Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, just in time for Christmas knitting (it has lots of good options in case I decide that I can't get two more pairs of socks, two pairs of gloves, a scarf and a sweater done before Christmas - and yes, that's THIS Christmas, not next Christmas). And the Yarn Harlot book - a critical part of every knitter's library. Can't wait to crack into it! Of course, that would require me to read instead of knitting...
I had my second sweater design class with Leigh last night. I was thinking of submitting my design from this class to IK, but I decided I'm just going to enjoy this class instead of trying to turn it into work. So, now I can show you my progress! How exciting! Here is a picture of the swatch I knitted up as my homework for last night.
Click on this picture to enlarge to make the stitch detail show up better. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Merino Bulky (which knits like a dream). I found the various cable patterns in my stitch books - the center panel is from my Reader's Digest Ultimate Sourcebook of Knit & Crochet Stitches (which I love because they show the stitch patterns in color, which unfortunately the Barbara Walker books do not). The wavy side cables are from Barbara Walker's first stitch book.
The first thing that Leigh pointed out after studying my swatch was that the cables and the ribbing have a very awkward join.
See how the knit stitches from the cable hit the purl stitches from the ribbing and the ribbing gets deformed right there? Not a big deal in a swatch for myself, but not something I'd want to submit with a proposal. And not something that would've occurred to me! (And no, I don't know what that mysterious spot on the carpet is - probably some sort of juice being squirted at high speed out of the straw of a juice box while I screamed "Don't squeeze it! Don't squeeze it!")
In this picture, you can see how the wavy cable is lined up with the ribbing and it makes it look nice and sleek and elongates the cable.
You'll also see that the little mock-cables running between the big cables don't match the ribbing either. Doh!
I started working a swatch last night that would line up the cables and the ribbing.
I started at a different point in the cable pattern so that the twist wouldn't be the first row on top of the ribbing - I give it two rows instead, which makes it so the knit stitches of the ribbing line up with the outside knit stitches of the cable and the purl stitches line up with the inside of the cable. You can't really see it yet, since I'm only on the first row of ribbing here, but I think it's going to look much better.
Next step - I'm going to chart out the pattern making sure that all of my cables and ribbing is lined up nicely. Whew!
I'll leave you with my bad parenting photo of the day.
This is Owen trying to launch himself off of his changing table while I sit innocently reading my e-mail with my back to him. Yes, I know, you're not supposed to leave them unstrapped and unattended on those things (but he's not really unattended - I'm almost within arm's reach!). But the worst thing he could do in this position is fall on a big pile of diapers. And he's having so much fun! Please don't call DCS on me...
And I just found this little stealth shot on my camera:
Could it be that I've been lax in bragging about the first place finish my dear hubby got this past weekend in the 5k he ran? Yay, honey! Good job! You're a winner, all right! Of course, now I have to steal his thunder by clarifying that it was first place in his age group, not in the whole race. And he was the only runner in his age group. But still! Great job, sweetheart! It would've been really sad if you'd lost...