Nikki's Notebook

My journey as a fiction writer and a place for my projects, writing and otherwise.

Finished sweater and scarf.

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Well, I do have a couple of finished projects to post. I will post the disappointing one first in order to end the post on a positive note. Sound good? Okay. So, back in February, I think, or the beginning of march, I finished the Garter Yoke Cardigan I had been working on. It seemed okay, perhaps a little too big, but it needed some blocking for it to sit right. I think deep down I knew what was going to happen. I was a little afraid to block it. Sure enough, the sweater grew. And grew and grew. I tried to pull it into shape, but it seemed as if the only shape it wanted to beway too big sweater pulled into was looong. And it’s not even that I didn’t do a gauge swatch. I did! But I never washed it before measuring. I knew something was going to go wonky when I had to go up two needle sizes to get stitch gauge, but then discovered that my row gauge was terribly off. I made some minor adjustments to compensate for that, but it wasn’t enough. Here is a horribly unflattering picture of me modeling the giantness of this sweater. Yeah. Not so much. I think if the armpits weren’t so low compared to the location of my actual armpits I might feel a little more encouraged. For now, this thing is hanging out waiting for me to get up the nerve to rip it out and start again from the beginning. At this point, I’m not sure what adjustments to make to make sure it fits. I’m not good with math or experienced enough with sweater knitting, and even when I do try to figure these things out, I don’t trust myself. But I know I’ll learn if I keep trying!

My other finished object has been much more satisfying, though it too turned out longer than I had planned. This is a scarf woven out of Cascade 220, 100% merino wool. I originally bought the yarn to make into a hat to practice colorwork, but my loom was calling to me and it was some of the only yarn I had around. I love the fabric it produced and although it at first seemed at least a foot too long for my liking, it is actually just long enough for two wraps around my neck. I also successfully fixed a broken warp thread in the middle of this project, thanks to the book Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving
Here are two pictures of the finished product:
Finished handwoven scarf Latest finished weaving FO

I have another warp ready for the loom, but it’s not warped. I need more yarn for the weft! I’ve been spinning lately but don’t have pictures yet. For now, we’re in Duluth and have plans to grill on the beach. We’re not sure which beach yet, but we have plans to stop at Yarn Harbor on the way to use up the rest of a gift card I had from Christmas, so all in all, it should be a great day!

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Written by nikkinbird

April 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm

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