Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Knit Simple, fall 2006

I haven't written about knitting for a while... I am plugging away on my Gentle Breeze Tee.  I'm within two rows of finishing the back.  The front is done just past the arm hole shaping.  I'll take pictures of it and post progress when the back is done.



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In the mean time, I have received knitsimple as presented by Vogue Knitting.  This issue is devoted to "flattering looks for fuller figures", "easy, easy cables",  "a whole new breed of afghan", plus, the cover says, 30+ projects.  I wonder what new, hip style of grammar dictates a total lack of capital letters in titles?  Would I be more cool if I left out upper case letters?



I liked this issue much more than the first issue I received, but....

Article about upsizing

The technique article, "A GUIDE TO RESIZING KNITWEAR FOR LARGER BODIES; the upside of upsizing" (they used all their quota of caps in one title!), is a fine introduction to how to modify patterns for big people.  You won't learn enough to do your own designs, but you do learn the types of changes you would have to make in order to upsize a pattern.  There is an introduction to bust darts, and some discussion about sleeve shaping.  The entire article is three pages, so this isn't meant to be an in depth tutorial.

There is a recommendation for "big girl knits" by Jillian Moreno and Amy Singer.  This book appears to be quite popular with younger, full figured women.  (It must be for younger women, there are no caps in the book's title on the cover.)  I haven't taken the time to look at this book yet.

There is a list of resources, including: web sites, blogs, mailing lists, pattern publishers, and books.

Shelda Eggers, who hosts the Ample-Knitters web site and mailing list is quoted.  Unfortunately, the mailing list hosted by Shelda will be disappearing soon.  The web site is staying and Shelda has plans to enhance it.  The mailing list appears to be migrating to a yahoo list as I write.

Note:  many of the patterns in this issue have extra large size options, but I think patterns done with fat yarn on big needles only makes one look bigger than you already do.


Leigh Witchel article

Leigh is an entertaining writer who does a lot with the time he has in his life, so he's a good choice for writing an article about managing your time and doing holiday knitting.  (already???)

His advice?  Start early. Think small projects (pattern for ribbed hats included).  Make a to do list and use it to manage your progress.  Maximize your time by knitting everywhere, all the time.  Be realistic and trust your intuition's warning signals.

And then he has an amusing summary of various knitting acronyms: TOAD, FO, AFO, UFO.


Projects

Lots of cabled sweaters done with big needles and fat yarn.
Cabled afghan, dog sweater, scarf, vest.
Crocheted chevron skirt and granny-square sweater.  (ack!)
Side to side sleeveless top and creatively shaped coat.
Bell sleeve top (still?  we should be done with bell shaped sleeves by now!)
More afghans.  Several pillow covers, some nicely ribbed with buttons.
More short sleeve tops, one with a cowl collar.
A double-breasted jacket.
A cute dog blanket with pictures of various dog breeds.
... and on and on and on.


article about making cables

Really quick intro, with pictures, about making cables... includes "how to read a chart."


article about slip stitch color knitting

Introduction.  If you're serious about slip stitch knitting, get Barbara Walker's "Mosaic Knitting" from schoolhouse press.


New books

Vogue's "Stitchionaries" 1, 2 and 3.
"Never too old to knit" (this one looks interesting.)


   



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