I’m decided to finish my Secret garden now before starting something new and/or continuing on my Silver Belle.
I couldn’t resist adding the moss green i-cord at the bottom just to see the result.
But knitting on an i-cord to the end of the sleeve wasn’t my cup of tea. In fact I don’t think it’s very practical. Babies have small hands and very likely short arms (especially if the cardi will be something to grow in). Should the sleeve be too long an i-cord cuff will not remain on the wrist. So I ripped the i-cord cuff and knitted on a ribbed cuff instead.
Only the rest of the second sleeve and the ribbons to tie with left!
eatsleepknit.com had an exciting offer for Black Friday with a percentage off lottery so I decided to go for some Madelinetosh A.S.A.P which I’ve never tried before. In fact I’ve never knitted anything in a super bulky weight before. I’m thinking of a nice warm winter hat and I just might have a pattern in mind.
I had intended to buy Mica which is a favorite color… but it was out of stock before I made it to the site. Well water seemed like a nice option and kind of close in color.
I had to wait for about 15 minutes at the post office because they had made a mistake in numbering the packages… So they had to go through all packages. Which is great now close to Christmas when all Swedes send and receive lots of packages.
Anyone else who disapprove of yarn barfs? Perhaps they’re inevitable…
By the way, when searching the internet for yarn barf I discovered a page called yarnbarf.com Nice name I especially like the comment: “Remember, this is the Internet. You can sell anything if you slap a cat on it.” I wonder if it’s true?
Remember that yarn lottery ticket I got? Well, I decided to go for my first Nube. Today it arrived. Sooooo soft and pretty! Thank you eatsleepknit.com!
Now I’ve really got to put a string on Clara so I can get spinning.
I’m happy to report that the Secret garden is coming along, somewhat nicely.
It’s veeery soft, but a lesson learnt is probably that the stitch definition in this lace pattern in DROPS Baby Alpaca Silk and a set of 3 mm needles isn’t perfect. I hope blocking will even it out a little. It’s mainly the decreases that becomes a bit uneven.
I did the body piece in one piece and from row 57 I finishing the back and front pieces separately.
I’m not sure if I made a mistake (design features, yep), but for a 3 needle bind-off I did 4 extra rows on each front piece to finish with 22 live stitches on each shoulder. Likewise I left 22 live stitches for each shoulder on the back piece on the bind-off row. Then I used the 3 needle bind-off to fit the pieces together.
Instead of slipping stitches between the pieces I followed the chart A and knit the last stitch through the back loop making a nice distinction in the sides.
Now, ready for sleeves! And then finishing details like I-chords.
I finished the second tube yesterday, and as of five minutes ago…
Love them. I was going to go with a short row heel, but changed my mind at the last minute and went with a basic afterthought heel, which I think was good as the short row would have taken up at least three stripes and that would not have been ideal. They’re a teensy tiny bit too long in the toe for me, but I figure I’ll mostly wear them over tights anyway so no matter. Aside from that, they fit really well, and did I mention I love them? Because I do. I wonder if I have enough left for a pair of mitts…
I got started on my Silver Belle and after 5 rows (approximately 2000 stitches) I realized that I had missed one B section (should I kick myself now or later?) Oh, well, I had also realized that I don’t like starting the cables on row 2 and that doing so messes up the bottom edge (and in the pattern it’s just left like that). Hmmmm.
It’s not thaaat bad, but on something I’m going to invest I don’t know how many hours, well, I’m just not satisfied.
So after a few days pondering I tried out a solution where I cast on 4 extra stitches for the B section cable and 2 extra stitches for each cable on the C section.
I’ve then decreased on the right side using the ssk and the k2tog, (once on row 2 for the C section and twice for the B section, i.e once on row 2 and once on row 4). In total 4 extra rows using the pattern except for decreases and skipping the cables. For the A and D section I made no changes, but skipped the cables on the 4 first rows.
This way I will keep the same shaping, but in a more controlled way. I just think this might work.
This is by far the most-suited-for-this-blog project I have ever knit… And I haven’t been able to talk about it until now, even though I knit these in August/September. Silly birthdays with their fixed dates.
23 November is not just the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, it’s also the 18th birthday of the biggest Whovian I know. How could I NOT knit her these?
TARDIS socks, in Regia 4-ply in Royal (as well as white; the black is Drops Fabel) which ticks all my “ideal actual sock yarn” boxes – 75% wool, 25% nylon, tightly plied. And the colour is a perfect Tardis blue.
I’m writing this before the big handover and scheduling it to go up after, but hopefully they’re a success. Happy birthday, Ruthifer!