January 13, 2008


Posted in In Progress at 7:50 pm by merknits

Reading directions, it turns out, is pretty important when knitting.  Which is why this:

became this today:

     I’ve had some bulky merino from handpaintedyarn.com in my stash for a while now and finally decided to cast on for the Ballet Wrap Cardigan from Interweave Knits Winter 2005.  Actually, it’s a bit of a hybrid of the IK pattern and a wrap cardigan from Rebecca 32 (this one on the far left).  The ties and general idea of knitting the sweater in one piece are from the Rebecca pattern, while the rest it is from IK.

     My advice to everyone when you realize that your stitch count is off and something has gone horribly wrong is not to continue, like I did, but stop and re-read the pattern.  Turns out that I messed up the first group of decreases (did way too many of them) and had to frog back to pretty much the whole thing.

     I thought for a while that I might just leave it as is and wear a sweater that didn’t really have useful fronts, but I decided to rip despite the fact that I may now miss Houston’s winter entirely and not get to wear this for a while.  What finally convinced me was that I can now change the decreases, since I don’t like the way they’re written, and figure out a way to change the back neck.  I read through the pattern several times to try to find the finishing for the back neck area, but nope, there is none.  It’s just a raw stockinette bind-off edge.  There has to be a better way to do that.  At least with bulky yarn re-knitting shouldn’t take too long!


January 2, 2008

Crafty Christmas

Posted in Finished Objects at 9:40 pm by merknits

There was a lot of crafting this Christmas, though not so much by me.  I received some fabulous socks from my sister-in-law Stacey:

I thought the pillow would make a nice background, but it just looks a little silly.  Oh well.  Here’s a close up of the stitch pattern:
They fit perfectly–much better than the two pairs of socks I’ve made for myself!  And she said that the Illini colors were dyed especially for me.  (We couldn’t bear to watch U of I lose in the Rose Bowl yesterday, so we watched a movie instead.  Well, there’s always next year!)

Then we received these beautiful embroidered pillowcases from my sister:

She also made some very yummy snickerdoodles for the husband–his favorite!

Still no pictures of the felted clogs, though they have gotten a ton of wear.  My last FO of 2007 is a pair of fingerless gloves:

Notice how I’m also wearing my Apricot Jacket?  I just cast on 25 stitches of Marcela from Handpaintedyarn.com (from the odds and ends section), knit a while, made a hole for my thumb, knit a bit more, cast off, and made a tube.  They’re too big, but they were nice and cozy for our visit to the snowy Midwest!