Friday, April 27, 2007

Sidetracked


Indulge me in a bit of a fashion show.



I wish these pictures showed how close the sweater color is to the color of Rose's eyes.





She likes it so much. The day I took these, it was fairly warm, but she didn't want to put her t-shirt back on. "No, I wear sweater!" So she wore it for the rest of the day.




In the meantime, I've been sidetracked from Green Gable by a few different things.


a) So far, I have not been able to get gauge, which is 5 stitches per inch. This will definitely affect the look of this sweater, so I have had to do some thinking. If I use #6 needles, as the pattern recommends, I get 5.25 stitches to an inch, not 5. If I go up to #7's, I get a little less than 5, and the fabric is a bit untidy. Now, I did some math, and 200 stitches (the body stitches in the large size) divided by 5.25 stitches per inch is 38 inches. That would make a pretty good fit for me, not too loose, and not too tight. So I keep asking myself, do I trust my math? I haven't decided yet, so there's always...

b) Wendy's toe-up sock. So far, so good, but I'm reserving judgement until I finish one. In theory, you can try it on as you go to get a better fit. But as long as I accurately and honestly count my stitches per inch, my top-down socks fit me just fine. I'm not sure I like the sides of this toe. They're not as neat as the decrease, knit, knit, decrease on either side of a top-down toe. Of course, it could be my sloppy short-rowing. :P


c) The "celtic cable" from A Cardigan for Arwen in the winter 2006 IK. This is a reversible cable, the first I've ever seen, and I couldn't for the life of me wrap my brain around the idea. I've done more than a bit of cabling, and I just did not understand how a cable can have two "right" sides.


Here it is, front side and back side (sorry, they're not the greatest quality pics, but you get the idea -- you can see the pattern on both sides!!).

I still don't understand. But it works.

2 comments:

Peg-woolinmysoup said...

Thank you for the fashion show! That sweater is just perfect on Rose!
I know what you mean about children and wearing clothing that is too warm or too cool for conditions. If they like what they are wearing at the moment, that is what they want to keep on and don't want to change.
I am so happy you were able to use that yarn for such a beautiful little sweater!

Jo said...

Oh I got behind on my blog reading and nearly missed the fashion show, looks so nice, now I didn't do short row shaping on my toe ups I did increases in the same way but opposite to how you would decrease so my toe is exactly the same as how it normally looks, I even got my kntting book out so I could right and left slant increases either side of the toe, I just like being able to knit two together!