May 06, 2005
And now the bleeder has also ruined the towel on which it was drying:
To answer Colleen's question, it will not bleed this much every time. I rinsed and rinsed, and by the time my arms got really tired, and my back started to hurt from hovering over the bathtub and it was about 2 a.m., the water was a light peach color. The spots of very saturated color on the towel is a physical phenomenon - the water drains into the towel non-uniformly, in specific spots. The dye doesn't go through the towel, it is trapped on the surface, which is why there are a few pronounced, dark spots rather than an outline of the culprit in a light peach color.
I thought there might be more speculation about the bleeder, but I'm guessing (correct me if I'm wrong) none of you could have predicted that this is the culprit:
I put the move on, guys and gals!
So far, so good. The lace and cable patterning is physically demanding. It's a simple, easy to memorize repeat, but it's a nice workout for the hands. In retrospect, when I was frustrated with knitting the stockinette stitch body of the sweater, I should have just started a sleeve!
I didn't change the dimensions of the sweater that much: just shortened the body 1", made the chest circumference just 1" wider than the smallest size, and knit the smallest size otherwise. (By the way, the smallest AV size for this pattern and many others is 35"! That's a size large for many British designers! Oh yes, if you have a knitting blog, you'll have to reveal your dimensions eventually, it's true).
However, I'm substituting the yarn (written for Adrienne Vittadini Martina, 19 sts/24 rows, I'm using KnitPicks' Merino Style in Hollyberry, 23 sts/33 rows) and have had to do major Maths to accommodate both the change in the stitch gauge and in the row gauge:
Some other little details:
- The fabric stretched after washing. Not happy about it. Before you tell me to wash the swatch before measuring gauge, I did that. It stretched about 1" vertically and 1" horizontally over the entire body of the sweater: this is not something I would have been able to notice in a 4" x 4" swatch. I think it still has a chance for a good fit, though.
- I swatched with the identical yarn in a different color, which is why I didn't know how much the burgundy yarn would bleed. I knew it would bleed some amount, though, because my stitch markers (pieces of yellow yarn) had all turned a dark peach after a while. I did not expect the process to produce punch :).
- I started the cables & lace pattern section much later than what the pattern instructs (about 2.5" higher). If you remember, the sweater has the lace & cables start at nipple level (here come the weird Google hits!), which I think is ridiculous.
- I took the time to center a pattern repeat right at the center of the sweater. In my opinion, this is what separates poor-quality clothes from well-made clothes - the centering of all patterns and seams.
- Now I will be doing more Maths to make sure the patterning on the raglan sleeves matches the patterning on the body of the sweater where the two are seamed together.
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