Posts categorized "Amused"

Abundantly Amused


I really love it. I finished it Wednesday night, but wasn't happy with the bind off on the collar--it's a 2x2 with reversible cables and it was a bit wobbly. So Thursday I undid the BO row and worked it the BO on the WS as follows: k1, k2tog, p2, k2tog p2... And it was much better.

The yarn I used was Briar Rose Abundance that I picked up a few Rhinebecks ago. It's marked as a worsted but was really nice at 4sts to the inch--I would call if more of a chunky. Once washed, it's lofty and pretty soft.

The Amused pattern is without fault. Very nicely written. I chose to used a tubular sewn bindoff for the hem and cuffs to keep things stretchy.

Amused hem and cuffs

It took a ton of time but the results were worth it.

4 Sleeves DONE! Now Finishing-frenzy kicks in

Saturday night, about 11pm, while watching the very good movie, An Education, I finished the 4th sleeve.  It took two weeks and was actually no trouble, I even snuck in some other knitting, seaming and regular life stuff.

Ella is starting to look like something--something very fine indeed.  Here is a poorly staged shot of me in my one-armed Ella bolero.

Ella coat in progress

Nora was quite clever in the way she lays out this project.  I get to try on the business portion of this sweater and adjust the fit before I go on and knit miles of stripey coat tails.  I'm very pleased--it fits just right.  This week I need to play a bit of catch up and sew in the second sleeve (here it is blocking), 

Weave in a billion ends (photo representation--not all ends captured)


Then I get into Week 5 where I do the ruffled cuffs.  I'm opting for the frou frou cuffs with the picot bindoff.  I like the French Cuffs but have been known to have problems with bell sleeves ending up in my coffee, so I will err on the side of moderately frilly over super frilly.

Amused is in that stage where I want to cast aside all other things and get this sweater done.  I have about 3 inches of collar left and then I have myself a lovely little sweater.  

Amused collar

And I mean little.  I know I'm smaller that I was a few years ago and that I have problems with thinking about my own size--I tend to err on knitting something too big rather than too small.  For Amused, I took and retook measurements of myself and settled on the small size for this sweater.  Doing that felt weird but the numbers worked out.  The sweater fits great but at 4sts to the inch, I do wonder if I should have went with jaunty, loose instead of 1" of ease.  I think a proper trying on in good light, with a bra and real pants will be the best time to make a final decision.  Maybe tomorrow!

2 hands, 2 weeks, 4 sleeves

I know people hate knitting sleeves.  They talk about being on sleeve island and how bored they are.  For many, sleeves are the closet cleaning of knitting. People hate doing it but know it's got to be done.

Me, I like sleeve island.  Sleeves are little.  They're relatively easy and always the same basic shape.  Sleeves tell me a sweater is closer to the end than to the beginning (I rarely knit sleeves first) and they get me in the groove of finishing a brand new garment (I love new sweaters).

Last week was week 1 of 2 for Ella's sleeve time. Nora has us working on the sleeves to make the top of our coats to get the fit right before we move on to the skirt/bottom.  I finished my first sleeve Friday night with a few little hiccups in terms of the cap fitting the armhole and one of those late night silly panics which was easily fixed in the morning with a bit of frogging (armhole was too big so I removed the orange stripe at the shoulder).  

Ella sleeve

After that, it was back to Amused.  I finished the 6.5" of body ribbing on Saturday whilst Emma and I had a super lazy, all tv and junk food girl weekend. I decided that a tubular bind off would make the bottom hem look magnifique.  I pulled out my Big Book of Knitting (excellent reference book for finishing garments) and figured out how to do the 2X2 hem in the round.  

It was a whole lot of work, but wow!, it was worth it.  Then I moved on to sleeve 1.  Three episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 2 episodes of Game of Thrones later, it was done (with a matching tubular bind off).  I love yarn that knits to 4 sts to the inch.

Sunday, I made excellent progress on sleeve 2 (or 3 of 4 if you're counting).  I have the cuff to complete and then Amused is a collar away from completion.

Amused almost done

I'm a good KAL'er so I went back to Ella last night.  Sleeve 2 (or 4 of 4 if you're counting) is on the needles.  

Ella sleeves in progress

Can my 2 hands, finish 4 sleeves in 2 weeks?  I'll let you know after this weekend.