Yes, I’m still mitering along.
Aussie Rosemary asked if I had considered an i-cord edging for the sweater.
I had, but I think I’ve decided against it. Because the body of the sweater is all garter stitch, I’d like the edging to have the same or similar texture. While this might not be an issue for a solid color sweater, I think there’s already enough going on with the 16 different colorways I’m using that a change in texture for the edging might be overkill.
Did you consider doing your garter bands using one row at a time of all the colors you used?
It’s an interesting idea, but I think I’m going to stick with one color for the bands.
I’ve been watching the mitered sweater grow, and I’d be really interested to hear your opinion on the size of the squares, in relationship to the size of the person who’d be wearing it. I’ve often thought about making something similar – even took a class once wherein it made astonishing sense to design your own garment with the modular knits – but as a much-larger knitter, I have to think about not only the overall size & drape, but how the yarn will look assembled on a “larger canvas”, if you will. So do smaller blocks create a smaller pattern (that in turn flatter the wearer, in a smaller sort of way), or does it really matter? (Well, obviously it matters, because there’s such a thing as going too big and having a gigantic god’s eye greeting the world before you do…) I’d just be interested to know if you had developed some thoughts in the process of knitting this garment, that could help the ample-knitters approach a similar project. (Believe me, I haven’t even thought about pricing out a Koigu sweater for myself. I’m still in the gloriously naive place of concepting!!!!) TIA!
This is definitely food for thought.
I can’t say that I really thought about this much when I started the sweater. (Actually, that’s true of a lot of stuff in my life — act on instinct, think later. Sometimes that works really well. Sometimes, not so much.)
The way I started this sweater was to go into my sock yarn stash and pick out 16 different yarns, 8 in a predominantly brown colorway and 8 in a predominantly green colorway. Why brown and green? They are my two favorite colors, so I’ve got lots of yarns in those shades. Why 16? No particular reason — it just seemed like a good number to go with. I knitted a square starting with 25 stitches. Why 25? No particular reason. It just seemed like a good number to go with. Not too huge, not too small. While I like to knit socks on a 2mm needle, that seemed to small for this project — I wanted the fabric to be drapier. So I picked out a 3mm needle and started knitting. I liked the size of the square — 2.25 inches.
You could definitely make the squares larger or smaller — though I don’t think you’d want to go too far in either direction with the number of colors I’m using. As I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve got some lovely handpainted silk that I’m picturing in my mind as a short-sleeved mitered sweater. Because it is all one colorway, and it’s a worsted weight yarn, I’m thinking I’ll make each square bigger. Perhaps I’ll stand them on end and make them diamonds. I haven’t thought it through yet.
And I’ve still got plenty of time to think about it!
Thanks for all your comments on favorite sock yarns. Most of the ones you mentioned I’ve heard of, but there were one or two I hadn’t, so I appreciate hearing about all of them.
Aussie Rosemary also asked if anyone’s used Colinette Jitterbug or SWTC Tofutsies.
While I’ve not used either, I have a skein of each. I’ve heard only good things about the Jitterbug, and I’ll knit it up eventually. Like I said — so many sock yarns, so little time!
The Tofutsies is another story. It looks sort . . . ugly . . . in the skein. I don’t know about it. I realize that I ought not to judge the yarn without knitting it, but truthfully I’m not terribly inspired to knit it up. Does anyone have any experience with it?
Leslie asked how much Lucy weighs. She is a petite girl for a Ragdoll — she weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces.
Several of you have asked about Lucy’s limp. She has pretty much stopped limping at this point. It’s barely discernible most of the time and when I came home from work today she trotted up to me with no limp at all. She does limp a bit when she first gets up from sleeping.
But then, so do I.