A minor miracle occurred in my home town this week …. I finished a sweater, for me!
Project: Parseval in the Clover
Designer: Melissa Wehrle
Available: $6 on Ravelry
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss DK in “Clover”
I started this project in January 2012, and I’m sorry to say it was only the anniversary of the start date that goosed me into finished the project. It fits great (especially after a slightly-more-vigorous washing, which plumped up the cowl neck and cables), and I love the color. I don’t love millions of miles of 4×1 ribbing (even in the round), but thanks to shame and Final Fantasy XIII, I did plow through it. (I knit during the frequent and endless cut scenes.)
Speaking of ribbing, this project helped me conquer, once and for all, my ribbing “problem.” Like many people, the leftmost knit stitch was too loose compared to it’s fellows, making the ribbing look crappy (that’s a technical knitting term, meaning “not as good as one would like”). I discovered, via introspection, that I was shoving the whole needle through that stitch, rather than knitting on the tips as I usually do. I don’t really know why. But, focusing on the tips, plus a little judicious cinching-up when I forgot, made for acceptable ribbing throughout this project.
Here I go, casting on new projects like a crazy person. I had a good reason though! I’m sure I did. I think.
First up: Parseval in the Clover
I finished the knitting on a sweater-for-me project, and although it was blocking and lacked three buttons, I gave myself permission to swatch for my long-planned Parseval. Except, I wanted to swatch in the round, because the garment is worked mostly in the round … and when I decided how much to cast on, I realized that it was almost enough for a sleeve … so in a way, I’m not swatching. I cast on for a sleeve willy-nilly with just a guess at the correct needle and garment size. I will wash & block the sleeve when it reaches 6 inches or so, but this is unsteady ground for me. I have learned, however, that flat swatches aren’t necessarily accurate when planning in-the-round garments, so there it is. I love the yarn (Gloss DK), and the pattern isn’t too terrible (4×1 rib, mostly). I really want the finished sweater, and all the knitting becomes interesting towards the end, so I should be good to go.
Next up: Ashton Shawlette
I love this KAL choice — it’s the Feb project in the Beginning Lace Knitters group. There’s nothing super-special about the pattern, but it is well balanced and extremely well written. The designer has written a lovely tutorial that new lace knitters should find exceptionally helpful, and she’s providing it for free. I’ve already used it to help a new-to-lace knitter get started. For my own Ashton, I’m pleased to say it seems like my unloved ball of Sweet Pea (from the 2010 Socks that Rock sock club) has finally found its true calling as a simple lace shawlette.
Third, I also cast on the “not a sock” pattern from the first shipment of the 2012 Socks that Rock sock club. This year, the good folks at Blue Moon Fiber Arts are providing two patterns (as they have for the last two years), but one of the two patterns is not a sock! Due to spoilage issues, I can’t say any more about the pattern or color, except that I am IN LOVE with both. Of course I had to cast on.