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May 12, 2010

From Susan — Pack Up the Boxes

Filed under: Boxes,Updates — lv2knit @ 4:34 pm

Pack it in, it’s done!

It actually fits perfectly without the two extra sets of boxes, so it would have been HUGE with them!  I steam blocked it, but plan on wetblocking it to gain some softness and drape.  When I wear it, it stands out from the body and looks too stiff.

I’m pleased with it overall and glad to have this box wrapped up!  Groan!

May 2, 2010

From Susan — Lettie, You Saucy Minx!

Filed under: Boxes — lv2knit @ 12:52 pm

I have been working on my Boxes Drape Vest for the past few weeks — it is a LOT of knitting!  But my goal is to finish it before embarking on anything new, so I plod onward.

Lettie agreed to try it on for me and the saucy minx was bra-less!  Jeez, Lettie, cover up that boob!

And from the back:

I tried it on, too, and I think it will fit.  I wanted to have the “racer-back” look of the original (see picture below) because it looked so fantastic on my friend Beth.  This sounds good in theory, but presented a few issues.  The armhole opening is quite small and since the opening orients more to the back (making the back narrow and racer-like) the fronts bunch at the front armhole.  I made my armholes wider, putting the extra space BEFORE the armhole placement in the pattern.  I added 12 rows to the opening.  Mayhaps too much, though it still presses against my arm in the front a little bit.  It made the armhole opening a little large for my taste.  I added 4 rows of 2×2 ribbing around the armhole opening (not in the original pattern) and it did help.  Blocking the center back a little wider will also help.

Another issue is that I am running out of yarn.  I bought 6 skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd’s Worsted, color Hermosa — it was all they had.  I found one more skein and thought, “Woo Hoo!  I can add an extra set of boxes to make it longer!”  Wrong, over-confident one!  At the center back, I had used up all of the 4th skein of 7.  That means I would need 8 to complete it as is.  So, I will knit with my 3 remaining skeins until I run out of yarn.  Then I will cut off the first half, more or less splitting the difference, add some length to side 2 to make them equal, and then reknit the ribbing on side 1.  It will involve a little extra work, but after trying it on, it is too long now anyway.    What a maroon!

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