Once again, work has gotten in the way of important knitting! Oh well, work is fun too.
There has been time for knitting, but not at the pace I would like. Here’s the status of my Lilac Haze Tee:
I should have the back finished tomorrow … maybe the front will be finished by next weekend?
I spent a lot of time knitting, ripping and knitting the row which transitions from knitting in the round to knitting flat. Frankly, I couldn’t (can’t) see how the pattern would work as it’s written. I found a way to proceed, more on that in the final notes.
Interesting challenge ahead: 3-needle bind-off. That’s gonna be a new one for me. I look forward to it!
This latest project is made from organic cotton … Simply Cotton in the Haze Heather colorway (organic cotton from Knit Picks). The pattern is “Summer Tee Top” by Claudia Olson, a free download on Ravelry. After getting gauge, I reduced the CO by 28 stitches. I don’t know if this will result in the desired 36″ size and just the right amount of negative ease … or another gift for someone else (wah! I want to wear it myself!). Anyway, the suspense will keep me knitting, ha ha!
I actually have completed both the tweed sweater and the fuzzy scarf … EXCEPT for the finishing steps. A tiny bit of weaving in will finish the sweater and all I have to do is bind off the scarf. For some reason, I don’t want to take them off the needles. Maybe I’m just not interested in wool and mohair now that the snowdrops and witch hazel are blooming!
I greatly enjoyed the last part of this camisole. The flat knitting came out much more even than I feared it would and the shaping made it all very interesting. The most challenging part, though, was the single crochet around the edges. I’ve never done single crochet before (and it shows, ha ha!). The first armhole took several tries, the second armhole was better and the neck was not too bad (I saved the neck for last, hoping I might have the knack by then). Tonight, I ripped the first armhole and tried again. It’s OK. There’s a good chance I will always be wearing a jacket or something so I don’t think those edges are a deal-breaker … yay!!
A review of the details: this free pattern is called Soleil by by Alexandra Virgiel. I followed the instructions without modification except that I knitted one extra iteration of the lace pattern at the bottom. I used Patons Grace mercerized cotton yarn in the “Ginger” colorway. The pattern was easy to follow and I may use it as a jumping-off point for variations! I also like the yarn a lot. This is my first completed adult-sized garment with shaping and stuff. (The Coin Cable Raglan is languishing — almost complete — in a bag. That’s a story for another day!) I recommend it as a first garment because it’s knit in the round (mostly) so the only sewing is at the shoulders.
In other WIP news, I’ve also gotten the Vinnlands going again. They’re also close to being finished so maybe there will be Happy Dancing Feet pictures soon!
Lots of tugging going on here, cuz it’s flat knitting time … it doesn’t look too goofy, does it? (Don’t answer that!) You can see the beginning of the V-neck and the armholes.
It seems that the unusual low-humidity weather we have been enjoying for most of the summer has moved on. And that means: even the cotton yarn is feeling kinda sticky. If it stays humid, progress will be slow … unless we break down and turn on the A/C. With the exception of a few hours in April, we haven’t done that yet this year … I guess we’ll see!
But what’s mid-summer on the Eastern Seaboard without humidity and cicadas?? (I call them Birthday Bugs and they’ve just started their thing in the last week … right on schedule!)
As a new knitter, I leaned heavily toward projects that allowed me to try out new and fancy stitches (lots of scarves!). I also felt a strong wish to give a hand-knitted gift to each of my immediate family and any others who even hinted that they’d be interested (that’s where all the scarves went!). I”m now starting to make things for myself and it seems I’m now moving toward a different kind of learning.
First, a long stretch of stockinette in the round may help me to develop consistent tension. And at the same time, it’s a personal tension-reducer! Many others have made the comparison between knitting and meditation; that’s most apparent to me with this kind of knitting. Later in this project: flat stockinette. It could be slow going: since my purl knitting is pretty loose, I will be tugging after each stitch. Sigh.
Second, knitting garments means real attention must be paid to shaping and sizing. It’s not as “sexy” as producing a fancy lace or cable, but I think it’s the next stage in the learning process … and maybe the kind of knowledge that makes the transition from “new” to “experienced”? I will have to change my header, ha ha ha!
Here’s the Soleil:
I may thread on a second circular needle and try it on soon …
The Soleil cotton camisole (shell, tank, top) is knitting up quickly. I have finished the lace border and have begun the body.
Since I am long-waisted, I followed the recommendation of many other knitters at Ravelry and added an extra iteration of the lace pattern. (I like lace anyway, so more is good!) I also measured another top of acceptable length. Yes, the extra inch of pattern should put this one in the same ballpark. I was wondering if it was going to to be wide enough, but the directions call for increasing by 20 stitches right after the lace is completed. I get it, the lace is supposed to hug a little extra. It will show off the pattern better that way! I’m still mildly concerned about the size, but not enough to stop, ha ha!