Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sweater Design Attempt

One of my best girlfriends gave me four balls of yarn. It is a linen, cotton and acrylic blend. And it is pink with flecks of cream. I guess this is a theme for my knitting this year. Her mother-in-law began knitting a complex vest of cables and bobbles and other bits. So, naturally I frogged it and started my own thing.

I'm having a few difficulties with this piece. One is the linen spun into the yarn. It behaves like steel wool! I pull it out when I'm knitting and I can feel it! I can't imagine what it'll feels like against my skin! Eek!

The other difficulty is my inability to knit lace. I have a simple instruction,

Row 1: *yo, ssk, k2tog.* Knit to end.

Row 2: slip 1, purl to end.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until desired length.

And I can't seem to get it straight. I messed up big time and I'll be doing some frogging this week.

Inspired by the Gypsy sexy creature in the Vogue Fall 2005 issue.


Lissa said...

Maybe I'm not seeing it right, but I'm not sure that I see the problem you're having. I swatched a bit of Gypsy's last just this past weekend and that looks about right. The finer gauge on your piece is quite nice. :)

Christie said...

Will 4 balls be enough for a sweater? I hope that it works out...sometimes the simple instructions are the ones that give you the most pain!

newfie said...

linen is one of those fibres that are a bitch to knit w/ 9 kills the hands and is rough) but once washed, soften right up

Miss Twiss said...

Hey friends, thanks for your comments!

I posted it real fast yesterday and omitted a few things. Thanks for keeping me on my toes!

Lissa, I've knit more lace since the photo was taken and I botched it up so much that ticking back would cause great strife in the world. So, I'magonna frog to the knitting.

Christie, it's actually a sleeveless sweater. I'm going to make some drawings of my "vision" of the piece... please stay tuned.

Newfie, thanks for the advice. I thought about the softening after a wash, but damn those bits are ugly! And since this is a sample for my first attempt at a design... I wouldn't hesitate to rough it up and throw it into the laundry.