Only time will tell...
I've been working away on Eve's Ribs, and this morning at Older Daughter's double-header soccer game I bound off the body. (I actually timed that pretty badly, as it ended up that I only had about twenty minutes of knitting to do, and that's all I'd brought with me for two games. Alas.) I've been fretting that this is going to be too small (a change from my usual fret that things will be too big, I suppose), so I decided to block out what I have and seam it up to see how it fits before I knit the sleeves. I might even knit the sleeves in the round, we'll see. In any case, here it is.
This isn't a particularly good blocking job (note that bottom edge). Normally I'd run wires through the straight sides, but right I really just want to get a sense of how much stretch it'll hold when it's dry, and how it fits. Then I'll go from there. This thing feels very much like origami to me, but if I understand the plan, I'll fold it right in the middle of the sleeves (those stumpy things sticking out the sides), seam the bottom edges of the sleeves, then seam the side edges of the back (the lower bit) to the side edges of the long collar (the top bit). Has anyone else knit this? Does that sound right?
The stitch pattern is really quite lovely. I truly hope this does turn out, as I still like it very much, and I'd just as soon not rip it out (again) and knit yet one more size larger. (I also think I'd be pushing WAY beyond the yarn I have if I did, although it's looking like I have plenty for this size after all, so maybe not.)(And yes, I did get gauge when I knitted my swatch, but we all know that swatches lie like dogs when they feel like it.)
It is gray and a bit dreary here today - my favorite kind of weather, but not so good for taking pictures which are true to color.
This means that not only does that raspberry pink not show up well, but also that good shots of my finished tam will have to wait. Meanwhile, here's a not-so-good shot.
That's Anne's pattern Hellebores, knitted in my handspun (angora/polworth). This was a tremendously fun and easy knit - knitting candy. Short and sweet. This one is for my mom. It's a bit big for my teeny-tiny head, mostly because I was knitting with handspun which was a bit heavier than that called for in the pattern. I'm going to spin up more of this fiber, so I need to see if I can get it finer, because I really would love to end up with one of these for myself!
I also just wound up my three skeins of Malabrigo Sock (colorway Persia) for a new sweater project (yes, I do realize that I haven't finished the old sweater project yet, but that one's wet! And the sleeves will, if it fits, go quickly in any case)(we shall not speak yet of the potential for it not to fit...). This yarn is for Anne's latest, Bel Air. I've been looking forward to knitting this since it was a gleam in Anne's eye, and I know it's going to be something I'll wear a lot. It's also exactly what I need for the series of stressful meetings that I have coming up - plenty of stockinette in the back and sleeves, with the treat of the front to look forward to at the end. So I'm off to swatch for that momentarily.
One last thing: I got a new fiber storage unit, thanks to my in-laws, who were going to get rid of this cabinet, but who sent it to us instead when I said that I could really use something neat and pretty to keep my (burgeoning and almost out of control)(but I didn't actually say that) fiber collection in. Isn't this neater than a stack of bags of fiber?