(A) Back, better than ever.

I was hoping to have this done before posting, but I’ll have to settle for “four or five inches to go”. Here is the back of the FCEK Lush pullover, armhole shaping and all, thanks to the kind assistance of the Knitlist. lushback.jpg

I actually had the most empowering experience while knitting this; I overenthusiastically bound off stitches for the armholes, and had to rip back several rows – whoops! And you know what? I did it, no problem. Theresa’s instructions were helpful, and all it really took was patience. Patience to pick up the required number of stitches, frog back, see that I had picked up stitches from two different rows, frog a little more, start re-knitting, see that I had picked up my stitches twisted, look up a recent post from the Knitlist complete with pictures to confirm my suspicions, and then knit the stitches on the new row through the back loop to untwist them – then sail on as though nothing had ever gone wrong. See? Easy as pie. I felt like the boss of my knitting that day, yes I did. So yeah. I think I’ve done more on this sweater in a week than I got done on the forlorn Ballybrae pullover in two months. I heart this sweater – I’ve decided I’m going to call it “Banff“-ette.

In other “island of lost projects” news, we have a knitting celebrity sighting: I wrote to Janet Scanlon of felted Tote-Around fame, and I said “I am having the worst time wrangling those huuuge DPNs to start the bottom of the Tote-Around; do you think I could plan out the bottom of the bag and knit out from the middle to one side using a provisional cast-on and decreases at the end of each row? When I’m done with the first half, I’ll rip out the cast-on and knit the other side – do you think it will work? Well, Janet thought it might, even if it wasn’t the most elegant solution. Eagle-eyed readers who realize I just completed a Bucket O’Chic will see that provisional cast-on idea in Bonne Marie’s original pattern, so props to her for planting the seed of an idea. And a big thanks to Janet for her support (did you see her Mercury messenger bag? What a great computer tote!).

Speaking of buckets o’ chic, Knit OnePurlToo’s *other* knitting celebrity sighting this week was none other than Mason Dixon Kay, who reported that her own Bucket o’ Chic suffered from Ruffly Brim Syndrome. I fired off an e-mail asking about the technique she used to fix it, and she encouraged me to cut (!) and whipstitch away until that brim was shaped to my liking. I may just do that, though my husband is begging me not to. It’s a learning experience, right? I’m obligated to fix that hat!

Here’s a a preview of IK spring 2004 projects – I now want very badly to knit Salt Peanuts, and I think Kathy Zimmerman should just put me on a subscription plan; I like her new Co-op Cables as much as the Bed and Breakfast pullover. “I’m designing another sweater – stock up on the following yarns….”

What kind of yarn am I?. I’m dishcloth cotton, and I’m a little depressed about it. Bonne Marie’s perfect eyelet cardi looks so swell (I lurve twinsets and cardis – they have such a Jackie O. vibe). Two socks, one knitted inside the other – no, really! Finally, there’s a real affinity between geeks and knitting – I never would have guessed.

3 thoughts on “(A) Back, better than ever.

  1. Becky

    Yay! Have no fear of trips to the frog pond. I do it myself often, sometimes just because I [get ready for this] don’t like how much tension looked over a number of rows. Am I anal, or what?

  2. stinkerbell

    Oooh I like the IK angora raglan and that salt and peanuts…
    more pretty projects I want to do (if I can get the yarn here in France with out dying through the exchange rate)

    oh and I love the site.

  3. Krista Jo

    I love your green sweater! Green is the best. Thanks for the compliment re: St. Brigid – it’s the sweater that got me interested in Alice Starmore too!

    (also, FYI, it’s pretty easy to knit [once you’ve got the hang of cables] because there’s no complicated shaping)

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