Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sewing up day

This post is late because I wanted to show you the first FO as part of the post. Thank you for all the compliments on the Wild Apple.

I spent all day sewing and I have two FOs to show for it. One I had already announced, but it wasn't really complete as I had buttons to sew on.

Anyway, the big news is that the Wild Apple is done. It took all day to finish the various hems since I was doing it in between other tasks. Therefore, the picture is not very good, as it was taken in the dark without a flash. The flash pictures were overexposed so I prefer this. I need to block it and I will take better photos then. It is completed just in time for Rhinebeck next weekend! As you can see, it needs blocking. There are gathers around the yoke that will disappear when the stranded colorwork is blocked. Also, it has been dragged all over the country - in my computer backpack as well as in various other bags, and I'm sure it is very dirty.
This is a photo of the faced side seam slits. If you ever hear me planning to mattress stitch fuzzy dark yarn at 9 spi, call in the white coats immediately. I had to pull out the magnifier and the daylight lamp (in the daytime) to see well enough to finish these slits. In contrast, the hemming was a breeze.

I don't like hems and I don't think I'm going to do hems again. Also, I am going up a needle size for my next Bohus. I have about 25% of the last skein left. My previous Bohus sweaters have had a whole skein left over. I lengthened the sleeves a bit because the others always make me feel as if the sleeves are too short, even though they hang just right. They ride up so I added some length to try and prevent this.

Here is the other FO. It is the Sideways cardigan from the Spring/Summer 2008 Vogue Knitting. The one on the cover. I think the buttons are perfect. I had a very tough time finding buttons with a blue undertone to match the yarn. Most pinks and reds have a yellow undertone. These are a lovely burgundy with a wood grain like finish. They look casual but add a punch.

I have to get back to thinking about the Lorna's Laces sweater now that the Wild Apple is done. I work on one project at a time because I can't deal with trying to recreate my mind-set for each project. I tend to think about a project a lot as I knit it, planning what I'm going to do and analyzing what is going on. If I break that train of thought, it takes a while to get back into it.

But for now, I'm going to relish the feeling of accomplishment for at least a day or two.


Nancy said...

Beautiful, beautiful. Wild Apple will be fabulous against Autumn leaves in your modeling shot! Warm weather sweater will be great for three seasons! What a day you've had!

Diane in Oregon said...

Fabulous - love the wild apple! Actually, I like the sideways cable very much, too. Besides lengthening it by one cable repeat, did you do any other mods?

Savor the FO's!


N. Maria said...

Such beautiful work on both knits.
I love seeing the warmer yoked sweater and then the lighter sweater for warmer weather. Nice eye candy.