Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hey look!

Did you see the cool new tool I have over there --->
Go ahead, I will wait while you look.

Julia of Knitterly Things posted about the new Ravelry trick that is unsupported yet available for us to use. So I added the fancy code and have pretty progress bars and pictures that automatically list my active projects that are in Ravelry! Hooray!

Looks like I am doing an awful lot for miss EJ. So unlike me, isn't it?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Issue resolved

I love yarn. Especially natural fibers. Soft smoochy sinful fibers. I hate flawed sweaters. Come Together was not perfect for my body type. Blocking did not perform any miracles with the holes and the bump. However I am still so in love with that yarn. Many thanks to you for your comments, whether they where pro-frog or pro-sweater. It was the support I needed to do what I knew was right all along.
It is a good thing I love that yarn...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Not quite how I imagined it to be

We took our first road trip with EJ this past weekend to visit her godfather-K's BFF- and his wife on the other side of the state. So I had some unusual weekend knitting time on my hands. I took full advantage on the way out and finished the knitting on Come Together. I even got it almost all the way sewn together too. Now here is the bummer. I am not sure I am a fan.
Come Together
Guess I could have closed the closet door... In anycase here is what I look like in the sweater from afar. The bottom rolls a bit but I expect that to settle down when it gets blocked.
Come Together
And this is a closer look at the bodice where the decreases are to create that slanty ribbing deal. I have gaps there. Not sure if it will go away with blocking. I also have holes where my increases are under my arms too. Not such a fan of that either.
And finally... The bulge
Come Together
Because my ribbing is looser than my stockinette stitch... or perhaps because my bust isn't busty enough... or possibly because there are more stitches in the bodice or some odd combination of all of these things I get a terrible bulge of fabric right in the middle of my stomach where the ribbing starts. Had the ribbing pattern started at the bust line it wouldn't be an issue as my boobs would have stretched that out nicely. Even though they are not ample it would have been enough. However I don't see any kind of blocking making this any less of a problem.

So the question is what to do next. The yarn is super yummy. I need to wear it. Thoughts include
~starting from scratch. Something inspired by my class with Jared and do a "design my own sweater" sweater.
~ripping back to the start of the stockinette part, keeping the tunic shaping and make the top in stockinette and a neckline of my choice.
~starting from scratch and knitting another sweater with the yarn, perhaps the Hourglass Sweater or the Tree Jacket

Whatever I decide on it has to be right for the yarn, and right for me. This sweater I don't feel was right for me. I greatly appreciate any insight you wise readers may have for me.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Yesterday was full of fun for EJ. Parade at school, her first trick or treat and lots of playing in the front yard. Here she is , trying to use the force to get a Reeses cup from its wrapper.
EJ and Mommy Halloween 08
Sadly all attempts failed. The force is not strong with this one. Practice she must.