Sunday, November 23, 2008

Done, well .... nearly done

The top-down-round-yoke cardigan is done, well ... the knitting is done, and the blocking is done, but I've still to stitch on the clasps. I've been away - summoned to the A&P show in Waimate for the weekend, where I knit some more on my Honey socks (its the middle one). There has not been much computer time, so todays post is short - things to write, things to sort, and I'd better go off and do some real work.



But first, Poppy's new cardigan, blocking, and waiting to dry. I was in a hurry to dry this, blocking it at 8pm on the friday night, when we were due to leave at 8am on the Saturday morning. You know how it is with newly finished knits, you want to wear them, or in this case see them worn. And spring in Dunedin can be cool enough for a winter weight cardigan - if you are going to be outside at the A&P show. Or at least thats what I told myself, so I soaked, I wrapped it in a towel, We stomped on it, Bear and I. Then as it dried on the drying frame, i realised it was warm, I was wearing a tee shirt and skirt, the weather forcast was for warm, if not warmer ... so I abandoned the frantic rush to have it ready to wear. And that was the right thing to do, we spent the whole weekend in shirtsleeves ...


The other things that happens with each knit, is I usually try something new, this time there was the whole staged cast on top down round yoke thing, but also I tried that advice given for changing yarn colours when working ribbing. I knit a row in the new colour, then resumed the ribbing pattern. Its ok, I'm not completely converted or convinced. In real life there is what I see as a very odd dip or line across the ribbing where I worked the knit row in white, and I'm waiting to see if it flips up along that line in a cardigan. To be honest the little purl blips in the two colours never really bothered me, even after I read that to avoid them it was best to knit the first row of the new colour in knit. I guess I really should work a striped rib swatch with this method of changing colours and just ribbing the new colour in, and compare the two.

While at the show, I checked out the knitting, where KathyR had great sucess with her spinning and knitting, well done - please blog ribbons with knitting soon. I was thrilled to see some contemporary knitting entered, my memories of the previous show are of quite traditional babies layettes. Bear made a bee line for his favorite section, the kids carved vegetables ... now that is something you dont' see every day - next year I'm taking my camera.

ok
off to do some other work, duty calls
Stella

6 comments:

Bells said...

Oh the cardigan is very cute. I love it. I'm not a pink fan but that dusky pink is lovely.

The little purl colour change bits don't bother me either but I'd like to try that method too.

Anonymous said...

Oh! Is that PRETTY!

twinsetellen said...

The sweater is lovely. I think the ribbing change is totally a matter of preference - for some, the blips bother them, for others, the change in texture.

Looking forward to seeing the sweater modeled!

Linda said...

The cardigan is Stunning! Absolutely stunning!

Knitting Linguist said...

Welcome back! It sounds like it was a great weekend (carved vegetables? how not?) :) And the cardigan looks gorgeous. I like the clean look of no purl bumps, but you'll have to let us know how it wears...

Hilary said...

I love the way this turned out. So soft-looking! My six-year-old daughter came by and saw the picture and asked "Is that for me?" :)