Saturday, February 07, 2015

A Visit To The Frog Pond

Well, I was going to show you my Little Black Cardi which was up to the armpits:


However, I discovered a serious mistake! While I was trying to divide the body for the fronts and back I realised that I hadn’t done the decreases for the waist correctly which left me with too many stitches. Of course, Murphy’s Law being what it is, the error was 2/3s of the way back down the body. Boo. And not quickly fixable in any satisfactory way. So, to the frog pond ball-winder with it. Sniff! I zipped it back to the place where it went wrong, picked up the stitches and am merrily knitting away again. It’s all about the process, right? And I’m now pretty sure I’m going to have to dye at least 2 more skeins to finish it since I used half of what I have getting just to the underarms. Luckily I’m in no hurry for this lighter-weight cardi. But that’ll teach me to knit a black yarn in the dark of winter! Maybe…

I also started on the Musket Pullover sweater for Thom. After winding all 7 skeins into cakes, I began on one sleeve. Partly this is just following the directions for the Brownstone by Jared Flood but also it gives me a chance to double-check my gauge in the round without having to knit another boring swatch. I’m going to use this pattern for most of the sweater except I’ll modify the front neckline to accommodate a button placket and also knit a short stand-up or fold-over collar, possibly in moss stitch but I haven’t finalised that last idea yet. I’ll wait until I get there! It’ll be awhile. It’s bottom-up and I have to knit both sleeves plus most of the body first. Though it goes pretty fast at this gauge.

In other knitting news, it took me since November but I finally finished Thom’s Emerald Socks:


They’re a lot more green in real life. Chalk the colour shift up to the dark grey rainy skies we’ve had recently – yet another Pineapple Express. The pattern is just my usual plain socks and the yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Stile colour 8015. There was a lot of turquoise dye that came out in the water when I wet-blocked these! It took 4 rinses to come clear which is unusual. The socks are quite colourful but Thom loves having fun hand-knit socks on every day. Yes, he’s spoiled and he knows it!

So nothing else is new here. The Hand is continuing to improve but slowly, though there’s still quite a lumpy scar remaining. At least it’s finally nearly normal functioning with just a little bit of remaining extra-sensitivity. I’m very thankful. I still haven’t done any weaving or sewing yet. Mostly because I’ve been too busy with preparing and spinning over 700g of yarn! Can’t do everything. At least not all at once.


Anonymous said...

Love the black. Sorry for the ripping and re-knitting. It will be gorgeous when finished.
Vancouver Barbara

Heather said...

I can't remember who was (perhaps Elizabeth Zimmerman)who said "don't worry about ripping things out, you like knitting anyway, right?" I try to follow this advice when the inevitable ripping needs to happen, but it doesn't always work.

Louisa said...

Well, knitting a sweater out of sock yarn is an obvious sign that I don't mind the process! So. Many. Stitches.

pao said...

I guess it's better than when you goof up with sewing a dress, say. If you can just rip out stitches, that's one thing. But if it's a mistake of another kind, the whole thing can go to waste.

Sounds like knitting is more forgiving and lets you just start over. How nice.

Heather said...

Uh oh, where are you dear Damselfly? We miss you.