Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Jaeger Tilly and Hungary

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Here's my progress on the Jaeger pullover (Tilly) that I'm doing in Little Lehigh cotton. I made a gauge swatch that matched the stated gauge, using needles 2 sizes smaller than recommended. I then began the back. Somehow the actual sweater knitting was much different than the swatch, and after a couple inches progress, it was obvious that it was much bigger than I wanted. I ended up going down another 2 needle sizes before I got the correct gauge. Instead of Size 7 & 8 needles, I'm using Size 3 & 4 needles. I continue to wonder how anyone could get the stated gauge with the recommended needles, notwithstanding that I'm using a different yarn than specified. I still don't see how you could do it. Quite a lot of unnecessary messing around in my view anyway. But it's going well now, and I like the texture and feel of it. It's not going to be a particularly fast project since it's about 19 rows to the inch. Oh well, I'm not in any hurry. I'm doing the back in a smaller size than the front, as I often do for sweaters.

You're probably wondering about the mention of Hungary. I was looking through some stats on who reads this blog (I love seeing where people are from!) and even though it's not particularly detailed, and many visitors show no information, I can sometimes tell what country and/or city they're from. Suddenly a couple days ago, I noticed that there were about 30 readers from Hungary! I wondered what brought that about, and found a Forum called Nok Lapja Cafe that linked to this site along with several other sewing blogs I'm familiar with, including Debbie Cook's. I have to assume it's a sewing blog, but you can imagine how disappointed I was when I found that Google Translate doesn't do Hungarian yet! Sigh. I did see a mention of SWAP there, though, so I thought that was quite interesting. Even though I'm not SWAPping this year, I am fully behind the concept, and try to apply it within my wardrobe. I wonder if Julie at Timmel Fabrics has heard from anyone in Hungary?

Before Christmas I walked into a waiting room with my knitting bag, and saw another woman sitting by herself knitting away, so I sat beside her and we had quite a nice talk. She was making a scarf and I was working on the last sleeve of Zachary's Drops Pullover. She kindly offered to give me a pretty dishcloth pattern. I was very pleased to find the next time I went to that office that they had it for me in my file! I decided to make it up quickly, and here it is. It was fast and fun! Pretty wild colors, no?


Anonymous said...


I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has to go down a few needle sizes to get the gauge! I'm working on a pair of socks, using sock yarn, and I think even size two needles are going to be too big.

I look forward to seeing more of your knitting, it's beautiful, and inspiring!

Pearl, from beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia :-)

Anonymous said...

Lively aka wild colours, beautiful. Mind sharing the pattern Liana?

I am rediscovering knitting at the moment...I have many such moments with many things...anyways, I am knitting dishcloths and for each I am trying out different patterns. Fun sometimes, sometimes a bit boring.
I have no idea if they are practical for use in the kitchen since so many 'things' can get up between the stitches. Fun nonetheless.

Ann Made Studio said...

I like that dishcloth pattern.
What a nice lady to follow thru and give you the pattern :)
I'm anxious to see your finished pullover,I like the colour.

Teddylyn said...

I would imagine that your readers from Hungary can answer you in English! We spent a week in Hungary this past fall and were enchanted by the people and the country in general. Most kids and young adults speak English very well--I tried to learn a little Hungarian, but it is a difficult language!

Your knitting is wonderful--thanks for sharing!

Lynda ( a novice knitter!)

Anonymous said...

A former colleague once told me that Hungarian is one of the hardest European languages to learn. She was half Hungarian and half Italian, and she spoke much better Italian! Maybe that's why Google doesn't have a translator yet.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Yeah, I love looking at where people visit from on my blog, too! It is fascinating to think that what you sew or knit or even think about a product is interesting to someone on the other side of the world!

Kicsoda said...

Coming out....
Hi,it was me:-) I wrote to the hungarian forum about your blog,I hope you dont mind. This is something like a sewing together, help each other site. The funny thing,that I know most of them because we have regular meetings although I live in Chicago now. (I dont even know, do your stats count me as hungarian?)
Actually we started something like SWAP. We dont want to try the offical competition, at least not now, but try just the concept. Although we offered to each other prices:-)The reson I also mentioned your blog was the twisted bindig. I love this method and want to try it.
And there is something else very important I learned from you,it is the Fabric Makt, no comment:-)))Thanks!
Keep sewing:-))Best,
Kriszta (Budapest/Chicago)