February 24, 2006

Last Ditch Effort

It’s unfortunate that even by ignoring most of my ‘real’ work I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this. And I really can’t ignore everything else this weekend — I have too much to do. So even though I think I might just be able to finish if I did nothing but knit all weekend, I really can’t. Sigh.

But I have been making progress! I’ve finished one sleeve:

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And the shoulder strap of the other. These shoulder straps are really cool — I love the way they work. Here’s the second one about half-way through:

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You cast on some stitches (around 20 in my case), and then start knitting the pattern you’ve chosen, knitting one stitch together with one from the shoulder stitches at the end of every row, and then turning the work — it’s short-rows, joining the shoulders. But it didn’t make any sense to me before I started doing it, and I don’t think I can explain it — you might be able to work it out from the picture, but I can’t photograph it very well. Just take my word for it, it’s very cool.

And now back to work — and the Olympics! (I don’t even want to tell you how much coverage I’ve watched… it’s Reading Week right now, and the laptop makes it way too easy!)

Posted by Aven at February 24, 2006 11:50 PM
Comments

But look how far you did get! Very cool.

The shoulder shaping is fun. I really enjoyed making the minature sample version. Some day I’ll make a real sized one.

Posted by: Carrie K at February 25, 2006 04:30 PM

Great sleeve.

Posted by: jean at February 26, 2006 03:08 AM

It looks great so far. It’s still a gold medal performance whenever you finish. It’s sad when real life gets in the way of our blogging fun!

Posted by: Elizabeth at February 26, 2006 02:57 PM

I think shoulder straps are immensely cool pieces of knitwear design. I am so impressed how much you’ve done on a WHOLE SWEATER in just 14 days!

Posted by: Kathleen at February 26, 2006 06:10 PM

I think you still get a gold for the design alone.

Posted by: Paula at February 26, 2006 11:53 PM

OMG, OMG! I happened to stumble upon your blog and OMG, this gansey is going to be grand! Please share your yarn weight, needle size, gauge, blahdy blah… I’m working on (and on) a gansey at the moment and, being a relative newbie, am wondering how everyone else does.
Cheers!

Posted by: Sachi at February 28, 2006 08:00 PM