Thursday, May 03, 2007

A series of procrastinations

Not even excitement about the VK cabled turtleneck potentially being far and away the best sweater I've ever made for myself can induce me to finish the seaming.

Ick, seaming.

What is it with seaming? Why is it so horrible? And why did just half of it take me the better part of a Saturday to do?
The good news is that I got far enough to try it on and realize that all the pieces fit almost perfectly. The sleeves are a little tight at the top, but I think I can block some extra room in there. More importantly, nothing is too long or too short, which seems to be where I have gone wrong in the past.

The other good news is that procrastinating the seaming induced me to finish these:

Stockinette socks

Boring stockinette socks that I started in December. I got serious second sock syndrome (SSSS?) on these.

LL Stockinette socks
Ooh la la.

LL Stockinette socks

Top-down, K2P2 ribbed cuff, stockinette socks. Instructions from Ann Bud's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns.
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Forest, less than 2 skeins.
Needles: Size 1s.

Even though they turned out OK, I think I'm going to be knitting from alternating skeins for handpainted yarn from now on. The spiralling doesn't bother me too much, but I would have preferred an even more random patterning. And there is a bit of pooling at the top of the instep, where the sock was the widest before the gusset decreases. You can see it in the top picture. I think it's kind of cute though how there were pools of about the same size but different colors on each sock. But it would have been cuter if there was no pooling at all.

What else could I do to procrastinate seaming? How about swatching for my next project?

Wedgewood blouse

Norah Gaughan's Wedgewood blouse from Summer 2006 IK. Cute cute cute! However, the whole thing is reverse stockinette in the round. I think I better learn that reverse knitting technique so I don't have to drive myself crazy with purling. Yarn is Takhi Cotton Classic that I had in the stash (which I accidentally forgot to flash, oops).


hege said...

I hate seaming too. But that sweater looks so awesome, you just have to do it! Excellent socks, I really like that yarn. Re reverse stockinette, just work on the sweater from the wrong side up to where the pattern starts. Then flip it around and work it from the other side. Easier than knitting in reverse...

schrodinger said...

So close... I know you can do it.

That wedgwood is a pretty top isn't it? Enjoy the procrastination/swatching.

Knittypants said...

Oh! Finish the seaming! It's looks so good, you will love it. Just pretend seamings fun :-)

Love the socks and the new look for the blog, the header is so cheery.

SarahJanet said...

Oh, evil seaming. How I hate you. How I wish I could make awesome sweaters without you. The sweater's looking great, though!