away from the end of the left front side and gearing up to start on the sleeves.

I'm making my Nantucket Jacket in Cascade 220 in Lime Heather. The color in the picture is a little dark, but you get the general idea. I'm not really a red person, so this will suit me much better.

I'm making the 36" size, but I'm making the sleeves from the next size up, due to my arms not being tiny sticks dangling from my torso. To accomplish this, I've just done the sleeve decreases for the larger of the two sizes, and will knit the larger sleeves as well.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Thanks Amby

Thanks so much for taking care of the blog issue. I am here and plotting the yarn I will use for this sweater which my first alteration will be to make longer almost fingertip as I am taller and have fingertips, no I am tall and the longer length would be more becoming..

Welcome to the Knitalong!

This will be a knitalong blog for the Nantucket Jacket in the Winter '06 Interweave Knits. It seems like a lot of modifications/rewriting are being done by knitbloggers, so this is a place to share your changes to the pattern, get help and feedback, and show off your pics! I can't wait to see the finished jackets!

To join, e-mail me at kamcneil(AT)juno(DOT)com. I'll approve everyone as I get them, if you don't hear back within a couple of days, please e-mail me again.