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Thursday, September 27, 2007


I finally got around to taking pictures of my "re-worked" swing jacket. I wasn't to happy with the fit, so I tweaked it a bit. Read all about it here!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Its finished. Ive been naughty as I haven't posted very often, but you should check out my progress on my blog.

I wear it all the time. I had great comments in the school playground the first morning.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Thank God!

If this had taken a second more I think I would have gone totally crazy. I still have to resew all of the snaps so that the front lies flat.

Started: feels like 1978 but I think it was July
Finished: Today
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool in Bisque
Notions: twill tape from ribbonsgalore.com, buttons from buttondrawer.com (thanks Miss Muffy for the suggestion!)

Whistlepea Knits

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sleeve Correction in English Pattern

I don't know if anyone has posted this yet but I just noticed a mistake in the English sleeve instructions for the 3rd size a little too late :(

Instead of saying "on each edge of foll 10th rows, cast off 1 st 4 times, and on foll 12th rows, inc 1 st 3 times" it should say "on each edge of foll 10th rows, cast off 1 st 4 times and then on each edge of following 12th rows cast of 1 st 3 times"

Thursday, August 09, 2007


I'm not even close to being done the first piece but my mind has turned to notions. I've hit just about every fabric and yarn shop in town and I can't find big enough wood buttons or similar bias tape to what Phildar uses. It looks like they use a wool tape. The magazine seems to suggest that these notions are available from Phildar but I see no evidence of that on their website.

Has anyone found the right trimmings online anywhere?

The Swing has Swung

At long last, pictures of my finished jacket. (I actually finished it a month ago but it was way too hot around here to take pictures in it!)

I can't really put my finger on why I don't love it. It's just something about the fit. See, it looks pretty good if I have my arms out, or my hands on my hips like above. But with my arms down?

I looks a lot more boxy than swingy.

At first I thought maybe the chest was just too wide, and if I took it in, then it would be more bell shaped and therefore, more flattering. But how can the chest be large if I have this:

Boob gapage!

Sigh. I don't think it's really the style - I have another, factory made swing jacket that I love. Is it that the shoulders don't fit? The neckline is too wide? It doesn't flare enough? Not enough drape? I don't know. I'm hoping I'll be able to make some kind of alteration and, BAM! I'll be totally in love with it. Maybe I should block it again? Suggestions welcome!


YARN: Elann.com peruvian highland wool


: Denise 4mm

Saturday, August 04, 2007


I'm at the part AFTER you cast off 1 stitch 7 x after the 12th row --

I'm using 2nd size - and need a little confirmation. Am I now knitting 7 rows and casting off 4 stitches each end on row 1; casting off 3 stitches at each end on the next two rows; 2 stitiches on the 4th row and 1 stitch at each end on the 5th, 6th and 7th rows??

Saturday, July 28, 2007

I'm done!

Hey guys, I'm done! I'm very pleased with the results, and rather than re-writing what I've written, here a couple of pics and more comments and pics on my blog

Thank you to everyone who has been involved - especially those who have finished, and who gave great advice along the way! It's been a pleasure ;)