April 12, 2010
Motoring away on this Diminishing Rib Cardigan. I still have concerns about the way the neckline is going to behave, but I’m so far GONE that I can’t stop. See?
Foldy, curly. This is going to be a mighty challenge to my blocking skills. It’ll work out, one way or another. Staples and hot glue remain options.
Working this yarn, made from the wool of a Pennsylvania sheep named Padmae along with some mohair from an unnamed goat, is like having Padmae in the room with me, and I mean that in a positive way. I like sheep! Padmae is shedding all over the place. Padmae is leaving little bits of “vegetable matter” on my furniture. And I continue to be totally confounded about the color of this stuff–my last photos made the yarn look a lot browner than it appears to my eye.
This looks fundamentally gray to me. Maybe there’s something wrong with my eye???
When I arrived at the bottom edge of the Big Part of this sweater, I was instructed to do a tubular bind off. I’ve never done one before, and it seemed like a thrilling and fun thing to do. The Interweave Knits instructions seemed too abbreviated for me; I wanted a luxurious, full-out wallow in the process of working this bind-off. I followed Techknitter’s brilliant how-to. (Techknitter, you should get a Pulitzer AND a Nobel Peace Prize for the instruction you have so generously provided to the universe.)
The basic idea with a tubular bind-off is to create an edge that extends a rib pattern to a stretchy, elegant conclusion. In fact, it’s like working a giant Kitchener sock toe, all the way across the bottom. I have no fear of Kitchener, and I thought it would be jolly fun to work such an epic sock toe.
I did as I was told and divided the stitches onto two needles to prepare to Kitchener:
I threaded up a tapestry needle with a length of yarn four times as long as the edge of the sweater. And it was right then that I decided that a tubular bind-off–pulling 12 feet of yarn through every single stitch of the Kitchener grafting route–was going to drive me nuts, totally nuts. The length of yarn was an instant, constant mess.
So I diverted into the stretchy bind-off that we seem to like a lot these days: *k2 tog, place the new stitch back on the left needle, repeat from * until you run out of stitches.
It works well enough, but in my late-night frenzy to finish the Big Part I forgot that I had worked two rows of k1, p1 rib to set up the tubular cast-off that I ended up not using. So it looks sort of odd down there.
What do you all think? Should I rip back the cast-off and those two k1, p1 rows and redo the edge so that the last rows are in the correct 3 x 1 rib pattern? I think I would like it better that way. I feel sort of bad about ditching the tubular bind-off, but not as bad as I did while yanking that yarn through that doomed Kitchener stitch. Other bind-off suggestions are welcome!
Twist Is UP
If you haven’t had a chance to see the new issue of Twist Collective, get over there immediately. The wraps and shawls had me doing some serious stash evaluation this weekend, looking for laceweights. Susanna IC’s Abrazo is a snack-sized sort of wrap, and Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark’s Lena uses one of those hypnotically simple lace patterns that I adore.
And don’t miss the piece about Susette Newberry’s incredible knitted alphabet project. I’ve been following it online at her blog, Knitted Letters: A to Z, but Lela Nargi’s piece is well done, an excerpt from her forthcoming book, The Greatest Knitting of All Time.