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Lest we forget Rosedale…
Only an inch and a half until the fun (joining the arms)!
Now that I’ve finally mastered how to use the digital camera, there will be no stopping my posts!
I have finally finished both arms and thought I would provide a picture of the finished project, much like other knit-alongers did…
Unfortunately, I do not have a cute, nearly-two, model nor would my cat tolerate me stuffing him in an arm for an unforgettable picture (but not for lack of trying!). And so you get floating arms. Unmatched arms at that, as I did not have foresight enough to actually choose two matching balls before I began the arms. I have also started on the body, and after two inches of ribbing, I knew I couldn’t make it to three, so I stopped that insanity and begun knitting like a normal person and it has got me this far:
I am very pleased so far at how my striping is turning out. The sweater is more colourful than I anticipated and I’m happy with all the unusual flecks of bright colour that randomly appear (fuschia, lime, orange, etc.) I tried to do a detail of the body to give a sense of the colour without fancy lamps or basic photography knowledge:
Ava let me finish sewing in the zipper tonight (I’ll be surprised if I get through this post, though!). I think it turned out pretty well for my first zipper. It buckles a little bit when it is done up. Maybe if I block it again, that will go away. I found some good zipper installation directions and followed them pretty closely, though I did much less basting than she did.
Without further ado…
What do you think, Sherry – does it look like the same sweater?
Well, I finally finished the knitting (including the collar), armpit seaming, weaving in ends, and I just finished blocking my Rosedale! And it is about darn time, too. All I have left to do is sew in the zipper – wish me luck with that :) I’ll be heading to Joann tomorrow to check out their zipper selection and will start putting it in (though I think it will take more than on sitting). Hopefully I’ll be able to wear it before the end of next week.
Here it is, all wet and in blocking position:
See near the top where the stripes don’t match up anymore – that is because there is a second intarsia block (just 6 sts wide) on the back and I was using one ball of yarn for the left side and a different one for the right.
“I would like to thank the organizers of the Knitting Olympics for this award. I also want to thank my family and friends, who encouraged me throughout the past 16 days of arduous knitting. Special thanks to my husband, who rolled yarn for me when it got tangled at the end, and my children who lived with a messy house (not that they noticed). My friends on this blog are too numerous to name, but I thank you all for pointing me toward the Rosedale pattern, without which I would have had nothing to knit. Most of all, I would like to say, ‘I love this sport!’”
Oh, and here is the completed sweater — lightly steamed and blocked.
I decided to forego the foldover collar for a simple ribbed cuff around the neck, which I think came out all right. Now I’m going to make some progress on my sockapalooza socks, and finish the moss stitch tunic. The post-Olympic endorphins have kicked in.
After redoing the collar and making some minor fixes in the armpit and decrease areas the sweater is done! I love it—-though it is a little tight putting it over my head. I figure that will stretch with time. Since my hubby is gone for the day I had to take these pictures myself, so please excuse the closeups.
I’m almost done. I hate to say it, but adding the sleeves is a real b@!ch. You can read more about my “fun” with this section in my blog.
I finished my sleeves on Sunday and have just started on the body of the Rosedale pullover. I ended up going through almost every skein to find one that started with the same colors as my first sleeve and after pulling out the ends of nine skeins, I finally found one. In the end, I think it was worth it, as the sleeves ended up matching nicely.
Here’s a glimpse of the sleeves a few inches before I finished them. The photo’s from my cell phone camera (so the lighting’s a bit off), but it gives the idea.
After several false starts, here is my first sleeve for the Rosedale sweater.
The ribbing is a little sloppy in one spot, but I think I have knitting in the round on dpns down now. I knit this sleeve while in the Dominican Republic, but alas, have no photos of me knitting on the beach in a bathing suit.
The pressure is on. I’ve finished 2 sleeves, and at the point when I took these pictures had 7 inches done on the body (since then I’ve added a couple more, so I’m really up to about 9″). When I get to 15 inches, I’m supposed to do something else, but right now I’m living in the moment.
I have to do some planning, however. I have to go to New York for 3 days, and need to decide if I want to pack up the sweater and take it to work on, or take my sockapalooza socks. Probably both. I can knit the socks on the plane, and the sweater in the hotel. So much for packing light.
I’ve made progress on the socks, too, during a lunch hour or two.
There’s a heel emerging. I’ve not done one like this before. It’s just stockinette stitch with a garter stitch edge. I’m getting ready to turn it.
Alright—just a quick post here. I finished my last sleeve last night! Tonight I begin stitching the sleeves to the body…
Yeah, the colors are a bit over-saturated. I think it was a mistake to use the black background. Also, I tried to match the sleeves, but lo and behold the skeins I used didn’t pattern all the colors in the same order!!!
Here is a tip for you other Rosedalers: the first couple rows after adding the sleeves are really hard (unless I did something wrong!) – expect to slow down quite a bit. You put 8 sts of the sleeve on a holder and the rest get added to the body so it is super tight when going around the arm bend. I’m about 10 rows past the sleeve addition and it is smooth sailing again.
Unlike those sporting Olympians, I have no photographers taking pictures for me. But I have to stop and take some time to record my progress, even though it takes me away from knitting.
Before the Olympics began on Friday, I managed to get through the first leg (ha!) of the Embossed Leaves Socks for Sockapalooza.
This sock pattern is fun to knit, and goes fast. Since we don’t mail them off until May, I think I can safely put them on hold until I finish the Olympics.
Speaking of which, I got off to a rough beginning on my Rosedale sweater Friday night, and had to restart three times. This was mainly me being stupid, and somewhat distracted by the odd 80s music that was chosen for the opening ceremonies. But since then I have made it through (ta-da!) the first sleeve:
Does this remind you of anything, Beth? That’s all I have time to say – back to knitting!
I thought I’d stop in and show off what I accomplished over the weekend. I now have about 5 or 6 inches past the ribbing, the decreases for the shaping are done, and the intarsia is well established. Like Dharma has said, the intarsia is a heck of a lot easier than most of the directions make it sound. I followed the instructions from Yarn Girls Guide to Beyond the Basics which were pretty clear. You can see how neat and tidy the wrong side is in the second picture – the join is virtually imperceptible!
I’ll try to get some pictures of the first tiny bit of intarsia I did (I didn’t know what I was doing so I don’t think it counts :))
Also, I have been having trouble with getting the color right in the photos because of the flash and other lighting issues. The other day, my brilliant husband noticed how dark it was where i was knitting and brought up my OTT-LITE floor lamp from my sewing room (that I rarely use anymore). While it is helpful for knitting, it does wonders for my pictures. The first picture is with flash on and the second, the flash is off. The colors are pretty true in both. If you aren’t familiar with OTT-LITE, their claim to fame is that they put off a “natural” light are favorites of crafters.
It isn’t pretty but it does the job:
I was sure the corrugated ribbing waist band was going to take me forever. It didn’t. I cast on last night (191 sts) and then knitted through some of Ava’s play time this morning and her (3 hour!!) nap this afternoon and finished the 3 inches by ~3:30. The texture turned out a little different than the cuffs – the purl part of the waistband is much tighter, not so bumpy.
Should be smooth sailing from here. I am going to try the intarsia, which I’ve never really done before, but it shouldn’t be too bad.
Last night I finished the second sleeve for my Rosedale. I tried to get the stripes to line up on both – which you do by starting both sleeves at the same color in the yarn. Oddly enough, I was not successful at starting at the same point in the yarn (note the cuffs), but the stripes pretty much line up anyway.
As I was taking the picture, Ava was very interested in the sleeves so I let her try them on.
Yeah, so I started the sweater like a month before everyone else…what can I say, the yarn was too beautiful to just sit in that bag waiting. Here is the body so far:
And I don’t care what the rest of you say-I like the intarsia rectangle :)
This blog is turning into all Beth all the time! Where is everyone… don’t make me come over there!
Anyway, I’ve made it through one full ball and am just past the elbow. My arms are long so it might take me close to two whole balls for each sleeve. My lovely assistant is modeling the sleeve for me here:
Ok, ok, I just have one more thing to share before going to bed – the first few rows of my rosedale cuff:
It will look a little neater after I do a few more rows. The corrugated ribbing isn’t bad – very similar to fair isle.
I thought I’d hurry up and get pictures of my yarn posted before Sherry got hers up :) I am almost ready to start my Rosedale sweater – I can’t wait. I just have one last seam to sew on my v-neck and I hope to do that and block it tonight! (After two days with minimal naps and staying up all last night, Ava has gone to bed early, allowing me to concentrate on the sweater. Look for some pictures of that in the next day or so.)
Here is my Noro Kureyon #090, 12 skeins:
I really love it and can’t wait to start knitting!!
Christina and I decided to knit a sweater together (i.e. each of us knitting our own sweater at the same time, using the same pattern – not working on a single sweater!) and thought it would be fun to invite others to join us.
Here is the cardigan pattern we picked:
There is also a pullover version:
The cardigan has a few advanced techniques like intarsia and the fancy corrugated ribbing) but we are going to work through the pattern to simplify it a bit for beginners. This will make the pattern suitable for both beginners and more advanced knitters. You could even pick a different sweater if you want.
We haven’t decided when to start yet (I really want to finish my current sweater before I start another) but it should be within the next couple of weeks. You’ll need that time to pick out the perfect yarn, anyway.
Let me know if you want to play. The only requirement is that you post photos of your progress on “Good Natured Ribbing,” our knitting blog.
Please notify anyone else who might be interested.