Inside/outside

Suitable photographic weather permitting, we should have a couple of FO posts tomorrow.

There has been much busy-ness this weekend. All the lambswool/silk 4ply was skeined off  yesterday and washed today. I just need to hide it from the cats while it finishes drying overnight. The Petra-fied Hand Warmers were completed yesterday and blocked today, alongside the Butternut Scarf “Ingrid.”

This evening, finally, I cast on for Mr L’s sweater. To be truthful, one of the main reasons it hasn’t been knitted yet was that I was very disappointed in the yarn when it arrived. I am using Donegal Silk Tweed DK from New Lanark Mills. It was very cheap and I thought, when I saw it, that it handled as though it cost what it did. Now that I have cast it on and knitted a little, I find I am far happier with it than I ever thought I might be!

A lot happier than I am with my knitting, at least. A few rows into the front pattern I realised that I must be knitting the thing wrong. I followed the chart instructions as best I could, considering that they left the symbols out. Anyway, I think I may have decided to knit the panel pattern back to front. It’s hard to tell as the image isn’t sufficiently clear to see what the panel should actually look like.

I showed it to Mr L and gave him 3 options:

1 – rip it out and reverse the panel stitches

2 – make the inside the outside and carry on, on that basis

3 – just go with the flow

He chose option 3. and I agreed to do so, but every fibre of my being wants to rip that panel out! I’m not so very far in that it isn’t an option – I am still on the first ball – just 12 cms/5 ins  of garment knitted.

What do you think? Around 3 weeks to completion? If I get a crack on. Maybe. The sooner it is done, the sooner I can start on my jumper or my cardie. 🙂

The Butternut scarf blocked beautifully. The cashmere mitts are taking forever to dry.

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2 Comments

  1. February 15, 2009

    I’ve knitted honeycomb from Knitty using silk tweed and it does soften up beautifully. New Lanark however for now are in my bad books as I knitted a colourwork Christmas stocking in their ordinary DK weight and the red ran like crazy. Not just a little but like it hadn’t been rinsed at all. I sent an email asking about this and was told it was being forwarded to someone who would know. I have yet to have a reply…

    • February 16, 2009

      @Katie, don’t talk to me about bleeding. I have 3 formerly white pillowcases that turned turquoise yesterday. Mind, I can expect a £12 cone to bleed a bit. I wouldn’t be so sanguine about £2.95 a ball! or about carefully knitted colourwork. You must have been fuming.

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