January 05, 2005

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Snowflakeblocking_2This little, "quick" Snowflake sweater has taught me a few lessons:

Lesson 1: Follow your intuition. It knows all. The whole time I was knitting the top of the front I kept thinking "wow this looks long". I even put it up to me and thought it was too long. But I kept on knitting because it didn't match the measurement I scribbled on the notepad a few weeks back. Of course, I should have listened to that little voice and saved myself a night of ripping and reknitting.

Lesson 2: Fair Isle is always less stretchy. No, just because Nadia isn't the typical smooth and even FI yarn does not mean it will behave in a way completely unlike every other yarn you've ever used. I learned this lesson on Cheesylove and even remarked about how much tighter the edge of the sleeve is on this sweater (where the snowflake/leaf is). Yet I did nothing about it when knitting the front! The result? An edge that pulls in about 1-1/2 inches on each side. I'll be knitting a gusset to insert along the edges where the FI band is.

Lesson 3: If you frog a neckline and re-use the yarn thinking you'll have the perfect length because you're reknitting the same instrucitons over the same number of stitches and rows you will run out of yarn. On the final cast off row.

Lesson 4: Nothing beats the satisfaction of looking at a piece you knitted and knowing that you didn't take the shortcut and you did it the right way. Nothing.

January 5, 2005 in Snowflake Sweater | Permalink | Comments (4)

January 04, 2005

2 Color Snowflakes

I decided to stray from the original Lana Grossa pattern and do a band of snowflakes across the front.

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I was a bit concerned about trying to get that much detail out of the thick and thin Nadia but it seems to have done pretty well! Here's a shot of the whole front. I still haven't blocked this piece but it's already reading pretty well.

I used a Norwegian Star pattern out of Fair Isle Mittens and Gloves. I have to admit that doing the two color work flat (meaning I had to do purl rows, too) with a thick and thin yarn held with a laceweight mohair really tried my patience as a knitter. I'm pleased with the final result but it will be a while before I consider taking on that task again!

I pinned together the front and back to give it a test run. The width is great -- perfect in fact! But the length from shoulder to armhole is about 2 inches too long. I must have taken a measurement incorrectly because the sweater measures what I was going for. So I need to frog back a few inches on the tops of both the front and back and knit the neck and shoulder shaping again. It's not a big deal and hopefully I'll tackle it tonight. Then all that will be left is a sleeve!

January 4, 2005 in Snowflake Sweater | Permalink | Comments (12)

January 03, 2005

Off to a Good Start

I did a LOT of knitting this weekend -- some Clapotis, some on the Cabled and Ribber sweater, some on a new Kureyon scarf, and a lot on the snowflake sweater.

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There's a finished back and sleeve, and half of the front. I've already washed and blocked the back and sleeve. What a difference! See the poofy orbs coming out of the front piece on the needles? The washing relaxed all of them and even made the fabric more even. The Nadia yarn is quite thick and thin and washing helped give it a lovely texture.

I was a little concerned about what might happen to the mohair I stranded with the white. Would the red bleed? Would the mohair lose its fluff? But it made it through the bath well, too. Here's a closeup shot of the mohair.

Last Day of Vacation

This is it! My final day off. And my plans -- knitting, Tivo, more CSI on DVD, and takeout Chinese for dinner. All from the comfort of my living room in sweats and a T shirt.

January 3, 2005 in Snowflake Sweater | Permalink | Comments (8)