Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I do so knit!

So much of my knitting goes uncatalogued, which is a real shame for a person who is studying to be a librarian. I try to blog about some things, and I have a folder/archive for my work that I try to maintain, but not EVERY sock or EVERY scarf gets a picture or a load of pattern notes in the binder. Some of the projects are too basic; others I gift before I remember to take pictures.

So often I will show up at Panera with a WIP that no one has ever seen--and it will be finished and gifted by the next week (or more truthfully, in a non-social period of finishing, so I decide to not bring it since I cannot talk and sew.) I am the opposite of Monica in this; she sticks to a few projects and brings them over and over, and can chat while she sews--I leave my soul killer projects at home to marinate!

This Firery Bolero from IK has been a real soul killer for me. I knitted it no problem in Shine from KnitPicks. Nice yarn! But the FINISHING.......I had to pick up 270 stitches for the ribbed neckline, which was too many for my sweater (row gauge problems) so I winged it. Got it all ribbed out, looking purty and realized that I MISSED TWO WHOLE SECTIONS.

That was 2+ hours of finishing--and the math needed to make it work--gone down the tubes. BAD TIMES. Send that to the knit bucket to marinate until I am no longer mad at it.

So I ripped the neck and started again, re-calcing the math parts. Looks ok now, though its not exactly what Debbie Bliss wrote. I am now finished with the ribbing of the back and sleeves and ready to sew it up soon.

Of course, I think it will probably be too small and have to be ripped completely. I'll try it on after sewing--its for my MIL and we are about the same size.

IF it is totally the wrong size, I am going to try another pattern. There are loads of bolero jackets out there, and since MIL and I are similarly shaped I can knit to fit me and know it will work for her too. But I will be PISSED if I have to rip.

Keeping Tiny Hawk and the Bolero company is my sock, originally for my Sockpaloooza pal. I was making it for her, but after I bothered her over and over she admitted that her foot is not as big as she thought. So this sock will be for FaveSpouse--the color is so him anyway. I am at least 1/2way through the foot and should be Kitchenering this week.

Coming soon--Stash Enhancement Confessions!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

V for Victory-

DONE! You all must have been ringing those cowbells hard, because I raced through the v-neck version very quickly. Usually I get stuck on a project somewhere, whether it is at the finishing stage or at the gague stage....but not this time.

So for my version of the v-neck there are shaped decreases around the neck, all done 2-stiches in so you can seen them. The V is at a non-pornographic spot, meaning it comes close to the bra line without needing a cami underneath. Perfect length for some openess without risking overexposure of TheGirls. To echo the other edges of the sweater I worked the neckline with a folded hem--this way if you use a picot or a garter stich turning row on the bottom of the sweater, you can use the same at the top. The hem has a fixed center stitch at the bottom of the v (you increase and decrease around that point, its simple and decorative).

I also whipstiched the live edge of the hem to the inside of the neckline, something I have done before with other sweaters. It is very easy (the stiches match one-to-one with the hem stitches) and it makes a very un-bulky seam. Plus, you save the step of binding off.

I am so ready to make my own personal version--this one is the 32 size, which is too snug for me (no laughing please, I am trying to be nice to myself). Fantastic pattern! Thanks Ann and Kay!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

More cowbell

Um....I did not know that this small bit of volunteering was going to get me exposed publicly!

When I left a comment saying that I am into V-necks so long ago I really did not know I was going to be asked to design one. (Well, design is a strong word. Knit one with the help of Ann Budd is the better description.) Now the collaborative mavens Ann & Kay have outed me with a public display of knitting and I am going to be making a v-neck version of the perfect handknit all by myself.

I am woefully underqualified, but I hope that the queen of all proofreaders (aka technical editor) will catch my errors and that it will turn out ok. I have been wanting to knit this for ages, so I'm excited to be in at the beginning.

Knitters, I need more cowbell!

The sock is for my Sockpaloooza pal, though it is BIG. She said that her foot circumference is 10 inches, which is big (fave spouse wears a 10.5 shoe and his foot is 9.5). I emailed her to make sure she measured right and have not yet heard back.

FSpouse tried the sock for me and its loose on him. I may have to rip. I'm using #3s on Gems Opal sportweight yarn, which is FABULOUS and says you can machine wash and dry it on the label. The pattern is from Sensational Knitted Socks and it is really fun. This is only my second cable project and it is going very quickly. The last socks I did on Os and it seemed to never end.

I'll let the sock marinate for awhile until I know what I want to do--rip or continue. I've got a v-neck to start!