Monday, March 05, 2007

This is why I'm taking the class...

So, I brought my idea of doing the Kim Hargreaves sweater to class on Saturday and the teacher (who I will refer to from now on as Master Dave because calling him the teacher brings to mind a stern bun-wearing spinster weilding a yardstick) was supportive and helped me figure out that the damn thing was knit in like 10 pieces and sewn together!!!! I am basically, "The Knitter Who Hates to Seam or Do Finishing of Any Kind", hence the half sewn up and half-finished sweaters lying all over my house. After some consideration, I decided to change my mind and do this project instead:

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It's a sweater from last spring's Rebecca. I fell in love with the sweater immediately and was really bummed to discover that it only went up to a finished measurement of 32"! Wtf? It's knitted up in worsted weight yarn, so my task will be to upsize and redo the pattern for my gauge. I did one swatch so far and I'll need to do another on smaller needles before I decide what my gauge will be.

In other news, I finished the front of Remembering Honey last night. The lace patterns were fun to do, but required some concentration, so I put finishing this off for a few days. But, now it's done and it's time to move on to the sleeves. Here's a photo:

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Here's a close-up view of the lace pattern along with the short row details I put in for the bustline so it wouldn't look like I'm wearing a sack:

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Last, but not least, while on my Stitches trip, I started a sock! I know, shocking. I used to knit socks all the time, but my attempt at Pomatomus burnt me out on them. Don't get me wrong, Pomatomus is turning out right and I didn't make mistakes or anything, but all of that 1 x 1 rib and twisted stitches got me down after a while. All I've got left is one foot to do and then they're done, but I'm leaving that as a UFO Resurrection project for later in the year. So, I started the Monkey socks from the Winter 2006 knitty, I think. Anyway, I had a little trouble because I started out with the recommended needle size (Addi 1's) but it was turning out a little big for my foot. However, it fit around my shapely (ahem) calves quite nicely and using a smaller needle would make the sock too tight. So, I switched to US 1's after 2 repeats and I couldn't believe how well that turned out. It fits perfectly. This pattern really needs to be blocked so its hard to see, but here is my progress so far:

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I'm using STR medium weight in Sapphire.

Finally, I've joined the Interweave Knits KAL and did my first post today. Check it out!


Anonymous Cora said...

Honey looks great!! Can't wait to see it finished. Master Dave is very appropriate. You should tell him.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Nonnahs said...

Okay, I liked the other sweater class sweater, but I totally feel ya on the seaming and finishing (bleh). Your new choice is going to be just as pretty! I look forward to watching you and Dis progress with your sweater cretions!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Marisa said...

I'm really loving your Remembering Honey - good idea with the short row shaping!

10:51 AM  

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