Wednesday, March 28, 2007

So far, so good

After a few false starts, I've worked my way through the back panel and am now starting on the collar on the first front panel. Yahoo!!! Thanks for letting me join the KAL!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

An English Nantucket Jacket


Having discovered 'Interweave Magazine', I kept being drawn to the picture of the Jacket. I last knitted a aran cable pattern for my school jumper. I decided to knit it in Cascade 220.Turkish Plum is such a beautiful shade. I hope I've got enough as I'm going to extend the sleeves. The body should be long enough as I am vertically challenged. I've already amended the pattern slightly as when I started the chart B section I didn't like the look of the 'holey yo'. I've just left it with the seed stitch,keeping the markers in place andI really think it looks great. I'm using US size 5 needles. The existence of a KAL has also been a revelation, once I realised what a KAL was... Caroline

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Jacket Grows on a Roadtrip to Nebraska

Went on a roadtrip to Nebraska (from Kansas) this weekend to view the sandhill crane migration on the Platte River. In about 10 hours of riding in truck, here's what I accomplished! I'm ready to do the last bind-offs on the shoulder shaping on the next 2 rows, then bind off. The color in this photo is far more orange than my yarn actually is... it's more of a "paprika." Thanks for driving, honey! ;)

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Ready to start!

My yarn has finally arrived and I'm busily swatching. Like quite a few others, I'm having trouble getting the gauge - I've already gone down 2 needle sizes so I may end up uisng a 5 or 6. I can't wait to get started! This is the first time I've used Eco yarn and I love how it knits - and the washed swatches are wonderfully soft. It really bleeds when you wash it though.....


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

New Nantucket Started...

I just started the Nantucket and although I had a few hiccups at the beginning (then I remembered how to count!) I'm finally on my way and working on the first decreases, using Patons Classic Merino and my gauge was right-on. That said, I found that when I cast on for "my size," it was coming out HUGE... So I cast on again with size 8's and a number of stitches of my own between 2 sizes. It's great to see all of the other Nantuckets out there!

Monday, March 19, 2007


Thank you for letting me join. I joined back in February and haven't posted yet. Here is my progress this far. The right front was cast off last night. I am using the Berroco yarn the pattern calls for in Sapling. This is my first adult sweater and I am enjoying the pattern very much.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

An Very Unexpected Setback

Ok, so I was so organized for my trip. I completed the back at my first stop and so was able to stow the back and cast on both fronts for the two flights to my destination, the
Turks & Caicos Islands in the British West Indies.

We spent a week there and I did not get to knit a lot, but made some decent headway knitting on the beach, in fact I will post a photo of my heaven, the beach, a beer and my knitting.

So for the return home, we had 3 flights just to get us to the location to pick up our kids. The security scanners at the Provenciales Airport took my needles!!! I was knitting with an addi turbo circular and I tried to reason with them and even with their boss, allwomen and they did not care. Being with a large group, they all thought I was nuts, but the officials told me that knitting needles are on the list of things not allowed. I explained that I had flown many times with my needles, but the British do not allow knitting needles. So I guess I will have to send a letter to the Queen.........

Although once I got on the plane the woman next to me was knitting with, yes you guessed it, metal circular needles. And another guy we were with had two lighters. geesh. I guess they had it in for me.

By the time I got to my second to last stop I picked up another pair of needles, sure hope I got the right size, I think they were 3's.........dang..........all those wasted hours on the airplane. So beware, BWI is not nice to knitters.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Growing Jacket...

I've copied and pasted an e-mail I received below, if anyone has any suggestions for Dawn, please do post them here, she checks the KAL blog regularly!!! Also, if anyone does have contact info for Norah Gaughan, let me know...I haven't come across any yet.

"Amby,I am not a member of your knit along, but have been watching the progress online for a while. I finished my own jacket yesterday and washed it to block it. I am using the suggested yarn, which is wonderful, but now have a major problem! Once my sweater hit water, it stretched to twice it's original width.
I was wondering if you have contact information for the designer so I could ask if I am the only one, or if there is a simple solution. I would also like to know if this has happened to anyone else in the KAL. I see that a few of the people are using the suggested yarn. I have contacted Berroco about it and hope that they might write back, but I'm not sure.
If nothing else, I'd like to pass on what happened to me to your KAL so that others using the same yarn can be careful. I think that washing the swatch before taking the gauge would help. It really is a wonderful yarn, but I would hate to see anyone else go through this, since I think that I'll probably have to frog it and start over.Thank you for any information you have, and for passing along my warning.


Thursday, March 08, 2007

(Im)patiently waiting

Thanks for letting me join - I am (im)patiently awaiting my yarn and hope to start working on the jacket this weekend. I used some "junk yarn" this past weekend to practice the pattern and think I'll be ready to jump in when the yarn arrives. I'll post a picture of my yarn when it gets here.....

I've been knitting for about a year and have discovered that I like to knit more and more complicated patterns and learn new techniques with each project. This one should be quite a challenge!

Thursday, March 01, 2007


I finally managed to count to 140 and cast on...

Here's my Nantucket back up to the second bust increase. So far, I'm in love. I can be fickle, tho, so we'll see how long it lasts.