Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Still Sweater - ing*

*in that I am still knitting a sweater - not to be confused with sweating!

I can't believe it's been so long since I blogged - time really does just disappear, generally in this house at the moment in a haze of snot and rain!  It really does feel like we're all passing around one cold after another this year and I spent a vast amount of last week with a rather miserable sinusitis/chest infection combination that I'm still suffering the after effects of.  If only mucus production counted as weight loss!

Whilst binge watching iZombie on Netflix, I have slowly but steadily been working on the very mindless knitting that is my Avalanche sweater.  With Yarndale creeping closer, I'm determined to both finish this and a new shawl especially for the occasion.

After deciding to opt for a hip length straight hem, I worked the body until I had completed 9 increases (increasing every 15 rows from the initial point indicated in the pattern)

I finished the body with an i-cord bind off.  However, I am slightly concerned that there is a significant rolling of the hem which is really reducing the length - so I may well add to the length if, after a wash and a block, I feel it's too short (this is despite constant trying on whilst working on the body)  That said, I am currently a tad (lot!) heavier than I was when I started knitting this so am hoping that losing some of my "no longer breastfeeding" weight gain will also help!

I've also completed the neck, which comprises picking up a gazillion stitches from around the neck and added 1 x 1 rib.  I'm now working on the sleeves - which I'm aiming for just below elbow length as I scrunch all my sleeve up to there anyway!  There was a grand total of 110g (so just over 575m) left of my 324g skein of Wollmeise Lace Garn so I'm really impressed that I can get an entire sweater in my size from one skein.

Fingers crossed I shall be finished soon and then I can continue to work on my Aisling border and decided what to knit as my Yarndale shawl!!  I was originally thinking a Semele in Wollmeise Pure in Wasabi but am very likely to change me mind!!