August 22, 2005
Portable? Not for me!
Whoever said that knitting is a portable activity obviously never knit with me. Between the project, the notions, and the camera to catch disasters, I need a whole lot of room to spread out all my goods. Especially when putting the finishing touches on Karen's "Mia" Shrug.
I decided that the original beaded cuff I created for the shrug just wasn't up to Grumperina standards:
It's cute, but I felt it was kind of messy - adding the beads by carrying the yarn in front gave them too much room to slide around. So, when I finished the second sleeve, I knit the same exact cuff, but placed the beads in a different location, and directly knitted them into the fabric:
Much better! The scalloping of the edge is not as prominent, but I think it will get there with a little wear and/or blocking. But look how much more neat!
Of course my saving grace in this cuff adventure is the fact that I can knit the same edging in either direction (cast on and knit edging, or knit edging then bind off), and it will look almost identical.
Once I was sure that I liked the new cuff version better than the old, it was time to snip my knitting, remove the old cuff, and knit the new cuff in the opposite direction:
Then there was some stitch counting, recounting, and realizing that I had 3 too many. And then there was some focusing, intense focusing where I tuned out everything around me. I decided to tink a row in hopes of finding the errant stitches. Silly me - tinking in the opposite direction of knitting leads to a huge, ugly, impossible mess. Then I yanked the needles violently out of my knitting and perhaps scared the bejeezus out of Michelle.
Current status: mess. I would be more specific if I could.
You know there's trouble if two needles are threaded at once, and I'm not even sewing.
It must be getting colder (although no one informed me). In response to numerous e-mails I've received about adding long sleeves to the Tivoli, and in anticipation of the standardized pattern release on August 31, 2005, I have created a tutorial detailing my thoughts on adding long sleeves to a garment that was designed to be sleeveless.