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Bazinga May 2, 2013

One of the great things about getting a little adjustable mannequin was the idea of knowing in advance that most likely whatever I was making was actually going to fit.

One of the not-so great things was that there was no longer any excuse for being in denial about something that wasn’t.

My current WIP – a curry-colored BRYNNA – is up to about 1/3 of the first sleeve being done (and moving right along).

But something was just not right. This was one of the first things I put up on the new mannie and OOPS it had…

A little big problem…

My mod was actually too small – if I quit being in denial, I had to admit – it was too tight on the mannequin and that meant it was going to be Too Tight On My Body Too.

Apparently, just grabbing a needle and using it (without checking size) could mean Your Needle Is Too Small and whatever you knit with it is Also Too Small, even though it looks just like the right one.

I plead watching several back-to-back episodes of Top of the Lake in a dim room for this dim move but nevermind!

I’ve never been one to shy away from a little splash in the frog pond and in the glaring light of day, ZIP.

Off came the offending piece and onto success! This time, though, I am not taking any chances and it’s Best Practices Everywhere!

Chic Knits Brynna Knitting Pattern

Using a leftover swatch from the original VONICA neckband sample (double frog! use the yarn!), I threaded the working stitches on a length of yarn, then

laid it flat on a table and measured it. Looks good! So onto the next part

Chic Knits Brynna Knitting Pattern

which is another trip up on the fit mannequin and VOILA.

NOW it works –

Now there’s a little sparkle in my step knowing that I can get going finishing the sleeve I abandoned to fix this. Bazinga!

Maybe I’ll reward myself by picking out some buttons…

New Threads Tuesday April 23, 2013

There is only one way to describe today in Portland: SPARKLING!

The weather is so crisply sunny it almost hurts the eyes while it is inviting one to frolic…

Just the kind of weather for a bike ride, a run, a stroll

A little time at a sidewalk cafe…

A little time in a little dress topped with a happy new FO!

Chic Knits Vonica

Pattern: Chic Knits VONICA
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: UNK Italian Wool/Cotton DK
Color: Muted Turquoise

This has been one of my famous start-n-stop projects, looked at longingly but knocked out the way by deadline knitting and then! Colder weather and the longing for warmer “lap robes” (that’s my pet name for top-down all-in-one-piece projects).

Two curious things about this: first, I have no idea what the yarn is. I do know i bought it many many moons ago on ebay and it was a cone end from an Italian factory. I also had it in olive (made the Sandrine cardigan sample with that) and have happily been wearing (and washing) that ever since.

It has a lightness both in weight and the wearing, a very nice combo of fibers. Somehow it seems to be self-adjusting – just enought wool for warmth; just enough cotton for cool.

The second interesting thing is this dress!

It is one of the few surviving garments from my student days in San Francisco – a design I put together for a class. I wore it constantly in the day – now it’s a little tight and WAY too short but I like to leave it on a hangar on my bedroom door. Just a talisman to wish for the muse to linger…

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off-roading April 4, 2013

For many, many years, I drove a little white Jeep.

It was not only a great city car (parallel parking was a Breeze!) but it was great off-road as well. There was always the confidence that if I just HAD to drive across that field (or over that dry riverbed), No Problem! I knew the car could handle it and I just might have some fun trying something new.

I feel the same way about knitting.

Call it mod off-roading – making changes, No Problem!

My current project is ready to jump the path right about now…

Chic Knits Brynna

Here’s my curry-colored BRYNNA up on the mannie for a measuring session.

Although I’ve been measuring this periodically to make sure I’m on track with gauge and dimensions, the end of a pattern section is always a great time to make sure the garment is correct before going forward.

Probably 50% of the fit problems people write to me about are due to the fact a knitter did not Measure-As-You-Go.

BETTER to do a general well-being check every few inches and every section to avoid those nasty surprises.

This gives you CONFIDENCE that the end result is going to be what you desire.

This lovely is at that point where it’s almost 2/3’s of the way done and now what’s left is quite routine.

So, what about going off-road?!

I have extra yarn. How aboutmaking this Brynna longer and with 3/4 length sleeves?

First, we’ll need to pick up stitches along the bottom and make the hem…

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