Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Return of the Sweater from Hell

After an accidental two-week break, I had hoped to have more to show. But, during that time, my 75 year-old grandpa had back surgery and recovered more slowly than expected; then I had an abscessed tooth and am still waiting to get the root canal; and started a part-time job at a local craft store. Gramps is doing well now, back at home and walking with only a cane for assistance; my tooth pain and discomfort has subsided, but I didn't do much besides sleep and complain for a while. Tonight was my impromptu first day at the new gig, and I thought it went well. That said, I do have two things to show.

The oft-mentioned "movie theater sweater" aka "sweater from hell" was, briefly, finished and blocked.

If you can see T.R. Knight in the background, it's because we were watching Grey's Anatomy reruns and I forgot to turn it off.

It wasn't quite hanging the way I wanted, because I should have placed the buttons higher. Which sounds like an easy fix, except for the placement of the button holes.

So I ripped out the button bands and color (luckily, from picked up stitches around the garment edges, and knit in one piece).

Pictures coming soon, but I am much happier with it.

On the needles, a baby sweater for my fiancé's cousin, who with his wife is expecting his second child in early March.

 I'll share the details once it's finished :). I'd better get knitting!

Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm a knitter...

I'm a knitter: After booking our honeymoon, my first thought was "what knitting project should I bring?"

The honeymoon is in June.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Cardigan From Hell, Pt 2

I frogged the entire thing, and completely redesigned it. Now, it's normal length instead of hip-length, stockinette stitch instead of cables, no color work, with big coconut shell buttons; it's asymmetrical and the collar is a mashup of shawl and cowl. I love it. There is only one problem.

I didn't really plan much before I started knitting, and once I got to the collar, I made it up as I went along. Consequently, the button placement isn't quite right. The top one is fine, but the bottom one is much too low. And I only realized this after weaving in ends and grafting the underarms and after (of course) binding off.

I really don't want to frog this, again, even though it would technically be the first time for this specific sweater. I love the design but I really really don't want to remake it. I can't just leave it, because it doesn't hang right. At least, as far as I can tell it doesn't. Blocking will help, but it won't be enough.

Driving home from work tonight, I had an idea. I could put a small button on the WS right front, and add a loop to the WS left front; similar to how some pants have a "hidden" button near the fly to keep the crotch crease-less. Or the same concept, but with ties? Must research...