Thursday, February 05, 2015


The body of my Enchanted Mesa is done, so now the sleeves, well the first sleeve. This one has one stripe before being worked only in the darkest grey, the other sleeve has a stripe each of the two plaer greys before finishing in the darkest grey. What i don't know is what to do with the hem of each sleeve.

The hem of the body was easy, the lower section ws worked in garter stitch so i shose a two stitch icord castoff, knit1, ssk, return last two stitches knit to the left needle. I liked the edge, not as round as a three or four stitch icord, but more 'edge' than a simple k1,s1over cast off. With the cast off done I've picked up the sleeve stitches and begun to work towards the wrist. One sleeve has the the last section of a dark grey srtipe before becoming the body grey - the other sleeve has two stripes before the body colour takes over. So far my rough and ready estimates of how much yarn to leave have worked. Using the stitch count of the body and the sleeve, I worked out a ratio of yarn for the body section and sleeve section. I remembered to include the stitches to cast on for the underarm and worked in grams, then knit until i had only enough to yarn left to work the sleeve stripe.

The next decision to make is how to finished the sleeves, i could work a rolled stocking stitch edge, i could work a garter edge and then the same two stitch icord, or even ribbing. all have reasons to be done - either becasue of the way the body hem is worked, because the pattern suggests it, or becasue of conventions. For now no one method seems to be the best option but i have the best part of a sleeve to knit and that provides good thinking time.

In between knitting on my Enchanted Mesa, I have returned to an half worked pair of socks, stripey ones. These seem to have langished for way to long. So long that I have a slight fear that they will no longer fit the feet they were for. Problem is that as these are afterthought heels there is no way to try them on till the heels are done. Slightly panniced by the thought the boat may have sailed I set to and in half an evening i managed to knit all of the toe - meaning if I actually continue to knit on these regularly the socks might be done befoe liitle cub grows any more.

And the baby knit - well it has begun again, in softer yarn, but not necessairly softer colours, I'm not too fussed on the pink and green - mostly because it is so girly and i know many parents are not wanting to commit to full girly girl when they have a baby. Maybe it is i wasn't the kind of parent who went full girly girl for the girl cub. What iI know now is that if you have a girl baby - society conspires to fill your world with pink irreguardless of your aesthetic. I can't think of a better use for the yarn - which was a gift - so girly baby girl it is.

So I am - off to knit, there are three projects and some urgency for each.

na Stella


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