Good afternoon. Remember all that progress on Shapely Boyfriend, Take II? Well, this past weekend I let the frogs come have a meal.
When I separated for the sleeves, I took a good look at the fabric. I was hopeful but knew instinctively, it wasn’t gonna fit. I even tried it on and oh boy, what a laugh. Yeah, I would have maybe fit it two decades ago. The youngest didn’t want it. I had her sister try it on and it fit! However, she wasn’t interested in it either. So…
I spent Sunday after brunch on Ravelry. I looked at what kinds of projects were made in Miss Babs Yowza. I even searched for cardigan patterns designed for DK weight and also for sport weight yarn. This pattern was a big contender: Anne’s Sweater. I had loved the Canadian movies of the Anne of Green Gables series. To get this pattern though, I would have had to buy the pattern bundle but I’m only interested in the cardigan. Maybe another day.
Then this pattern caught my eye: Ramona Light by Elizabeth Smith. It’s designed for sport weight yarn but this yarn will work as the gauge is 5.75 stitches per inch. This garment won’t be as long as I would like it to be (meaning it won’t cover the caboose), but that’s okay. I’m thinkin’ maybe I’ll knit the sleeves first as I only want 3/4 sleeves anyways. Then I can use up the rest of the yarn for the body. I weighed my two cakes and have 1,260 yards to knit with.
On a good note, the Bay Area is having a warm spell. I wanted to take advantage of it for two reasons:
- The picture above is the swatch for Ramona. I had frogged the flatly knitted swatch for Shapely Boyfriend last night and reknitted it on a US 6 (4 mm) needle. I had it soak overnight in Eucalan to smooth out the yarn. I pinned it down this morning and put it outside to dry. I’ll be measuring its gauge after this posting.
- So this garment below would dry as soon as possible:
Isn’t it a beauty?! I Google’d “how to block a sweater.” I clicked on the first web page that shows up in the list and was like, that looks like my sweater! And then doh! Hello, it’s Tin Can Knits; they’re the designer of this sweater pattern I had knitted – Flax.
I used eight blocking wires:
- 2 for the left sleeve
- 2 for the right sleeve
- 1 for the left side of the body
- 1 for the right side of the body
- 1 for the front, split hem
- 1 for the back, split hem
You can see everything is pinned down, even the collar all around. For a closer look, click on the collage and a gallery will come up so you can look at each photo individually. You’ll see bits of our neighbor’s tree on my jumper; I had this out in the backyard for a few hours today before taking any pictures this afternoon. It’s windy today as well as warm. My sweater is mostly dry but a tiny bit damp on the backside. I’m going to let this sit overnight and then it should dry.
Tomorrow I’m going to block my finished socks as it’ll be high 70’s. How’re you taking advantage of the weather in your town?
Well, off the measure and check on dinner. I have corned beef from last night steaming on the stove and potatoes and vegetables roasting in the oven. What’s going to be on your dinner table tonight? Thanks for poppin’ in today. TTYS!