Sunday, November 30, 2008
Knit, (tink tink),
So I did a little more on the Lady Sweater, I tried it on and it rocks. I had to tink back (that's knitting backwards as in to undo your knitting for you non-knitters). When I do a lacy pattern I prefer to tink back but when I undo regular no-patterned knitting I just take out the needle and rip it all down. Painful but fast. But this was about 7 rows and 2 1/2 hours (because I was watching Moving Up on TLC), and at a few points I actually dropped more stitches and had to go back further. I am so happy I did now. There are no discernable mistakes anywhere as far as I can see now.
I took a trip to the LYS store yesterday, I had to go to a different one because the one closest to my house was shut for the holiday. The one I ended up at is truly beautiful and has a lot of yarn, very little of which I am familiar with. I think I need to branch out and try some new stuff. You won't find me using too much outside of wool, but there is just so many different kinds and I love it. I even have a newfound affection for sheep. I got my cool buttons, which I put on my sweater already for fitting purposes, those rubbery stitch markers I like, the Fall 2008 Interweave Knits, and a bottle of Eucalaln wash. $51.00 later, gosh, I was like what the hell just happened? I do know that I like expensive buttons.
Someone told me a long time ago never to use Woolite on my hand knits. The lady at the LYS reminded me again, so I am just letting you know that she said, "You might as well use Tide on it." I assume it will strip out the lanolin from the wool and abuse the fabric also shrinking and felting it. Just don't do it, OK?
I also found this sweater from last year I almost finished for Jack, but got messed up on the collar and hibernated it. Pulled it out, found the solution extrememly easy and finished it. Guess who it fits now. Thomas! It is an adaption of the Cobblestone Pullover and calculated based on the Elizabeth Zimmerman EPS system. I loved the way I just knocked it out, except for that collar thing in the end. I think I just worked furiously fast on it last year and got really frustrated when I was all burnt out at the end. It's made of soft and awesome Encore Worsted, the best cheap yarn ever ever ever. It probably looks cheap to most but lots of times I cannot tell it is mostly acrylic. It is defintely better than what store bought sweaters are made of at Tar-jay these days. He absolutely loves it and even folds it nicely when he takes it off. A mother's proud moment.