Sunday, 19 August 2007

On the needles...

Sirdar Click DK Pattern 8954
Sirdar Click DK Yarn - shade 0147
Now that MissBlether's (DD1) future is secured at university, she has decided that she needs a new wardrobe to go with her student role. This from the girl who growled she would couldn't be seen in anything I'd knitted in this lifetime :)

The pattern is one of the new patterns released by Sirdar for their Click DK range, following the success of Click aran. The DK yarn is soooo soft and has a real sheen/glisten to it. It should be a dream to knit with - but I'm struggling with it a little. My slightly (???) obsessional traits leave me with a preference for having almost meticulous consistent tension, with repetitive even texture ensuing (eek, I can't help it ... honest!!). However, I just cannot get that with this yarn! And, given the fact that the pattern involves endless stocking stitch (22.5 inches ss with a pit stop of 3" of 1x1 rib), you can imagine my anally retentive struggle! DD1 has been snorting with laughter at my frustration with it...

Anyway, the back is now complete and I need stop avoiding casting on the front! If I don't crack on, she'll be graduating by the time I sewing it together:)



Blogger Auntie Noo said...

That looks gorgeous - can't wait to see it finished!!! - At least she doesn't want to go to Uni dressed in trousers that hang round her knees!!!!! Well done to her, she did amazingly well.

Sunday, August 19, 2007  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

Thank you, Noo:) And good point about the jeans! Mind you, I'd have been a much happier knitter had she opted for the shorter version of this sweater:)

Sunday, August 19, 2007  
Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Ooh what a lovely pattern! I've got something like 23 balls of the chuncky Click that I was going to make Flicca with, but I think I will have a mooch around Sirdar's patterns after seeing this :-)

Sunday, August 19, 2007  
Blogger gilraen said...

Wow!! I wish I had the figure for it. She will look georgeous in it. :)

Sunday, August 19, 2007  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

Dreamcatcher, the new patterns are lovely! There's several I'd love to do once I finish this one. And love the look of flicca - can't wait to see progress pics:)

Sunday, August 19, 2007  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

lol Gilraen, DD1 is a slender sylph-like size 8! There's a lot she's inherited for me - but, luckily for her, my fat genes she has avoided:)

Sunday, August 19, 2007  
Blogger Queen of the froggers said...

I must trot off to look at the new patterns soon, and I know what you mean about the even stitch thing too!

Sunday, August 19, 2007  
Blogger Riggwelter said...

well done to DD1 for getting into Uni, she'll have a great time.

That's a great sweater, looking forward to seeing it finished.

Monday, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Soo said...

That will be gorgeous. That's a good start for DD1 to make up for all garments she missed all those years she wasted as a handknit sceptic!!!!

(PS - thanks for the nice comments on my stoles. Be careful of the siren call of lace -- it is VERY addictive!)

Monday, August 20, 2007  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

lol it was so much easier though when she was a yarn sceptic ... only had to knit for me then:) I can't wait to finish it either as have my next project all lined up and will enjoy it more than the miles of stocking stitch this one needs! And am desperately trying to NOT NOT listen to the call of lace;) But AM failing!

Monday, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's been lovely to come visit with you. Great work on that Norah Gaughan jumper, I just got the book and it is sooooo gorgeous. Just trying to decide which pattern to begin with :)
Hope your Ravelry invite arrive soon.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Fiona said...

The yarn looks lovely, and I like the pattern too. Your DD will love it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Riggwelter said...

you've won an award, come see my blog!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Melody said...

Ah, I know what you mean about the even-ness of stitches --- that's where a knitting machine comes in useful. You can churn out *miles* of stocking stitch to perfection and just concentrate on the twiddly bits like ribs by hand. *wink*

Congratulations to your oldest daughter on getting into University - I'm sure she will look fab in her handknits and have a fab time at Uni too.

Debs xx

Wednesday, August 22, 2007  
Blogger Riggwelter said...

you totally do deserve it!
Thank you for your wonderful comment.

wee minxy! Hah! xxx

Thursday, August 23, 2007  
Blogger Jo028 said...

That dress will be great when it's done. Well-done to her on getting her uni place too.

Saturday, August 25, 2007  
Blogger Skein Queen said...

Helllooo there, Blethers. Nice to meet a fellow Scottish ex-pat. This pattern does look gorgeous but what is it about children, they always pick the thing that'll take the longest with the most amount of yarn. You try to steer them onto something else, and they're having none of it.
Anyway, she's going to look cool around campus and all her mates are going to want one too:)

Saturday, August 25, 2007  
Blogger Badger said...

Congratumalations on the girl heading off to the world of studenthood!

And be prepared for many more knitting requests to come, all knee length and black or grey :)

Sunday, August 26, 2007  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

oooh badger and Skein Queen ... the words LONG, BLACK and GREY strike terror into this old knitters heart!! And worst thing is that I know you are both right!! DD1 and I have very different tastes in terms of colour - I like earthy or bright colours (like turquoise), she likes dirge, drab and drabber:( Now, if she let me knit in some of your colourways, SQ, I'd be singing! Sarah, have you cast on anything from Norah's book yet??? Am off to see if I can sneak any of this endless stocking stitich onto Meolody's knitting machine without her noticing;)

Monday, August 27, 2007  

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