I hope your knitting room looks like mine! The place is littered with waste yarn worms, issues of Knitwords all over, all the trims books open to certain pages, old swatches everywhere, partial and empty cones corralled! I’m in my glory, true production mode, like the good old days and I’m not cleaning up between! Nobody’s coming over to inspect or see! Why waste the time! No, I’m not showing you a photo!
I’ll admit, I felt a bit of defeat on that ‘sock-yarn-for-the-save’
top. After all, I had big plans to use the lace carriage and it’s been bugging
me since then. I’m going to try it again, hoping I can pull it off. Fingers
I picked a ribber trim, #26 from the orange book, Ribbed
Scallop and Eyelets. It starts out as 1X1 rib with the manual wrap cast-on,
has a manual tuck stitch to make a little automatic scallop, yada, yada, yada.
I just thought maybe I’d try some ribber – after all, other than that button
band for Skinny, I haven’t used the ribber for anything since socks last
Christmas – don’t want to get too rusty! Well, as usual I didn’t read the fine
print. There are like 4 RTRs (Remove, Turn, Rehang using garter bar) in there
so this really isn’t the quick and easy I envisioned. Perseverance gets me
through and done. Oh, maybe I should tell you I am using a part cone of purple
Panama, 284g, should be plenty. This top is a size smaller that the gold one
and it weighed in at 216g finished. Now, concentrating on using the lace
carriage, but only stockinette for now, I do the shortrows in the centre using
the ravel cord method to reverse shortrow to round out the bottom hemline –
here’s a refresher on that: https://knitwords.blogspot.com/2017/01/life-lessons.html
Get to the underarm. In my mind, I started the Back,
but things are going fine, so who’s to know if I change this into the Front,
get that lace motif going and then knit the Back plain? I had pulled out
Knitwords No. 6 with Laced with Diamonds and figured seeing as how this
was going to be for my Toronto sister-in-law – I don’t even know if she likes
purple but what the hey? – I could do a portion of that just to satisfy myself
that I could read instructions and get this done. I had the stitch pattern in
my machine and all I’d need to do was turn it on! Started shortrowing the
underarm shaping at the same time as the lace motif, got 24 rows done, cast off
the shortrows and spotted a dropped stitch back on about row 10 of the motif. Fudge!
Dropped it off, pulled out the 24 rows, rehung it, tried again. Ditto! Walked
away, thinking it might be time for the hard stuff.
Next morning, shaped the underarms, cast them off and
tried the motif again – who said it had to start at the bustline? Watched every
row, got it done flawlessly! I felt I was on a roll, but the neckline was a
little too high to be used for a Front! The second hem, we won’t talk about.
Suffice it to say my third attempt worked (I did rewind each time, not taking
the chance on wasting any!). Got up to the underarm and jumped right in, carefully
shortrowing and lace carriage motif-ing! It worked perfectly but the remaining yarn
has diminished to the point that I need plan A, B and maybe C!