Sunday, May 7, 2017

Yopping Week 45 - sewing things together



Ta-da!



The Elizabeth Zimmerman sweater is done - ends sewn in, buttons on and shoulder seams sewn. I am very very happy with the fit and reminding myself that trusting the pattern indeed works.



and no, it isn't blocked yet, because, well, I am avoiding that at the moment.

I was planning to lengthen the sleeves but I finished all the stash yarn I had for this project. At one point last Sunday I had decided to go to my local yarn store and buy five different colours of worsted to add to the sleeves, but as I walked there calmer heads prevailed (as my uncle would say), and I realized how silly it was to buy yarn for a stash sweater. If I want to add longer sleeves in the future with some leftover yarn from other projects that is always an option. I have worn the sweater out on two occasions and received nice compliments and I am liking the sleeves just the way they are.

I did get the baby blanket seamed with nice flat seems after relying on YouTube tutorials to help me out. I ended up seaming loop to loop and not loop to knot because I like the way it lies better.



I started the edging and got about 1/3 of the way done (30 twelve row repeats) and realized it was pulling funny because I was attaching every row to the main blanket rather that every other row. So I ripped out 355 rows of edging and began again and I am much happier with my progress.



Blocking this baby blanket will be a trial but I am loving how it is turning out and it will be so worth it. (And probably once I start blocking it the EZ sweater will follow suit. I like to block en masse because I think misery does love company).

I am using pins to mark the stitches that have to be picked up and to keep myself on track with the twelve repeat pattern. So far so good.




I am a bit nervous that I am seriously playing yarn chicken with this border because I figure I need 77 gms and 77 gms is what I have....sooooooo.....fingers crossed (and toes too). I am also a bit at a loss about the corners - the tutorials say to short row the pattern to add ease around the corners but that seems very vague at this point. Hopefully I will intuit something by the time I get to the first corner.

I did start the Dizzy sweater by Holli Yeoh because I serendipitously found another ball of yarn at my local yarn store that is pretty close to a perfect match. It has a interesting rolled hem after the ribbing. Cute, eh?



And, I started another pair of socks for hubby, because I went to a candidate meeting and needed something mindless to knit. Here I am ready for the heel but waiting till I knit the 2nd sock this far.



So that is my update - I won't be tackling anything this week except the baby blanket border.

And then I want to get back to my Iona. It is calling to me, and feeling very left out these days.



Happy Yopping everyone. My goodness the time is flying by - July will be here before we know it!




6 comments:

  1. Your sweater is lovely and the blanket is very similar to the one I'm about 3/5ths done.

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  2. I'm impressed with how nice that sweater looks unblocked! It looks like it fits you perfectly, Mary-Anne. And wow - look at all those stitch markers on that blanket! It's beautiful, but boy does it look hard. A real labor of love that one is.

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  3. Yowza! You go on that baby blanket border. Your new cardigan is great; it's so interesting to the eye.

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  4. I just lost a long comment....twice today....suffice it to say I love all your projects but that baby blanket should get an award!

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  5. I really really like the sweater just as it is... it is so pretty and fits you really nicely....

    What does it mean to block It?? Isn't it done?

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  6. The surprise sweater is gorgeous. I've done it baby sized and would like to do an adult version, but I haven't wanted to invest in new yarn. Your stash reduction is inspiring. I may need to assess my own backlog and try to work it into a jacket. Hmmm...

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