Well, I'm finally getting over whatever this cold, flu-ie, icky stuff was. At least if I'm not getting over it, it hasn't appeared to have gotten worse so I guess I'll survive. I was worried for awhile that it was Avian Flu–honestly, what did we all eat a week ago??? Turkey! I dunno where that turkey came from…do you? I was a bit concerned. Thought about taking some of this but there have been some reports of unpleasant side effects, so thought I'd forego it. Plus you only have 48 hours to take it. And B convinced me that I am indeed a hypochondriac in need of serious psychological help. I may need some kind of medication in his opinion but not for bird flu. Well, as long as the men in the hug-yourself jackets don't show up, all will be well.
November 2006 Archive
I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving! I did, I especially enjoyed being able to wear my completed Red Ribbed Cardigan to dinner at my in-laws. My in-laws took some great pictures of me wearing the sweater but now I have to figure out how to post them. Where's hubby when you need him?
I, however, have come down with some sort of bug. Feeling crummy and gross. So I will refrain from posting the details of the red cardi construction for another day or two till I feel better. No need for sneezing all over my computer screen. Until then!
The Red Ribbed Cardigan is REALLY DONE!!!
I will write a more detailed post later, but I was just excited to get a finished picture up. I'm pretty happy with how this sweater turned out. A few things I'll change for the next one and a lot to share, but for now, I'm just going to sit back and revel in the fact that I have just completed my first sweater with a steek and a zipper and it's actually WEARABLE!!!!! YIPEE!!!
It's blocking as we speak!
I finished knitting last night, then spent the morning weaving in ends, weaving the armhole shut and general finishing stuff. Which I hate! I hate weaving in ends! I'm using the word HATE to describe how I feel about weaving in ends! Luckily I didn't have very many to worry about as I spit spliced the ends together whenever I added a new ball of yarn. This is a life saver let me tell you. Especially for someone like me who hates weaving in ends. Did I tell you I hate weaving in ends?
Anywho…I am washing and blocking the sweater before I cut the steek and insert the zipper. That way it prevents anything strange happening if the sweater changes shape at all during blocking. I will try to pre-shrink my zipper, too, before I sew that in.
I tried on the sweater last night when I finished knitting, and again this morning after I'd woven the armhole shut. It fits pretty well, but I'm sure the ribbing will relax some now that it's been washed. I seem to have a problem with the ribbing relaxing on my sweaters. Sometimes it relaxes so much there's no elasticity left at all. Any one else experience that problem? Am I doing something wrong? Or is it the yarn? Or is it just the way it goes with ribbing? I am just hoping that after this sweater is dry, it doesn't turn into a big tent because the ribbing relaxed so much that the sweater grew into something huge and shapeless. I don't foresee that happening, but I don't rule anything out!
A couple of notes about this yarn. It's Knit Picks Merino Style in Hollyberry. It's much deeper red then what it looks in the pictures. I can't seem to get a true photo. Maybe once it's really really done I can get B to take some pics of me outside and that will show off the color better. So far I have been pretty pleased with the yarn. It's got a nice hand and I love the color. It's very soft, and looks almost like cotton when knitted up. It shows off stitch definition very well, and would be great for a cable sweater (I had started a cable sweater with this yarn and it looked great, but the sweater design itself wasn't going to look good on this chubby body so I frogged it). When I washed the sweater, it did bleed…A Lot! The water in the basin looked like cherry Kool Aid! By the time I finished my washing and rinsing regime, however, the water was pretty clear. So I'll be interested to see what it looks like after it's dry. I have some yarn leftover so I will compare the color of the post washed sweater to that. More to come. Have a great weekend all!
My Red Ribbi Cardi is growing by leaps and bounds.
I have attached the other sleeve now and am working on the raglan shaping.
This is the part that I love because it goes faster and faster from here on out. I've seen some very lovely top-down raglans and have considered learning that method as well, but knowing me the way I do, I need the sweater to go faster at the end rather than slower. I think I'd get down past the underarm and go "Are you freakin' kidding me?" and quit right there. It's a psychological thing, I'll stick with the bottoms up raglan method. Fits my personality better
If you'd like to see more Red Sweaters, check out this KAL!!!