Or at least the start of a sleeve.
Finished the back of Lucy, started on a sleeve. Just for grins. It’s coming along nicely and I’m very happy with the way it’s turning out.
My slow progress continues.
It’s sort of like when you have a box of Very Nice chocolates. You ration them out, one per day (if you have any self-control, that is). That’s how my Ingeborg knitting is going. I’m rationing it out. I may only knit a little teeny bit each day. But I may reward myself on weekends with more Inge-knitting.
And an interesting comment on my front steek in yesterday’s comments:
Your motivation for your steek technique puzzled me, because I don’t think I strain the cut threads at all when I pick up stitches at a narrow steek. My understanding of the Dale instructions was to use the crochet hook to pick up stitches using a new piece of yarn along the back. When I learned to knit in Norway, I was instructed to pick up stitches by simply twisting a bit of the yarn from each of the existing stitches near the edge. That was difficult and did strain the stitches. The new thread along the back side of the work, on the other hand, makes for a very even flat band, and is a quick process. If the instructions say what the total number to pick up should be, I count the number of rows to calculate the ratio necessary. Eg, instructions say 150 stitches need to be created, and the garment has 200 rows, so I insert my crochet hook to pick up the yarn through 3 out of 4 stitches up along the steek. But I’m tall, so I sometimes make my sweaters longer. In that case, I measure my gauge vertically and horizontally, so I know what percent of rows need to be picked up. If the placket should have 30 stitches in 10 cm, I might have about 40 rows in 10 cm on the body, so I would create a new stitch in 3 out of 4 of the rows as I work my way up. Depending on the project, that ratio might be closer to 4 out of 5 (or some other easily used ratio). When you do it this way with a new piece of yarn on the back, you have a nice even line on the back to sew the folded placket edge to, as well (with exactly the same number of stitches). If you end up with a few too many stitches (compared to your pattern repeat) you can always knit two together a few times evenly spaced up the line on the first row.
Interesting! That certainly sounds like a good way to do it. I looked at the Dale book that Ingeborg is in, along with a few other Dale books, and none of them say anything about using a new piece of yarn at the back while you pick up the stitches. They all simply tell you to use a crochet hook in a size smaller than your working needle, and use it to pick up and knit x number of stitches for every x inches. I’m not saying all Dale patterns have these same brief instructions, but all the ones I looked at last night did.
Generally these instructions are in the front of the pattern book under general instructions. Dale patterns are, I think, notorious, for the sketchiness of their finishing instructions.
Something I always find amusing in Dale finishing instructions is when they tell you to sew something “neatly.” Just once I’d like to see them tell you to sew something sloppily. 🙂
Oooh! New Stuff!
Check out yesterday’s entry on the Knit Happens blog — they got in another cool summer yarn: Lana Grossa Elastico, the baby sister of Lana Grossa Point (the yarn I used for my Tina and Kristine is using for her Ta Ta Tank). I’m all excited because Kristine special-ordered the yarn for me to make the tank pictured on the Knit Happens blog, and decided to order some more colors for the shop. I’m gonna make my tank out of the copper color pictured, with the contrast in chocolate brown, which hasn’t come in yet.
My only gripe — couldn’t Lana Grossa come up with a better name for the yarn than Elastico?
Or is it just me?
Lucy in the Kitty Day Spa
Last night she was doing kitty yoga.