Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Confirmed (I think)

I think I've confirmed that there is enough yarn to complete the lace edge on Rosebuddie! I know, its all in the details today, what is that saying about small things amuse small minds?

Rosebuddie nearly off the needles and able to be seen flat
Rosebuddie now has over half the lace edge worked! The lovely thing about working the edge sideways on knitting is as the edge is completed the stitches are released from the needle and one gets a feeling for the true size of a project. Not only the size but the look, the way the colours in the handspun yarn are playing out in the knitting, and the proportions of each section of the lace. This is a time when I catch myself repeatedly smoothing out the lace after each few rows and just admiring and looking. I can't be alone in that can I? A sort of mix of pleasure and surprise at how something that has been bunched up on needles looks when relaxed and flat.
The details of the yarn usage are:
  • before the edge started I had 49 grams of yarn remaining, 
  • after the first corner was worked I had 38g of yarn remaining, 
  • after the second corner I had 28 grams of yarn  remaining. 
In theory those numbers confirm that I need 10-11grams of yarn to edge a side, and I will finish with a small amount of yarn left over.
My new 'old' dress

And the dress, back view as the fit across the back lower waist and the swing of the skirt are the features I most like. I'm not sure what Bear did but his photo makes me look slimmer than I feel just now, I like it, wonder how I can do that in real life? I shortened the dress considerably, as the original length, to nearer the ankle than the calf seemed dowdy. This length is a nod to fashion but not quite the short flippy mid thigh skirt length that seems so popular right now but so wrong for someone of 'my age'. I'm also elegantly pale or deathly pale depending on your view on sun-tanned skin, but that is just a fact of living here, working when the sun shines and being the kind of knitter who sunburns failry easily so tends to avoid direct exposure to the sun.

take care
na Stella


Suzanne said...

Nice calves! The dress is a great success. Thanks for the modeled shot.

If I have failed to comment on Rosebuddie's protracted edging saga, it is because my own remaining yarn calculations for knitted lace have been spectacularly off of spite of an accurate scale. It ain't over until the last stitch is bound off! Good luck.

Knitting Linguist said...

Rowr! You look awesome! Oh, and the dress is lovely, too :) Seriously, though - it fits beautifully, and you chose a perfect length. Those colors are perfect for you, too.

And I must admit that I, too, tend to spend as much time admiring my knitting as it comes to a conclusion like that as you do. I think it's natural.

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