Yeah, finished it Friday night as predicted.
What do I think of it?
Well, in retrospect, Iro was not a great yarn choice — it knit up into a very firm fabric and I think I’d like this sweater a little softer. There you go. Learn from my mistake.
But I do like the sweater — just think I’d like it better in a different yarn.
I dislike sewing together sweaters that are done in reverse stockinette stitch, and when it’s a bulky yarn, it’s particularly heinous. You have to use lots of short lengths of the Iro for sewing, as the stress of pulling on it can pull the yarn apart after a while.
How difficult is it to set in sleeves? I only have experience with raglan and drop shoulder.
With set in sleeves, I almost always sew the cap into the armhole before sewing up the side seam. Sometimes you have to ease a bit of fullness in the sleeve cap into the armhole, but if you pin it in place carefully, and pay attention, it really shouldn’t be too big a problem. You want to sew the sleeve cap in as neatly as possible, as it’s a seam that shows.
I think it helps me that I’ve got years of sewing and tailoring experience — I used to sew all my clothes and made quite a few tailored suits and used “advanced” patterns. For the record, I never enjoyed setting in sleeves when I used to sew, either.
I didn’t get my anxiously-awaited colorwork kit in the mail yet (rats!), so I started knitting “Bettina,” the cover sweater on the Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Noro Revisited book. Photo on the Knitting Fever site here.
It’s made from Noro Silk Garden. Carodan Farm had a really great Day-After-Thanksgiving sale, so I ordered the Silk Garden then — color 226.
I finished up the BFL/Border Leicester. This is 190 yards of aqua-blue goodness.
I’ve washed it and it’s drying now. The skein was perfectly balanced (yay!) so I didn’t weight it when I hung it to dry (it was pointed out to me in the comments by a couple of spinners with far more experience than I not to weight a skein that’s balanced while it is drying.)
First Birthday Month Contest Winner
The first winner is Laurie in Manchester UK, who came the closest to guessing my time of birth. Her guess was 7:12am. My actual time of birth was 7:17am. Pretty frickin’ close, she was!
Laurie wins this:
2 skeins of Lornas Laces Shepherd sock yarn in the “Knit Happens” colorway.
Thanks so much to all of you who sent me guesses — it’s so fun to read them all! Tune in next Thursday for the next birthday month contest!
I spent some time today making cookies for my office’s holiday party. My very favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is the one that has been purported to be from Mrs. Fields or Neiman Marcus and is the subject of a hoax of some longevity — I was first given the recipe in the mid-1980s. You can read the story and find the recipe here. The recipe can be easily halved — which is what I did today.
I do think I’d better eat one, though. You know . . . to make sure they are edible.
Becky, note the presence of the tequila bottle in the photo.
Proof That I Am a Widdle Cuddly Puddy-Tat Snookums
I took a “What Kind of Wolf Are You?” quiz:
Dude, where did you come from? You’re not a wolf!
Go away before you’re discovered and killed!
Speaking of Widdle Cuddly Puddy-Tat Snookums
Lucy had a very rough day on Saturday. Near as we can figure, she got a Greenie stuck in her esophagus. She had a couple of Greenies on Saturday morning, and soon after it was evident that she was in distress. She did manage to dislodge the Greenies and barfed them up whole, which was probably explains what the problem was — she swallowed them whole.
She’s fine — she slept all afternoon and was herself again (though a bit subdued) by early evening. But we’ve decided she’s not getting any more Greenies. She’s not getting ANYTHING that she might want to swallow whole that could cause her to choke.
I’ve heard a variety of stories about dogs having problems with canine Greenies and I don’t know if feline Greenies pose any significant risk — just wanna pass on to you Lucy’s experience.