30 Stitches

30 Stitches

This is such as busy time of year, and I love it!  School plays, talent shows, concerts, gardening, spring cleaning, in addition to a couple of painting projects and a couple of sewing projects!  The ones that turn out I’ll share with y’all soon!  And speaking of screwing up projects……. check out this cute top I’m working on.  It’s the Linum Tee from the summer issue of Knitscene.  Super cute, loose and flowy with enough detail to make it fun to knit.

I actually saw it on Ravelry about a month ago, so when the magazine came into the shop last week, I immediately began searching for just the right yarn.  I chose Berroco Fugi, a silk/cotton blend, in a soft linen color.  The yarn is wonderful and because the pattern has extra ‘ease’ built in, it should be a great match.  I cast the stitches on and began knitting the 15 inches of body length, round and around, excited to get to the asymmetrical ribbing on the sweater front.   This sweater practically knit itself, it jumped from 4 to 15 inches in no time at all!  The front was fun, I fell in love with the ‘fisherman’s rib’ stitch pattern.

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All I had left to do was finish the top of the back.  My stitches had been patiently waiting on a spare needle that was a size smaller than I needed, so I had to transfer them to the correct needle, and as is my tendency I counted them as I went.  75, 76, 77, 78……….78, that can’t be right?  So as I purled back I counted them again, 75, 76, 77, 78……….78, I need 108!  30 stitches to few, meaning that I had cast on, at the very start, 30 stitches less than what I needed!  Argggg!  What a complete and utter drag!  Fix-it, make it work or trash the whole thing, those were my options. After careful, 5 minutes worth of consideration, I decided I’m going to try to make it work.  I threw in several, about 15, ‘hidden’ increases and carried on knitting, using the instructions for one size smaller, and finished the back.  My plan is to block the heck out of the back to try to match the front, I’m still not sure if it’ll work.  here is a pic, pre-blocking.  Notice how the faux side-seams that I added, (not part of the original pattern), are thrown to the back of the sweater.  How could I not have noticed the difference?  30 stitches!

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I’m going to block it tonight, before finishing the neck and sleeves, I’ll let you know how it turns out!  Meanwhile, I finished one of the mystery shawls, Spring Fling.  I have worn it almost everyday for 2 weeks!  I used Jade Sapphire Cashmere Silk, a dream to knit and to wear, LOVE!

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I’m working on another mystery shawl called, It’s a Mystery by Romi Hill.  It is so well written and super fun so far, I’m in the middle of clue 4, there is only one clue left.

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And because the Romi shawl is so fun to work, I started another last night, Winter’s Moon.  I’m using a periwinkle shaded sock yarn from Misti Alpaca.  It doesn’t look like much now, but wait ’till it’s blocked!

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That’s what I’m working on, what’s on your needles?

Claire

2 Responses

  1. Marjorie
    Marjorie April 16, 2014 at 8:08 pm | | Reply

    Claire you really inspire me to do more with my knitting needles and around the house. I wish you and your family a very happy Easter.

  2. Busy Break April 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm |

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