I stayed up utnil 1:30am this morning weaving in the ends and blocking this sweater. Before it was blocked it looked like it would fit an 8 year old, I was very nervous to see if it would really stretch enough for me to wear. But it suprised me! It did as promised and stretched. It grew by 3.5″ in length and the sleeves grew by half an inch as well. I’ll post measurements in Ravelry, but for now I have to do some party preperations for the hubby. Happy Birthday Paul!!
Oh – I’m going to take this sweater to StitchesWest and see if I can pick up some nice buttons to complete the sweater 🙂
First of all you have to listen to this knitting song from NeverNotKnitting, this great blog/podcast I just discovered, with wonderful pictures and lovely patterns. I made the show & tell group at Green Planet Yarn in Campbell listen to it and we were rolling with laughter as one of the knitter’s husbands was completely identifying with the song 🙂 The event was very fun, it is inspiring to see what everyone is making! To top it off you get a raffle ticket for each item that was made from yarn from their shop and there are door prizes! I won the yarn pictured above!! It’s a scarf kit from ravelry with their little boston terrier mascot on it.
I won’t be making the scarf, although it is very cute. I’ll probably end up making a little baby girl cardi out of it with all those variations of pinks and greens and white. If you are local to Campbell, CA you should definitely go to the next one, it’s planned for May 8th at 3:30pm.
I completed the back, and started the left sleeve on the vine yoke cardigan! I’m trying to get done in time for stitches west this Sunday 🙂 I’m still very worried about how it will turn out because it looks so so tiny, but blocking is magical, so we’ll see! I’m getting a lot of practice with wraps and turns (w&t). The pattern says that you don’t need to pick up the wrapped yarn and work it along with the stitch, but I found that it looks a lot better if you do pick up the wraps in the raglan shaping for the sleeves.
Here’s what the raglan shaping looks like without picking up the wraps (see the stretched stitches in the armpit?):
Here’s a what the raglan shaping looks like with picking up the wraps (no streched stitches):
I’m not picking up the wraps in the yoke shaping though. I felt that it could use a bit of stretch in the yoke because the curve is so sharp already. Here’s how that is turning out, without picking up the wrap:
This pattern also calls for the provisional cast on which was a first for me… hope I’m doing it right. It leaves a row of live stiches on the bottom with scrap yarn to holding them in place, to be picked up later:
Fun stuff! I’m looking foward to Stiches West in Santa Clara, CA on Sunday. My knit nighters (or crochet soiree’ers as has been renamed recently) are going to meet up. I’ll have to bring a fixed amount of cash so as not to get too crazy 🙂
Here’s my new sweater project. It is coming along quickly after a few re-do’s and slowness in with the initial vine pattern. I have a solid understanding of the pattern now and it is knitting up quickly! The only problem now is that it looks so short. I am considering ripping out and adding some length. As it stands it will need to stretch by 4 inches to match the pattern. No sense in making a super short sweater right?
How was your valentine’s day? I follow this blog by Amigurple who had the most amazing gift from her boyfriend that she blogged about. Check it out, so so so awesome. She is a knitting maniac too, FO’s fly off her needles daily it seems. And they are super cute too. Oh and she made a really cool little cozy calculator for anything rectangle that you don’t want to do the math for 🙂