Froggy Knits

August 03, 2004

Too hot to knit!

It's been just a scorcher lately and it hasn't help that my air conditioner decided to take a summer vacation along with everyone else. I could tell it on its way out and called to schedule a maintenance check (you know its a problem when the thermostat is set for low 70's and its in the mid to upper 80's) so I really haven't done a lot of knitting in the past week or so. Then on Friday the air just took off altogether. Guess it was trying to beat the weekend traffic. But yesterday it was repaired so now I can complain and celebrate in one post.
There is a little progress though. My washcloth has grown a few more petals. Once the batteries charge up on the camera, I'll have a bit more progress to report.

And the cable hat is coming along pretty well.

Well until this. I was pulling the thread through the last few stiches and the yarn just snapped. I was pulling pretty hard. This is the first time I have worked with tweed so I don't know if its the yarn or I just need to be more careful.
Was also able to work on Audrey. I knit about this much up twice. Once as the pattern states and another using a sub stitch and with both looking exactly the same. That'll teach me to swatch it out next time and not use the garment to experiment.

Here are the left side decreases and her are the right side decreases. I don't know about this. I think I am going to put this on a holder and knit the front working the decreases on the side. I do like the look of Becky's continuous ribs. Don't know what I will do when I get to the dart area but I guess I'll see when I get there.

And while organizing my knitting mags I found this poncho pic that I ripped out of some catalog. If anyone knows which one, just let me know and I will give credit. I think it is Nordstrom, but I am not sure. I think its an interesting spin on the poncho.

Posted by froggy at August 3, 2004 06:27 AM

I love the colour of your Audrey! And your tension is very good, your stitches look really regular, not as mine do :-((
I want to get some cotton chenille for the flower towels, too - they are the perfect knitting ptroject for the summer.

Posted by: Marta at August 3, 2004 07:46 AM

I have also had that problem with some Rowan Tweed I had, so I think it's the tweed not the yarn specifically. Very Fragile Indeed. Handle with care.

Posted by: melanie at August 3, 2004 08:58 AM

I think your decreases look perfect. I don't see anything wrong with those. I can only hope mine come out so well! Guess what, I'm going down to needle sizes 5&6. I'm such a loose knitter. The other sleeve is on hold & I'm going to start the new one today!

Posted by: Eilene at August 3, 2004 09:25 AM

Don't you just love that ponchos are fashionable again this year? I like to imagine that the knitters of the world have helped make it happen. :)

Posted by: jena at August 3, 2004 10:19 AM

Your audrey increases/decreases look perfect. I used Summer Tweed before and it is very fragile to use. I also found out the hard way not to pull too hard.

Posted by: Lynette at August 3, 2004 01:08 PM

You and I are at pretty much the same spot on our Audreys--I have knitted a few of the darts, though. Yours looks beautiful! I love the color :)

I've found that tweedy yarns tend to be a bit brittle like that. I used Rowan Felted Tweed to knit my Elfin and broke the yarn a couple of times.

Posted by: Amy at August 3, 2004 02:54 PM

I've had that problem with several different tweeds, so it looks as if that's the norm with that type of yarn. I'm loving that poncho you posted... definitely a new twist on it!

Posted by: joy at August 3, 2004 10:52 PM

I really like the way that your Audrey looks. Becky's is great as well but I think it works both ways. I think the visible darts have quite a dressmaker-quality to them.

Posted by: Anita at August 4, 2004 08:58 AM

I LOVE the pea green shade you're using for the face cloth :). That pattern is a joy to knit I think :). The ponco is very cute, but I could help ya out but this is my first time seeing the image ^__^.

Posted by: Jen at August 4, 2004 05:37 PM

I sooo know what you mean about the heat. It's hard to knit when it is hot. I really, really like that flower washcloth! I've seen it before on another blog and it is very cute. I'm gonna have to get me one of them! And audrey looks beutiful. That yarn is really pretty.

Posted by: Monica at August 4, 2004 06:05 PM

Lovely projects! I love making the flower washcloths. They are such fun and perfect accompaniment to a gift of homemade bath salts or bath bombs too!

Posted by: Kristi at August 4, 2004 08:12 PM

All the tweedy yarns I've worked with have broken with a bit of pulling, so I'm betting it's a characteristic of the yarn. I take great care when seaming, and join new yarn every group of stitches. The constant pulling when seaming wears it thin...

Keep up with the Audrey! I like how your darts are coming out. Very nice shaping, froggy!

Posted by: Becky at August 5, 2004 02:37 AM

looks like we have the same couch!! all my projects have the same flowered background when i take the picture... i know weird comment, sorry

Posted by: donna marie at August 5, 2004 01:55 PM

Careful with that washcloth, it's an addictive project. I've already made three of them (one of which was modified to look like a starfish).
Good job on all of your current projects.

Posted by: Marcela at August 5, 2004 01:56 PM