Saturday, April 22, 2006

DH's sweater update

Le dos, c'est fini, mes amis! Or, the back is finished my friends. And hajelluah that it is. I managed to shape the shoulders tonight while I waited for a very fussy Sabrina to fall asleep. But, this bodes well because now, I can a) start the front of the sweater (I know I said I was going to do the sleeves first, but I'm waffling on that idea) and b) that means I can do more work on my Chevron scarf without guilt (it's only about 2x as long as it was the last time I posted a picture). I've already decided in my head that Cindy is going to finish this one for me. That way I know it will get done! Hopefully, she will allow me to have her finish it. I know I could do it, but after all this hard work, I want it to look perfect, and that means her work! And FYI, if I ever turn up missing, check this sweater first for a DNA match because I've sewn a wig's-worth of hair into this baby.


Also, wanted to post another FO pic, this one of the cashmere scarf that I made him for Christmas. Once sweater weather appears again, this will look lovely with his sweater. I'm also planning socks in the same navy Cashsoft. He says he will be "too hard" on them, but he doesn't know the resiliency of the hand-knit sock! I love the detail on this mistake rib scarf (pattern logically from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, who else) on the back especially. Unfortunately, this picture doesn't quite do the colors justice, and I probably should have re-blocked as he wore it a lot!


Now, much as I love you all, I must go because someone has to make sure the Easter baskets are filled for Anastasi tomorrow!

5 comments:

Robin's Donna said...

See you can do it (even if it takes forever and a day) Don't forget to knit both sleeves at the same time when you do the sleeves.

Eleni said...

Actually, we were discussing the two sleeve at a time method and everyone there says they don't do it that way because a) it seems to go on forever across the row and b) if you make a mistake, you've made it across two sleeves. I am still undecided!

Robin's Donna said...

I think you definitely want to do 2 sleeves at the same time so your sleeves are the same length and the shapping matches. There is far more room for error doing one sleeve at a time -- people end up with sleeves that are 2 inches different in length or the ribbing doesn't match or they start the shaping at different times or they have to make a modification and then forget how they modified the 1st one. Most people seem to get bored easily with sleeves, including me, and have trouble getting the second sleeve going if we don't do it at the same time as the 1st one and the sweater never gets finished.

Robin's Donna said...

Further thoughts - I don't think sleeves are that hard to do so I don't think you are likely to make major errors that would entail major frogging. I think the boredom factor and needing sleeves to match trumps the possibility of mistakes. I have heard many more instances of mismatched sleeves than shaping errors -- length problems usually entail much more frogging because shaping errors that are noticable are in the sleeve cap, which is near the end and the shorter rows and length errors are usually way below that.

Eleni said...

I'm really taking your comments to heart on this as I know how I feel when I get to the end of the first of a pair of socks. I think that since this is my first adult sweater, I am going to try the two at a time method. And I'll call you when I panic!