Correction: I’m going to have to knit for miles and miles and miles to finish the friggin’ lace edging for Deli.
I’ve knitted the two pieces of lace to edge the sleeves. And am currently working on the huge honking piece of lace that will edge the body of the sweater.
I did sew the lace to the sleeves to see how it will look. Not bad — I like it.
I’ve joined the shoulder seams on the body, so perhaps I’ll take some time out from the interminable lace knitting tonight to do some more sewing.
I gotta say — I sort of have my doubts about this sweater. The body of it right now is a soft, floppy mess. Hopefully after setting in the sleeves and sewing up the side seams it will take on some semblance of structure. I imagine it will. The knitted fabric is quite soft and the whole thing is looking shapeless at this point. We shall see.
Although I am doing some whining about the amount of lace I have to knit, it’s really quite fun and easy. The lace has a 4-row pattern repeat and is dead-simple. Easy to memorize. But the lace gauge is about 7 rows/inch and I need well over 100 inches of it, so that’s a heck of a lot of lace. Still, if I work on it exclusively, I’ll have it done in a couple of days.
Speaking of exclusively . . .
At the moment, Deli is the only project I have on the needles. I can’t remember the last time I had only one project going. So naturally, I’m thinking ahead to my next project. I think I’m going to knit the Debbie Bliss tennis sweater from the new Vogue Knitting next. (I blogged about it last week and posted a photo of the pattern, as well as the yarn I will be using.)
So. How long do you think it will be until I cave and start it?
I talked about my wee mini Aero needles yesterday. Ann, in the comments, mentioned that she has a set of the full-size ones. I do too — I bought mine in London circa 1985. They came in a red zippered vinyl case and had included a couple of cable needles, row counters and stitch holders. I think.
I haven’t used any of these needles in years (though I do use the accoutrements that came with them, which is why they are no longer with the needles) but I used to use them exclusively. I can’t remember when I switched over to circulars almost exclusively. Early 1990s, I guess.
But I do love my mini Aeros. They come in handy a lot!
Speaking of Handy
Yesterday I made a comment about having swollen aching hands. This week they have been. Swollen and aching, that is. Monday and Tuesday my fingers felt like fat little sausages when I was jamming my rings on them in the morning. But today they are back to normal, so go figure. It could have had something to do with the incredibly wet nasty weather we have been having. But we can’t complain about the weather today — it’s beautiful!
You can see how happy Lucy is about it!