Friday, March 24, 2006

Picovoli progress report

On Tuesday night I tried it on for fit in the bust, and it fit perfectly (insert huge sigh of relief here). The only thing that was off was that after knitting down 4 inches, it only came about mid-bust, so I knit an additional 1.5 inches before starting the decreases. Pictures of it on me are on my blog.

So I've been happily decreasing away and got to the end of those last night. I tried it on for size again, and it still fits perfectly. Yay!

I'm on the home stretch now. I can't believe how fast this project has gone! I think it's because there's parts that are mindless enough for me to knit it anywhere, but there are also parts that I get excited to reach because they seem new and interesting.

The Shine has been lovely to work with-very soft. The only downside is its good stitch definition. On the one hand, it makes it easy for me to see what I'm doing, but on the other hand it shows every little flaw. I haven't made any stitch mistakes, but I am a new knitter, so my tension probably isn't the best. Also, you can see exactly where I've joined new yarn despite the type of join (I used both the traditional one that they show on and the Russian join that Beth used). I've kept the joins from happening in the front, but next time I will keep them exclusively on the sides and not let them fall in the back, as the back of my Picovoli is less than ideal looking. Good thing I'm growing my hair out!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Hello.....long time, no post! Well, I finished my first Tivoli (for me) back in November and I wasn't overly pleased with the results. I knew I could have done better and so I got more Shine and made another Tivoli...I call it a 2-voli because I'm a nerd:P Here's how it looks:
My Tivoli #2, shot 2

I like this one a lot more than the blue one I made. I consider the blue one to be a really big swatch. I think I'll probably rip it out and re-knit it at some point. I finished this Tivoli in just over 2 weeks! Just a little note to you ladies making this sweater with Shine, when you knit a swatch, make sure you BLOCK IT! It really does stretch a lot so save yourself some time!! It helps when you know what the gauge should be;). If you want more info, check out my blog

Monday, March 20, 2006

Ready to try it on

I did a lot of knitting on my Picovoli this weekend, and now I'm at the point where I need to take it off the needles and try it on. I'm planning on doing that tonight. (crossing my fingers that it fits...)

Here's the progress:

I've noticed a line across the top in one row, just about where the armpits end, and I can't figure out what it's from. I've never done stockingnette stitch before, so I don't know if it's normal or what. I'm hoping it'll smooth out in the wash. It's not terrible, it's just mildly annoying to me and puzzling.

Friday, March 17, 2006


I would post the specs but it's 12:30 am and my brain doesn't work right now :)

Picovoli Tank

Picovoli Tank

So I guess I am close to done, gotta find my yarn though cause this ball has run out and I can't remember where I put the rest! hah!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Started my Picovoli

I seem to be in the minority doing the picots, but I thought this color warranted a dressier top. Here it is about halfway through the raglan increases. I've never done kfb before-it's so cool!

I thought that those of us who are in progress should post our "stats" for reference purposes.

Here are mine:

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Worsted "Bachelor Button"
Gauge: 4.5 sts/inch (I'm slow, so I picked a thicker yarn)
Needles: Clover bamboo, size 7, 16" & 24"
Finished garment size: About 34"
Size following (pattern size): 28" though I'm making some modifications so the neck hole isn't huge.


Friday, March 10, 2006

Another update!

Looks like I am the only one in this KAL anymore lol... here she is, I'm tring to get through those 4 inches of the bust before I try it on! I'm not going to enjoy taking it off the needles lol.