Audrey is done. I finished up the knitting on the neckband Friday evening and sewed it on the body then.
That neckband is a sly wench. You need to knit it shorter than you think, and sew it in while stretching to fit. It’s the thing that pulls the whole sweater together — without the neckband you have this big ol’ floppy thang hanging off your shoulders. For those of you keeping score at home, I did nineteen pattern repeats of the lace pattern in the neckband.
Fortunately I had the collective wisdom of the knitters who have completed their Audreys to draw upon for advice in neckband length. Thank you, dahlings!
May Contest Winner!
Drawn at random from thousands of (okay, over a thousand) entries, the winner is Susan in Australia. Congratulations, Susan, and thanks to everyone who entered.
I came home from work on Friday to a surprise package of prezzies from Beate in Frankfurt, in honor of our Lucy-versary:
An assortment of chocolate, and some lovely self-striping sock yarn! Thank you so much, Beate!
The Lucy Sweater
Speaking of Lucy, L-B and I decided that we should name my sweater design “Lucy.” I started knitting mine up this weekend and here’s my progress so far:
This is Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere, knitted to a gauge of 6 sts/inch. The pattern will be available at some point in the future.
And last in the knitting lineup, but certainly not least — Ingeborg! I started knitting the Borg on the official starting date, May 15. And because I said I was going to go slow on it, I only worked on it part-time, and worked on the Lucy sweater as well. Here is my Borg progress:
This is addictive knitting and I had to be very stern with myself and put it down, though I wanted to cast all other knitting aside and work only on the Borg.
The observant among you will note that there are no twisted stitches in the bottom band. I tried it with the twisted stitches and didn’t like it, so I ripped it out. I’ve never been a big fan of mixing texture with colorwork, and apparently this sweater is no exception.
Lucy seems to like it — she’s lying on it here.
Speaking of Lucy, there was a question last week about how often I step on her — she blends in very well with my carpet. Actually, I’ve only ever stepped on her once, and that was only a couple of weeks ago. I was getting ready for work, sitting on the side of the bed, putting my shoes on. Unbeknowst to me, Lucy had silently come in and sat down next to my foot. I stepped on her tail, but only on the fur. She got up and walked away, and left a huge clump of fur under my foot! I don’t think she even knew I was standing on her tail. I was horrified when I saw the fur I’d pulled out, but I couldn’t afterward find any bald spots in her fluffy tail.
She is, after all, losing her winter coat right now. I like to think I was just helping her along with that process.