May 26, 2006


I bought myself a little present:

I've been a practically penniless freelancer for a long time, long enough that I haven't bought new clothes in years, long enough that glomming dinner off of my parents has lost its shame, and it's only with a lot of rearranging and giving up of old interests that I can buy yarn at all. You've noticed, maybe, that I tend to use economical workhorse yarns; no double-digit balls of luxury this and hanks of vestal-virgin-spun that for me. No fancy gadgets, either - it was a really big deal in my knitting life when Jeff bought me a swift for Christmas.

But now, I find myself in the peculiar and wonderful position of work and hobby becoming the same - it's been little things here and there that I've kept quiet about, all adding up to some big things I'll talk about eventually - and I figured I ought to celebrate. Champagne! Caviar! Yachts! Diamonds! Uh...dressforms!

Alright, so it's not exactly the most festive of celebrations. But it's tax-deductible, and will get lots of use, and it makes me happy. See how easy it is to rationalize?

It's also nice to be able to show you things I'm working on without awkward pinning and twisting to pose for the camera and asking you to trust that it'll look different when I'm wearing a different bra, and the front bands are on, and, and, and. The form is adjusted to my measurements, and I love the way the jacket looks and fits on it.

There was some interest during the planning stages in the princess-line shaping used. Here's a close-up of the front right side:

You should be able to see how a wedge of pattern down the centerline of a star has been "removed" with decreases and increases, just as it would be in whole cloth with a dart. Go back to the first picture - the interruption is hardly noticeable, really, but four wedges in the whole body add up to a pretty dramatic difference in the silhouette. Putting the shaping there instead of at the sides brings some fullness to the bust, an absolute necessity in cardigans to keep the opening from gaping unattractively (it's not closed right now because I'm afraid to fuss around with the cut steek too much before I put the bands on - it's only two stitches wide!). Overall, I'm very satisfied with the final effect.

Now - sleeves ahoy!

I started something new, too:

It's an experiment with that cabled bind-off before I start that wrapped shell. I'm calling it Torc - no sketch necessary to know what's going on. I think I might start over, though; I've got some soft Phildar crochet cotton right now, but I'm thinking more and more that crisp linen would be more appropriate on a bunch of levels. Does anyone out there have experience with Louet Euroflax (the 14/2 sport weight)?

Unraveling - A follow-up to Wednesday's post about blocking is probably in order. I didn't really set out to write a comprehensive guide to blocking, just how I like to do it, but I missed some pretty big things. UNfortunately, this afternoon is already kind of crazy - so, look for it over the long weekend!