Monday Morning Project Report – Plugging Away

Because I chose to complete larger sections of two sweaters this time before I changed project baskets, I don’t have any portion fully completed to show you – but I completed my goals for the week.

On Chip’s sweater, I just wanted to complete two more pattern repeats, and I did.

What I am happy about with this sweater is that I am finally memorizing the pattern and I don’t have to check my pattern notes that often.  I still double check myself on the center pattern, which is the longest pattern in the project, but the mathmatical progressions are finally clicking in my brain.  I consider that a mini accomplishment.

On the Imagine sweater I wanted to complete the Peace Sign.  And I did.

There is actually alot to talk about with this.  First, the Araucania yarn, though wonderful and beautiful, is far from uniform in the colors in each hank as they are all hand-dyed.  Some hanks had deep yellows while others had cooler tones.  There are five different skeins of this yarn in the sweater – all alleged to be the same colorway – and you can probably tell where each hank begins and ends.  I used one of the darker purple ones for the center of the peace sign, thinking it would help the white jump out more as with wool you do not get bright white – it is more “natural” than “white”.  You are usually told to alternate rows with hand-dyed yarns but even doing that I knew I was going to have tonal variations throughout so I just went with it.  I’m not sure if I’m okay with it or not.  The sleeves could go really dark or really yellow.  I have a couple of skeins of each.  Sigh.

But the big changes I made to the pattern you see more from the back.

First, I made a mistake.  I read alot of the comments on this pattern and saw that alot of folks knit it in the round rather than as separate pieces and then seamed.  Oh, that’s a good idea, I thought – not thinking that I was changing the peace sign to be a different color which would have to be knit in.  Well, when you insert a new color/yarn into the process, you carry it across from where you started knitting to where it ends and then you pick up the regular color.  When you knit in the round, you eventually get back to the beginning of the new color – except you just left your yarn over at the other end.  To insert this new color, I had to knit the sweater back and forth to carry my yarn back and forth across the pattern.  Does that make sense?  Anyway, you can see that the knitting in the round stopped right around where the pattern started.  I will have to seam it from there and hope it does not look too wierd.

Next is how I inserted the white peace sign.

Can I just say that I don’t see the point of my buying books on Mastering Colorwork and then not reading them before I try to do stuff like this!!  I really should have read the books first.

In the actual pattern the peace sign is done in the same color as the sweater, it is just done in purl stitches so it differs texturally.

In my head I decided I could use the Intarsia method and just weave in the white yarn, keeping it all in stockinette stitch.  I should have done it all in Intarsia and made separate yarn packets for every section of the peace sign and inner sections.  But no.  I decided to just carry my yarn back and forth, catching it every 4 stitches, throughout the entire peace sign – connecting the peace sign to the rest of the sweater using Intarsia weaving.

What this did is add a second layer to the inside of the peace sign – making it slightly bulkier than the rest of the sweater.  Mistake.  This could affect the way the sweater hangs and wears.  Sigh.  I know this about stranded projects.  I thought about frogging the entire peace sign and starting over but eventually decided that it was not so much that it would really affect the final product – and my lovely Elaine has a big enough – heart – to carry it just fine.  But a word to anyone who is going to do this – take the time to break each section down into its own intarsia section and go intarsia completely – don’t strand.

But I did get my quiet white peace sign in the middle of the cacophony of colors which is what I wanted.

This is obviously not blocked – I will be pulling the peace sign out more so it is rounder.

So next is to finish the back of the Imagine sweater and then the front.  I realized, when knitting the front, that I can’t determine how long I have to make it until the back is completed – so that is the goal for next week.  Finish the back of the sweater.

Have a productive week.  We are getting rained out here for the next few days so if you don’t see a Wednesday Home and Garden blog, it is because it has been too wet to get anything finished.  Thanks for reading this.


About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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4 Responses to Monday Morning Project Report – Plugging Away

  1. danielle says:

    That peace sign sweater would have taken all the fun out of knitting for me and I would have given up by now. You have more patience than I ever knew. I can’t wait to see it all done though.

  2. Shelly R. says:

    It was worse – because I hate to waste yarn, I knit it with four balls of yarn all sitting on my lap (one ball for each side of the sweater outside of the peace sign, the white yarn and the purplier one which is on the inside of the peace sign) which I had to keep moving around each other so the yarn moved along the pattern without tangling. If I had just made the mini yarn packets like Gram did (she wound the yarn around plastic bobbins she had) it would have been easier. I love colorwork in patterns though so I will learn how to do this right. And it is great to watch the design grow as you knit. That is what makes it fun. And I still like it more than the solid color sweater as it was designed. I also added four inches to the length because I wanted it to go a little over the hip. That – combined with the fact that the sweater is a 2X, and the pattern for the peace sign is the same whatever size you knit – makes the peace sign less prominent on this sweater.

  3. Barbara Antonelli says:

    I’m glad Taylor doesn’t like peace signs that much! Has Elaine been watching the progress on her sweater? Just wonderin.

    I gave Danielle the bobbins that Gram and I used. They were colored plastic ones..I’m making a baby washcloth now to enclose with Dana’s baby card. Also making a ladybug one to give Lacy on her Birthday, and all I really want to do is read the 3 books I got at the library….sigh….Love,Mom

    • Shelly R. says:

      Elaine never looks at the blog so I am safe. She is so busy it just doesn’t enter her consciousness unless I tell her to look at something – but she knows it is coming. I don’t make a project as big as a sweater without making sure it is something the recipient will want – way to much work to have it sit in the back of someone’s closet. If you send me pictures of the projects you all have been working on I will try to post them in my Monday project report. I know you won’t do a blog yourself and there are no rules that all the projects have to be mine. :) And I know the bobbins well. I watched Gram use them many times – and she usually cursed them every time. 🙂

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