Sunday, February 14, 2010

hot stuff

Just when I accepted the fact that I would be knitting on this green sweater for the rest of my life and never actually making any progress on it -- and I was okay with this. very zen insane of me, don'cha think? -- I discovered that it had reached armhole height! Around the same time, I noticed that I was running low on the 2 darker green yarn cakes I was using, so I rummaged around for the others. I found a hank, but no cakes. Stash tossing ensued. I finally realized that the yarn cakes had been eaten by my sweater and all I have left is the one big hank. Crazed weighing and calculations then followed. Seems like I *might* have enough yarn, but yikes, cutting it close, I think! Since there's no hope of getting any more of the vintage dark green yarn, I must knit faster so I can find out how this story ends!

Meanwhile, I'm trying to conjure up some sleeve cap/shoulder construction. I'd like to do set-in sleeves, but haven't found an easy way to make them up myself, since there's no pattern here and I'm just winging it. EZ's Knitting Workshop is checked out of the library, so I can't refer to its sleeve cap guidelines. Therefore, my bright idea is to use the sleeve shaping instructions for a sweater with a free pattern, using half the number of decrease stitches because my gauge is 4 st/in, not 8 as in the pattern, and plug it into my sweater. This entire thing may crash and burn at any time. Please speak up now if you have words of wisdom or at least don't laugh too hard.

I'll keep you posted.

Socks in fire colors, knit by me for Leah, Trekking yarn, I think.

Glass rods turned into pretty buttons for Leah's cable sweater. Just add fire.

Hey, look at Leah's basketweave scarf in the center of the table in the second picture on Gale Zucker's blog post today!

Happy V-Day, everybody! Mwah!
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Anonymous random Cindy said...

Contrast color yoke action?

5:44 PM  
Blogger J said...

Sorry--I had already laughed about knitting faster so that you would not run out of yarn.
But, I know you are creative and will figure out something.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Rani said...

That sweater is going to be gorgeous. I have no words of wisdom. I'm a sweater novice.

Love the socks.

I thought those buttons were marbles - I have a young marble collector here who was given his grandpa's childhood marble collection. We're lately obsessing about the little things. His favorites are the pinball shooters - actual balls from an old 1950's pinball machine. Why am I telling you this? I don't actually know. It's late.

11:10 PM  
Blogger LaurieM said...

I've worked similar shoulder swaps and it's worked for me. Could have been luck though...

Lucky you to have a knitter make you socks! I have more feet to knit for than hands to work the needles if you know what I mean....

6:27 AM  
Blogger christinemm said...

Oh my gosh I am so nervous for you!

2:21 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Those are some sweet buttons! Love the color. And the sweater looks fab. Hope you can finish it. I have EZ's book. I'll look it up and see if I can send some info your way.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I have EZs Knitting Workshop book. Let me know if you want me to take a pic of the pages you need to refer to. I can text it and you can enlarge on the iphone. Rav message me if you want it.

1:29 PM  

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