Lots of things started, nothing really finished!!
Ribbed Cardy disaster (1000 sweaters)
Finished the body on Saturday. I've been knitting blindly, following the instructions with nooooo thought to the finished product.
1) layout of 2x2 rib pattern : fine at the side seams and raglans (checked that as I went) but the division for the neck ends in 2 purl NOT ideal.
2) raglans don't decrease at the front neck to ONE stitch, but to TEN stitches. This messes up the neckline. (I had put these 10 sts, both front and back on holders, for 3 needle cast off, as if I was doing usual shoulders, not raglan DOH!)
The v-neck should go smoothly from the front v to the back neck, but I have a jog at the top with these 10 extra stitches.
Put the cardigan away yesterday in disgust. Posted to UKhandknitters, and one response suggested saddle shoulders, extending the raglan sleeve tops, but there will be a jog with this too (and it will also lengthen the sleeve depth.
I picked it up today, and had a brainwave. The v-neck shaping is a dec every other row for 10 decs, then every 4th row for 6 decs. I unpicked the front raglans, and frogged to where the slower neck decs start, just carried on with the every other row neck decs. It worked well, same number of rows and I ended up with 1 stitch :)
Now for the neckline. The un-bordered neckline is wide and low (back and front) so I've decided to knit a wide ribbed neckline, knitted vertically and then sewn onto the jumper. Sewing as I go, I can never figure out what 'slightly stretched' means! THe needles are smaller, so that will suffice.
Peacock feathers shawl
I managed to knit another 16 rows yesterday during Johnathon Ross show on r2. I'm on the final chart before the edging, another 29 rows to go! I would have liked to have worked on this today, but this bloody ribbed jumper is calling to be finished!
Socks for John M
These are for his b'day on 2nd October. They're fortissimo and a nice dark colour for him, dark blue with burgendy. The odd bit of colour means that it's more pleasant for me to look at as I knit! Usual for his size - toe up, with short row toe and the eclectic heel shaping (a real find; Chris likes this for his socks, and his father has similar feet). Past the heel, am a few inches up the leg in 3x1 rib.
I see that the SIX SOCK KAL is due to post the next sock later on next week, so must get a move on with these!
Boring this is, but because it's got a striped texture pattern (7 st.st / 5 moss st.) it means I can't read whilst knitting this (aka mindless knitting) as I keep knitting past the next pattern repeat! It's 4ply too, so slow going. Lucky if I knit 5 rows per day!
Love this pattern (not sure about the sleeves though, so I'll leave those till last) and the yarn is nice to knit with - it's cotton/lycra, not as stretchy as Fixation, but enough give to make knitting with cotton a pleasure - similar to ASC in this aspect. I've knitted about 6 inches so far. The pattern's shaping, such as, is in 10 ribbed sts each side for front and back. Easy knitting, and with markers to mark the start of the ribbing, I can knit and read.
I love starting new things, but it always seems to be a couple of new ones at a time. So progress-wise, the only thing near completion is the ribbed jumper!
I actually want to start so many things at the moment (do I sound like a parrot?). I have the yarn for Suzette (again 4 ply) but having looked at the pattern, it's st. st (no border) and then dc one row for finishing. I tried that with the tension square and it rolled. OK a good wash and press will solve that, but from past experience, it'll start to roll after it's been worn and chucked around a bit and I hate rolling edges that aren't mean to be.
Also, the colour changes are a real pain, lots of ends. Even the TS had me in fits. I cast on yesterday with a provisional cast on the fronts and backs. Unfortunately, after half a dozen rows, I could see that my tension was really way out. Although I'm knitting the same as per, the short circular, and pulling and pushing seems to affect tension. It may be just initially, as it's a provisional cast on, but I'm not prepared to knit and see, especially with so many stitches, so that's binned until I finish a couple of things off and start it Officially. If I weave in as I go, maybe, maybe I can knit it in pieces. I'll certainly have knitting incentive if it's growing quickly!