Chronicles of Knitterly Misadventures

Hello, stranger
February 11, 2009, 12:03 pm
Filed under: Acer Cardigan, Cardigan, Estes Vest, Uncategorized, Vest, wip | Tags: ,

It’s been a while. Let’s play catch up:

The above are, respectively, the Estes Vest from last fall’s issue of Interweave Knits (such a cruel, cruel trick time plays when something that happened nary four months ago is “last year”), and the Acer cardigan, designed by the singularly talented Kristin Kapur of Through the Loops.

Estes, as you can see, is currently going through her second blocking and awaiting the last and final I-Cord, whereas Acer, not so obviously, is awaiting her last row of garter stitch and bind off on her body and a shiny set of sleeves. More to come sooner rather than later, I promise!



My knitting roll (with jam, etc.) has hit a snag. I’m in the home stretch of the High Neck Cable- seriously, I have about two inches to go and I’m done- but I don’t think I’ll have enough yarn to finish. I decided to set out and knit the Hemlock Ring for T, and hoped to get it done by the time he comes to visit sixteen and a half days from now, but the needles I ordered won’t get here until Friday. To even attempt to finish a blanket in thirteen days seems like, I don’t know. Insanity?

Now I’m just waiting to hear back from Missa and Jessica to see if, by any chance, they have just one more skein of Suri Merino in shade 411, dyelot 3860. Sigh.

You knit, you learn
January 17, 2008, 9:14 pm
Filed under: pullover, Salina II, wip | Tags: , , , , ,

Lesson #1- Don’t get lazy, get smart
Laziness in knitting or anywhere else is no good. While I try to demolish my laziness, I must tell myself I am capable of finding smart, time-saving techniques without compromising my results. For F’s sake, I spend far too much time knitting my garments to skimp on finishing them.

I set out on my second Salina intending to achieve a professional looking garment as opposed to my usual rustic, home-made look. I’d heard about this method of using k2tog to attach sleeves and decided to try it out. On Salina, it resulted in this nastiness:

Yuck. Not that bad, but not professional or polished either. This is what she looks like now:

Time and denial made me forget the second glaring mistake (other than my awful photography skills). Do you see it?

If you guessed that one sleeve is at least an inch longer than the other, you’d be correct. Last night I made the decision to rip back a few rows in the longer sleeve instead of adding some to the shorter; I’m not certain I have enough yarn to knit few more rows and attach both sleeves. I probably do, but if I have to tear out a chunk of this sweater again I think I might, you know, tear out my hair or something.

Long story short: Cutting corners doesn’t cut it. Take the extra few minutes- you’ll thank yourself later. (Boy oh boy, now I’m starting to sound like Monk)

Scoreboard for today:

Me: 0

Mediocrity: 2