2.08.2006

What's next?

My blogging is a little behind my knitting, I restarted the elfine socks and I'm already on the second sock. I really didn't like the way the toes looked the first time around so I decided to use a turkish cast on for a much neater result. I'm not sure why I stalled on these, I think it had something to do with the needles. For some reason I kept bending them and hurting my hands on them, not a good time. Let's call it holiday stress. Thankfully I'm not as stressed now and can actually enjoy knitting these socks. But guess what, this is the last of the ufo's (not counting the mesh tank I need more yarn for)! Aren't you proud? I am! Though once I finish this pair of socks I won't have anything to knit. It's time for project ideas.

In the spirit of stash clearing, I would love to come up with a pattern for this brown and pink yarn. I have no clue what to knit though. Am I pushing my luck by knitting with variegated yarn a third time? Maybe. We'll just have to see won't we. What I do know is that I have a sweater's worth of this yarn just sitting in my stash mocking me. It's got to be used. I like the way it knits up on 5 mm's and I even get gauge for Jemima so that's one possibility. How about a couple more?


Sweater Ideas I've been eyeing that t-shirt sweater from the Ella Rae book for a while. I don't have a pattern for it, but it looks simple enough to make up. I like Mari's version and have the IK issue she modded from. The sweater under that one looks similar, but with a bigger scoop. I'm not so sure how that would look on a busty girl (who am I talking about?). My guess is: not great.

I love the cardigan to the right, but this is more of a 'well, if I have leftover yarn then maybe I can buy some solid yarn sans guilt and come up with a similar pattern" sort of sweater. The blue, eighties-looking sweater is from a Rebecca issue that I have in my stash and wouldn't mind knitting. I would probably end up making some shaping mods to it, but would mostly follow the pattern.

Any thoughts, suggestions? Any other patterns I should look at? Should I burn the yarn?

30 Comments:

Blogger jennie said...

your elfines are so pretty (and knit so quickly)! what's the yarn? As for sweater ideas, I too was immediately drawn to the cardigan, but I see you're point about bonus yarn-buying opportunities. the nice thing about it, though, is that the contrast between the variegated and the solid yarn could really highlight the color variation... and it's a really cool looking sweater. my two cents...

8/2/06 9:56 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

The one with the super scoop cuts right across her nipple. That's just not a good look on anyone. Of the ones you mentioned I'd pick Jemima. I think that pattern and neckline would look really nice with the variegated yarn.

8/2/06 10:10 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

The Elfines look great!

No, don't burn the yarn! :) I like Jemima - it looks very cozy comfy.

8/2/06 10:12 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I think "No" is the correct answer for that scoop. I am a busty girl myself, and I cringe at the thought of me in that sweater.

Jemima looks like a good option but it seems very close to the Hour Glass.

I really like the yarn, maybe if you tuck it away a bit you'll think of something you really want to use it for.

And the Elfines are lovely!

8/2/06 11:35 AM  
Blogger tammy said...

totally NOT the super scoop sweater!! I am a fan of that cardigan. with a brown solid, that would look great on you. elfine's look great!

8/2/06 11:51 AM  
Blogger tara said...

I like the first one and the super scoop (I'm thinking of soon making something like knit and tonic's cowl sweater, so I'm all about the scoops...then again, I'm not so busty)

8/2/06 12:14 PM  
Blogger kristen said...

I'm NOT what you call busty- and I still don't think the scoop neck would look good on me much less someone who had girls to show. Too Deadwood meets J Crew if that makes any sense....

I'm diggin the blue sweater though.

8/2/06 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

From a fellow busty gal to another fellow busty gal, NO to the super scoop. I like all the rest of them though, even the wannabe cardi one. I would say Jemima or the Rebecca one over the t-shirt one because I think the t-shirt one will be similiar in fit/style (except for the neck) to hourglass. But then again, Jemima might act like another comfy cozy sweater like Hourglass.. damn, I'm no help. But you should definitely keep the yarn. Is it malabrigo again?

8/2/06 12:46 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I like the Rebecca one. I don't think the super scoop would be a good choice. The others are all nice, but similar to things you've already knit. I love the yarn and it must be used!

8/2/06 12:52 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I think Jemima as well! It is such a great sweater & I think it would look lovely in that yarn!

8/2/06 12:53 PM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

Yay on the almost finished with all the FO's! The socks are so cute. my vote goes for Jemima - and no way on the scoop...us busty girls would pop out way too much!

8/2/06 12:59 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

i love the sweater in the upper left hand corner. but i've never been able to pull off the oxford-under-the-sweater look. ends up looking too wrinkly!

and i think the super scoops look good on maybe 2 % of the population, and only when they hit at just the right level. i dunno. sketchy.

i'd love to see your take on the cardigan!

8/2/06 1:38 PM  
Blogger laura said...

as another busty girl, i agree that the scoop is too much, but i have found that (on me anyway) too high a neckline can also be unflattering, it can make the boobage area just seem to be covering the entire torso.

you could modify the scoop, raise it about 4 inches, then i think it would be perfectly flattering.

the socks look great too.

8/2/06 2:29 PM  
Anonymous alexandra said...

I like the Rebecca one, or Jemima.

8/2/06 3:59 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Your Elfine socks are beautiful in that colorway! I'm loving the pink/brown combo of your stash yarn... I really like Jemima, but I think that t-shirt sweater would look fantastic in a variegated pink/brown combo. Having precisely the opposite dilemma (no boobageatall ;-)), I'm not sure how the scoop sweater would wear. Take care!

8/2/06 4:34 PM  
Blogger Reese said...

busty + deep scoop = looking for trouble. i'm a busty girl and, like all the other busty girls who already commented, i think that extra deep scoop would look quite... unflattering on a busty girl.

i do so like the one above the too scoopy one though. you knit up your elfines so quickly. i feel terribly behind now.

8/2/06 4:58 PM  
Anonymous nichola said...

Your socks are lovely! I must start a pair of my own. I love the pink and brown yarn, yummy, i'm looking forward to seeing what you decide to do with it.

8/2/06 5:33 PM  
Blogger illanna said...

I disagree with everybody. Your socks suck and you should probably just burn the yarn.





Just kidding!!!!!!

Your socks are awesome, and you should make this with the yarn: http://flickr.com/photos/76832412@N00/87239377/in/set-72057594049088174/

Or this: http://chiagu.com/missy.html

Or this: http://www.theknittinggarden.com/patterns/noro-knits/gloria.htm

8/2/06 6:09 PM  
Blogger MissAmErika said...

Hey, I found your blog through Glampyre and I'm also on PK.

I'm making a shrug from that pink and brown yarn right now. I'm enjoying working with it so far.

I'm jealous of sock knitters. I cannot keep my attention focused on socks long enough to ever finish a pair. They're beautiful though!

8/2/06 6:59 PM  
Blogger caitlyn said...

Yahaira, your Elfine socks are just beautiful!!! I am so impressed.

8/2/06 11:47 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

hey again dudette! ok so I've been eyeing that ella rae book at the store fora few weeks, so that one is my default fave for this yarn - it's such a classic sweater but it has a few things jemima (and we already know I love her) doesnt have: it has waist shaping (flattering) and a lower crew neck. It is more condusive to wearing over something. Etc etc. Also, (and take this only in the most positive, friendly way) that low necked thingy (which I've also seen and asked WHY GOD WHY?!?!?! in the store) is not going to work on anyone. Unless they have really low boobs a la porn star implants from the 1970s. Nuff said.

9/2/06 12:09 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I just shake my head - we ALWAYS like the same things! I bought the Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton book for that deep U-neck, but then I got to thinking about the whole "big bust" issue, because I am right there with you, sister. I adore that t-shirt sweater too.

Elfine looks wonderful. So delicate!

9/2/06 8:37 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

Your elfine looks so pretty! I've been wanting to knit those socks for a while now. Pretty much as long as I've been knitting socks. I think they'll be my next pair.

I love your brown and pink yarn! It looks like it'll make something beautiful. I don't think you're pushing your luck with variegated yarn. I think Jemima is pretty but it needs waist shaping.

9/2/06 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Purly Whites said...

I don't like any of those options, so I'd go with burn the yarn. But it's so pretty, that we can't have that. Keep looking. I think a v-neck is better for you busty girls. Although if you must choose one of these options, go with the scoop neck. Stay away from the high-necked stuff. You need to watch more What Not To Wear on BBC America.

9/2/06 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have some very similar taste! I've had the elfine socks on a "to knit" list but havent' gotten around to it. And I also really like Jemima. I love the pink and brown yarn as well. One pattern I'm digging right now is Kate Gilbert's Sunrise Circle Jacket (on Interweave's website)but I don't know how it would go with yarn you have.

10/2/06 9:16 AM  
Blogger Bryony said...

The yarn is gorgeous! If you hate it, I will gladly take it from your hands :D But I'd say either the round neck sweater or a v neck one. V necks are just the tops for boobilicious people like us.

Also, elfine is scrummy. Tasty socks.

10/2/06 1:06 PM  
Blogger jacqueline said...

i don't have a big bust so i wear high necks because they give me a bit of a front porch. for you therefore, i'd steer clear of them.

i quite like the scooped neck but i think it finishes in the wrong spot. it probably needs to be a little less deep to work

11/2/06 9:28 PM  
Blogger kate said...

do you really need another opinion? that scoop must have been designed by a man. only a man would come up with a neckline where your boobs hang over the edge like that. love the sock.

12/2/06 1:04 PM  
Anonymous kerrie said...

no, no - dont burn it! The yarn looks amazing, those are totally my favourite colour combinations at the moment. I love the sweater in the top left pic. Make that one!

13/2/06 4:03 PM  
Anonymous amanda said...

I've been debating making a vest lately! make a vest!!! Someone wonderful online who I can't remember right now just made a gorgeous scoop neck argyle vest & I love love love it. MAKE A VEST. the end.

13/2/06 6:39 PM  

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