Monday, September 17, 2007

Okay Okay, Uncle.

I'll blog. Fine. (Do you like how I'm pretending that people have been begging me to come back? It makes me feel good, what?)

Here is the knitting that was done on my vacation:

It's the Dream In Color Lace Shrug knit in Berroco Touche. (In honor of the new season of America's Next Top Model starting Wednesday, I'm trying to smile with my eyes... it makes me look a bit mad, I think.)

Overall, I think the yarn doesn't have enough stretch to make this pattern work. Can you see how it's a little bit loose under each arm in the back? I made it exactly as the One-Size-Fits-All pattern instructs, but being generally on the One-Size-Usually-Barely-Fits-Me end of the spectrum, I wouldn't expect this to be too big. Another case of KDD? Possibly. Or maybe just an unharmonious yarn:pattern ratio. Anyway, it tends to fall off my shoulders and generally feel sloppy, which is not the way it looks in the photo on their website.

Options? Undoing the around-the-edge ribbing is almost certainly going to be necessary. Once that is done, I can either frog back one end and decrease by one pattern repeat, or I can unseam the sleeves and make them longer, thus hopefully making the body opening smaller, or I can try simply decreasing the needle size and/or the number of stitches picked up for the body ribbing to try to draw the piece in toward the body...

... a few too many "un-this or un-thats" for my knitting comfort level.

The other option is to leave it too big and not wear it. That's not a super good option either.

Darn it. I guess there's some un-future in my future.


In other news, I completed a Baby Surprise Jacket... and Surprise! I don't like it. Could it be the cheap acrylic yarn? Yes. Could it be that it just needs buttons? Yes. Could it be that it would look cuter with a baby in it? Yes.

I'll put up some photos as soon as I put the buttons on and weave in the ends. But seriously, you probably won't be any more impressed than I am. Oh well.


In the meantime, I've started Ariann in Cascade 220 Pistachio. So far so good, but will this one turn out to be too big too? I hope not.


Rosina said...

Well I'm impressed that you made a BSJ :) I really want to make one, so I've been snooping around the web looking for tips. I ordered the pattern and when it arrived... um... what? Somewhere in there the instructions seemed to divolve into nonsense. So I guess I'm not that good at the knitting as origami thing. Looks like the lady at the LYS is going to be holding my hand for that one...
(And yes! We're glad you're back :)

The_Add_Knitter said...

Fierce!!! (Yeah, I love ANTM too!!)

Anne-Marie said...

I quite like the slouchyness of the shrug, it seems more cosy that way? Not that you probably need cosy clothing where you live :)

The Ariann is pretty, I need to get some motivation to knit a few bigger garmets.

Nice to see you back (your absence was noticed :))