I realized some time back that my own knitting projects are all shop projects, so I'd been double posting which was kind of a pain. So I decided to merge all the relevant posts from this blog to the Crazy for Ewe blog. If you're interested in what I'm knitting and what I'm doing, check it out.
This yarn isn't so stretchy, so my Nob Hill wasn't rolling as much as it might, and I was almost not sure it needed blocking, but I wasn't ready to sew it up, so I went ahead and pinned it the board. Couldn't find my spray bottle, and the steamer lives in La Plata, so I did it the old fashioned way - wet towels laid on top.
It wasn't quite dry when I took it off the board, but I wanted to take it up to La Plata to seam and let Paula see it. I pinned the sides in preparation for seaming. It was amazing how much better it looked after the blocking. You know, everything benefits from blocking, even if it doesn't need to be flattened, or shaped, or sized. It just looks tidier and more even. See.
Obviously, it doesn't go with what I was wearing today, but I love it. I would make the Nob Hill again, but I think I might make the smaller size. This one is very easy-fitting and comfortable, but maybe just a tad big. The sizing goes from 32 to 40, which is kind of tricky, so I'd probably have to adjust the pattern myself. I'll try to put it on tomorrow with something that actually goes with it and see how I feel about the fit.
I had finished my Valour Vest some months ago, and although I loved the color and the styling, I had never worn it. I tend to like my clothes somewhat form fitting, so when I wear something that wraps, I pull it close around the waist. When I put the vest on and pinned it to fit my waist, the armholes stretched at the back giving it an odd appearance. See how big the armholes look even when it's on the hanger. It was even worse when I put it on.
Thinking back on the pattern, I remembered that it said to pickup around the armhole and then bind off on those stitches. The number of stitches it directs you to pick up is substantially fewer than you would do if you were picking up for a button band or some other type of border. The result, of course, is that the armhole pulls in to fit while you still get the nice effect of the ribbing around the bust. Genius.
This morning I finished around the armhole and it looked perfect. I can pull it as close at my waist as I like without looking like I"m wearing a wife-beater undershirt. The only down side of finishing the armhole is that now I have defined an inside and an outside of the garment whereas before, with the flat seam, it had been reversible. Of course, if I wasn't going to wear it at all the way it was, then it didn't really matter whether it was reversible or not, now did it! I chose the side with the strong rib texture for the outside (per the pattern), as it really is the more interesting side. Here's the new and improved Valour.
There have been so many times in the last few weeks that I've just needed to sit down with my knitting and not think at all. I think that's an indication of stress level, exacerbated by lack of an appropriately mindless project on the needles. Or, it could just be a renewed interest in football with the playoffs and what not. I had some fuchsia Donegal Tweed Chunky hanging around and decided to make it into a new Einstein coat since my current one seems to have been confiscated as a blanket by my youngest son. I'm making it 1 inch shorter around the bottom (53 stitches). Here's where I am so far.
That's just over one skein in - it measures about 15 inches so far. Hmmm... that's 15 down and some 30 or 40 inches to go. It should be done by Easter. When is Easter this year anyway?
Here it is from the right side. It's a very nice reverse stockinette rolled edge. It's an elaborate method, but it gives a very clean effect inside and out. She has you pick up stitches around the armhole with the wrong side facing, so the little pick up ridge is on the right side. This is so counter to the way we normally pick up on garments that I didn't even really look at the directions the first time and just picked up the normal way with the right side facing.
Then you work in reverse stockinette, making short rows to give the center section more length. See how the armhole edge tapers down toward the underarm.
When you've worked all the short rows and picked up all the wraps (knit wise and purl wise), she has you use a crochet hook to bring the live stitches from the right side to the back side where you slip them onto a smaller needle and finally bind them all off.
Here's a shot from the inside. Very nice and clean inside - and for those of you who hate finishing, there's no sewing.
Honestly, I think it might have been easier to pick up from the right side, work the short rows , bind off and then whip stitch the bind off to the pick-up ridge. But hey, I'm one of those weird knitters who likes finishing. I am anxious to wear this.
Today the UPS man brought me four pairs of shoes I'd ordered.
My husband saw all the boxes and tissue and stuff on table, looked at my happy face and said, "It's so cute how you get so much pleasure from such a little thing as shoes." How could you not love this man!
I started this little shrug a while back - like mid December. I know that doesn't sound like a long time ago, but on size 13 needles with no sleeves, it really should already have been finished. The back has been done for a while, and I had worked most of one side of the front. I've been really distracted over the past few weeks, and I'm pretty sure I'd messed it up. One of the things that bugged me was that the pattern has you working the back then putting one front and the back neck on holders while you work the other front. You know I hate that approach because it just find it so much more intuitive to work both fronts at the same time - then you only have to keep track of where you are once - half the opportunity for distraction. So I ripped out what I'd done and began the fronts together. During Project Runway (the one where the poor guy who doesn't get to go to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has a total meltdown) I worked quite a bit of the fronts. Actually even more than I had done of the one front. And then I ran out of yarn. Here I am, zipping along, and I am out of yarn. Oh, there's more yarn to be had, but it was at the shop, and we were having a snowstorm that was already keeping me from getting to the Kennedy Center, so I sure as heck wasn't going to risk life and limb to go to the shop. Frustrating, yes, but there really wasn't anything to be done but fold it up and tuck it back into the bag until Tuesday.
I did end up going in to the shop today, though, and picked up two more skeins of this delicious brown Sundae, so I might be able to finish it all up tonight. Woo hoo!
At long last, I had my new Brigitta and my camera in the same place at the same time. As far as this yarn for this project, it is a match made in heaven. Ushya is super chunky, but so light - a 100g hank gives you a generous 114 yards. I made the size 36, and it took just 6 skeins. Ushya is also really springy, so it bounces back from knitting errors and garments made from it keep their shape really nicely. I love this color too - a great heathery teal. Yum.