At long last…FO Friday, 21 June 2013

ImageEarlier this week I bound off the last stitch on my Miss Holloway (Raveled) dress.  What a relief!  I thought it would never end.  All that purling! 

When I cast on for this dress, I asked in an internet forum about whether anyone had knit this in the round.  As if on cue, a seaming enthusiast came out of the woodwork to tell me “oh, the designer usually makes things in the round, and seams stabilize a garment, and you should really knit this flat because of reasons”.  And, well, those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by someone doing it. 

ImageTo replicate seams I slipped the stitches on the far left and right of each side.  I worked the traveling cables with 12 rows between them.  Instead of bust darts, I did work a “butt vent” — a series of short rows over, well, the obvious part of my anatomy, to accomodate my swayback.  Because of the cable placement I worked the increases and decreases close to the side “seams”. 

I knit this from worsted weight yarn, which is heavier than what Sarah Wilson used in her samples.  This meant that I had to knit the XS size.  I had to rip back the back neckline a few times to get the right width.  The only thing I don’t love about this is that I have a slight dropped shoulder with the sleeves.  Apart from that, I love this dress. 



Almost Done! WIP Wednesday, 6/12/13

I have no fewer than three WIPs going, four if you count the Nachtfalder for which I swatched yesterday.  One of my WIPs is for a swap, and I can’t show it to you yet.  As for the other two…


ImageSo this is the Sangria Shrug.  If this hadn’t outgrown my bag I might have have finished it by now.  I’m on the second button band and should finish this tonight or tomorrow.  Hoping for an FO in time for FO Friday…


ImageI started the first sleeve on Saturday while watching Science is Fiction, a series of short films from the 1920s that Yo La Tengo scored.  This is temporarily on the back burner while I complete the shrug, but I should have this done in time for next Friday! 

WIP Wednesday: 5 June 2013

Remember back when I basically had a FO every Friday?  Yeah, that was awesome.  I’m still elbow-deep in WIPs, with seemingly no end in sight.  





Working on Miss Holloway.  Still.  Every time I pull her out of my WIP tote, I feel a sense of despair.  Thoughts run through my mind like: “This?  Still?” and “How much more reverse stockinette can one girl knit?”  I tried this on the other night, right before I started working on the current cable, and it was a non-indecent length.  The good news is that after two days of working this cable repeat (see also: despair at purling this %$#@&^?!! thing), I’m almost done with that part of it.  My goal is to complete this in time for the happy solstice fun times at the Peabody Museum.  


With my other project, I am delighted to report that I am less than ten pattern repeats from completing it.  The sad news is, I can’t post an image for at least another week.  I’m working on a swap package for the lovely and talented Tiff Van Goethem.  Our theme is movies adapted from books, and I learned through internet stalking that we share an enthusiasm for a certain series of books.  This pattern comes from an ebook inspired by that series.    My goal today is to complete five pattern repeats today and five tomorrow so I can get this in the mail by Friday.  



Orange (well, silver-based coral) and teal.  How very cinematic of me.