I am properly into it. I keep stitching on this sweater, and I’ve got more in me.
The fabric this creates is quilty, still quite flexible, and makes me want to do more.
It’s almost as much fun as a coloring book, but it’s keeping me in the category of knitting.
However, there’s one thing about this sweater that does bother me.
It doesn’t actually fit.
Here’s the sweater before I started stitching:
See? It is as wide as the mighty Mississippi. You could store hay in the sleeves. There’s a good two inches on each side of what we’ll call SIDE BONUS ZONE.
I didn’t stitch into the SIDE BONUS ZONE because I began to think I really, really need to take this thing in.
Two intrepid souls give guidance on how to edit a sweater:
Strategy 1: If you’re in the mood for some gripping armchair knitting, Julie Matthews really delivers the drama in her post, “Successful Sweater Surgery.” (Her entire blog, Knitting at Large, is a dandy—supersmart, funny, properly into it.)
Stay tuned. This may be great, or not so great.
A Recipe for This Sort of Thing
In the interest of maybe doing this to another sweater, I made note of how much embroidery floss I used.
On the back: 68 strands, around 24″ each. Colors? Whatever artful or random mix you come up with.
On the front: 34 strands for each side of the cardigan.
Sleeves: to be determined, but my guess is 34 strands for each.
If you really want to crank this, get all the threads cut to length before you embark on stitching. I did this on the return flight from San Diego, using my FlossMaster2000TM (aka a dental floss box for cutting without scissors on a plane). In a few hours I’d done the whole front. Don’t bother weaving in the ends as you go—you may want to yank an unattractive shade along the way. I yanked some hot pink.
Off to Vogue Knitting Live
Needless to say, I’m sorry that Franklin Habit’s “Embroidery on Knits” class is sold out at Vogue Knitting Live this weekend. I could use his solid-gold advice. If you’re going to be at Vogue Knitting Live New York, Kay and I will be visiting the Knitty City booth 714 on Saturday, January 16, 2-3 pm, with A Coloring Book for Knitters available. I do believe there will be a coloring contest. Bring your Crayolas, and get ready to stop, drop, and color.
And it’s never too late to join the Walk in the (Central) Park on Sunday, January 17, 7:30 am. Details here. (Ticket sales have closed, but we’ll get you coffee and a carb one way or another.)
I’m bringing my sweater. You do have a sewing machine, right?