Short rows and pink cardigans

I had a health teacher in 8th grade. She once complimented me on something, and being the shy girl that I was at the time (you’d never think it now), I tried to weasel out of it, “oh, it’s nothing, I didn’t do that well.” She said, “Stop. Always accept a compliment.” Believe it or not, that was a defining moment in my life. So, to all of you who complimented my design and my drawing skills, thank you. After receiving so much positive feedback, how can I not make my Fibo (that’s what I’m calling it now)?!? This won’t be a trivial project for reasons I won’t go into right now. Let’s just say that I need to pick up some millimeter or blueprint paper from the art store in order to get started.

I feel very blue for this sweater. A subdued, mature blue. Not a baby blue, not a true periwinkle blue. Anything from slate blue to a deep teal, with possible green hints. If I’m not feeling blue (hehe), I feel very dark rose, not burgundy or crimson like my usual obsessions. I am definitely not feeling pink!

As for yarn, I have a few candidates. Jaeger Merino Matchmaker 4 ply is on top of the list. I fondle this yarn lovingly ever time I go into the LYS, and for once I picked a project with the right gauge for it! Elann’s Baby Cashmere and Baby Silk are also the right gauge. The colors I’d want to use with those two aren’t currently stocked, so I’d have to wait until elann got a new batch. Also, I’m a bit concerned that these two yarns will be too warm (although CatBookMom and Mary Tess assured me that I’d be okay in fingering weight alpaca), and potentially itchy (I’m sensitive to some alpaca). But before I make any crazy moves (watch out for that crazy Grumperina!), I want to check out what else is available at the LYS, in particular fingering weight cotton blends. I’ll keep you updated, but for now I’ve got two projects on my needles!

I took this silly picture of my VPC bodice.

I keep checking, and I think that it will close over my bust without opening! Notice the use of will where previously it was always might :). You see that funny puckering around my waist line? I wish it was as simple as love handles (not that I don’t have them, just not that big). That’s what happens when you stretch ribbing too much during blocking. Ug. However, I think I will have no problems re-blocking just that problem area (or even taking in a few stitches if necessary). Other than that, it’s fitting well. I marked the spots where the buttons will go and plan to visit none other than Windsor Button, which has a huge selection of… buttons! How many does my sweater need? Twelve. How many will I buy? Thirteen. Mwahahahaha!

VPC sleeve progress: so tedious. Those monsters are so big at this point, and they are so hard to maneuver. There are two balls of yarn, and two big pieces of fabric, and I think I’m just about to separate them and continue one at a time. For my own sanity.

Socks: I worked the heel!

The pattern is written for a short-row heel, which I’ve never worked before, so I decided to give it a try. Stariel warned me that the SRH instructions were lousy, and she wasn’t kidding. However, I managed to get through them, and I think the heel is looking pretty nice! I won’t comment on fit until I have a bit more of the sock done.

Speaking of SRH and short rows in general, Mary Tess alerted me to a most interesting technique discussion on the nonaKnits blog. I may not desire to use fancy Japanese short rows, but I already learned that I’ve been wrapping wrong differently all these years months! I wish I had the desire to explain how my method is different, but I’m tired, and I don’t think it’s any better, so I’m just going to poop out at this point.

Good night, everyone.

Edited to add: In case you were wondering, I put that dark green thread right at the start of the heel so that I can rip back with wild abandon if the SRH doesn’t work out. I think it’s commonly referred to as a “safety line.” Lace knitters (a group to which I currently do not belong, but hope to soon) know all about this stuff :).

Edited again to add (because I’m really tired): Am I totally incapable, or does it take everyone 7 (seven) dpns to turn heels using short rows? Maybe I didn’t position the needles in the most convenient way or something, because the next thing I know, I’ve got needles poking in every conceivable direction!

6 thoughts on “Short rows and pink cardigans

  1. Cyndi

    The VPC is looking great – it is going to be so cute when it is finished! Great idea to use a lifeline before the heel of your sock… I’m going to use that next time I do a short row heel. I just finished the heel of a sock after ripping it back three times. Luckily I was able to rip and pick up all of the stitches – a lifeline would be so much easier! Fibo looks like it will be fun. I’m very impressed with your design skills.

    PS. I’m nearly finished with my iPod cozy… I just need to find a few cute buttons!

  2. Karma

    I love VPC and can’t wait to see it done and on you. It’s such a pretty, feme knit. Lifelines are such lifesavers. Your sock photos are great because they’re really upclose and in focus… sometimes hard to capture. Cool blog!!

  3. Tara

    Both your WIPs look great! I’m in love with your VPC. It’s gonna look so cute on you! And your sock *almost* makes me want to take up sock knitting.

  4. Diana

    Your cardigan is looking great! The waist shaping worked really well. Originally it no waist shaping?? good call to add it. Its going to be super cute when its done.

  5. Carolyn

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to see the FVPC. Love the socks. I will be tackling my first adult pair next, and will be sure to check out the short row info you posted. Your new camera takes amazing photos…I have what seems like an ancient digital camera…maybe its time for a new one…hmmmmmmm.

  6. Stephanie

    I love the instructions you gave for the Japanese short-rows and will try it on my next pair of socks. Your sweater looks great, even without the sleeves.

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