7/6/07

Ouch!!!

I decided to cast on doing a freestyle knit project. I couldn't help myself.... *giggle* (I need not laugh... this may come back to bite me... :{ ) Well I have the Hip to Knit book and decided I'd use a schematic from there. I selected the Ribbed Ribbon Tank, which is all about ribbing and subtle shaping. So I substituted the yarn for LB cotton ease and started tinkering with the rib technique. Here is the first 5", in which I cast on for 156 sts on circular needles, instead of the suggested 78 (large) for the front panel and the pattern require you to work 2x2 rib for 3". Instead I did 4x4 rib (k4, p4) for 5". So far all is working well... (and in the process learned how to use the lifeline technique.. so I can try on as I go.)


After the 5" I decided I wanted to break the rib look and knitted for several rows and then resumed the 4x4 rib and sort of off-set the alignment of the rib row below... (please stop me this is getting convoluted...)
After playing around with the rib technique... I was like uhmmmm.. I don't want to do that anymore... let's see.... so I decided to the change the yarn color... and proceeded to do some funky rib jiggamaboo in the center of it and began decreasing for waist shaping to a size medium (I'm learning that cotton/acrylic is too giving)... I tried it on and I'm like mmmmmmmm.... sorta, kinda, ok... As for the life expectancy of this project... it remains unknown... OUCH!!!...did something just bite me....
After fugging this project... I literally have a blister... I need to find some finger protectors.... OUCH!!


Well can I at least give my review of Hip to Knit since I've totally fugged my project:
Its a great book to use my new-found skill and the patterns are presented in an easy format. It also addresses many questions and provide detail explanations on techniques that can be confusing for a new knitter. There are some good projects that I would love to make, like the Ribbed Ribbon Tank, Must-Have Cardigan and a Stepping-Out Coat.

With my fugged project I say adieu.

9 comments:

Mary Sarah said...

The start of your new sweater is great! I think you're gonna need some gloves or something to protect your fingers. I hope you don't use wooden knitting needles. You'll start a fire. Be careful with metal ones too. Flying sparks could start a fire! Your mom sounds hilarious! Sorry about your sewing machine. What a bummer. A backup machine sounds like a great idea! Good luck!

Virtuous said...

I love that you are so adventureous!!

The color change was a good idea! Keep going!

I have never had a blister before knitting! (thank goodness!) LOL

gold said...

Your sweater is looking nice to me!I like the two colors you picked.

anna said...

I borrowed that book from the library once!!!

I LOVE the color changes you're using with this yarn. It should make for a gorgeous completed object!!!

Karen said...

Hey Sheila good luck with your knitting; more wips, yarn and patterns ahead. Like your new blog layout :)

Madelyn said...

I knew it. I was waiting for you just to do your own thing with knitting. You go girl.

Adrienne said...

Look at you girl! Just doing all kinds of stuff! LOL Keep it up!!!

Sheila said...

Hi Ladies... thanks for stopping by. I did a few more rows on it last nite... it kept stalking me....lol. I was able to fine tune my increase stitches, which were a lil tricky, so I'll keep going with this project to get a feel for doing armholes and neck shaping also... and then hopefully I can try my hand at a real project.

Knitaholictoo said...

Nothing can stop you now! For a new knitter your stitches look maaavalus, Darling! Great job! I love the look!