Froggy Knits

August 21, 2004

Swatches and Mags

This week in swatches:
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L to R: Noro Silk Garden color 84, Manos del Uruguay color 68, and Phildar Copacabana color 04

The Silk Garden is for my Klaralund. And it's just a swatch. OK, so it's a big swatch. But it was all in the name of getting gauge. Sometimes it takes more than a 4x4 to be sure. It's not like I was starting early, he he. That's all I'm knitting until kick-off.

UPDATE:Forgot that one reason I swatched was because I got a few emails inquiring whether or not I could get gauge and if so what needes I used. I used addis 4.0 mm. (I know I knit loose, lol) And that silk garden must love addis 'cause it knits up with the greatest of ease.

And the Copa is for this tank and I have used a size 6 instead of the suggested 8-10. I usually go down 1-2 sizes on a regular basis, so I will probably cast on a little less than the pattern states too. Claudia tipped me off that this yarn can streeeeetch more than you could imagine. The needles and stitch count modification should help with that.
Thanks Claudia.

The Manos is for the minisweater. Once I made it up to the try-on stage, I quickly transferred it to scrap yarn for the first fitting.

And I finally received my Rowan 36

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I love the cover pic and my favorite sweater is Lisette. What a beautiful sweater that I will never have. Knit on 2-3 needles (and remember I usually have to go down in needle sizes from the suggested needle size) and with Rowan 4 ply soft at 28 sts/10cm, I don't think I will be knitting this sweater any....time... soon. But I do love it! I even thought about making it a year-long sweater, but sometimes my quick knits turn into year-longs, lol.
Check out the new Jane Ellison Noro Book 2

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These are my favs. I have seen the cover pic in progress and it is just gorgeous. I love the red colorway, but the other two sweaters will definitely be knit in a brighter noro shade for me. I picked it up at Knit Happens. And along with that a Rowan for Liberty mag.

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I just love the Blue Flower Jacket by Kaffe Fassett on the left.
Maybe one day my intarsia skills will be ready for the challenge.
Thanks Kristine!

I also got a couple of free trial issues lately. They were Creative Knitting and Knit 'n Style. They weren't mags I would buy, but they would warrant a quick flip through if I saw them at a shop or book store. But with soooo many books and mags coming out this fall, I am trying to make each book worth the buy.

Also received my Anthropologie in the mail. And I just love the sweater pic above and here's a color view that shows a bit more detail and another little cardi I like.

Posted by froggy at August 21, 2004 01:28 AM

I like your taste in sweaters. Except that I'm well and truly done forever with Kaffe Fassett designs!

Posted by: claudia at August 21, 2004 04:31 PM

There are so many great choices to knit in the new Noro book. I love the turtleneck using 2 different yarns. Very cute!! Do we need like 10 more hands or what! The mini sweater is so adorable. I started swatching for Klaralund tonight. Are you using Addi's and what needle size are you using to get gauge for Klaralund?
Thanks! :-)

Posted by: Eilene at August 21, 2004 11:06 PM

What is Anthropologie? I've never heard of it.

Posted by: Joanne Conklin at August 22, 2004 09:32 AM

I want to start the Klaralund, but I can't get Noron Slik Garden in my city (there are only 2 yarn stores, one can't get any noro in, the other has 2 colours and they are not my stly, and she's not getting any more in for 2 months). Do you happen to know of a yarn you could substitute for slik garden? Thanks, Lex.

Posted by: Lex at August 22, 2004 10:25 AM

I love love love the red sweater on the front of the Noro book by Jane Ellison. I'd love to get my hands on that book. Can't wait to see some your progress on the Klaralund.

Posted by: Laurin at August 22, 2004 11:50 AM

Wow, lots of great things in this post! I swatched for Klaralund this weekend as well. I had to go up to size 10 needles to get gauge. It seems to me like kind of a loose tension for Silk Garden...did it strike you that way as well? I also bought the Jane Ellison Noro book this weekend. The sweaters you picked out are very cute! I think I'll be making the "Butterfly" cardigan sometime in the near future. I love the chevron striping thing in that design :)

Posted by: Amy at August 22, 2004 01:19 PM

I've got Gloria on my to do list this coming season. You got great taste, mon amie! ;-)

Oh, and VERY good thing you went down on that needle size. My tank grew like 2 cm after it was washed. That Copa is like the incredible growing ribbon, I promise you. Can't wait to see your tank. It's gonna be fab!

Posted by: Becky at August 22, 2004 01:35 PM

I love to come here and see what you're up to! I love the eye candy!

Posted by: PlanetJanet at August 22, 2004 01:43 PM

I love that limey color for the mini sweater. As usual, you knit (and blog) faster than I can keep track! Wonderful choices.

Posted by: Pioggia at August 22, 2004 02:27 PM

Fab swatches ! ;-]
Both Klaralund and the mini sweater look marvellous.Wish I could wear that fab lime green - it'll look gorgeous on you.

Posted by: Emma at August 22, 2004 04:07 PM

The Noro Silk Garden is in such a pretty colourway.

I am in love with Anthropologie! I wish I was able to buy those clothes up here in Canada! Just beautiful...

Posted by: Clara at August 22, 2004 04:07 PM

Hey hey now.....starting early on Klaralund? Shame on you. :) I would love to start early, but the shop that I ordered the silk garden fron is not going to be getting it in until the end of August. I just hope it isn't delayed!

I love that little cardi at the end of your entry. So cute!

I get so excited when the new mags come out, but you are right, you really have to budget which ones to buy!

I can't wait to see what the tank looks like.

Posted by: Dani at August 22, 2004 08:56 PM

I love the colorway for the copa tank...and the silk garden is going to be divine for Klara!

I just got the Ellison book too...I love all the patterns in that book, it's going to be hard to choose one!

"Butterfly" has stolen my heart though.

Lovely and thanks for setting up the yahoo group for Klara...can't wait until it officially starts!

Posted by: Heather at August 23, 2004 10:30 AM

Cheater ;-) ...ha ha...but it's nice to have a preview of the colorway knitted up since I'm using the same one, LOL...

And here I've been resisting the urge to start... ;-)

Posted by: Eklectika at August 23, 2004 01:39 PM

My oh my, you are a cheater starting that Klaralund all early. I've been so tempted, but I've restrained myself. Well, no more now! ;0) Love the color you chose.

Thanks for all the pics of new patterns. Without knitblogs I'd never know what was new out there!

Posted by: alison at August 23, 2004 03:44 PM

I've also been eyeing that green cardi at Anthropologie! They are right down the block from my apt. - very very dangerous.

And we must have the same taste all around because I am daring to take on Lisette - I just
ordered the yarn for that. I like those little needles.

Posted by: Jackie at August 23, 2004 05:48 PM

Nice swatch. ;-)

Love that color of Manos!

I may have to join in on this Klaralund thing.

Posted by: Iris at August 24, 2004 09:39 AM