Saturday, October 18, 2008

50 g sleeves (thats 2oz)

50 gram sleeves, yes, and when done these sleeves will be just over 50 g each. Thats just the sort of odd information that a knitter collects as they work their knitting. How do I know that these sleeves are a little more than 50 g and why do I care? I'll explain today, along with my not knitted but made of wool fiber and now-finished dress, and a short spinning report.

I am here, just like those maps for lost visitors, with a location indicator pointing to a spot on a pictorial map. Here, 17" from the cuff of a pair of sleeves, and each has used 50g of yarn. I need to be 'there', at 17.5" or somewhere slightly over 50g, so I'm still knitting. But this little useful(useless?) fact has me wondering, are all my sleeves going to be around 50 g, what is the standard weight of knitted fitted long sleeves anyway? I guess I'll make a mental note and see how the next pair compare.

... but when you are at 50g and 17", and you need to be at 17.5", well you need more yarn. And that brings me to how I know that each sleeve now has 50 g of yarn. I started each with a 50g ball of Aplaca, and that is now all used up. Oddly one sleeve ran short 4 rounds before the other, but now with half an inch to go, well I'm starting a two new balls of yarn, just to reach that 17.5" length. Thats just how it is sometimes for us knitters, nearly there and need more yarn.

And I know its a knitting blog, but I include this dress, because its finished, because I reported its making last post, because its wool, and because I'm proud of it. Made from slighlty sheer wool Challis, this should be cool for early summer and late spring, heck - pretty much for all of Dunedins southern coolish summer days. And because its a bit sheer - I headed off to buy a nude petticoat to put under it. I've already made plans for another dress, in the same fabric but with a more floral print. These are all sewing from your stash dresses - if my fabric stash takes up less space, then I can use that space for yarn and roving right? I was toying with a slight variation of style for the next one - but maybe I'll just make this style again.

At the moment I'm spinning with a group on Monday nights and a half hour most evenings - which is adding up to a lot of spinning. I'm already half way through the second bobbins of the Pink Alpaca. It is darker in the singles than in the unspun fiber.

Its sunday, late afternoon - so quiet family time, and dinner to sort, then some knitting and spinning me thinks, and an early night - we both feel tired. Next weekend is a long weekend, Labour weekend (to celebrate the introduction of the 40 hour working week I think - I should check that), and asparagus is in season. Our Labour weekend tradition is to trip off to Palmerston for a box of fresh off the farm asparagus, I'm looking forward to that.

take care
na stella


neurula said...

Love the dress Stella! It's hard to see in the photo, how have you done the waist? (it kind of looks shirred) It is an amazing skill to be able to translate an idea to a sketch, to a pattern, then to a finished object.

Knitting Linguist said...

The dress is gorgeous! I bet it looks absolutely fabulous on you (maybe a modelling shot is in order?). The spinning looks great, too -- so the pink is indeed darkening up as promised, eh? Good luck making it through the long wasteland of stockinette sleeves :)

Anonymous said...

I don't know what it is about sleeves. Congratulations on being so close to the finish on them.

Annieofbluegables said...

You are so talented! I am so impressed you made that from a drawing in your head. I have such a long way to go. . . Is it shirred? Did you do that with elastic bobbin? I am making a dress from stretch velvet with totally shirred sleeves and bodice. Lots of sewing involved.
the spinning is beautiful as is the knitting. I am so inspired.
I learned a bit about frogging as I was trying to learn to knit a little dish cloth. I think I started 5 times. sigh. like I said, so long to go.