Friday, December 2

On the first day of Christmas

Christmas knitting, that is. And it isn't really the first day at all. See, I was good and planned my Christmas gifts all the way back in November. Gosh, who can even remember November? I'm so on top of things. (HA!) Yes, I made a list. Yes, I checked it twice. And then I tweaked it about forty-seven times. I'm still not convinced it exists in a completed and untweakable state. Here's where the list currently stands:
  • Clapotis for my mom-in-law: DONE
  • Backyard Leaves for sis-in-law: DONE (see previous post)
  • Fiery Bolero for sister #2: DONE (I'll get around to photographing it, but for now it's hanging in the LYS where I work, enticing other customers to buy Cathay and Debbie Bliss patterns)
  • Cressida from Rowan Classic Woman for sister #1 (I don't actually rank my sisters as one would college football teams or "reaons why you should break up with him" or something. It's just my handy way of referring to where they fall in the birthing order. [It should be noted that I am the eldest.] [Why doesn't anyone say eldest anymore?]): pieces knit, duly blocked into submission
and now merely awaiting seaming and the completion of miles and miles of this obnoxiously dull-to-knit garter-lace trim:

  • Alpaca Silk scarf for my own mommy dearest (again, see previous post): knit, but awaiting finishing and lining
  • Forbes Forest for my pop: as the Carpenters would say, it's only just begun. (This is a topic for another post)
  • And finally, for sister #3, what started as a shrug that should have been finished in two nights, after much ripping and re-knitting and designing on the fly, has morphed into this cropped wrap sweater from hell (only because it was the most devilish little project. Seriously. It was a fierce battle. Either the sweater was out to get me, or I am merely the sad victim of my own indecision and lack of proper planning. Probably it's the latter. But I'm not eliminating the possibility that the sweater was possessed with some sort of impish spirit):

Yarn: It's just Lion Brand Wool-Ease, folks. One and a half skeins. My mother's hatred of hand-washing (I can't blame her, really. Raising six kids gives the woman enough to do. She doesn't really have time to lovingly and delicately bathe hand knits.) compelled me to find something cheap and washable, but still fairly nice. You may disagree with me on this one, but the Wool-Ease isn't so bad. I'm not rushing out to buy a sweater's worth for myself anytime soon, but it does its job.
Pattern: What started as a cheap-and-easy shrug pattern we sell at work turned into essentially my own. (Gotta love top-down raglans)
Needles: I think they were Addis, US 8. Who can remember these things?
Notes: As you can see from the pictures, I did almost all the increasing with yos. I like that little bit of lacey detail it provides.
Basically, I started with a certain CO number (54?), placed markers for the sleeve seams, and increased on both sides every time I hit them. After I bound off for the sleeves, I started increasing on each edge (again via yarnovers) to create the wrapover parts. I did a knitted hem on the bottom edge.
See? Basically, I knit the length that I wanted to hem to be, knit a purl row, then knit the hem length on smaller needles. Then, instead of sewing, I wove a needle through the wrong-side row that the hem would attach to when it was turned under (as shown in the first photo below) and did a three-needle bind-off to finish the job.
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Now, the only detail that remains is how to secure the sucker. Buttons? Ties?
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And if I use buttons, do I put a decorative one in the middle where the wraps cross, then use snaps or hooks-and-eyes to secure the flaps, or should I sew a bigger button on the flap itself? Or maybe weave a ribbon through the bottom row of yarnovers and just use invisible closures?

See what I mean about indecision?


Blogger jennifer said...

love love LOVE the top-down-wrappy-goodness that is your sweater!!! what a treat it'll be to wear that one!
p.s. way to go on all of your holiday gifting FOs!

7:07 PM, December 02, 2005  
Blogger Areli said...

Your little wrap sweater is so cute. You amaze me with your wonderful Christmas knitting. So prepared.

9:43 PM, December 02, 2005  
Blogger amylovie said...

You are so on top of your Christmas knitting. I'll use you as inspiration.


1:28 PM, December 03, 2005  
Anonymous li said...

Cute wrap! My vote is for a big button - where the wraps cross, and then maybe a smaller one at the corner to secure the flap.

2:58 PM, December 05, 2005  
Anonymous desiknitter said...

I agree about Woolease and about top-down raglan, having made such a pullover for my husband from this yarn. The wrap looks really cute!

Found your blog through the academics knit ring. It's great!

1:50 PM, December 08, 2005  
Blogger yahaira said...

wow, that came out great! hmm tough call since Im indecisive as well. I think buttons

10:47 PM, December 09, 2005  

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