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November 2010

New knitting pattern - Sweet Ballet Wrap Cardigan

Here's a fresh little cardigan just off my knitting needles!  It's a top-down seamless design - knit to just below the waist. Ballet_Wrap_Cardi3_200

Sweet details, like the buttons at the ribbed armbands, lace panel on the short sleeves, and ruffly knit flower at the wiast, make this a pleasure to knit and wear!  Ballet_Wrap_Cardi2_350 The garter stitch neckline border is knit as you go, as is the shaping of the flattering V-neckline.

Sample shown is knit in Guanaco from Aslan Trends.  A very nice mix of alpaca and merino wool.  Expensive looking and great to work with in a rich shade of blue.

This pattern is in the queue to be written up. 

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Oops!  Forgot to update this post, the pattern is available at: http://www.sweaterbabe.com/knitting-patterns/sweet-ballet-wrap-cardigan.htm.  Happy knitting!


Knitting Project - A cool green ruffled scarf

Ophelia E. from Seattle, WA knit her version of the #97 Chic Ruffled-Edge Lace Scarf and photographed it to great advantage on her pal Gideon!Gideon_Scarf

She used Paton's Angora Bamboo in Green and had this to say about knitting this project:

"I loved this pattern. It was a fun and easy to follow pattern and knit very quickly. I modified it only in length by adding a repeat.

I've knit it twice for friends. I really need to knit oGideon_Scarf2 ne for myself! Thanks, Katherine. Your patterns are wonderful!" -- Ophelia E.

Thanks, Ophelia!  That green color looks like it would be so flattering on anyone!  Vibrant, but not too bold.  Great stitch definition.  Soft enough for Gideon too! Gideon_Scarf3

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Upcoming knitting pattern: Luxe Infinity Scarf!

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Fresh off my knitting needles is this fancy textured Infinity Scarf!

I love the caramel color -- such a sophisticated brown that will go with everything. A "neutral" as they say on "What Not to Wear"

The stitch definition is just superb! And the combo of lace and garter stitch makes for an easy to do stitch pattern with wonderfully textural results.

I'll be writing this one up soon - though I've super busy with the long cabled vest first! 
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New Knitting Pattern - Coming next is this LONG Cabled Vest!

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This pattern is available on SweaterBabe or in my Ravelry Store.

Here's the latest project off my knitting needles.  I was in the mood for a LONG layering piece that was almost like a coat (hence the long length), but without the heaviness of the sleeves.  Something I could grab as I run out the door that would keep the chill away and not feel like a bulky coat.

The intricate cabling on the back is echoed on the fronts (which mirror each other).  The length is long, down to mid-thigh.  Slimming AND dramatic!  

It's knit in one piece on size 10 3/4 needles to be fast and to avoid seaming (only the shoulders are seamed). 

The ribbing is prominent, to contrast with the rich cable design.

The shawl collar is knit on and shaped with short rows.

And I closed it with a side tie, which looks a bit kimono-like, you think? Cabled_Vest_Side_Angle_350 Knit in Knit Picks Swish Bulky, which is a bulky yarn in thickness, but soft and not very heavy in feel.

The heathered shade of blue is perfect for casual outfits, but the length and styling are dramatic enough for dressier occassions or for the office.

What do you think? 

How would you wear this? 

Pattern coming soon!!!! Cabled_Vest_Back_500


Knitting Needle Holders - A Review and Giveaway!

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I've been stashing my DPN sets in their original plastic bags, but the bags were certainly not made to withstand repeated use.  My alternate storage solution of keeping all of my DPNs in a drawer was less than ideal as well. Anytime I needed DPNs for a knitting project, I would have to sift through the mess to find all the DPNs of the size I needed.  Blech!

On my quest for a better solution, I came across a line of knitting pouches and needle cases from ZigZagStitches.etsy.com.

Catherine of ZigZagStitches was kind enough to send me some samples to review and giveaway. So here's my review! ZigZagStitches2

What I noticed when I first came across her etsy site was her nice selection of fabric designs! She has many colorful, striking options -- my favorites being the ones with an Asian flair!

Her fabric design choices were all just very "cheery" and fun.

Some were very stylish and modern abstract designs. Others were a little more cutesy, with little cats and balls of yarn, or themed for the season, like the halloween ones.ZigZagStitches2B

I'm personally not a cat or halloween print person, but I'm partial to cute sheep - like the sheep design on the blue project pouch here!)ZigZagStitchesPouch.  Even the designs I don't favor are refined and not at all cheesy!ZigZag_DPN_case_closed1

Catherine sent me a DPN case (the dark fabric design you see at the top of this post and here to the right) and two of her "Sock and Go" cases (one small and one regular), which are for holding smaller Sock project needles and tools.

I immediately tried out the DPN case. While I do own a full set of DPNs from size 2 through 15 (thank you, eBay!), I don't see myself needing the smaller sizes very often (I'm not a sock knitter), so I'm happy if the sizes I do use can all fit in the DPN case. And they do!

I easily put in my DPN sets of 5 from sizes 7 through 15! The DPN case is a simple design and just has a flap that folds over the top of the DPNs, so they don't fall out. It then rolls up and ties securely with a thick ribbon. Perfect!

My DPNs were contained, easily organized, and sitting pretty in a case that I think it quite lovely to have sitting on my desk! These cases are well made. The sewing is done with a perfectly coordinated thread color, the black grosgrain ribbon is very securely attached, and the ribbon is cut to a perfect length to tie the case closed with a bow. I always love and expect great attention to detail in a handmade item!

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In fact, I liked the DPN case so much, I bought myself one to keep in the pretty red/aqua deisgn (see the photo at the bottom of this post)!

The Sock and Go cases are also well made. They are intended for just carrying a few tools around for a single project. My 8" DPNs were too long to fit in them, but 6" sock DPNS would fit just fine, as would a small pair of scissors and yarn tapestry needles. 

These cases are made to lay flat, with interfacing inside to keep their shape.  They fasten with one big button, as you can see in the photos.  As with the DPN cases, there is an inside layer of fabric to prevent any needles poking through!  These Sock and Go cases are also made so they fit in the co-ordinating ZigZagStitches project pouches and bags.

Catherine also has a lovely selection of boxy pouches and larger drawstring project bags. Her line is very reasonably priced IMHO, ranging from $8 to $30.

*** And now for the giveaway details! ***
I will be choosing ONE random commenter to win the black dots ZigZag Stitches DPN case.

To enter this giveaway, please enter a comment about how you store your knitting tools and DPNs!  One comment per person, please.

Prize can only be shipped to an address within the continental U.S. All comments must be entered by 9pm PST, November 15th, 2010 .ZigZagStitchesNEW

And please visit ZigZagStitches.etsy.com to see the rest of Catherine's great line. You'll definitely find some lovely holiday gift ideas for your fellow knitting friends!

Tell her SweaterBabe.com sent you!  Thanks again, Catherine, for sending me these great samples!

[P.S.  My last giveaway - the Fingerless Gloves Knitting Kit received 600+ comment entries!!!  So, if you or someone you know has a knitting-related or even non-knitting related product that you think my SweaterBabe.com audience would enjoy, please tell them to suggest their product for a future giveaway/review!  Details are at: http://blog.sweaterbabe.com/knitting/2009/02/new-sweaterbabe-reviews.html.  Thanks!!]

**** Congrats to the randomly chosen winner . . . Ianthe Norton, who left her comment on November 12th. Congrats on winning the lovely DPN holder! Enjoy organizing your DPNs. And thanks again to http://ZigZagStitches.etsy.com for their great knitting cases!  ****


Knitting Project Finished Vest

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Here's a great finished #118 Fitted Shawl-Collared Cabled Vest from Dawn C. of Sorrento, British Columbia, Canada.

She also used Knitpicks Cadena Colour Blackberry, as I did in the original sample.  You'll see the beautiful color of this yarn with her outdoor shots. 

Here is what Dawn says about her project:
"The pattern was extremely easy to follow, well written and fully explained. I particularly appreciated that you give full directions for left and right fronts, ie, you don't just use the popular phrase 'reverse directions for left front' when following right front directions - if you know what I mean!!

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I also appreciate the clear way of explaining abbreviations and short row/wrap and turn instructions. All in all a really easy knit and the pattern produces an 'up-to-the-minute', fashionable design and an ideal layering piece." -- Dawn C. Dawn_Blackberry_Vest2

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Nicole's Little Lace Vest Knitting Project

Here's a lovely finished version of the #100 Little Lace Vest done in the popular Debbie Bliss yarn from Nicole L. of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Nicole_Vest 

"I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in color 300009 silver/grey (I did size small which took just over 4 balls).

I absolutely loved knitting this, the pattern was so well written - there was no guesswork at all and the fit was perfect - a real joy to knit!" -- Nicole L.

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Thanks, Nicole!

LOVE the color (like a beautiful steely grey with a hint of blue -- very "in" this season!) and stitch definition. My sample was in the Lamb's Pride from Brown Sheep in a Brown Heather, that made for a mure "rustic" look. This one would be great worn in an office setting or anytime!

Plus, it looks really great worn over your white scooped neck top!

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