July 13, 2006
State of the MIL
I know you're wondering if Project MIL has gotten swept to the sidelines while I selfishly bask in the company of the River stole. Have I abandoned my sweet MIL to pursue my own kidsilken pleasures?
I have not. I've been working diligently, but there is less of project MIL this week than there was last week, despite my efforts.
It's not good, people, but it will get better.
The MIL was going along swimmingly. I knit the front, back, and sleeves in the course of about three to four hours on Little Knitter,* got everything nicely seamed and bound off, and then proceeded to play around with some crochet edgings on one of the sleeves. Still, as nice as all of this was, I had some nagging doubts involving the neckline, which I had done with short rows.
I am not the strongest swimmer when it comes to short row wraps. I've been known to somehow miscombobulate the wraps as I hide them and end up with ugly, elongated stitches. In my heart of hearts I know that I need to go back to my Vogues and IKs and re-read the short-row tutorials, or head on over to Nona's and see what she has to say. (If Nona can short row, I can too? As an aside, Nona shows us many methods of short-rowing in her tips and techniques - I'm thinking wraps may be a thing of the past!) I know that it is simply a matter of habitually going into the stitches in the wrong manner and that if I commit myself to understanding how the hiding of the wrap works, I will have lovely, hidden short row wraps and never have to worry about this again. I just haven't done it. Yet. (Don't worry, I really will do it this time, I just have to get through some other stuff -see below- first.) The thing is, in this case it wouldn't matter if I were an olympic short rower, because short-rowing doesn't appear to be Little Knitter's strong suit, either.
Moxie: "Even I wouldn't do that much work for my mother." How soon he forgets that he is speaking to a woman who spent five months of her life designing and knitting a sweater for him. Twenty hours on Project MIL? Nuthin'.
You may be wondering why I was so annoyed. It was, after all, only the neckline, which would seem relatively easy to access and re-knit. It wasn't. I had to get through shoulder seams, armscye seams, and even side seams. Have I mentioned that these seams were perfect? Beautiful? Flawless? I love a good seam, and these were seams, in cotton, which I had meticulously, painstakingly completed.
They are gone.
Even worse, I had decided that it was a good idea to bind off the neckline, cuffs, and body in the round after seaming, for a more perfect edge. So all of the bind-offs had to be taken out and re-bound-off as well. (By the way - if you are thinking of doing this, it's not worth it. It's a lot of trouble if you do need to take a seam out, and it doesn't add much.)
The only thing that I did which saved me some time was leaving the ends loose. I never, I repeat never, weave in the ends of my seaming yarn until a piece is entirely seamed and I have tried it on and am certain that I am happy with it. This is such a great practice and saves me so much grief - 'cause who wants to find an end that they have so carefully hidden? - that it deserves blockquote status.
Initially I put lifelines in below the neckline and those clever shoulder increases and above the armscye decreases, but I'm thinking that those will go and I will instead rework both the front and back in their entirety. Although I can usually count on All Season's Cotton to be free of "issues," this batch had a few tiny areas where some strands of another, darker yarn got incorporated, and they are noticable to the discerning (read: MIL's) eye. We can't have that. Previous to the neckline debacle I was considering grafting. Now I will simply cut out the offending areas and re-knit. Stay tuned.
*Marnie's term of endearment for her lovely knitting machine.Posted by Julia at July 13, 2006 06:34 AM
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