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It took a couple days to dry after I washed/blocked it.  This morning I sewed on the single button.

Yay!  My first sweater!!

(It's sad that my best pictures are in the mirror.  I really want a tripod.)

It's very soft, warm, drapey, and comfy.  It is very loose in the ribcage area.  I think if I were to make this again, I would want to work some decreases into the sides for fit.  But I know that the design was a loose one, not a fitted one, so I am not really surprised that it fits loose.  

I like it, in that first-attempt sort of way.  Which is to say I like it, even though it has flaws, because I know it is the best I could have done, seeing as how it's my first and all.  

Mostly now I am just feeling really glad that it is done!!
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I just finished my sweater!  As in, about 20 minutes ago.  (This is largely due to my HB and I basically having a nothing-but-knitting-and-movies weekend.  Accumulatively, I think I must have knitted for about 8 hours yesterday.) 

Of course I still need to obtain and sew on the single button, and I suppose blocking it couldn't hurt, but hey!  The knitting is done!  

And unsurprisingly, it feels kind of anticlimactic.  I guess that is partly because I am disappointed because I was enjoying the process so much, and partly because those last few hours were pretty trying; I ripped out a whole bunch of times and had all kinds of troubles.

Now I need to start a new project!  I'm still working on my green lace scarf, but I need something I can do without too much concentration; a movie-watching project.

Off to look at patterns!  I'll get pics up once I sew the button on.
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I worked another few inches on the sweater sleeve last night, making my sleeve about 5" long now.  The finished sleeve length is 18.5".  I've done 4 of the 6 decreases and now I need to switch to double-pointed needles as the sleeve is getting too narrow for circulars.  

For the last sleeve, I borrowed my HB's sz. 11 dpns, but he's working on a hat now and he doesn't want to give them up as there's no telling how long I'll have them or when he might need them.  (It should be noted than during the last month and a half when I wasn't working on this sweater, I had his sz. 11 circular tied up in my sleeve, and now I think he's not sure if I plan to finish the sleeve promptly or ever or if his needles will just sit there in the basket serving as stitch holders.  I finally got my own circ. so I may as well just get my own dpns as well.)  

So today I need to run out and get the dpns, and while I'm out I also plan to get some fabric to upholster a bench I got at the Goodwill for $10, also some stuff to put inside the cushion and some paint to match one of the colors in the fabric, for the bench's legs.  I will probably use layers of cotton batting. I hate foam and I have a futon/couch that has nothing but cotton inside; it is heavy and dense but in a nice way.

Oh, and of course I already have more plans!  I think when the sweater is done I want to make a couple little toys: a turtle from Knitty, and the chicken/egg from the last issue of Craft.  Or maybe a knitted robot, I haven't decided. 

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I (cautiously, timidly) picked up my blue bulky bolero sweater yesterday afternoon, to try once again to pick up the underarm stitches for the left sleeve.  This time, I measured across the entire length where the stitches need to be picked up, then divided that length by the number of spaces bewteen stiches to figure out how far apart to space each stitch.  I measured to the center and placed a thread loop to mark.  I measured half a space from that thread loop on either side and placed a thread mark.  Then I carefully measured each space out from those, and placed another thread loop to mark where each stitch should go, until there were 5 on each side of the center mark.  I double-checked the spacing and they were all even.

I wove in the end of a new ball of yarn along the cast-on edge, then took my crochet hook and picked up a stitch at each thread loop.  I was very careful to place each new stitch the right distance in from the edge to avoid a funny hole.  I knit a few rounds and started the sleeve decreases.  I knew I wouldn't be able to see the pick-up row properly until I had knitted a few rows away from it.

And. . . I think it worked.  I don't want to get to excited yet, just in case, but the weird holes that kept happening before are not appearing now; there are two tiny ones on either side where the sleeve increase line meets the pick-up row, but this is also on the other sleeve, and it's barely noticable.  It is in the underarm, after all.  I can deal with tiny holes there, just not giant, weird, irregular ones. I suppose I can always sew up any holes that do appear with wool embroidery floss.

I've knitted 3 inches of sleeve now, and I'm going to keep going.  I hope it comes out okay, I really don't want to have to rip out again.  I started this sweater in the beginning of last January (it seems like so much longer ago) and I put it down at the end of January when I hit trouble.  If all goes well, the sleeve should only take about a week for me to finish, then I just need to attach 1 button and it's done.  Altogether, about a month and a half is not bad to knit a bulky sweater, for me at least!

Also, I am up to 22 repeats on the green lace scarf now.  My goal is still around 30.  
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The sweater sleeve is kicking my ass.  I've finished one sleeve already, so I am rather baffled as to why I can't manage to do the same thing I obviously already did.  

The sleeves are knit in the round.  The top, front, and back of the sleeve/shoulder area was knit in one with the body.  The underarm part is supposed to be picked up from the body.  Well, I suck at picking up stitches, apparently.

The pattern calls for 10 stitches to be picked up. The space that the stitches are picked up across is more like 18 stitches wide.  I've tried maybe 8 times to do this properly and every time I get big, weird, irregular holes in the pick-up row.   I'm going to keep trying today, first I am going to measure more carefully, and put a thread tack where every stitch needs to be picked up.  If that doesn't work after a couple tries, I am probably just going to pick up more than 10 stitches, maybe 14 or so, then add extra decreases in the first or second row.  If that doesn't work, I might just plow ahead anyway and sew up the holes later.

The first sleeve was exactly the same and it worked perfectly!  Why is this one being so contrary?


Jan. 22nd, 2008 03:56 pm
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 At least my knitting is going okay.

Before today's skirt ordeal, I finished sleeve #1 on the blue bolero and took some photos.

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More pix )

1 sleeve to go!
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Yesterday I added another 5 inches or so to my sweater sleeve, now it is a bit longer than elbow-length.  I finished all the decreases and now the sleeve continues plain until the end, where there's a garter stitich border.  I just got to the end of my 5th ball of yarn out of 8, so I suppose I can say I'm a bit more than 5/8 done, since I anticipate needing only half the last ball.

It's looking really nice!  The gauge is relatively loose and the sweater is coming out very soft, light, and drapey.

I've also done a couple more repeats on my lace scarf. I think I'm up to 8 now.  My goal is to have about 30 repeats, but I'll have to check the length and such as I go.

I still have the long drawn out lobster bustle on the agenda.  Depending on how it comes out, I might plan on wearing it for the TCCG Historical Underwear Party.  I'm torn between doing 1870s and 1770s.  Either way, I'm also adding an embroidered pocket to my future plans list; if I go with 1770s for the party, it would be a perfect accessory.

Today's plans, though, are mostly mundane sewing.  I need some new handkerchiefs and there's a bit of mending to do.  (Boring but necessary.)  If I do it fast I'll try to get the boning channels all stitched for the bustle.



Jan. 11th, 2008 11:15 am
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I finished my shift yesterday.  It turned out kind of. . . weird.  Plus, I'm trying to come to terms with what kind of sewist I really am when a simple shift is an *Event*.  

I used the diagram in Costume Close-Up.  All the seams are machine-sewn and flat-felled.  I turned them by hand because I don't have one of those nifty flat-felling feet.

shiftJan2008003.jpg picture by ashamanjababu  shiftJan2008005.jpg picture by ashamanjababu

My ribbons came yesterday! 

ribbons!! )

Yesterday I also knitted another 4 inches on my sweater sleeve!  Every time my HB sees it, since I started the thing and had 3 rows on it, he has said, "oh, looks like you're almost done now!"  And I say of course not.  But yesterday he noted that if he keeps saying that, evetually I will have to say "Yup! Almost done!"  I hope that is sooner rather than later.

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I started knitting the bolero's sleeve, and I realized I'm not sure how I will block the finished garment.  The body was knitted all in one piece and the sleeves are worked in the round.

How does one block something knitted in the round? Or otherwise not-flat?
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My smartie HB solved my computer issues, so I can post pictures again, yay!

I finished the body of the bolero sweater and I've done 7 repeats of the lace pattern on the scarf.

Photos!! )

I'm really enjoying both of these projects and I'm completely ignoring all of my To Do lists and sewing projects.  

Today, though, I hope to actually, finally, cut my shift out and make a new pair of wool felt slippers.  I'm planning on making beer today also, and I think I'll work on the bolero sleeve while I watch the wort pot.  I just want to get the sleeve started so I can work on it later while I am watching a movie and not have to fuss with picking up new stitches.

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My computer is having a problem so I can't post pictures today, but I've been ever so productive!

The blue bolero is now about 11" in length (finished length is 15") and the I divided off the sleeve stitches a couple inches ago. I think I'll have the body done really soon, then I can pick up the sleeves.

I just couldn't wait to try out the pattern for the aforementioned lace scarf, so I began it yesterday. It's so neat! The pattern is just intricate enough; if it were any more complex I think I might be lost. It's a ten-row repeat (really 5 rows with purling every other row). It took me about an hour to begin the edge and complete one repeat. Then later I did another repeat, which took about half an hour. It looks really pretty, not quite as hole-y as I was expecting, but I like it anyway.

It does require concentration; I certainly couldn't do this one while watching a movie! It was nice, later, to work on the bolero again when I was watching a video, it seemed so simple and soothing! I think I'll probably continue both projects at the same time. The bolero will continue to be my evening project, and I'll work on the lace when I have some quiet time during the day.

Also yesterday, because I am a total nerd, I made a new pencil cup from a can, using this one as an inspiration. Yes, I think it's really cool. Besides, I really needed a new pencil cup!
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I got gauge for the sweater and started it last weekend. I've made a lot of progress! I'm at the point in the sweater where the sleeve stitches are about to be divided off. Then the body is knitted, then later the sleeve stitches are picked back up and knitted.

Here's the top of the sleeve:

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I love the way those increases look! A new technique for me; knitting in the front and back of the loop. I don't know why it confused me for so long, because it's really simple and I like it. (And you can see it doesn't take much to get me excited, kniting-wise.)

And this is the front neckline. The garter stitch edge on the right is the CF.

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I'm really enjoying wokring on this (despite the fact that circular needles really annoy me) so much in fact that I'm having a hard time working on anything else.

And I'm getting ahead of myself with plans, too. When I'm done with the sweater, I want to knit this lace scarf in this silk/wool yarn in green, which I picked up on an impulse at Borealis Yarns yesterday. I also got some plain red wool (Casacde) to make this ridiculously adorable lobster.
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