Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ribwarmer in Durango

Yarn: South West Trading Company Karaoke (50%wool and 50% soy silk), #277 durango, 3 balls
Pattern: Vogue Knitting Fall 2006 Design #28
Needles: Addi Turbo US size 6 (4 mm) / 24" (60 cm) circular
Addi Turbo US size 7 (4.5 mm) / 24" (60 cm) circular
US size 8 (5 mm) for binding-off
Size: Small (14" across the back)
Start: November 1, 2006
Finish: November 14, 2006

線材: South West Trading Company Karaoke (50%羊毛 and 50% soy silk), #277 durango, 3 球
圖樣: Vogue Knitting 2006 秋季號 作品#28
針號: 4 mm/60 cm 輪針織身體, 4.5 mm/60 cm 輪針織邊, 5 mm 收針用
尺寸: Small (36 cm 背寬)
開始: 2006/11/1
完成: 2006/11/14

Knitting this ribwarmer feels like knitting a scarf - long and lean. It's kind of fun, though. Seeing how it has taken shape. This is my first time knitting with variegated yarn. And I didn't think of the obvious fact that knitting together different sections of yarn will create color lines. Duh! Anyway. I talked about it in my previous post, so not gonna repeat here. After my last post about this ribwarmer, I put it aside for two days and tried not to think about it too much. But every time I looked at it, my eyes were drawn to that ugly line at the right shoulder, staring back at me... Fine! I'll re-do it! How bad can it be?!

織這件像在織一條圍巾一樣, 細細長長的. 不過很有意思, 因為這件的組合方式蠻特別的. 這是我第一次用段染線來織. 算是經驗不夠吧? 照著pattern織, 右肩織好再織右背, 接合的地方正好顏色不一樣. 那時懶得重織, 心想, 大概沒關係吧? 結果, 一路織下來, 我每次看到那顏色不一樣, 就覺得有點後悔, 還是懶得拆. 一直到要縫合了, 覺得實在是不好看. 放在一旁看了兩天, 越看越不順眼, 終於決定, 重做!

Knitting the right shoulder is actually quite fast, 16 stitches for 24 rows. It's the grafting part I felt dreaded about. I picked a section of yarn with closer color variation. re-knit the right shoulder, and then grafted it onto the main piece. I have no idea where I did wrong, I ended up with a small hole in the middle. I think I might have missed threading one of the legs on one of the stitches. Too lazy to go back - more like I don't think I can re-do it again without dropping any stitches - I just patched it up from the back side. The color is so dark anyway, no one will see it.

織那一小塊右肩很快, 16針24段而已. 是要把它graft上去比較麻煩. 我挑了一段顏色比較接近的線, 把右肩重織, 然後再縫上去. 縫的時候不知道那裡出錯, 居然中間有個小洞. 懶得重縫, 拿線從反面補一補就算了. 反正線顏色深, 也看不出來.

The before (left photo) and after (right photo) of the right shoulder.
右肩重織的前後照片
The front and back of this garment laid flat:
放平的前後照
This ribwarmer is actually a bit too tight. When I first saw the measurement in the pattern, I thought, 14" across the back is more like a XS (the pattern has it as a size small). But my last few projects have all ended up a little too big on me, so I thought, maybe I should just follow the pattern. But this, this is really tight. Erh? A ribwarmer? Umm... it doesn't exactly cover my ribs... ^o^

這件穿起來有點緊. 當初看pattern的尺寸就很懷疑. 可是一連織了幾件上衣都有一點點大, 想說就照pattern織最小號的就是啦! 結果, 果然是太小. 不管了, 勉強能穿就好啦!

6 comments:

Tcknit said...

漂亮! Very nice! I'm wondering do you type Chinese as fast as English?! I'm too lazy to do Chinese...

Well, you FO makes me want to knit one too, any color suggestion? Will Malabrigo do?

Mimi said...

Your cable shrug looks lovely on you! It's not too small, it fits you nicely.;)

I noticed that you knit from Japanese books as well. I just started to knit that gray bolero with leaves design. Have you started yours?
Thanks for listing me in your "daily read". Btw, I used to live in SF as well.

Cafe Knitter said...

To TCKnit:
Haha, my Chinese typing is pretty bad. It took me quite some time to type up the last two posts. I am hoping my speed will improve with more practice.
Malabrigo should work just fine. The gauge is pretty much the same. As for the colors, I love my Velvet Grapes. Wanna pick some up for yourself?! ;)

To Mimi:
I just sent you an e-mail. Love to hear about your progress on that gray bolero. Looking forward to start mine as soon as I find the yarn for it.

Nora said...

Wow Celia - your cable shrug is gorgeous and it fits perfectly! Well done.

BTW: have you started the Phildar swing jacket? I haven't even decided on the yarn! The fact that we're on opposite seasons (which means we're going into summer) doesn't help the situation.

I'll keep an eye out for your progress. x

Cafe Knitter said...

Hi Nora,
I have just decided on my yarn choice for the Phildar Swing Jacket. And I am still waiting for the pattern. Looks like I won't be able to start for at least another 1-2 weeks.
Will keep you posted.

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