…arises the Phoenix! Okay, too much! But this one was truly in the trash heap and pulled out by a thread –groan– at the last moment. I had counted the “ten count” down to zero, and then it raised its head for one more round-double groan! Anyway, I did finally finish my Alexandria Cardigan. It was traumatic at worst and rewarding at best.
Alexandria Cardigan in Shepherd’s Wool, 5 skeins, US 5 and 6 needles
1- the sleeve change (see below)
2- i-cord bind off on neckline
3- reverse stockinette at hem of sleeves (#2&3 mods were done to reduce the number of different finishes on the edges)
4- I did my neck decreases right at the edges instead of in a few sts so there would not be a distinct decrease line formed, and I did not bind off the back neck sts
The sleeve picture below shows how I did a faux seam at the underarm.
The blue arrow indicates where the underarm bind off was supposed to occur. I did not bind off the underarm sts but rather placed them (both front and back sts) onto a holder and then knit them when I picked up the sleeve cap sts. I continued the faux seam down the sleeve and did my decreases thus: knit to one st before faux seam st, slip 2 sts tog as to knit, k1, pass the two slipped sts over the st just worked (central double dec). I do like the clean line and the uninterrupted “seam.”
Pattern: A (once I got the drift )
I love it. I L-O-V-E it! It fits like a dream. It is cashmere soft. I am so glad I did not listen to my inner [pouty] child and instead let a voice of reason speak to me. Whew!
Oh, that is bad, even for us!! I am finally seeing some progress on this crazy sweater! I decided to do the neckline right away, instead of at the end as written. I am so glad I did because it was problematic for me — I will say no more 😉 .
Here it is, unblocked as yet, on Lettie. Lettie thinks it is too small.
I am inclined to agree with Lettie — after all, she has nothing to gain by lying! BUT, two things: I am trying to lose some weight via WeightWatchers, and I may be able to gain a bit of width with wetblocking. XXXXXXXX Crossing all fingers and toes!!!
Here, I had it on the trash heap and now I will have a sweater. I am pretty pleased with that turn of events!
Today is going to be fun and exciting: I am involved in a Minnesota Knitters Guild event called Knit-O-Rama. It is kind of an education day versus knitting workshops. There will be a few speakers (of which I am one) and some fun activities, including The Ugliest Knitting contest. I will report back!!
Do Ya Feel Lucky?
I finally got to where I was before my little rant! Yay! The right side will never be the same. I am such a maroon — when I “fixed” it the other day, I offset the seam stitch by one! So my count was off and I could not figure it out for the longest time. Once I found the problem, I dropped the two involved sts down and re-laddered them and they really do look awful, but I am hoping that blocking helps. Some projects just do not seem “lucky.”
I love the sweater and I love the yarn!! I am done with my stealth project, so I can devote time to getting this finished and then I am off to the next! I am thinking of making the Greta Swagger Jacket from Swing Swagger Drape.
I made my Boxes Vest from this book — it would feel like I got my money’s worth if I made two projects from the same book. Woo Hoo!
Thank you, dear readers, for being so gentle with me. Jean-Marie, Nancy, and Connie each received the pattern as a gift via Ravelry (I love Ravelry!).
As for the sweater, I had started to rip it out, got angry and bored, and threw it down in a fit of pique. That is the good news. I had only ripped out about 5 inches. The reason I was ripping it out is because I had attempted to “move” the faux seam to what I thought was the correct position and had laddered down several sts. It did not work. At all. That is also the good news — if it HAD worked, the sts would now be in the wrong place!
But, I was able to re-ladder the sts into their original positions…they will never look quite as good as they did before, but the sweater is salvageable — yay!
So, now I am back in business and all is right with the world.
Man, when I blow it, I really do a bang up job! My stupidity is irrefutable and clearly documented in my previous post (which has been removed to stop the spread of inaccurate information). I feel really bad about the negative comments I made about Connie Chinchio’s Alexandria Cardigan and indicating that there was something “off kilter” about the design. The only thing off kilter was me: it was my misinterpretation of the pattern — not the pattern itself — that is to blame. I hope that Ms. Chinchio accepts my sincere apologies for any distress I have caused her. I am really sorry and even sorrier for being caught with my ignorance showing!
To quote myself (from March 25, 2006 — one of my first posts):
“I had not really thought about the fact that by chronicling my knitting progress in such a public manner, my mistakes will be on ready display.
To quote Sally,
From now on, I will read directions. Really. I will.”
To show my sincerity, the first three commenters to this post (and please do not be TOO hard on me) will receive a free copy of the Alexandria Cardigan Pattern, courtesy of moi.
Well, as I said, I voted on Alexandria.
It seemed like more of a summer sweater and therefore more timely, though with the yarn I’ve chosen, it is really a winter wear. The knitting is going extremely slowly…partly because I had to grapple with size and gauge for a while. Don’t we all?
So far, I am slogging along. The fronts and back are knitted together so that always makes it seem slower. What I really am looking forward to are the sleeves: you pick up around the armhole and knit around using short rows, before knitting the sleeves from the top down in the round. It’s a technique I have not yet tried.
PS: Sally and I received a message from Betsy Hershberg, the designer of the beaded necklaces we just made:
“I am the designer of this necklace and I’m so glad you both enjoyed knitting it! And you both did a fabulous job – both with the knitting AND the picture taking. Just wanted to let you know that the kits are now available (as of 6/8/10) on the Just Our Yarn website: www.justouryarn.com. I admit that we didn’t anticipate the immediate popularity of the kit, but lots of gorgeous color ways are now available online. There is also a direct link to the kit on my website at www.studiobknits.com. Thanks so much for the great post! Much appreciated.”