Finished projects

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A quick run down of finished objects and ongoing projects. The photo above is of a beautiful selection of cotton 4ply (available in the shop) which I Prisma‘d.

I very nearly have another sweater finished but its proving to be tricky to ease the blooming thing over the finishing line. It’s this Boxy sweater, and for me this has been a bit of a sprint (it’s taken me about 2 months to knit), but try as I might I just can’t stick a fork in it and call it done.

First there was a moment when I was just knitting up the rib on the second side and I realised that the rib on the first side (and as per instruction) was just too short and the jumper’s hem would inevitably roll. So I had to undo the first side from the bottom (aaarggghhhh – nearly 2 hours of fiddly work) and re-knit it. Then I got to the sleeves  (and was unsure about their length but I thought they ‘would do’), had cast off the first and was about to cast off the second and realised that I’d added a knit 2 purl 2 rib to this sleeve and k1, p1 elsewhere. Drat. Double drat.

So I re-did the ribs and tried on the sweater – not happy with the sleeve length and a bit confounded by the neckline instructions which seemed to suggest that the neck was done as it was. So I picked up a large quantity of stitches around the neck and tried rib – nope – tried garter – nope, opted for a iCord cast off in the end which is fine, but gosh, it takes a while.

Back to the sleeves – now I’m thinking that they’re definitely too short – might be ok if the sweater was silk or linen, but the woolly-ness of the jumper made elbow length sleeves look a bit silly (a bit like – IMHO – boots with holes at the toes, or sleeveless coats or, well you get the picture). So the sleeves got redone and it’s just ready to block*, so I should have a finished object by the end of this week. I wouldn’t bank on it though.

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This is finished though – a cute little jacket designed by the team at a ‘large knitting yarn company which I will not name’ which a couple of customers had complained about and I test-knitted. It was indeed a mare – badly put together and lacking in clarity instruction-wise. I finished it, swearing gently at almost every stage and put it together slowly (having to totally disregard the instructions and wing it). It looks ok but as you can tell by Ted’s expression it’s not a brilliant knit. Oh and don’t even get me started on the amount of ends generated by the multicoloured rib!

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so many ends – so little enthusiasm for sewing them in!

Also on the pile of finished objects – three single socks – my sock mojo is absent at the moment and I’m loving getting started on them, but SSS (Second Sock Syndrome) has really got me in its grip right now

So a rough count leaves something like 3 works in progress (a sweater, three pairs of socks, a crochet shawl), one or two things that are semi-permanently on the naughty step and some progress made in getting stuff finished. So it’s obviously time to look for a new project isn’t it?

 

*blocking – the process whereby with a bit of added water and a million pins your slightly sad looking knit turns into a swan. Its worth the effort honest. See here for instructions

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