Monthly Archives: January 2005

Grandmother’s socks completed!

This Saturday I forced myself to sit still and knit in order to finish grandma’s socks. Anything short of that wouldn’t have worked :). I washed and blocked them overnight, and took photographs on Sunday (which, by the way, was a gorgeous winter day). And here they are, in various settings:

Because I wanted to make sure this pair of socks lasts longer than just a few months like the previous pair, I decided to add reinforcement thread into the soles of the socks. I couldn’t very well hold the two together and knit because the yarn is handpainted, so I wove the thread in a manner one weaves in ends. Here’s what the sole of the sock looks like on the inside:

I mailed the socks to my grandma this morning, so Wednesday or Thursday I’ll hear from her to see if she likes them :).

Hello, precious!

Look what I got in the mail yesterday:

Barbara Walker’s Treasuries are considered the best stitch dictionaries around, and I agree. The hardcover editions are out-of-print, and have to be hunted down as used copies on Amazon or eBay. I got this one on Amazon, and it’s in excellent condition. The dust jacket is a bit worn, and the pages yellowed, but it looks untouched otherwise. It was a great bargain at less than $30 including S&H, and now joins the first Treasury (in similar condition, also from Amazon, also slightly less than $30) on my bookshelf.

I have not knit a row since Sunday. Grandma’s socks are starting to drag and I want to finish them quickly. Sigh.

Re-sizing, aka, grumble

Time for a little venting. Adrienne Vittadini sweater. Sizing. Grumble.

I took out a few of my favorite sweaters and measured their bust at underarm and length to shoulder. They are all a little different, but I think for my (soon to be) AV sweater, I want the bust to be 36.5-37″, and length to shoulder to be 22-22.5″.

Now it becomes complicated. The AV sweater pattern is written for 35, 39, 43, 47, 51″ bust measurement. So already I’m going to have to adjust the width of the sweater. But this is not the biggest problem considering this: the sweater pattern is written for 23, 23.5, 24, 24.5, 25″ length-to-shoulder measurements. Who are these people with such long torsos? (This isn’t true of all AV patterns; others in the book are closer to my desired sweater length) Because the body of the sweater is shaped, it’s not just a matter of making it shorter. I’m going to have to take some measurements and probably compare this sweater pattern to others in the book, and then make some serious adjustments. Grumble.