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tashabear
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awash in a sea of stockinette
About a year ago (I was on pass in Bahrain, in fact), I started Eris, out of Knitpicks Wool of the Andes, in Maple Syrup. (The yarn is much more red than the picture on the website, in my opinion, but it's pretty nonetheless.) I got all the way through the collar, the raglan increases, and 18 rows into the body before I packed it up and sent it home, and it sat until last night, because I had a ton of sewing to do this year. (Still do; that 12th night project won't sew itself.)

Last night I went crazy and knit about 20 rounds -- went through an entire skein of yarn. Tonight I've knit about 10 rounds. I'm at 48 rounds, out of 68 the pattern calls for, and since I'm knitting the largest size, that's 278 st x 30 rounds = 8340 stitches. 5560 left to go, and I can start the hem shaping.

What I need to decide, sometime in the next 5560 stitches, is whether I'm going to go with the asymmetrical hem as specified in the pattern, or the symmetric shirttail hem Jenna (the designer) talks about here. I'm actually kind of tempted to go with the shirttail hem. I suppose if I don't like it, I could rip it out. Thoughts, anyone?

I think that tomorrow and Saturday, I'll finish tidying up the workroom, find the fabric for my 12th night outfit, and get to cutting. Assembling the outfits isn't going to take any time at all, but embellishing could take a while, and some of it needs to be done before the assembly is complete.

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emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: November 17th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'd probably want to go for the matchy edges, but I worry a little about the end-to-end grafting of what looks like a horizontally ribbed hem. If the hem is done as I think it is from looking at it, I don't think you *can* do it invisibly, there'll be that half-a-stitch off problem.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 17th, 2006 07:05 am (UTC) (base camp)
It's worked back and forth, though, instead of around.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: November 17th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC) (base camp)
I don't have the pattern, so what I guessed is happening is that the hem thing is done perpendicular to the body, like a knitted-on border for a lace shawl, and is in ribs that open out into the cable detail. And so one set of ribs is gonna go from the right hip to the graft point and the other will go from the left hip to the graft point, so they'll run into each other heading opposite directions and so there's the half-stitch-off issue.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 17th, 2006 07:33 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'm not entirely sure it's knit sideways... hard to tell from just reading the pattern. Jenna is a crafty one. I'll have to read it more closely.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 20th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC) (base camp)
You were right about the hem running perpendicular to the body, but Idon't think there's going to be a half stitch off issue. There are live stitches that are being knit into, so once you knit from the left into the stitch, and then the right into the adjacent stitch, you should have the exact same number of stitches on each needle.

Grafting in rib is something I'm going to need to research, though; I suck at it.
ariadne1 From: ariadne1 Date: November 17th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'm a creature of order; I always vote for symmetry... Love that sweater; hm... *down, Ari; down... finish the ones on the needles first! :D*
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 17th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC) (base camp)
It cost me about $30 for the yarn. WotA isn't the softest stuff ever, and it might pill a bit, but it'll be fine as a first go-round, and maybe next time I'll spin to knit.
ariadne1 From: ariadne1 Date: November 17th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC) (base camp)
I like the Peruvian Highland stuff from elann better, for feel... not sure if it's same gauge, but I think it is, if I remember. *scratches head*

And... um... may I just point out that I think you're a bit of an enabler, mentioning that whole $30 factor? :D

And okay, I know this is a different post, but... PANTS! I'm still giggling here...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 17th, 2006 08:00 am (UTC) (base camp)
Well, I always wear my sweaters over something, so I'll deal. Plus, hair conditioner.

I do seem to have a bit of a habit of being pantsless at inopportune moments.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: November 17th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC) (base camp)
The other day I'd chained the front door but the bolt and knob weren't quite engaged (P might have done that) so it was just pushed to, and we got a big gust of wind that blew it open until the chain grabbed. And my first thought was "and here I am with my boob hanging out and a baby on my lap..."

So far I've managed to tuck myself in whenever I've had to go to the door.
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: November 17th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I really like the sweater as it is pictured. I don't think I would want to change the hem but I am not an expert and might not be able to imagine the shirttail hem right.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 17th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC) (base camp)
The way it's pictured, the hem only goes up on the right. A shirttail hem would make that symmetrical.
helwen From: helwen Date: November 17th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'm confused. What is asymmetrical in the photo? Doesn't the bottom of the sweater go up on both the left and right sides? I like the way it does that -- looks good, and works well for hip movement.
rufinia From: rufinia Date: November 17th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh good. I'm not the only confused person.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 17th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yeah, even on the hem detail photos, it's hard to tell that the hem only has the cable detail on the right.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 17th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC) (base camp)
No, it doesn't -- it only goes up on the right.
helwen From: helwen Date: November 17th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, okay. Hmm. How about duplicating the directions for the up part so that it goes up on both sides? That would look really nice.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 17th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'm contemplating it -- there are directions to adapt the pattern for a shirttail hem linked in the post. I'm not a huge fan of asymmetry.
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