Friday was quite the day! After work, I headed over to Wild and Woolly (Lexington Center) with incomplete sweater in hand for some help. Thank god for Jean. I had put the crochet edging on the sweater and well, it didn't look right. No amount of blocking was helping this one! *sigh* So, I put a simple (just shy of 3/4 inch) garter border and well, it looks great! (yes, the neck lost the "squareness" slightly, but it's a good look for my SIL)
Here is the whole sweater!
Pattern: Tivoli T-shirt by Grumperina
Yarn: Classic Elite Provence
Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch, 7 rows per inch
Modifications: added 3/4 inch garter to all edges to prevent rolling- picked up 3, skipped 1 on all edges.
What I Learned/Do Different: well, I would definitely do a different cast-on method, probably a cabled cast-on rather than a knit cast-on.
It was all wrapped with care instructions and sent along to my SIL. Hopefully she loves it! :) I washed it by hand on Friday night and tossed it into the dryer. I used plain ole' laundry detergent and the "tumble" setting on the dryer.
So, I went to Wild and Woolly, right. Do you think I escaped without a yarn purchase? Nope. Friday's trip I bought some sock yarn for me (Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Wisteria), a new circular needle case, and some new Inox needles. Saturday's trip (did I mention I dragged PC there?) I bought more Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn...but NOT FOR ME! Nope this is for my Sockapal2za buddy. :) I am hoping she likes it...it's very BRIGHT.
I also started a new project (this one will be a quickie): the Chickami from ChicKnits:
Got gauge? I DO! First try! It's 5spi, 7rpi--- perfect! The yarn is Classic Elite Flash, Monterey Magenta (#6134). I originally bought it to make a Clapotis, but Mom mentioned that she LOVED the Tivoli, but wondered what a tank top would look like...so, the Chickami was born. :) I am NOT loving knitting with this yarn. Casting on (cable) was a PITA. So, this is a marled yarn and then 3 strands twisted are VERY much separate. It's like knitting 3 stranded. But, once you get in the groove...you are ok. I am through one skein and onto #2. I have about 15 rows done (I am adding an extra inch for length as noted in the pattern).
Thanks for all the suggestions and help! (Especially Grumperina).
:) Happy Knitting Monday!