Here it is, the yarn from the disappointing sweater.
There is something very satisfying about letting go of things that are no good.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Wanna know how bad the sweater came out? Here it is, the most unflattering, uninteresting sweater.
I decided in order for me to learn any lessons, I needed to take photos. I really should know better to have patience for a much larger swatch for proper gauge. Also I really should know better to use the same needles as swatching to knit. Different companies make slightly different measurements of needles of the same size.
What I had in mind was a simple, slightly over-sized, tunic length sweater to go with my boots. But my gauge lied, the sweater ended up rather close fitting. Just as well, it's such a boring style anyway.
Can I just say, this is the most boring style of sweater! Unless cables are done in good proportions to rest of the sweater, or some variation on sleeves, or perhaps more tweaking, it's otherwise the most unimaginative design. It's even more horrid in this fit and length. The large plain Stockinette Stitch on the sides, accentuates the width of body.
But, on a brighter note. I finished a pair of socks in 3 days, watching new episodes of George Gently on Netflix. This started out as motif design that turned into socks. I love this motif. I want to use it for a sweater, hopefully soon, with some modifications perhaps, to the motif.
The yarn was Crock-O-Dye, with leftover blue yarn. I called it Jewel Socks.
Very happy with the result. This cheered me up. And It has been a long time since I knitted any socks, too long.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
It's here - Danshui
This pattern uses Sport Weight yarn, or light DK, at the gauge of 22 sts x 30 rows = 4" x 4" / 10 cm x 10 cm in stockinette stitch after blocking.
Danshui is a place in northern Taiwan where the Danshui river exits into the sea. It literally means freshwater. I love that place so I named the pattern after that with the motif reminiscent of water flow.
After a week of its initial release on Ravelry, Danshui is now linked from Ravelry to LoveKnitting for EU knitters too. Clicking on the buy link on Ravelry will take EU knitters directly onto LoveKnitting to complete the process. A copy of the pattern should also be in your Ravelry library.
This EU VAT thing for all digital goods still has some kinks. For one, there is a long delay between release on Ravelry for non-EU knitters and availability on Love Knitting for EU knitters. I really appreciate everyone's patience, which I must admit I personally have very little of it.
I have been knitting. In fact, I finished a sweater and wrote a pattern for it. But I was so unhappy with how it looks on me that I'm planning to rip it. I'll do that after I come to term with ripping 3 weeks worth of knitting. Nothing really wrong with the sweater in terms of fit or whatever... but I just don't like how it looks on me. Even if I crop it back to a more flattering length, it's still so boring, not the easy-living, simplicity type of boring, but just boring. The design is not something I'd pick up even if it's $10 at a thrift store except for recycling purpose, so there is no reason for the pattern to exist. But I love the yarn (Cascade Highland Duo) so I'm going to re-use it for something else.
Hopefully I'll have some knitting to post soon, but school begins in 2 days. We shall see...