Saturday, October 11, 2008

I thought it was finished

So, I finished the saddle shouldered sweater, and blocked it, but decided it really is too short. It fits, just not the way I want it to.

I thought about giving it away to someone that would like it as is, but I decided I really like it too much. I made it for myself, and I want to wear it.
So, I took my scissors to it.

One stitch snipped, and an hour of careful unraveling, and I had the bottom border removed.

Now the sweater is back on the needles, and I'm knitting down instead of up. I'll add a couple of inches, then rework the border.

Spinning at the Fryeburg fair was a lot of fun. I got to meet several other spinners, some of whom had decades of experience. I got some tips on spinning bulky yarns. which I have had trouble making with a consistent width. So, I have been spinning like crazy, practicing my bulky yarns.

One of the resulting yarns I loved so much I had to work it up immediately. I used it to make this over-sized cap that covers most of my head and half of the back of my neck. It will be perfect for shoveling snow (I hope to do much less of that this year), as I always ended up with a spot on the back of my neck too high to be covered by my scarf, but too low for my hat.
There are actually several new projects in the works. Those that are not Christmas presents may make an appearance soon.


LizzieK8 said...

The sweater is lovely. Is there a specific reason you cut to remove the border rather than just frogging it?

I made a hat last year for my friend. Added a panel in the back so he could tuck it down into his shirt under the scarf. He loves it.

Maureen said...

AAAA! I can't believe you cut? I was scared for you for a second there, but it looks like you have things under control again. Love the sweater. Are you going to wear it to Rhinebeck? Cute hat too!

Joansie said...

Cut...just call it steeking and most people won't know the difference and will be even more

Love the hat! Wish I had been able to go to the Fryeburg Fair (relatives sent pics) and wish even more I were going to Rhinebeck...maybe next year!

LDSVenus said...

hmmmm, I wonder if knitting upside down affects the look of the knitted stitch. Maybe next time you could knit the bottom piece seperately and then undo the bottom stitches from the sweater that is too short, just past the bottom border and knit that and the new bottom together. Not that I'm wishing that same problem on you again ;P.

Lil Knitter said...

That hat is beautiful! I love the colors!
I am so glad you know what you're doing...I would be so terrified of cutting my knitting. I'm glad you figured out a way to make it fit to your liking. It really is a nice sweater and I'd hate to see you have to part with it.

Lynne said...

What a fabulous weekend you had for the fair! I made salsa, picked concord grapes and made jam and even got to spin a bit too.

Deb said...

You are one brave soul! I'm way too chicken to even think about steeking!

Have you done Brooklyntweed's Turn A Square Hat yet? I'm working on it now. I've ripped it out 3 times, b/c I just don't like the way my dec. are looking. Great sweater & great hat!