Knitting: Done and Not Done

Remember when I asked for help picking yarn for a project?  I didn’t post my choice!  But now, I’ve finished the shawl and you can see how my choice turned out.

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Recognize the darker yarn?  No?  That would be because it wasn’t in the original post…  Oops.  To be fair, I wasn’t even considering it at that point.  When I wrote the post, I thought I would use the light grey.  But then, Charity suggested the darker sea silk and I liked that color combination better.  However, I wanted to stay with a similar texture (the sea silk being smooth and shiny and the other one being woolly).  And I remembered a leftover from another shawl I had knit.  It’s Berrocco Ultra Alpaca Fine and the color is really pretty and complex.  Dark blue with hints of pink/purple and turquoise.  A very subtle heather.

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I used intarsia for the stripes to keep the edging turquoise.  It was my second time doing intarsia and my first time having it actually look decent!  I also did the bind off in the darker color.  Just because.

The pattern was loads of fun to knit.  I would love to do another one with the opposite clues (there were two options for each of the 5 clues) but it won’t happen anytime soon.  The textures on this shawl are just so awesome.

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Look at those smocked stitches!  And the slip stitches!  And lace!

That would be the done project.

And the not done?  Guess?

Yep, the sweater jacket.  I managed to finish all the knitting, weaving in of ends, and blocking.  And then, this.

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Let’s look closer.

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See how the collar edging is ruffly?  It isn’t supposed to be like that.  I don’t want it to be like that.  I’m going to have to rip that part out and reknit it.  Did I mention the ends are woven in?  Oh well.  As soon as I feel brave enough, I’m ripping it out almost the whole way.  I don’t feel like picking up the stitches again and figuring out exactly how many I need to pick up.  I’m just going to use a smaller needle and that should tighten it all up neatly.  I’m just debating whether I should go one or two sizes down.  Original size was 7 (4.5mm).  I could use either 6 (4mm) or 5 (3.75mm).  Any opinions out there?

Creative mommy at home to two wonderful little girls, trying to juggle family, sewing, exercise, family, knitting, photography, and did I mention family?

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2 comments on “Knitting: Done and Not Done
  1. Charity says:

    I like that color combination even better… and what a gorgeous shawl! Love the texture.
    That jacket is turning out beautiful… but what a bummer about the edging! Ripping stitches out is one of the worst feelings in knitting- and I end up ripping at least as many stitches as I knit, because I’m definitely a beginner.

    • Thank you! I’ve been staring at the jacket everyday, willing myself to rip out the edging and reknit. Haven’t done it yet. Going to make myself do it this week. I would like to wear it before it gets too hot, you know?

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