Finished Carla

It's been almost two weeks since I finished seaming and weaving in most of the ends on Carla, and I'm so relieved to finally be able to call it done. It was dry Tuesday evening, so I tried it on, and was relieved that it had indeed tightened up with the wash. I wove in the last ends on Tuesday night, but waited until today to post - well, since I took our anniversary off of regular posting. :) Thanks for all of the anniversary comments. :) Carla finished Pattern: Carla from It's A Tape Thing Yarn: Rowan Cotton Tape in Glint, 6.5 skeins Modifications: None really - I tried to make it smaller than I thought I needed, but I still had to put it in the wash to shrink it. Needles: US 11 Denise Interchangeables, US 15 Clover bamboo needles Date Started: May 9, 2005 Date Completed: June 14, 2005 Time: 12.25 hours of knitting, 2.25 hours of finishing Here's the picture of the stuff I sent off to the Dulaan project on Friday - I kept on forgetting to post it: Dulaan box

Blocking

While doing laundry yesterday, I screwed up the courage to throw Carla in the wash (in a zippered pillow case). It definitely shrunk down a little, which is what I wanted. I laid it out to dry, stretching it out lengthwise (the length was good originally, but it was too loose). We'll see if it fits when it dries! Carla blocking That little swatch is the lace swatch for Rosita, the Jaeger top. Here's the macro shot of it: Rosita swatch macro This picture has truer color (it's a bit too bright in this picture, but close): Rosita swatch I got gauge on Addi Naturas, US 2. I only have a 16" set, so I'll order a 24" long set. I'll also need US 0 for the garter stitch border. I figured that I'd rather knit this on bamboo, despite it being just a little bit too grippy for this yarn, as I'd rather have too much control over my lace than not enough. I'll have to use Addi Turbos for the US 0 (Naturas only run as small as 2s). So - any bets on if I can finish a lace sweater knit on US 2s in 6 weeks when I don't even have the needles yet?

Finished Carla back

Or front. They're identical, so we'll see which one is prettier when I'm done. Carla back The stitch pattern is really, really stretchy. I'm going to have to pin everything together and try it on before I start seaming, as it's pretty hard to tell how it's going to fit now. These pieces are really quick to knit (I'm under 9 hours for the entire thing so far) so re-knitting something won't make me heartbroken. Ripping out seams would be difficult, though. I cast on for the front and got a little ways into that, but the picture would be pretty boring. I'm glad I bought an extra skein of yarn - it looks like I might need it. I'm probably going to put Carla down for a while - I want to finish the Dulaan hat, seam the Phildar Ribbon Cardi, and finish the Flower Basket shawl before the end of the month, and I've knit up enough Rowan Cotton Tape to put me at a comfortable skein count for the month. I'm not sure if I can get all of that done, but we'll see! Here's Leilani deciding that my gym bag is more comfortable than the three different beds she has: Lani gym bag

Well, I did say knitting binge

With the Phildar Ribbon Cardi blocking (dry now and ready for seaming to commence this evening), I turned my attention to Carla. With the combination of the entire day devoted to just knitting and laundry, and the fact that Carla is knit on US 15s, making it faster than most, this is what I ended up with: pre drop This is after I dropped the two stitches on each sleeve and bound off: finished There is some really cool embroidery to follow on those ladders, but I think it will wait until after seaming. I cast on for the front/back just for fun: back start Please don't mention Christmas knitting to me. I'm being super selfish this month - I hope I can get some serious work done on the Flower Basket Shawl this week and next weekend (I have three 3-day weekends in a row!), but I also want to power through Carla.... Here's Lani, recovered from her visit to the vet and the Scooby Snacks: alert Lani

The beginning of Carla

Miyon called yesterday while I was at the gym, and when I returned her call, invited me and Brad to join her for her birthday celebration at the Martini Ranch. We left as soon as I got cleaned up from my pretty rough workout, and I cast on for Carla sleeves in the car: carla sleeves They're not nearly as wonky as they look - the Denise needles wouldn't straighten up for a good picture. I think I might rip them out. The pattern calls for US 11s for the ribbing and US 13s for the pattern. Since I was using US 15s for the pattern, I used US 13s for the ribbing, and the result is bigger than my wrist, unstretched. I'll have to try that again. We had so much fun hanging out with everyone last night. :) Happy birthday, Miyon! Almost forgot - Miyon apparently steers people to my blog to illustrate that she's not that crazy about knitting, not compared to "some people." Thanks a lot, Miyon. :P