September 6, 2014

Time Away Can be a Good Thing

 I admit it. After seeing my Circlet in Blue cardigan blocked out, I was discouraged. So I rolled it up and stuffed it back into the knitting bag and considered my options. And secretly hoped that the knitting fairies would come by and make everything all better. And that the sweater would reflect on what had happened and voluntarily change it's ways.

After a period of time I pulled the sweater out and considered my options. Well, whether I was keeping it or gifting it, the buttons needed to go on. By the way, nothing has changed and it is still too big. But, as I smoothed out the fronts, and lined up the button bands, I noticed that really, I could've done a better job at knitting the buttonhole band. It looked sloppy. I thought I'd just firm up the bind-off, and then decided the entire band would be better re-knit, at a tighter gauge. And you know what, it did look better. Not only did it look tidier, but the front edge along the yoke looked better too, so I re-knit the other side to match. Much better. I never really thought much about how gauge on the button band can affect the overall look of a sweater.

It still doesn't make the sweater fit better, the sleeves are still ridiculously long, but I haven't given up hope. Tomorrow, I'll block the sweater again and see what else I can learn.

August 29, 2014


Ack! Seems big enough for a line-backer! One with rather long arms. I shouldn't say things like that, if it turns out too big, and I gift it to someone, they might take offense. Well, on to adding the buttons.

August 26, 2014


Title says it all. I picked up 10, I think that should be enough. I'm worried they might be too heavy, something I didn't notice when I selected them.

August 23, 2014

All Yoked Up?

Before I started stitching the yoke to the sweater body, I pinned them together to see how closely (or not) the length along the to-be-seamed edges looked. The yoke was a small bit shorter, and now I think it could've been interesting to see by how much. However much it was, I didn't think it would be a problem to ease along the extra length of the body section. And it wasn't. I do wish I'd done a better job at keeping the tension on the mattress stitching even.  I'm half-way to going back and trying, one more time.

As it sits in this picture, the yoke is a bit ripply. And the cabled section of the yoke is longer than the purl section, closer to the neck, and the neck edge seems a tad small. I've steamed the yoke section just a bit, to see if maybe things will be just fine, once I get the bands knit on. Right now the project is taking a time out, whilst I decide how I feel about everything. Oh, and the sleeves are rather long. If I stretch them wider while blocking, I wonder if that will take some of the length out? And I've purchased buttons, but don't have a picture yet.

August 14, 2014

Tick. Tick. Tick.

The ordered seconds quietly slip by.
Slyly glancing over at the blog page.
Is there anything new?
Did something happen?
Is there any news?

Well, yes there is news. After my last post I decided to run away and join the circus. Wait, I already am part of the circus, but our cotton candy machine is broken. Instead I took a spur of the moment trip up north to visit my friend Dusty and enjoy some life on the ranch. Shae and Rowyn went too, and had a mini-family reunion.  You can enjoy pictures here.

I enjoyed visiting with Roar the bull;
and morning after glorious morning.
I found Bigfoot. (sort of)
And enjoyed a breakfast here.
The day I made it home was my birthday, and I found this waiting for me!
The days were so full, very little knitting happened. It seams (!) like it took forever to finish mattress stitching the yoke to the body of the Circlet in Blue. I finally finished the night before last. I had a hard time deciding whether to allow more ease in the stitching or to pull it snug, and now the stitching isn't as even as I'd like. But I can live with it. Now it's on to grafting the underarm seams, then neck edging and finally button bands. I still need to find some buttons! Sounds like the perfect time (is there ever a bad time) to stop by my LYS and check out their new digs. They just moved!

August 2, 2014

Chirp Chirp Chirp

That's the sound of crickets, filling up the space where blog posts would be. It's been a busy few weeks, and a few more busy weeks coming up. Youngest Son Evan was here for a visit, he worked on learning to drive a stick-shift (a work in progress) and we did a little camping. I'm working away at the Circlet in Blue, the yoke is finished and about 3/4 of the way seamed onto the body. I need to get busy and find buttons!

July 13, 2014

Crazy Cabled Yoke

The cabled yoke calls for 16 (or 17, I don't recall exactly) pattern repeats for my size.  Three pattern repeats looks like this;

Today I have almost 7 pattern repeats finished. Color coding the chart really helps me keep track of things, I think its a big time saver. I'm hoping to average  1 1/2 repeats per day. Once the yoke is done, it gets mattress stitched to the body and sleeves, and then a neckband and button bands are added.