Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Maybe, Just Maybe

Gauge might be trusted after all.

OK, just having said that, I realize that no, you can't. Because now that I have said that, Gauge is going to rush up and bite me in some vital part of my anatomy, just to teach me a lesson.

Still, all seems to be going well with the Arwen Cardi. This is the last photo I took of it, although I'm a bit further along now.
This is the back panel. The front is mostly just boring, so I won't subject you to a picture of grey tweed knitting. I've actually finished the front sides and have all but the last 40 rows or so of the back done. From what I've got, it looks like it might even fit, despite my fiddling with the pattern in 27 different ways. I'm using the sizing and the front cables from the Arwen, the panel (St. John's Cross) from Louhi and the shaping from Rogue. I even changed the side cables on the Louhi panel so they are never ending and will be putting the centre bit of the cross on the sleeves, just to make them interesting. I love what I have so far and hope it continues that way. I did have one slight problem with it, or rather, my inability to pay attention caused me a problem. I messed up the cable band slightly in one place, and on both bands at the same time. It took me much too long to notice it and by the time I did, I was already another 40 rows (256 stiches to a row) and couldn't be bothered to frog. However, it did look bad, as I had forgotten to go "under" with one of my cables thus causing it to lose the woven look, so I had to do something with it. Finally I basically just fudged the "under" bit by weaving in faux stitches to make it look like it went under when it should have. I think it looks good enough to get away with. If not, at least it looks the same on both sides. This is before

and this is after. See where the white thread is on the lower half right side? That's it. The white thread is actually part of the yarn, but it's a handy marker.

You'll notice that these are two different sides of the sweater, but like I said, I did the same thing on both sides and this is just the fix for the other side and not the one in the above picture. 6 to one, half a dozen to another.

Finally, I finished a pair of Phone Socks. I call these coffee socks because they remind me of coffee just after you put cream in it, but before you've stirred. The yarn is a wool, bamboo mix and is very comfortable to wear. I need to make more of these.


  1. Great fix - don't you just feel so clever when you do stuff like that?

  2. The cardigan looks lovely. I've been seriously considering it.

  3. I can't wait to see the finished sweater. It is looking really pretty. And you are knitting!!!

  4. I'm still in love with the Arwen, and now I love your socks. There's nothing as good as coffee with cream as far as I'm concerned. I need some socks like yours!