I did some finishing work on Ingeborg last night.
I swear, I could hear her whimpering quietly from the depths of the knitting bag.
“Why doesn’t she like me? Why won’t she finish me? I’m pretty — so what’s wrong with me?”
The guilt was killing me, so Ingeborg and I spent some quality time together, just us girls.
But Then Lizzie Started In
Whimpering. Whining. “Pay attention to ME.”
I really need to do something about these voices in my head.
I did finish the back of Lizzie.
And a sleeve.
The Big Lizard yarn is a thick and thin 100% wool. Very very soft, and very very fun to knit. At 2.5 stitches per inch, you can whip out a sweater in a very short time.
Side Seams Question
In the comments yesterday Katie asked if Lucky was knit in pieces for the same reason I designed my cotton sweaters in pieces — stability. The answer is yes!
The Jaeger silk knits up into a very soft, fine fabric, wonderfully silky and drapey. I think the finished garment knitted in pieces and seamed has more structure and durability than it would if I had knit it in the round.
Don’t get me wrong — I love knitting in the round. I don’t particularly like to purl, so stockinette in the round is a little slice of heaven. But still, the only sweaters I knit in the round are pretty much fair isles and Norwegian designs. Well, colorwork, that is. Most everything else I knit flat and seam.
Speaking of Seams . . .
Have I ever mentioned that I almost never use mattress stitch to seam garments? Almost always backstitch.
A long time ago at a knitting workshop on finishing techniques it was demonstrated to me that backstitch is stronger than mattress stitch. Mattress stitch looks nicer, though. I’ve mattress stitched some sweaters I made for myself, because I knew I’d be careful with them. But all sweaters for other people are backstitched. And I’ve fallen into the habit of doing it for sweaters for me, too.
New Wendy Icon
I got a comment asking about my new Wendy icon below my photo in the sidebar. I made it at the Portrait Illustration Maker site.
It was so much fun, I made another one:
This made using the Portrait Icon Maker.
Lucy says “That so does not look like me!”
The vendor from whom I ordered my buttons has not replied to my email. Harrumph. I ordered more buttons from another vendor and they are on their way to me.
Out of the office today! I’ll be spending the day at a contractor site, testing a database query system. Wheeeeeee!
The fact that I’m very much looking forward to this should give you some clue about the pathetic geekiness of my life.