Wednesday, March 02, 2005

It's true

The rumors are true. Yes, I've started my first adult sweater.

This is the start of the right panel of the Vintage Pink Cardigan, I'm just a few rows before the armhole shaping. I pinned it in place so I could take a picture. Yes, I added "a bit" of shaping, hehe...


At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Athelas said...

Boy, now I am even more in love with that sweater!
I can't believe how much you have done so far--and it looks great!
(I don't always! write with so many exclamation points!)
When I did my swatch, the one thing I didn't like was how the cable looked at the bottom--do you think that is something that improves a lot with blocking?

At 9:59 AM, Blogger grumperina said...

Hi Athelas,

Thank you for your comments! Do you have a blog I could visit, or can you send me a private e-mail (my e-mail address is in my profile)? For now I'll write a lengthy reply here :). WRT the cable at the bottom, I like it! My row gauge is different than the pattern, and this is one of the few patterns where it matters because a precise number of cable repeats must fit into the border. So, I pretty much decided, screw them, I'm going to start this border exactly where I please. I chose to start just a few rows before a buttonhole would be made, which I thought was smart, and also so that the lacy cable would be hanging to the edge, because I really like how delicate it makes the whole thing look. I guess you're concerned with it splaying out of the border? I suppose that could be blocked, or even a clever little maneuver involving sewing thread, needle, and a few stitches would help the cable find its alignment. Also, you could do a provisional cast-on for that part, and make it look perfect by picking up the stitches and working in the other direction when you're done following the finishing instructions (take a look on the second page of the pattern). Personally, I'm not touching it, I like it!

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Katie said...

Wow, you are fast! And pink was the right color, definitely. You'll have to teach me how you do shaping, as I have a similar, uh, issue.

And while risking our friendship I'll tell you I once made Riley a Homespun sweater (it was my first sweater). He loves it and I can machine wash the peanut butter out of it. But Fun Fur has no business on anyone who is not dressing up as a fairy princess (which means I can use the fur Betsy gave me to make a headband for Zoe).

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

beth-biggeek here
I knew that picture of the overalls looked familar! Hee hee that is too funny! Can I borrow that for my blog? No, I will tell people to look here!

At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Betsy said...

Oh man, it's depressing how fast you are, as I sit here with just a little over two inches on the Kyoto collar. :(
Maybe I do need to learn to knit continential after all.
You are a born knit-blogging star, you already have 12 bloglines subscribers! Jeff and I just reached 20 and then lost 2 when I dropped out of the Fiber Random Acts of Kindness ring.

At 9:53 PM, Blogger grumperina said...

For Betsy:

"it's depressing how fast you are"
I took the day off, spent the majority of it reworking the pattern, and a good chunk knitting. I don't think I'm any faster than most knitters, but I should time myself.

"just a little over two inches on the Kyoto collar"
Go, Betsy, go! Woo!

"need to learn to knit continential after all"
I'm a big proponent of knitting whichever way you want, but you can't beat Continental when it comes to ribbing: same amount of work/time as straight knitting or purling.

"you already have 12 bloglines subscribers"
I just made my 10 personalities subscribe. And I have a subscription. And I guess you do. That makes 12 :) Hehe!

"I dropped out of the Fiber Random Acts of Kindness ring"
Good for you! You know how I feel about this whole "kindness" and "secret pal" thing: no one knows what I want better than me, thank you very much. I can shop for myself ;).

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Jenifer said...

Yea, Kathy -- that's great! Very nice and cool! I just love it! (am I excited?!) I'm just getting around to finishing the zipper on my little boy's sweater and saw your DB jacket and hat ... too cute! where did you make the customized labels? I have the "handmade by..." but where can I put someone's name on it? Love it. Take care, Jenifer

At 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa? First adult sweater? Lady, you are in the big time now. First adult sweater and just throwing shaping around. Knitter with a capitol K.

(Yarn Harlot)


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