And I'm not foolin'! The proof is in the archives, I did it. Tell the truth, some of you had your doubts. Not only did I do that, but I did this:
Oh, you need proof of that as well? Here you go.
- Pattern: Ski Jacket from Knitting Classic Style by Veronik Avery
- Yarn: Reynolds Lopi and Lopi Lite
- Needles: size 10 Addi Turbos
- Cast On: November, 2007 (actually-very late October, but I didn't knit on it the whole second week of November.
- Bound Off: November 26, 2007
- Last button sewn on: November 30, 2007. Sweatin' it.
When I had gotten this book I queued this sweater right away and a day or so later my lys decided not to carry Lopi and put it on sale at 50% off. Whoo hoo! I got the blue and the green on sale, the other colors I had to shop for and I really wanted the orange, but the only oranges in Lopi were really rusty or heathery so I got Lopi Lite and doubled it. I know, I could have used Lamb's Pride Bulky, but that orange was sort of traffic cone-ish in color. Ick.
I made a modification to the pattern by knitting the body in the round and not back and forth so I wouldn't have to purl my color work. That resulted in my first steek and I am pretty happy with the result. After putting in the button bands I trimmed the extra fabric out of the steek and covered the raw edges with ribbon. Picking up stitches for the bands was a little tricky, not only figuring out how to pick up stitches that were not edge stitches (that never occurred to me, I had columns of stitches not just the edge stitch so picking up stitches meant inserting my needle behind the stitch along the column of stitches I wanted the band to go and pick up and knit from there, which turned the selvedges into the sweater nicely) but the directions for picking up the bands threw me. I think it might have been me, but because the bands are worked from the top of the collar in one piece with the collar you have to pick up stitches from the wrong side. You also do this along one side of the collar as the collar folds down and you want the selvedge to be hidden by it. The directions say to pick up and knit from the wrong side. Well, that is more than awkward. I ended up inserting my needle (with the wrong side facing me) from back to front and essentially purling. I also think there is a mistake in the pattern regarding the buttonhole placement. While you are instructed to work the buttonholes on a wrong side row, it makes more sense to work them on a right side row based on the buttonhole row directions. Being as I entered that whole section a little differently because I was knitting in the round until I started the collar, it could be me, but I don't think so. I was careful to knit my row of orange at the edge by knitting tbl up to the collar and the purling around the collar so that it would be pretty on the outside. I then used a hacked tubular bind off that I am happy enough with but might have looked better had I ribbed a row first. Other than that, the pattern was well written and easy to follow. Watch for the yarn amounts though, I used significantly less yarn. One skein less on the main color and one less on one of the contrasts. I may have used less on the orange as well, but being that I used a different yarn it is hard to tell. I bought two of them and using them doubled didn't get near the end of the skeins.
One thing that bothers me is my gauge change in the yoke. Both my row and stitch gauge grew a little and although the sweater seems to fit well, I might have liked a snugger fit around the shoulder and under the arm. And I keep comparing it to the model in the book and think mine looks grossly large (although, my orange shows up a lot more there, where in the book the brown contrast does not-well, that is me trying to make myself feel better). The upside? I can fit my long johns and turtlenecks under it and be really warm when I'm, you know, skiing. Heh.
Ack! I'm boring myself to death with my last post of the month. Is your head spinning yet? Well, here are some closer-ups:
Oh! I know why you are still here. You want to know how many containers of tea I actually counted when
they fell out of I emptied the cabinet last week. The grand total (drum roll please!)
I am shocked! But Pumpkinmama should not be, her guess was 143. She is the winner! And as a thank you for all of the encouragement and tolerance you have given me over the last month I also chose a random winner from all of the guesses and that winner is Lynn of The Linnet Knits! Ladies, I need addresses (or Pumpkinmama can catch up with me at spinning night sometime) so I can get a brew in the mail to you. And some other little surprises.......
November 30, 2007. Thanks to you all, I'm sad to see it end. And not so sad. Your comments kept me going and I apologize for not getting back to each one of you. I'm trying to be better. Time for one of my infamous blogging breaks? Or not. We'll see.