Sunday, July 26, 2009

Awesome! Techknitting does it again!

I just ran across this post on TECHknitting about how to avoid that hole at the top of the heel on your sock. This also would have worked out really well for my split neck on Delphine - too bad I didn't read it in time.

Crossing stitches: one way to avoid a hole on a vertical opening in knitwear

The bar exam is in three days and I really shouldn't be surfing random knitting blogs that I haven't read since at least April 11, but my brain is totally fried and this seems like the right thing to do. Now that I have indulged a bit, it's time to get back to the studying. Secured transactions... yay! (ha!)

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Frustrated Knitter

Frustration #1: Delphine
I took Delphine off the blocking board and it is still pretty skin tight. It's a shame because it's actually a really darling top - something I think I would wear often, but probably not if it is so skintight that it makes me look fat/sloppy. Also, there is one row of the lace where I screwed up that sort of bothers me - but not too bad. It kind of gives it character. Kind of.

What to do? I still need to join the shoulders, then I'm going to try blocking again... and be ruthless with the stretching this time! I made it really long, so I think I can get away with a lot of horizontal stretch without making it too short - the challenge is just going to be getting the yarn to give that much. If this doesn't work - I'm going to have to frog and start over knitting the larger size. This pisses me off - especially given frustrations 2 and 3....

Frustration #2: Rusted Root
I've been knitting the ever popular Rusted Root sweater from Zephyr style - which is a short sleeve raglan top with puffy short sleeves and a lace panel running down the front. The instructions are kind of poorly written, which has made the project kind of frustrating, but I finally got the hang of it and yesterday I reached the the point where I separated the sleeves - so it's easy sailing from here... except...

I've thought the lace looked kind of weird since the beginning, but I kept thinking it would look better once several repeats got going. Now that I've got 4 repeats I finally figured out what my problem it. The problem? In the middle of the second repeat I accidentally created a hole in the wrong place!! Arg!! I can't live with it and I'm going to have to rip it back. Here is an illustration:

You might also notice that the leaves look a little sloppy. That's because I've been slipping the stitches the wrong way! Arg! (I slipped purlwise and it turns out I should have done it knitwise). I discovered this about 10 rows back, but I decided it would be fine as long as I kept doing it throughout. But now that I'm ripping out 20 rows, the logical thing to do is just to rip it all out and START OVER slipping the right way. Yup - after all my struggles getting through the top I've got to do it again! (which, BTW takes FOREVER with a raglan - as you probably know)

Another frustration with rusted root: I tried it on and the underarms are way too tight. This means I'm going to have to make mods, which means I'm going to have to think. Lame.

But, like Delphine, it is going to be a really cute top. Here's what I've got so far:

R.I.P.

Frustration #3: Hexacomb Cardigan
It's too big and I'm pissed and don't know what the hell to do with it. :(

Frustration #4: the bar exam
I'm taking the MA bar in two weeks, which means I have to study all day HARDCORE, but I can't stop thinking about all these stupid knitting problems! I deal with stress by knitting, but now that I need to knit to deal with bar stress, all I'm turning to is knitting stress. Maybe I should just ditch it all and make an old-school garter stitch scarf? lol

Monday, July 13, 2009

Blocking Delphine

I finished up the back of Delphine and now it's on the blocking board. I was pleased with how much it stretched out -- I think it will be an okay fit. Cross your fingers! I'm joining the tops of the straps and doing the neck edging after blocking -- that's recommended in the pattern and it's a great idea because it means you can add/subtract from the length of the straps.

Here's a pic:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Delphine

I'm knitting a top called Delphine from the new book French Knits -- but I got the pattern from the Spring IK. I like the name because Delphine was my "french name" in French class in Jr. High. It's also the name of the lead Aqua Ranger, or something like that...

Anyway, I'm almost done. I just need to finish the back and do a quick 3 needle bind off on the shoulders. I think I'm also going to go around the edges with a crochet hook and make some cute picot edging. Here's a progress pic:

It looks (and feels) atrociously skin-tight, but it's going to stretch out a lot in blocking. (Let's all just keep repeating that until it comes true, OK?)