I got back from San Diego today - my flight was delayed, so instead of coming in late last night, I arrived this morning. So, the San Diego trip photos will have to wait (which include finished socks!) but luckily, I had uploaded the picture for Sizzle before I left.
Designer: Wendy Bernard
Yarn: Bouton d'Or New Bamboo in Celeste, 7.5 skeins
Modifications: Adjusted for a smaller gauge by knitting a larger size and recalculating the waist decreases and increases.
Needles: US 5 Addi Turbos
Date Started: July 27, 2006
Date Completed: August 10, 2006
Time: 22.25 hours of knitting, 1 hour of finishing for a total of 23.25 hours.
Okay, this is the last you'll hear of Sizzle for a while - I really am going to wait to post FO pictures until I get back from San Diego on the 28th. I took the wussy way out for blocking. I just sprayed it wet, instead of dunking it. I did wash my swatch, but I didn't want to find out right this second that the weight of the water would stretch it out (I really have no reason to believe it would, but I'm paranoid). I'll worry about that after I wear it and have to hand wash it. Anyway, here you go:
I haven't actually tried it on since I finished the first arm edging, but it was good at that point. :) There's definitely something satisfying about tweaking a pattern to make it fit you.
I have an appointment to see someone on Tuesday about the sleep thing.
Had a particularly bad night last night. I had finished knitting the edging on the armholes of Sizzle before I attempted to go to bed the first time, so then I got up and just wove in all 32 ends.
I finished at 12:44, which officially makes it finished today, not yesterday, but the entire top was still under two weeks. I had also estimated 25 hours, and it took me 23.25. Not bad. Now I just need to block it! And get some darned sleep.
So, I've been doing this for two years now. I've gotten a lot less regular with posting (I used to post every single day) but I'm still enjoying the knit blogging experience. :) I still get lots of emails about Rosita, as well as other things that I've knit, and it's nice to be able to help other knitters find what they need or answer questions. And of course, being able to move to Boston and immediately have a really cool group to knit with (the KnitSmiths) is something that wouldn't have happened without the knit-blog world. :)
Anyway, on to the knitting:
Sizzle has a neckband now. Sizzle also has some faint striping right below the neck split, which I discovered while at KnitSmiths. They all talked me down, and I have since tried it on. Because of the placement of the lighter color, and the slight sheen of the yarn, it isn't noticeable when on me, versus flat the ground. It's just a little annoying as the dyelots are all the same. Anyway, I just have to knit the arm edgings, tack down the neck edging in the center, and then weave in a gazillion ends. Oh, and block. Plenty of time before my San Diego trip - though I'll probably hold off on FO pics until I get back.
Yesterday, I was in bad shape, having woken up at midnight due to some stupid mosquito bites itching really, really badly (when did I get so reactive to mosquitoes?) Anyway, with Benadryl to stop the itching, I eventually got back to sleep, but I had gotten about four or five hours of sleep total, non-continuous. I also had a Benadryl hangover and had to take more in the morning, so I was in a serious fog. I talked to David in the morning (recipient of the Lozenge socks) and here's how it went:
me: I feel absolutely horrible today.
David: I hope you're not working on my socks.
me: No, I have mine with me today.
David: What? You're not working on my socks?
I recovered the lost ground from the other day, and then finished up the back:
Now I just have the front (which is much less knitting than the back) and then the borders. I'm debating bringing this to KnitSmiths today - there isn't really a lot of knitting left before I pick up for the borders, and I want to try it on before I do that. Then again, I really want to power through this! I can always bring several projects. :)
After doing the math to figure out where I should split for the armholes, I realized that I should just try the darned thing on. I was very happy with the way the waist shaping turned out - Sizzle fits well in the torso. However, an inch of length is lost with it on versus off, so I had started my neckline about an inch too low. Since we're going for sexy and not "exactly what would
you do for yarn?" I had to rip 20 rows or so (I don't want a wider neck border):
I got it all back on the needles:
No further progress, though - hopefully tonight I can at least get back to the neckline and try it on again before I get too far into it.
So, I have this rule where I only have one project of each type on the needles. For instance, one shawl, one pair of socks, one top, one accessory item, etc. I'm planning on breaking that sock rule (I'm going to be knitting a friend a pair, and I have to make use of try-on opportunities, and I want to knit my sock club socks once they arrive). I decided this weekend to completely throw caution to the wind and break that rule again, with another top. I was intrigued with Sizzle
when it came out, and I decided not to wait anymore.
I had some Bouton d'Or New Bamboo that I picked up at the Yarn Lady bag sale
. I had nothing in mind for it when I bought it, so this must be some sort of record for minimum time that planless stashed yarn was untouched. It's a smaller gauge than the pattern calls for, so I'm doing a bit more knitting for the same progress, but I love the way it's turning out so far (sorry my tank top was the same color - was too lazy to change):
The yarn is super splitty, more noticeable when trying to purl than knit, so I'm knitting in the round. Now it's easy enough to watch a subtitled movie while knitting (I just need to check the fabric every so often and fix any stitches where I didn't catch all of the yarn). I'm rushing this one along - it looks like I'll be making a quick trip to San Diego (only a weekend, sometime in August) to celebrate with Miyon as she takes advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime
. :) I would love to debut Sizzle in San Diego.