Apr 23, 2007

It's not rocket surgery

Hey, it's a Lily update.

The second sleeve knit up in a jiffy, even with my lack of free time, and then it came time to join all the pieces into a single unit. While the sleeves were knit flat (more a product of my lack of US #7 DPNs than anything,) everything else is knit in the round. The process is largely like that of the relatively ubiquitous top down raglans (Good ol' Barbara Walker!) only this one is bottom up.

The pieces and I had a bit of a kerfuffle at the time of joining. The body was knit to a slightly different point in the lace repeat than the sleeves and I did not realize this until the second round of attachment. I had to decide whether to rip out the extra rows in the sleeve or attach another ball and knit up the body further. There may have been some language unbecoming a lady. Panda offered to jump on my lap and help, but we both ended up showing much restraint.

I decided on the former option, ripping down, as I can use the tails to seam the sleeves, later.

I don't feel like the rest of the piece should pose any real problems, it's not brain science, after all. I'm keeping the formula fairly simple; decreasing every other round, yet, I have this foreboding feeling that when its all done, I'm going to need to rip back. I'm not sure why. I think some of it stems from the fact that I'm not doing any sort of bind off under the arms. Will it be all bunchy and uncomfortable? I am waiting to try the piece on until I've worked a few more rounds and if I do have to work back, I have a few ideas for remedies, but I'm really hoping I don't need to go that route. Because the body is knit in the round, even a gusset would pose a lot of work. Don't you even think about using the "s" word with me. Some of us learn from our friend's blog posts.

I think I always have this sort of anxiety when I'm knitting my own designs. No matter how much I do this, there's always some portion of the process that seems more dictated by the little knitting fairies and gremlins than by math. Hopefully when I'm all done, I'll love it and wear it with pride, but for now, it's too soon to tell.


Monica Brown said...

I am sure your sweater will be great and you will be able to wear it with pride. I do know that anxious feeling when you are working on a design. I am also somewhat scared to try on the garment..what if something has gone wrong in the design, and I did not realize it? Can't wait to see the finished product!

Anonymous said...

I decided anxiety is my middle name. I always feel anxious while swatching, while working on a project. It's that feeling of--is it going to work out the way I want and envision it? I finally decided it's apart of the process. Now I am trying to turn it into a positive instead of a negative...It is so Uncomfortable and I hate that feeling. I want to enjoy the process not the alternative.--So, I hear you, I do.
This sweater is going to be Stunning, as they say in the Bronx.

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

Hee, hee. That link is an oldy but a goody. I cannot believe I steeked a poncho! Lily looks great, regardless, and I know you will figure out any issues. Now I just need to catch up. Mishka languishes as I slog through the Man Hood and stealth away with the MDK nightie...

Ruinwen said...

Your sweater is looking georgous. The hourglass feel of it and the side motifs make it truly unique. I love seeing it come together. :)

weaverknits said...

I love it. Feminine and lacy, but not TOO lacy. I think it will be flattering on a LOT of different people; it's a shape that both slimming and curve-simulating!

If you write it up I'll certainly make it, buy the pattern, whatever!