Summer Open Cardigan
Here I am happily working on my top down cardi and I hit a snag. When I tried this baby on after finishing the body, it fit like a dream and I knew (knew!) that the rest was going to be a cake walk. As instructed, I used a smaller needle to pick-up and knit the ribbed button band. I could tell that something was not right as I was casting off but it was not until I tried it on again that I realized that the smaller needle size brought up the front by quite a bit. In fact, it changed the whole shape of the cardi and not in a flattering way either. The only hope is to rip out the button band and do it all over with a bigger needle. Man...I hate it when that happens!
This is not the only knitting glitch I have encountered lately. I have been, successfully, knitting these felted bags for the co-op, using Paton's SWS and Bernat's Felting Wool. After being asked for the pattern a couple of times, I decided to write it up and submit it to Knit Picks Independent Designer Program. With that in mind, I gave a friend the pattern and some yarn and asked her to critique the pattern. That went really well. The next hurdle was figuring out how to create a PDF file. Got that done (PDF for Dummies is a keeper). Again, I thought the hard part was done. All I had to do was knit up a sample in a Knit Picks yarn. What I had not accounted for was the fact their yarn would felt differntly than the ones I had been using. The fiber did felt in that it be came a solid piece, but shrank hardly at all which made it a much floopier bag than I am used to selling. I have ordered more yarn and am going to try it doubled with a size bigger needle. The other thing is that it did not felt in my new machine (a top loader) at all. I tried it twice at home and then took it to a laundromat where the results were better but, as I said, too floopy. With this next attempt, I will take it straight to the laundromat in the hopes that I will get the nice firm fabric that I am used to.
Hubby and youngest are watching Gettysburg (T2 has to read Killer Angels for this summer). I hate war movies. Perhaps HGTV has something good to watch while I rip back that button band.