Friday, April 24, 2009

necking!

I finally faced the beast yesterday and did the neckband on my hexacomb cardigan. I've been avoiding looking at it since the fiasco I had with it last time. This time I had the same problem with all the gaps/holes forming and I was starting to get really frustrated. I think one of my problems is that my stitches on this project are really loose or something -- especially near the edges. Anyway, I hopped online and found a few sites that recommend picking up stitches one or two rows from the edge to deal with gaps, so I did that and it looks much better!!

So, the neck band is done. Next up? Button band. Yuck.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Knitting Law Student

Today I brought my knitting to school and knitted in class for the very first time! I figured I might as well go for it since I only have two days left here (EVER!! YAY!!). Though, I'm not that much of a rebel: it was in my mediation seminar and we were watching a lame video and the professor wasn't in the room.

Also, last Thursday I attended my very first meeting of the BU knitting circle. It was pretty chill. I found them on Ravelry - there are just a few people who met up and we were all graduate students, so we had a lot in common. It sure beat knitting with Roxy!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Frogging Cressida (finally)

This morning I finally frogged the pieces I had knit for my Cressida sweater to harvest the yarn for Tess. I had only knit the back panel and about half of a side panel, so it wasn't a whole lot of work to frog it and I recovered a little more than one ball of yarn.

I wasn't exactly sure what method to use to get the kinks out. The yarn is a single ply with a little metallic fiber wrapped around it, so it's not super straight to begin with. Given that, I didn't want to be too aggressive with stretching the kinks out because I didn't want to totally ruin the spring in the yarn. I ended up wrapping it around the back of one of my chairs, tight enough to straighten the kinks, and then I used a spritz bottle to wet the whole thing. I'm hoping that will be enough to work the kinks out.

Here are some pics:



I actually conducted a massive yarn harvesting project a few months ago that I always meant to blog on and still haven't gotten around to it (but I will!). There, I was frogging a project made with wool-ease and it was hell trying to get those kinks out! I tried every trick in the book to stretch the yarn and nothing worked. Finally, I used a garment steamer and that did the trick beautifully, but I don't want to use the steamer here because I'm fairly certain the steam will ruin the yarn.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

update

I have been working on a non-fiber crafty project lately so I haven't been knitting like I should. But the alternative project is fun. It involves glitter - which is always a good time. I'll post more details later if anyone is remotely interested (and even if you're not interested - it's my blog and I'll post them anyway!)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Tess Therapy

I've been really blue lately and unfortunately I'm in that place where I'm afraid to go to bed because as soon as I'm alone in the dark I start to cry. :( Anyway, I've been staying up until like 2 or 3 in the morning this week just watching TV and stuff. Last night I decided I might as well be semi-productive and work on Tess while I was avoiding the inevitable. I got about 10 rows done, which is like amazing since they are pretty damn long! I'm a little over half-way through the increases now, so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm really happy with the way the increases are looking. I've been incorporating them into the lace by creating eyelets when I don't have enough stitches to complete the pattern in the increase area. They are blending in very well. If you are closely examining it you can tell that the lace gets a little loose, but I imagine I'm going to be the only person to ever look at it that closely.

I tried it on because I was a little worried about those weird increases but it looks like it's going to be okay. My chest measures about 32'' (which is the size I'm knitting) and it's going to end up being about 34'' when I'm done with the increases, plus the button band is pretty wide. I examined the picture though and it looks like it has a decent about of positive ease, plus I'll be wearing it over a shirt, so I think it will be okay. Also, having it a little bigger will ensure that the buttons don't make gaps across my chest, which is a very good thing.

In other news, I must finish the hexacomb cardigan!! It's getting ridiculous. Maybe I will do that tonight? Though I generally like to do finishing in the daylight. I don't know why, I just think it helps.