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More WIPs

My hourglass sweater is finished! Here it is yesterday, blocking on the dining room table.

I’ll try to get a picture of me wearing it up later. Daylight Savings time is seriously messing with my ability to get pictures. I have to depend on Marc to take photos of me wearing my things, and I usually don’t see him now until it’s fairly dark. I’m going to pick him up at work today, so perhaps we will get a lovely photo of the hourglass sweater at UofL.

I didn’t think that the hemming was too bad. Admittedly it did take me 4 hours, but at least an hour of that was me trying to pick up the armpit stitches so I could kitchener them together. The bottom hem has a distressing desire to roll, due to some half-ass hemming (I was tired) so I may fix that later… but other than that the sweater is fabulous. Mods I made… let’s see. The body is 2 inches shorter than it’s supposed to be, and the sleeves are an inch shorter. I did one fewer increase round on the chest than called for. And I knit 2 extra decrease rounds on the neck. Speaking of the neck, I was really worried about tacking down those stitches, but it turned out to be super easy and unstressful.

Now that the sweater is finished, I have cast on for my first sock

It’s the “basic ribbed sock” pattern from spun magazine. I cast on 60 stitches, but I’m thinking about starting over with more… it seems kind of teeny. Don’t count on lots of sock progress – the whole time I was doing this I was waiting to get excited about socks. I was waiting for the “sock fever” to hit me. Never happened. So while I would like to finish these (and I will) I’m not in a hurry. I have to finish my other wip first, the short row rib scarf from magknits.

Isn’t it pretty? I love the yarn, even if it isn’t exactly “subtle.” You can tell it’s a gloomy day here when I start taking radiator pictures.

Closeup of the stitch pattern (with additional kitty feet)

I love this pattern, and now that I’m working on it almost exclusively it’s going really fast. I’m maybe 2/3 through the first ball of silk garden. I can’t wait to have another scarf!

5 thoughts on “More WIPs

  1. The color on your sock yarn is gorgeous.

    60 stitches on size 1 needles sounds about right unless you have really wide feet. Remember, ribbing really stretches.

    I do 56 stitches on size 2s.

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