Wednesday, March 23, 2005

rip it -- rip it good

Oh, I'm not a knitter who is averse to ripping out. If there's a problem, I'll rip.

But I've never actually made a whole garment, finished it, washed and dressed it, put it in the cupboard, and THEN decided to rip it out.

There's a first time for everything.

A couple of years ago, when the Bob sweater at knitty.com was all the rage, I made one of my rare forays into the land of knit-along. I bought the yarn, Rowan Calmer, at a trip to Liberty in London, and loved every minute of knitting Bob.

Then I tried it on. Blech. I couldn't stand the neckline – it was too off the shoulder, too across the neck, just – too. And not in a good way. Bob was just not flattering.

Bob got packed away – until this winter, when I found it when going through clothing to donate to charity. There it was, never worn. I decided that I had to fix it. But I had no idea how. Then the pattern for the Nothin' But a T-Shirt showed up on Magknits, and I knew right then and there that it would be a better use of my yarn. So I made the decision to rip Bob right out and re-use the yarn for the Tee.

I've posted a mini-photo essay over at typepad.

I will say that it was absolutely the right decision I could have made. I was concerned that the yarn would look worse the wear for the ripping, washing, reknitting, washing and dressing, but it doesn't. And miracle of miracles, the thing actually fits! And apart from the extra weight I'm carrying around (which is not the sweater's fault), doesn't look awful. Would look really nice if I could manage to lose the weight, but is still wearable and comfortable nonetheless, and not unflattering.

I'm already planning my next conquest. Not surprisingly, it's to rip out another knit-along fave, Klaralund. I knit it, but haven't sewn it together. I thought I was being lazy, but I know that I'm procrastinating because there's no hope that the thing will look any good on me. I'm looking forward to turning it into Tilt (also from knitty.com) – which has the advantage of using up the rest of the same colour of Silk Garden that's in my stash!

Sunday, March 13, 2005

knitting conditions

With a daughter home on Spring Break, a sick cat, tons of rehearsals and concerts, not to mention temperatures in the mid-80°'s, there's not much knitting going on around here. I still have about 4 or 5 projects on the needles and yarn for at least 10 others, but no knitting time.

I must finish a pair of tip-less gloves, though. I knit quite a few fingerless versions (at least 10 pairs) this winter because they became quite the 'rage' with Molly's friends, and I still owe a pair to Arthur who wants tip-less gloves. I knit the fingerless gloves with two needles because I really wanted the stripes to match up, but I think it'd be best to knit the tip-less in the round. (I'm using the pattern from Ann Budd's the knitter's handy book of Patterns. I did a google search for jogless stripes in the round and came up with a few solutions, none of which really do it for me. Do any of you have tips for this?

With our weather conditions here in the desert I'm glad that I'm not knitting anything larger than gloves. ;)

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Current projects

I am just now finishing a project that is kind of a sad story. My friends daughter went into the hospital to have a bone marrow transplant and asked me to get some yarn for he so she could work on a sweater for her sister-in-law, who was expecting a baby. Unfortunately, she became so sick and was unable to make the blanket. She asked me to do it for her. So I am about to finish the baby blanket and unfortunately Dawn will never see it. She passed away on the 5th of January. So working on the blanket had a very special meaning for me as well.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

I'm envoking "the boyfriend curse"?

Well I casted on, and that's about it right now because I need to write and then go to bed, for a vest for "the boyfriend". He would like a sweater, but I told him no way. Both of my 18 year old girls looked aghast at him and asked him if he was trying to break up with their mother! He was very confused. After we were done giggling we let him know that you, never, ever, make a sweater for a boyfriend if you didn't want to break up. I don't think he quite believes me but we did compromise on a vest.

Speaking of which - I want to make it fair isle. Haven't done that for a while, who knows when. Any good books to suggest so I don't have to wing the patterns on the vest? I mean, I'm winging enough to knit a vest for a 6 foot 9 inch gentleman anyway. I will finish casting on tomorrow, and then work on some ribbing for awhile and it is 10 percent less than 38 inches (yes, I do follow Elizabeth Zimmerman's rules/suggestions) so it's going to take awhile to get this puppy up to the point of patterning.

It's a nice soft cashmere blend a friend gave me, with various balls of the same stuff that she dyed. They seem to go well together. We will see.

Well, off to bed. I can hear the cat calling!