We’re halfway through March already and I’m just now writing again. I will say that I’ve been busy (rock climbing, learning to use kettlebells, and reading) and having a fascinating time!
I’m knitting Tang from Wendy Bernard’s Custom Knits and really enjoying the process of learning yet another new knitting skill. Every project brings new knowledge: some I intend at the outset, some opportunities leap out at me along the way. I’ve long wanted to knit set-in sleeves by picking up the stitches and knitting down to the wrist but couldn’t quite envision how short row shoulders would work. I’ve done short row heels but they go from wide to narrow with each wrap and turn occurring after knitting fewer stitches on each consecutive row. Set-in sleeves would be working from narrower to wider. As well, I wasn’t sure how much armscye (a.k.a. armhole) stitches I’d pick up initially and when to incorporate the rest.
As it turns out, all the armscye stitches are picked up and knit, with markers placed at key locations to guide the short row knitting. Each wrap and turn (wrp-t) is worked in before the next wrp-t is made. Now it all makes sense.
Malabrigo Merino Worsted is soft and heavenly to knit, and the pink makes me think of raspberry sorbet every time I look at it (the rain was starting to fall as I took the picture so it doesn’t do it justice). I’d planned to put a cable down the front but was enjoying being able to knit (and read) without interruption in the pattern that I decided to save the cable for the next sweater. (I’m also sewing up my Must Have Cardi, and knitting a Honeycomb vest so I haven’t been lacking for cabling.)
Sometimes the plainest stocking stitch sweater is surprisingly revealing of flaws. I knit to the waist shaping and then decided to try the mechanics of knitting a sleeve. My choice of methods for adding 5 stitches as the start of the rows of the armscye base created a bit of an unsightly mess on the inside of the sleeve seam. I frogged back, way back to use another method. (In case you’re wondering why my sweater has no sleeves presently.)
Custom Knits really impressed me and it’s a book I’ll be adding to my own library in time – as much for the knitting skills knowledge as for the patterns. I’m thinking of knitting her Updated Old Classic and Saddle A-Line sweaters (as my first saddle shoulder sweater). Coincidentally, I’ve been catching up on Kelley Petkun’s Knit Picks Podcasts and heard her interview with Wendy Bernard (Episode 87) in which Wendy discusses the creation of the book which added to my enjoyment of it. I head Wendy is in the process of writing a new book. I’m really looking forward to it.
This time I borrowed the book from my local library. I stumbled upon it by keeping an eye on the “New Releases” list that is available on our library’s web site every Saturday. I know the first three digits of the call numbers of the categories of non-fiction books that often interest me. If I don’t have time to scan the whole list, I head to the knitting section (746.xxx) to see what our library has. There is always a queue for new knitting books so the wait can be from a few weeks to a few months. I request almost every new knitting book the library gets. I don’t knit very quickly (especially given how much I frog and reknit sections) but I find inspiration in many new books and my list of projects for the future is VERY long.
Our library website has a “Suggest A Title” page, and they’ve purchased all of the titles I can recall requesting, though it can take many months. As well, the number of new knitting books has increased dramatically in the past 2 years. It seems that the more the books get used, the more the library buys about that subject so, to all the library patrons who request a book and wait weeks or months to get it, thank you for helping to build the collection!
I think I’ll request some Lucy Neatby DVDs next.