Wednesday, April 15, 2009

on to the next...

...or back to it, I guess I should say. I've picked up the February Lady Sweater again, and have just completed the first sleeve. (I spent a little time in sleeve hell - you know that place? the one where you knit and knit, and even keep track of the rows (it's a repeating lace pattern), yet the damn thing NEVER GETS LONGER? I was there for a few days, then the next thing you know, overnight, it became long enough to do the garter border. Frickin' sleeve hell...


(It's actually a very pretty sage green, not this washed out greyish tone).
I've also decided what to do about the yoke. Remember I made the yoke black because I didn't think I had enough green wool for the whole thing. And yet, not only do I have enough, I will have left overs after I finish this sweater. So what I have decided to do is make the yoke green, by picking up around the colour change, and knitting it back up to the neckline. After a few attempts at picking up the first row of green, I have discovered that it's not that easy, because of the start of the lace pattern (k2togs and yos and all that). So I made an executive decision (since it is my sweater), and will leave 2 rows of black around the bottom of the yoke. I will pick up this design feature of thin black lines elsewhere on the sweater as well. (as seen on the sleeve hem...)
And the Whisper Cardigan? I found out something interesting after wearing it at work on Monday. It sheds like a furry black dog on a white chenille sofa. Seriously. We're not talking bits and pieces of mohair fluff, we're talking large hairballs of the stuff.

No matter, I still love the cardi and will wear it again. After I freeze it, or wash it, or do SOMETHING to it...

7 comments:

Lucky Canuck said...

Would you be able to use up copious amounts of packing tape on it and see if you can remove as much fluffy excess as possible before you wear it again? Might keep the fluffies at bay for a little bit.

Anonymous said...

Will freezing it help? I bought some of that wool too!

KnitTech said...

February lady is looking very nice.

TracyKM said...

Hee Hee...I could have saved you tons of trouble with the picking up the yoke and knitting upwards issue---I wrote about it quite a bit earlier this year as I actually started with a sort of provisional cast on at the start of the lace. Also in sage green and a charcoal black. It was often in time out but I did get it finished and presented to my mom this Easter weekend. Photos to come.
Can you freeze your Whisper Cardigan to stop the shedding? THough, I don't know if the effects last once thawed, LOL. Now I'm worried about the Wellington Fibers laceweight I bought!
(Typed while eating one of your butter tart muffins!!)

www.brendaknits.ca said...

I have learned the hard way to start a lace pattern with a row or two of stockinet. But a little black does much to make a piece look very sophisticated. Your February Lady will look great, I'm sure.

Karen said...

"sheds like a furry black dog on a white chenille sofa"

So funny. Hope you can fix it somehow.

Carol said...

Your sweater gets hairballs? Wow! I thought it was just long-haired cats...