Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Ribbed Vest: almost done!

I've knitted some parts more often than I can count, and I'm sure the ribbing still isn't perfect, but it's all over but the seaming (and blocking, and weaving in of ends...).

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Wool gallery

My remaining souvenirs of my wool-knitting days:



Last wool vest



Hand-dyed wool and mohair raglan worked in the round using Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage method. the ribbing was worked in wool and the body and sleeves used wool and mohair in alternate rounds.




Wool vest with zigzag eyelet pattern.




Ribbed wool vest.




Striped wool vest combining variegated and black yarns.



Mitten in Spruce pattern from Robin Hansen's Fox & Geese & Fences

Approaching the finish line

back or front of my cotton vest
My excuse for not blogging: I've been knitting along with the Olympics, to the extent that the broadcast schedule has been compatible with my need to sleep, eat, and go to work. The vest ran into difficulties (surely the knitter wasn't to blame...) and had to have its front and back re-knit from the start of the neckline up. At the same time, my Olympics viewing has been a repeated nightly round of beach volley ball and swimming, reinforcing the feeling of being stuck in one place. But this time both the back and front are truly finished. I am ready to bind off, join the shoulders, pick up and knit the neck and armhole ribbing, sew 2 seams, and be done. Oh, except, of course, for the weaving in of ends and light blocking.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Two steps forward, one step back

I have finished the back of the vest. I thought I was ready to start the armhole shaping on the front last night, but discovered, in my last self-satisfied look at my progress before going to bed, that I had skipped 2 rows of garter stitch a couple of inches back, so will have to retrace my steps and fix it. Still, I'm within sight of the end. I just hope I like the fit. The combination of cotton yarn and a somewhat stretchy pattern make it hard to judge exactly what the final blocked and assembled measurements will be, let alone how well I will like the effect on me.