Monday, March 13, 2006

Rip off

I broke my own rules. I didn't double check gauge once I got going on the sweater. I didn't bother to put the sweater on a string and try it on.
And now I'm paying for it.
Not only did I run out of yarn, but my linen Hourglass sweater is too big. See the bagginess under the arms? Where's my waist? And the sleeves are too short. I wanted it to look like
Instead it looks like this:

I knit the sleeves on vintagey green plastic double points, and gauge was right on. The body was on a Susan Bates circular (really not bad for a cheap needle), and I just went into mindless knitting land, round and round, and neglected to notice that my stitches were very loose. So out it comes..... sleeves to be lengthened by two inches and the body to be re-knit on smaller needles.

This is a tough knitting lesson. I wanted this sweater DONE (black, beige, white tweed linen -- I'll throw it on every day!) But I'd rather re-knit this thing than have a garment with a fit I do not like.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Am I a Writer?

I think not. I'm not compelled to post every day, and I thought I would be. I wonder why -- maybe it's because I'm just sending these words into the ether. Is anyone reading this? Alternatively, I have a house full of people and neighborhood outside my door with whom to communicate.

But they don't care too much about the knitting.

Thus, the knitting blog.

I finished the sweater in chocolate Joseph Galler alpaca fine. Did a top-down design, eyelet increases, plain stockinette. The neck edging is lifted from Rowan #35's Audrey pattern, which is a lace piece sewn on. Tricky bit, with reverse yarnovers on the wrong side. BUT I like it a lot.

I'm also revisiting the
Psychedelic Squares afghan for my daughter which I started, oh, maybe two and a half soccer seasons ago. I told her I'd work on it at all of her games. Which I did, even at swim meets and softball games until other things came up and maybe I got a bit bored. I'm doing it in Sugar n' Cream craft store cotton, which also explains my disinterest. It's such cheap yarn, and just doesn't call my name like other fibers do. However, it will wash well and comes in a nice variety of colors. The other reason I avoid this thing is because I know it is just the most Epic project. Knitting the squares is merely Phase 1. Phases 2 and 3 (sewing the squares together then picking up a zillion stitches for the edging) will occupy my into retirement. But the girl has inquired after the blanket, and since she is wearing the sweater I knit her, to school no less, I shall work on it.

Working on: another Hourglass in Louet Sales linen Barcelona, sportweight. Loving the look of the fabric.... {but Blogger is not cooperating with the display of the photo!}

Finished: Jaywalker socks in Lorna's Laces Jeans. For Ellen who loves handknitted socks.