A Knitter in Transition

My adventures - in knitting, marriage, and moving across hemispheres.

Monday, May 23, 2005

It fits! It fits! It fits!

It FITS!! I tried on the Sartene tank last night after doing the shoulder seams, and it fits! It needs to be washed, it's kind of stiff, but it went on and wasn't too big or too small, and I'm so excited! This is the first sweater I've knit for me, and I can't tell you how nervous I was about trying it on. I got butterflies, for pete's sake.

I spent 3 hours last night sewing the shoulder seams on my tank top. That's right, 3 hours. I could NOT get anything to look any better than horrendous, so I decided to rip out the bind-off edges and graft. So, I learned to graft last night, and while the grafting is certainly not perfect, it is serviceable and will do. It looks far better than any of the evil seams I tried before. Oh, and I don't officially hate kitchener stitch any more. It is not my favorite, but I've decided to lift the embargo against it.

Then, I was picking up stitches for the arm-hole edging, and ended up picking up the exact amount for the smallest size, which I do not wear and did not knit. So, back to the pond for that. I'm just glad I realized it before I knit the entire edging, and then put it on and had a tear-jerking "o crap" moment. No one told me about "knitting tears" when I first picked up this addiction, I mean, obsession, I mean, hobby.

Today I was online surfing yarn porn and dreaming about buying a Rowan cardigan kit, and I figured I better learn about Japanese knitting, and stumbled across the cutest site. I love their English, not only excellent, but cute. You'll see, just read some of the narratives. I particularly love the "woolen pants" picture, see the link on the left under "basic projects." Not my first choice for chonies, but hey, to each her own. If you go poking around, and I'm sure you will, you'll only see English on the pages marked with the "E." My computer doesn't speak Japanese, so it comes out looking like cartoon swear words: %^&(*%$$@!!!

Back to the arm hole edging game for me!


  • At 6:31 PM PDT, Anonymous Eva said…

    Congratulations on your tank!

    Did you see the cute cushion covers on that website? How cute!


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