Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Finished Items 2008

This year was a slow year for me in finishing items. Although I did have a baby which is a huge undertaking.
Here is the list of finished items for the past year.

  • Bird in Hand Mittens
  • Baby Surprise Jacket
  • Soft Cardi
  • Top Down Baby Raglan
  • Hedera Socks
  • Woolly Thoughts Baby Blanket
  • Basic Ribbed Hat
  • Foliage Hat
  • Striped Cardigan
  • Family Christmas Stockings

  • Although the last two items have not had blog entries done, the knitting was finished in 2008 so I am including them here.

    Tuesday, December 02, 2008

    More blogging

    In an attempt to keep you blog readers on your toes I thought I would discuss the sideways cardigan.
    This cardigan started after last years Knitters Fair, to provide me a with a cardigan that was versatile. The idea when I went to the fair was a basic grey cardigan, that however changed when I saw this Silk Garden yarn. I purchased the yarn and figured the pattern would be decided later.

    After briefly contemplating mitred squares, I decided on knitting the cardigan sideways. This way I would not have horizontal stripes (the only adults that can get away with these are pregnant woman and wafer thin models).

    I started on a front, the back and then the second front. Here the project stalled for a number of reasons. This fall though I knew I needed to finish it. I finally decided how to do the sleeves - much simpler than I thought it was going to be (Thanks Maggie Righetti!). However, after I knit one sleeve, and went to seam the second front, I noticed a problem. The necklines were different. I had knit the shaping for the second front using the decreases as for the back. This needed to be ripped out before I started the collar. This was fine since it gave me time to think about how to knit the collar.

    I am now working on the second version of the collar, and I as I write this post think that maybe it needs to be ripped out again. When I have tried the cardigan on it seems that the neck opening is to big, and the collar is not going to fix this. I was just going to live with it, but I think if I put short rows along the sides it may make the opening smaller and fix the problem? Anyone have any ideas? Maybe I can wear this for Christmas this year.