Friday, March 25, 2005

Feeling productive

I love to surf blogs and always fall in love with patterns that others are working on, marvel at their FOs and wish fervently that I can be an *octopus* so that I can knit as many project as I want.

For the past few days, I was keeping a distance between the PC and myself. I have to resist temptation. I wanted to spend some time and rekindle old flames... Ms Royal is so close yet uh, so far away. But she is:

She's that kind of lady that you can't wait to show. Just ignore the distracting hair wisps; I just bun-ed up so that I can show the neck region better. I like the way she fits.

Pattern: VK Fall 2002
Specs: Butterfly Cotton - Super 10 (125g) - used 3 skeins blue & 1 skein navy blue; used US6 (4mm) & 3.5mm needles.
Some things to note:
I started with both sleeves first as I wanted to get out of sleeve island quickly. But there are some false starts: the chart was erroneous, it's an integrated chart so you have to interpret repeats yourself.

I did the body in the round as the fairisle made it difficult to knit front and back when you have to consistently compare the sequence. The body shaping (i.e. decreases close to the fair isle region) makes you think harder too.

Also, I was anal enough to care about the symmetry. So the cables on both sleeves are made to mirror the left & right twists as on the body. Same for the front & back pieces.

I'll have to say: this piece is great for a mental workout!

She'll now go and languish in a nice bath...I've been rough on her with all that ripping and reknitting.

And me? Back to the baby dress. I am still working on the sleeves.

I also did a RIP! on the FBS (Flower Basket Shawl) along the bind off edges. If you wanted to know what resulted in my pond trip, read about it

Here's what I did, just unbind the edges and tug on the spilty yarn - there's like *4-5 strands* of cotton thread in that yarn. Then once you get past the border edge and to your desired start point, just insert your needles back on. Yes, I used *NO* life-lines. I don't believe in it!

I am very lucky that since I have blocked it previously, the stitches are fairly tame and they cooperate. But there's also the die-hards, that just slipped off.

There, use your imagination as I am not about to post a gruesome picture. It's not for the faint-hearted.

Back to my FBS and knitting along ...


Laura.Y on Fri Mar 25, 05:08:00 PM GMT+8 said...

wow! Ur Ms Royal is definitely creme de la creme! It's so intricate! Now you got me drooling! It's gorgeous!

opportunityknits on Fri Mar 25, 05:39:00 PM GMT+8 said...

Beautiful cables and fit! You look really good in it, so it's worth all that effort. The deep blue shade is so elegant, inspires me to start knitting in richer colours too. ps - I've started to blog, so drop by sometime :)

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Wow!


Wendy G on Fri Mar 25, 10:03:00 PM GMT+8 said...

Great job on the sweater. I know you will enjoy wearing it.

Toni on Fri Mar 25, 10:43:00 PM GMT+8 said...

Oh, my, it's fantastic!

sherry on Fri Mar 25, 11:02:00 PM GMT+8 said...

that sweater is gorgeous!!!!

Lynette on Sat Mar 26, 12:59:00 AM GMT+8 said...

i'm so glad you finished it! it's wonderful and fits beautifully.

Kim on Sat Mar 26, 08:39:00 AM GMT+8 said...

Ms Royal is stunning!

alison on Sat Mar 26, 09:01:00 AM GMT+8 said...

Amazing sweater! That must have been a lot of hard work. Well worth it though. What a beauty! Congrats. :)

Lauren on Sat Mar 26, 09:05:00 PM GMT+8 said...

Your new sweater is stunning--the details are really beautiful, and it looks like a perfect fit for your body. If I had a sweater this beautiful, I would wear it all of the time!

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Dominique on Sun Mar 27, 12:39:00 AM GMT+8 said...

Bravo ! This sweater is georgeous !

--Deb on Sun Mar 27, 10:59:00 AM GMT+8 said...

That sweater is beautiful, and it looks great on you, too--you did a wonderful job on the fit!

Siow Chin on Mon Mar 28, 11:36:00 PM GMT+8 said...

It turns out so beautifully, congrats! I can remember it in its WIP stage when you showed it to me at Golden Dragon and now it's all done and lovely. Wow.

Eilene on Tue Mar 29, 06:58:00 AM GMT+8 said...

WOW...that is one gorgeous sweater. Just Stunning! Enjoy wearing her & when you get sick of it, I'll take it off your hands. Hehe!! :-)

Eva Shiu on Tue Mar 29, 10:45:00 AM GMT+8 said...

It is very beautiful ! Good work !

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful sweater and a perfect fit. Congratulations!



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