I thought I was powering through the Arwen's body. At least thats what it looked like two posts ago. Then I started to sew the sleeves seams and ground to a halt when the lower cast on edge overshot the cast off edge. Kate Gilbert, you're killing me! Bested by an elven sweater. I was ready to cast the cashmerino into the flames of hell. Then I came to my senses and ripped both fronts back to below the sleeves, took a deep breath, reread the instructions, consulted Ravelry, said a prayer, and cast on the right sleeve...again. Form what I read on Ravelry, I completely misunderstood short rows, misinterpreted the instructions and thereby botching the sleeves. I didn't realize that you pick up the horizontal bar that wrap the stitch and place it on the left needle and knit them together. I thought that you knit the wrapped stitch together as a K2T. Foolish me. See the blob in the middle of the right front? Bad, bad splicing. Give me socks and short rows, please. I live in Florida, so why am I knitting sweaters?
Here are socks that can be worn. Inside and out! I made these for Erik. My only disappointment was that the cables were a bust. Yes, I had to rip these back as well. The cables made the ankle too tight and difficult to pull over the heel. They look fine without the cables and my son is happy with his first pair of knit socks. The yarn is Blue Moon Fibre Arts Monsoon and the pattern is aptly called Inside Out, a Rockin' Sock Club pattern.
Here are some shots with the cables.
Not to vanquished by a sweater, I have cast on Cobblestone, the fabulous Jared Flood design from one of my favorite Interweave Knits magazines. You know, the one with the Tilted Duster on the cover. It is another brainless knit in the round and sure to succeed. I only hope that my son stop eating and start swimming or else this sweater will be destined for the back of the drawer.
In the spirit of positive knitting tales, I am making a third plushy scarf in the style of the Vintage Velvet. This is made with Plymouth Sinsation, a heavier Touch Me wanna be. It may be a very expensive novelty lux fiber, but is the comfort food of yarn. Soft, silky, and quick to knit. It is going to be a charity auction item to benefit education. Sad, isn't it that we have to have silent auction benefits to augment learning? That's fodder for another post.
As if I don't have enough to knit, on impulse I bought the Briggs and Little yarn for Sylvi. One of the gals in our little knitting group is prodding me to cast on. I am resisting. She has her yarn and hopes to learn from my missteps. Did I mention that I'm in Florida? Why do I need a Sylvi sweater?
Here is a fresh new knitter's accessory from Finland, in todays mail at a great price, $12 includes shipping. A precision tooled needle gauge made from recycled plastic. You can buy your own helping hand here. Check out the lego stitch markers and the cool sock blockers.
A skunk footnote: The smell is gone. I have shampooed the last vestiges of scent from my dining chair upholstery. It was a good thing that we believe in hard surfaces. No rugs, drapes, or cloth upholstery. My yarn is also safe and we have not forgotten to lower the cat doors at night. Today I heard that the skunk couple have moved across the street into the neighbors garage.