Thursday, March 18, 2010

6 inches

Sometimes, 6 inches in length makes all the difference in the world.

I finished this sweater last September. And was never really happy with the length. I've worn it a couple times, and each time was just a little uncomfortable. And, there is only so much length that can be added with blocking.

So I sat down one evening a few weeks ago and proceed to rip it out at the bottom. Lace is a pain to rip out. But I did it, and added an extra 6" of lace pattern. I've learned a lot while knitting myself sweaters - when I think they may be long enough, go an extra 3-4 inches and I will be happy.

I haven't blocked this yet, I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be ripping it back again. I'm happy to say that after wearing it twice, it's darned near perfect. I still have almost 2 skiens left of this yarn, I'm wondering if that is enough for a little summer cardi for Jessie. Have to think on that one!
I'll try and get some better pictures either tonight or Sunday when my 10 year old photographer is around:) And if I work really hard, I will hopefully have another knit finish to show you on Sunday. But I'm not holding my will all depend on how my neck and back hold up on this drive.

I'm going to JoAnn's this afternoon. My Mom had knit this bag years ago and I felted it, and I want to find some sort of handles for it. The directions said to knit and felt the handles, but I want something sturdy. I still need to sew the gold felted star on it.

I'm not sure that I will get this done before we leave bright and early tomorrow morning (well, if you count 8:30 as bright and early once the kids get on the bus).'s one step closer to being done, right?

And, I really need to stop at the gift store and buy some more fake eggs. I thought I had more than this - but I know the cat likes to play with them so who knows where they have gone to! Last time I was at the little antique/gift shop, they were 25 cents a piece.

We are off tomorrow - almost 14 hours one way. I have 2 knitting projects to take along, and a appliqued wall hanging to work on as well.


Shorty said...

Love your projects, and I'm with you on length... it seems these days I love the longer shirts, especially if my pants are on the lower side (which I really try to avoid at all costs!). Have a safe trip!

Miri said...

The lace is beautiful and I think the ripping out was worth the extra length. Hope your trip goes well.

Miri said...

The lace is beautiful and I think the ripping out was worth the extra length. Hope your trip goes well.

marit said...

I know what you mean about the short is awful!

Have a safe trip:-)

marit said...

Oh, and I was going to say: the sweater looks great!

Lib said...

Beautiful !
Hope you're having a great wk.

Thea said...

I know what you mean about the lace, but that's great that it's nearly perfect!
Have a safe drive.

country mouse said...

Beautiful sweater! It looks like it was well worth ripping out the stitches, I know I like a little extra length as well. And if it means you'll wear it more that it was defintly worth it! Hope you have a safe trip and looking forward to seeing your next projects :cD

Gill - That British Woman said...

you are a super knitter. I like my sweaters and cardy's longer rather than shorter.

Have a safe trip.

Gill in Canada

Philigry said...

the sweater looks great! have a great trip!

Millie said...

Love your projects and the sweater turned out very nice!

Greenmare said...

that sweater is gorgeous! I am in awe!
the bag will be super cute with some nice handles, maybe curved wood? love it all!!!