I added width to the sleeves of this sweater in the method I mentioned in my post to your blog concerning a too skinny knit-in-the-round sweater. You'll have far more room to work with than I did with the sleeve...but you can see the finished effect: It makes a nice accent.
If anyone is interested, this sweater was knit with Reynolds One ply Candide (discontinued, but similar to Jamieson's one ply) knit double with Plymouth brand sport weight Natural Indecita Alpaca. The accent is Brunswick ballybrae tweed. The sweater is over 20 years old, and as you can see, has worn beautifully: It's one of my favorites.
It's all Baxternits fault. At least that's who I'm gonna blame.
and now - if that weren't enough - I am in the throes of knitting the Progressive as a circular! 13 rows to go before I start the edge.
And you know what is worse? she's got at least two other projects in the works.
ADDENDUM: 1/26 - only
1200 (as of 1:50 -eastern) 800 stitches to go before starting the edge...
and again: really bad photo attached - 1/4 of circle still to cast off/edge.
I'm working on a top-down seamless sweater and have made it to the ribbing at the waist. I now can see that it is about 2 to 3 inches smaller than I'd like around the chest. (Cut me some slack, it's my first seamless) It has a fair isle pattern circling the chest and back that has a good stretch to it. Would you rip out and rework it, or would you block it first and see if you could pick up the extra inches without starting again? I would usually rip it out, but I'm leaning toward blocking this time because (i) it has such a good stretch and (ii) I realized it is 21,840 stitches from the start of the fair island pattern to the ribbing. Yikes!!
Finally, the big black blob of a sweater is complete. I bound off the last of it this morning. There are still a few yarn tails to weave in but that will just have to wait. It took me a good two weeks longer than I thought it would, just because it was soooo boring to work on.
The good news is that it actually looks good and fits well, but never again will I do a huge project in all black. Thank goodness I had a pair of camouflage socks to work on or I would have completely lost my mind.
I have finished my first project, a very basic K1 P1 scarf. I can see a few mistakes here and there, but I must say it's not bad for a first effort. A pic will be coming soon. I have already started project #2, a ribbed scarf, and I'm planning ahead for project #3, a cabled scarf. After that, I may be ready to take on a serious project.
Sarah Bradberry over at knitting-and.com has taken on Brenda Dayne of Cast On's suggestion and is setting up a new knitting wiki to be a repository of knitting knowledge that anyone can contribute to. She's holding a competition to come up with a nice wiki skin that looks a bit different from Wikipedia and some of the other wikis out there. If you understand php and css (I don't!) and are interested in the details, you can find out more here.
The disaster I laughingly refer to as a scarf has reached the 36" mark. It's coming along slowly as I can only work on it a little here and there as I find the time. I thought I'd post a pic of it at this stage to give you guys a good chuckle.
I already have 'Knitting with Balls' and love it and have just today ordered 'Never Knit Your Man a Sweater.' Does anyone out there know of any other good books and/or pattern books of projects for men?
I don't know why I didn't post the first My So-Called Scarf that I'd made prior to the one that I posted here....but now that I've thought about it, I think it's a good idea to share it here, too. So, here goes:
Started: 23rd November 2006
Finished: 14th December 2006
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Worsted Merino-Lambwool in the colourway "Koralle im Meer" ("Corals in the sea")
Needles: 6 mm/US #10 Inox circs
Pattern: My So Called Scarf from Sheep in the City
Modifications: Instead of a 30-stitch pattern, I reduced it to 28 stitches and add the chain edge (4 stitches in total, so that adds up to 32 stitchs), because I have only one hank of the wool and the scarf's going to be short anyway.
I just received my copy of this book by Judith Durant today and I'm very pleased with it. I know that someone on MWK mentioned it already but I can't find the posting.
Judith has done a great job with this book. The subtitle says, "22 Handsome Projects for Every Level of Commitment", and the projects in this book range from easy (coasters)to an Aran jumper. The directions are clear and easy to follow. And, the best part is that all of these projects are guy-friendly and I would think be accepted by just about any bloke. I think the adjective "handsome" fits perfectly.
I like her sense of humour and the clever way she equates the difficulty and cost of the project to the phase of the relationship. Her philosophy: "Only when you're very sure your man is 'the One' should you begin knitting body-sized garments." I remember a discussion here on MWK about the relationship between knitting a gift for the guy and then losing him.
This book is sure to please anyone looking for some good projects for the man in their life.