Bobbles Win! Bobbles Win!

My buddy Oscar helped me get a big chunk of Forecast started yesterday:

Forecast March 6

As you can see, I'm going with bobbles, and bobbles all around. (Can I tell you it's all I can do not to mistype "boobles"?). So far I'm pleased as punch with it. They make for a sweater with a lot of character and a definite vintage flare. They're a bit difficult to photograph. In fact this whole sweater is difficult to photograph - between the stitch patterns, the color, and the shape (esp. since the needles I'm using are shorter than recommended... gotta change that). If you click on the detail shot below you can see them a little better:

Forecast March 6 close

X-posted at the Forecast Knitalong

ps - With a bit of luck I'm going to find something with which to construct blocking wires today, and I should have a photo of the completed Birch for you this week!

Posted by jess at March 6, 2006 10:08 AM

Forecast looks like a winner so far! I just love the color you chose. I always want to type boobles, too. :)

Posted by: Karma at March 6, 2006 10:43 AM

yay for bobbles! Yay for boobles, too!

the color looks great. It can be very hard to do some colors justice on a monitor, don't you think?

Posted by: holly at March 6, 2006 10:55 AM

so glad you decided to go for the boobles! looking lovely so far. argh, stop tempting me!

Posted by: kris at March 6, 2006 11:32 AM

You can use yarnharlot's technique for blocking shawls, using a piece of string instead of blocking wires. Way simpler.
Nice job on the «boobles» ;) sweater. I just love the colour.

Posted by: Marta at March 6, 2006 11:50 AM

Yay for bobbles! Yay for Birch! I'm looking forward to seeing your blocking wires - I've been thinking about visiting Home Depot to search for options myself since I don't want to pay full LYS price for a few long pieces of freagin wire.

Posted by: Laura at March 6, 2006 11:57 AM

if you go to pearl paint on canal street, in the architectural model making section they have long metal rods. they seem exactly like blocking wires to me, and they are cheap, probably $1 or so per wire. also you get a 10% discount with your student id.

Posted by: laura at March 6, 2006 1:20 PM

also forcast looks great, i think you made the right choice with the bobbles

Posted by: laura at March 6, 2006 1:22 PM

Forecast is looking great. I like the smaller bobbles. As for blocking wires, fine gauge welding rods work great. I bought more than enough for somewhere around $5. I'm going to have to search around because I can't remember the exact gauge and material, but they're a cheap alternative and work really well.

Posted by: Stephanie at March 6, 2006 2:04 PM

I really like how yours is coming along and I'm trying to resist getting sucked into another project.

Posted by: monica at March 6, 2006 2:07 PM

The color is just amazing, and I think the bobbles are perfect. Maybe that is what my Forecast needs -- some bobbles?

Posted by: Gina at March 6, 2006 3:23 PM

You can ask for wires at the florist--they're about 18" long and come in different gauges, but they're only about 15 cents each. That worked pretty well for me. :)

Posted by: Kristen at March 6, 2006 3:34 PM

Oh my gosh, that color is delicious!

Posted by: Shana at March 6, 2006 4:10 PM

You're doing less boobles...erm, bobbles than the pattern calls for right? I think they looks great and like you said it gives the sweater some flare. A little flare didn't hurt anyone or anything.

The color is AWESEOME! Can't wait to see the finished sweatah! :)

Posted by: Aimee at March 6, 2006 5:04 PM

forcast is off to a flying start...she is looking great! i voted no boobles but i really really like how they are coming out!

Posted by: jacqueline at March 6, 2006 5:16 PM

Your forecast is looking amazing and so do the bobbles. All this talk of beaverslide - I definetely need some!

Posted by: Kate at March 6, 2006 5:36 PM

I've been lurking for a while. I love the bobbles. You actually made me take a second look at this sweater and I started it already! I went with the 3 sts bobble...looks great. I also love your norwegian stockings! I just got the book and need to buy the yarn now.

Posted by: Carolyn at March 6, 2006 6:55 PM

I can't wait to see the finished product. Like most, I wasn't too hot about this sweater when I saw it on Knitty. But it looks good the people who have made it. I also really like that color. Excellent choice. :)

Posted by: Cathy at March 7, 2006 8:08 AM

Absolutely adore the color you picked. Your forecast is looking great. Can't wait to see more!

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