Knit-alongs and such

I started the sleeves of the Vintage Pink Cardigan. I’m doing them two at once, as you all suggested, and I’m done with the 4 inches of tedious 2×2 rib. Why is ribbing so tedious? I have no freaking idea. I’m a typical Continental-style knitter, and it’s definitely not the transitions between knits and purls, which I would describe as effortless. I think I’ll be done fairly quickly because they are only 3/4 length! The body of the sweater is dry, and I’ve been trying it on (uhm, if prancing around in a half-finished sweater thing, usually complemented with only underpants, can be called that. There will not be pictures.). There is a chance that it will close over my bust! I was sort of freaking out about the armholes, and were I to leave the VPC as a sleeveless tank, yes, the openings are too big. But that’s not a reasonable measure of fit, duh! I put it against some of my sweaters, which already have sleeves and everything :), and they look about the right size. Wheew!

Today’s Stitch ‘n Bitch was fabulous. Maybe it was the fabulous weather, maybe it was that the cafe wasn’t terribly crowded, but I had a great time. Lots of chatting, not much knitting. I knit maybe 6 rows of my socks, but realized I missed an entire pattern row, so I had to undo all of my progress. However, since I was taking the sock off the needles, I tried it on, and wow, it’s looking great! The pattern is coming together nicely, it fits well, and I will start the heel very soon.

As much as we all rolled our eyes at the new spring Knitty, enough people liked the patterns to form the following Knit-alongs (only 4 days later):

Cleaves

Soleil

Asana

I do

Branching out

Xback

Don’t you just love Blogger? You can set-up a knit-along quicker than you can drop a stitch! (slight tone of sarcasm present)

Back to today’s fabulous Stitch ‘n Bitch. I showed a friend how to do some seaming using a blind hem stitch (of all things!), and it felt really good to help her, and to see how nicely this particular seam worked in this case, and to see her finish this project right there before my eyes! I’m not mentioning her name because I will not steal her thunder :). She’ll blog soon enough :).

I was thinking of compiling a list of 100 things about me. Reason being, any time anyone has one on their blog, that’s the first thing I skim/read. What do you think?

9 thoughts on “Knit-alongs and such

  1. Tara

    I am shocked! And a little disturbed about the Knitty KALs…. Whatever floats their boat, man.

    Definitely do the list of 100 things. I started one a while back and got bored, so maybe you’ll motivate me to finish it! :)

  2. LouVFS

    Yes, do the 100 things! It’s one of the first things I read when I’m checking out a blog. It’s a great way to get a feel for the blogger’s personality.

  3. Katie

    Ever see Defective Yeti’s 100 Things? Pretty funny. Sorry I didn’t get to chat much Sunday…I was at the kids table. Drop me a line if the SpinBlessing order arrives before Saturday night. I also just ordered some yarn from Webs.

    (And yeah, maybe I’d make a Soleil, but that’s about it. Mariposa if I were ten years younger and didn’t have matronly upper arms. I thought the article on ease was good though.

  4. Elizabeth

    I actually rather like “I do”. There aren’t many occaisions in which I’d wear it, but I think it would be pretty over a strapless or spaghetti strap dress on a fancy ocaision. I like trumpet shaped sleeves. And I don’t like baring my upper arms.

  5. beth

    Yeah, you might as well add me to the list of kill. I am making branching out too. But, I won’t join an along. They just don’t work for me.

  6. Rita

    Dear kathy,

    I just finished reading the directions for making labels. I want to thank you very much for this brillant post. It was on the Knitlist today. Thanks you so much, then I found your Blog. I am suppose to go out this morning, but I have not gone far. Thank you for this Blog too. The sweater with the beads is lovely, I am not a bead person either, so I would make it without the beads as it is written, and then you could make one the way you designed it, that is very smart looking. Cap sleeved sweater with very fine yarn are wonderful in New England, they are worn underneath a Poncho for instance, or Jackets, Blazers you know at Harvard Square. I am looking forward to reading “you” all the time now. Your Blog has just been added to my FAVORITES. Thanks a bunch Kathy. Love, Rita

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