Short, sweet, but not quick November 8, 2009Posted by merp in FOs, Knitting.
One more project from my blog-free days to share with you:
Yarn: Jojoland Quartette (20% cashmere, 80% merino wool)
Ravlink: merp’s Shetland Shorty
Time to finish: Oh, I don’t know, 15 months? Like, a year and a quarter?? Worked in the last ends in late September. (On the plus side, it didn’t need to be blocked.)
I started this on a whim, thinking it would be a quick way to use up some stash yarn I hadn’t found a good project for, thinking it a somewhat unlikely garment, but really cute, so why not? Since it would be so quick.
It took for.ev.er.
Here it is last summer, after a couple months of twiddling with it:
Of course, it’s not like I plowed through with intensity of purpose or anything. I found the stitch pattern fiddly and tedious – boring, yet I couldn’t quite knit on automatic, or bad things would happen. So I kept losing interest.
Also, I did the lace wrong.
I think the way I ended up doing the lace looks fine, but I’m pretty sure it’s not as written. Something about the way I knit – apparently it’s called “combination knitting” – was very inconvenient to this lace pattern, and I ended up having to purl awkwardly in a way that’s upside-down to me (apparently, this would be “continental”).
Which is not at all to criticize the pattern. I love Gudrun’s style, and her design and writing were both detailed and well thought out. Though you wouldn’t necessarily notice it at first glance, the garter-stitch bands and ties are carefully shaped with invisible short rows, and everything works together beautifully.
Will I wear it? Well, I still think it’s a cute design, even though it’s a little like wearing a bra on the outside. It does add just a touch of warmth that will probably be nice to have over a sundress or camisole next summer. And I love the yarn as much as when I first bought it on ebay on impulse.
So I’m basically happy to have it, but recommend the pattern reservedly, only to those with more patience – or speed – than I.
(Sorry for the lack of variety in poses. It is hard to photograph yourself decently. Or indecently, for that matter, but I wasn’t going for that.)