Thursday, September 28, 2006

a quick frill question

hi, everyone!

as i was knitting along on the frill of my butterfly, i measured it (unstretched) and estimated that i'd need ~34 repeats of the frill pattern overall / ~17 per side. however, i've been looking at pictures / notes of butterflies on people's blogs and i'm only seeing 10-12 repeats per side. i want to do a size small. i've also read that ksh (which i'm using) stretches a whole lot when blocked.

basically, i'm wondering if i should i go for 12 repeats per side. that's The Plan at the moment. hehe...


Sunday, September 24, 2006


i am still struggling with the first line of my butterfly main. when it says yfwd does it mean yfwd and then knit a stitch, or just yfwd. Because I have tried just yfwd and Im ending up with too many stitches left. I dont usually use charts and I am getting good and confused.

and so it begins...

not the best picture, get the point. i just finished the first 8 rows of the fringe. yay! about 1 minute after this picture was taken i actually (gasp!) put a lifeline in.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The larvae has become....

A Butterfly:)

I am finished with my Butterfly. Yeah!! I need to find something better to wear underneath it, but I was determined to wear it today. Thank you so much Wannietta again for starting the knit-a-long or else I am sure that I wouldn't have started yet. I kept looking in the mirror at the butterfly all day because I was so excited to be done.

A couple thoughts regarding the pattern....

- I think next time I would try using a non-mohair laceweight yarn

- I shortened the straps a bit, and they still seem a little long.

- This sucker does stretch like crazy. I knit the x-small using size 6 needles, and it still fit OK, although it is slightly snug.

- I only used 1 1/2 balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

- I am not sure how much the beads really add to it, so I think that I would do without the beads next time.

I will post an additional pic tomorrow. Ann Marie

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Swatch

I very nearly forgot to knit on Butterfly yesterday, but I remembered in time! Here is my swatch. I'm not sure that the beads are making a significant impact. Perhaps a different colour? I can find more at the CSNF next month, or I can leave them out altogether. I had to go down to 4mm needles. I'm usually a tight knitter but with lacy projects I seem to loosen up. That and this yarn (Alchemy Haiku) is a bit thinner than KSH.

I also need to pay some extra attention to knitting the whole yarn, not just the fluff.
I think this happened because I'm using needles with a fairly pointy tip. I will have to pay more attention to this when I'm knitting the real thing.

I've also decided that I'm going to knit this in the round. Not my favourite technique, but I think that it will be better than having to seam this stuff. I will probably splurge for the new Lantern Moon circulars - I've had a hankering to try them out and this would be the perfect project.
I wrote a bit longer of a post on my blog, including some pics of the beadspinner if you want to read some more.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A Proposal

No, not that kind of proposal; one spouse is quite enough.

For those of us who are commencement challenged, I would like to propose a starting strategy (no, I'm not a therapist in RL, but I could play one on tv ... any offers?) that I believe we can follow through on. One a given/chosen day of the week we will knit for 1 hour on Butterfly. Everyone is certainly welcome/encouraged to knit more often for longer, but this will give us all a snail's pace fighting chance to get this baby off of the ground.

What say you? Any preference for "Butterfly Day"? I think that I like Saturday. I almost never have to get up early on Sunday, so even if it's really late I could get my hour in.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Does anyone know...........

I was looking at the lengths of the frill and realised that they are larger then the measurements given for the dress. For example the small dress frill is 55cm long yet the small dress is 39.5cm. Does anyone know which is a more acurate measurement. I finish the frill tonight so want to make sure I am making the right size.