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  • Wow! It’s fab. Ann, you would put those Rowan models to shame. Now if we can only ‘out’ Kay in her moonbeam…

  • That’s totally fab,wanderful and covetable.
    May have to get some dark ASC to knit this – gay’s o.k. for a top ,but not very ‘me’ for a jacket.
    You look lovely in it ,Ann.
    Great work Ky.

  • dear mkd —
    great work kay! i have been loving this sweater as you knit it. and by gosh, ann, you do look good. hope to see you before the wake!!

  • Well, excuse me all over the place if I object to this talk of pine boxes!!! Although I guess what you are saying is that you WOULD be caught dead in it. Having received the all-too-essential-to-my-self-esteem praise, here are the obligatory confessions of what went wrong.
    1. I think the collar should be longer. I made it EXACTLY according to the pattern, but it looks longer in the book.
    2. I don’t like the way the picking-up of stitches around the neck went. I toyed with picking it up the other way, so that the ‘seam’ was on the outside and would be covered by the collar, but ended up leaving it inside, where it will be sort of visible when the collar pulls or curls back.
    3. Still not happy with my raglan decreases. Not sure I was doing the correct thing on each end. Rowan, in contrast to Jaeger, does not tell you EXACTLY which method to use for the decreases or increases. Why not? Is this seen as patronizing to those know-it-all Rowan knitters(I, for one, would not take offense!)? Does it go against the rugged individualism of the wild and crazy women who knit for enjoyment?
    But overall I was happy with it, PARTICULARLY that the sleeves came out the right length. Boy was that stressful!!! I think I measured every other row as the sleevehead shaping approached. Because you see, whenever my sleeves end up super-duper long, no matter how many times it has happened, it is always a complete surprise to me. I never know what I did or when I did it. I’ve come to realize that my row gauge is not in sync with my stitch gauge. I must always knit fewer rows than specified to achieved the desired length.
    As for our next swap-fest, I insist that you choose something with a bit of SLINK to it, Ann. Something you won’t be able to wear while folks parade by your corpse decades and decades and DECADES from now. (Hey, you started this necroknits thing.) Or if you do choose to make your final fashion statement in it, something that will make folks say, ‘Damn!! She DOES look good!’ (I don’t plan to be there, by the way. I’ll be waiting for you in the LYS in the Sky, wearing wool and not scratching!) Love, Kay

  • What a gorgeous sweater! After all the sweating out the sleeve measurements, they look fabu. It’s hard to tell on my monitor and with my craptacular vision, but are the raglan decreases decorative or are there teeny tiny cables or something lining the seams? It looks great!

  • Rene–I think what you are seeing is that I did the decreases 3 stitches in from the edge. So when I sewed them together, there was a ridge of slanting stitches. Also, the ASC yarn is so bulky that the decreases show up almost as little x’s. But that’s what I mean, I wish I had been told EXACTLY how to do them. Thanks for the kind words. I do see this as being THE perfect sweater to wear while darting about Nashville doing errands in the Mom Bomb. Yours in craptacular vision (if you’re not in your mid-forties yet, wait: it will reach new levels of crappiosity!!), Kay (whose next step in vision correction will be to wear a miner’s hat in order to improve the lighting wherever she goes)

  • You two are so funny.
    May I humbly suggest that you knit this for each other,in Linen Drape :
    Slightly slinky,shaped,with gorgeous sleeves !

  • Kay–
    Lemme take your self-critique point by point:
    1. Collar does look longer in the photo, but it certainly behaves like a collar should the way you knit it.
    2. Picking up collar stitches: I stewed over the exact same problem with Pippin, a Magpie jacket I did for Clif. I in fact DID make the seam smooth in the inside, thinking it would look nicer. But you know, it DOESN’T–the seam peeks out from beneath the collar on the outside, and looks kind of crummy. I’ve wanted to redo it but I’ve been too busy working on this other damn thing for this woman I don’t even know. So don’t fret over the collar seam; it does show a wee bit, but it’s a pleasant kind of show. I just can’t think of a perfect fix for that collar seam issue. Hot glue?
    3. Raglan decreases. I need to bone up on the whole concept. I still kind of slip one then knit it or whatever and hope I remember on the next row what I did on the first. Definitely not too cool on that little skill.
    And finally, I think my Kelly sweater is the HEIGHT of slink. Next time I’m hoping I can find something less revealing, like a burqa or maybe just a pup tent with raglan sleeves.
    x0 Ann

  • I see what you mean about being left to flounder with the decreases, but I really, really like the effect of the decorative decrease with the ASC (which I’ve never used before; what did you think?), so if people like me ask, I think you should smile and nod and say you did it on purpose. 😉
    As for the horrible vision, I’m really nearsighted, and when I was little, I used to think that as I got older, the natural farsightedness of age would balance out the nearsightedness. Ah ha ha ha! Now I know that it really means I’ll just lose what little vision I have. Something to look forward to, yay!
    By the way, what exactly is the Mom Bomb? I’m picturing station wagon, or possibly convertible Mini-van…?
    p.s. Next time I go camping, I’m bringing a pup tent with raglan sleeves.

  • Rene–you do know how to ask THE salient question: “what is the Mom Bomb”?? One of the things Ann and I discovered while emailing each other every 20 minutes is that we drive the same model 18-wheel family caravans in our respective jurisdictions. Maybe not 18 wheels, but certainly 18 cup holders. Not so much Sport Utility Vehicles as Sorta Utility Vehicles. Plenty of room for gallons of tequila, and camping equipment which doubles as clothing, plus the kids in their car seats finger-knitting away, and the hubbies with their newspapers. You can recognize us on the road by our homemade MDK bumper stickers with the motto ‘Have You Hugged Your Stash Today?’ XOX Kay

  • Now Ann,
    If you were a Rowan model (and you look excellent, and should be in that lovely cardi) you need to cover up the shoulders and neck completely with your hair so we can’t see how bad it looks up there when done! 😉
    Can you tell I’ve had more than one run in with bad looking necks…and then I notice they are hidden in the photos anyway?
    And please, wear it out before the wake ever happens!

  • Kristine–I agree totally about the chronic Rowan neckline photo disease. I went to look at the Smooch pattern everybody seems to be knitting, and the model’s Smooch looks like the V neck is low but bearably low. Then I look at the schematic, and the V starts at your navel, kind of a Jo-L deal. And on the Splash I’m knitting (the dreadigan), only when I started knitting did I realize that the side shaping is quite curvy. Not nearly as St. John Knits boxy as I’d thought.
    Ah, whatever. My favorite fix of Rowan’s is when they put a big fat scarf around somebody’s neck. Maybe they’re telling us something–need to up the scarf output.
    Best, Ann