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It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday ... freezing, but beautiful. I have my coat and scarf at my feet in these photos. I'm sure everyone else at the park thought I was nuts. :)
... and then it was time to steek the real sweater!
I wanted to steek the front edges of my sweater to allow me to cut off the myriad of ends the stripes left. I was a little worried though, so I swatched the whole thing. As hilarious as it sounds, at times like this, I feel like a master painter making a detail practice painting ... it's the same kind of thing, right? Practice makes perfect. ;)
When I was knitting the arms, I would carry the yarn if I was only skipping over two rows, otherwise, I would cut the yarn. There were dozens of ends along the seam where I was making color changes and cutting the yarn.
As I suspected, the arms on this sweater were much bigger than I wanted them to be. They might be the right size for layering over button up shirts, but I wanted a closer, smoother fit, so I went back and made some adjustments.
Even with the stripes, this is a very quick knit on 5.0 mm needles. I sped through the body and did everything according to the pattern ...
.. until ... haha, you knew there was an until, right?
At the beginning of December I decided to start a couple of sweaters. Out of the blue, I suddenly HAD to cast on for both of them. One is slumbering now, but I'm still in the thick of the other, so I'm going to start blogging about it - Panoply of Purple Stripes
using Stefanie Japel's knitting pattern Shapely Boyfriend
You may remember that the mustard gloves
were an experiment to not make little holes when the stitches split at the thumb/palm and in between the fingertubes. For these gloves, I'm trying the crossed stitch
technique I found on TECHKnitting.
As I mentioned in my last post about these gloves
, I started these gloves about 6 months ago. I was fresh off my own pair of turtleneck gloves and I was curious about how to avoid the holes that appear on either side of the thumb when you pick up the stitches for the thumb tube.
Woo hoo! Check out my Intarsia 101
tutorial on CRAFT Magazine's site.
Look at what blocking does! It's a must for knitted lace. If you're going to take the time to knit lace, you gotta block it. And, let me tell you, knitting is slow and knitting complicated lace is SLOWER than slow. When I was first starting out, I think I was going so slowly that time started running backwards.
I completed my knitted braided cable headband. It's made from Schulana Merino Cotton 135. It's a soft and spongy yarn that doesn't itch me at all.
Get ready to learn more information about the construction of a mini clown sweater than any one human should know.
I am savoring this project. Taking my time. Enjoying every step. This is so much fun, I don't want it to end. I'm going to be a little sad when it's all over and I have to mail it away.
I've finished the embroidery on the face. Now to do the hairy sleeves.
Yes, it's as terrifyingly adorable as you'd imagine.
When I saw the photo of the color stripes in my first post about the knitted chair covers
, I noticed something that really got under my skin: accidental red-white-blue.
The two guest chairs in my office from work have been well-loved. I want to spruce them up a little with slip covers.