lopi sweater conundrum

I did what the pattern said, and when it came time to sew the shoulders together, the fronts were narrower than the back. I triple checked, and I had the correct number of stitches on each.

lopiswtrshoulder1 lopiswtrshoulder2

The photo on the pattern shows the button band, which is picked up and knit, as wider at the neck/shoulder than down the middle,

If you look closely, it looks like there’s a bit of the twisted rib that angles away from the main neckline and back towards the neck.

I figure these are my options:

  1. Pick up and knit a wicked wide button band, then sew it at the top shoulder, and do a single crochet trim all around. I don’t like this one so much.
  2. Pick up stitches at the top, and knit in short rows to take up the space, and gradually spread out and then pick up the rest. This one seems like work. I’ve done short rows, but not quite like this.
  3. And from looking very closely at the photo, I have option 3. Pick up and knit a small triangle of twisted rib, going the other direction from the neckline, and then somehow graft it to the shoulder. And then pick up from one side all the way around. The pattern says to go from center back down one side, and then center back down the other. The somehow is a little nerve-racking, but I think this is the option I’ll go with.

    And in rib versus stockinette as per the pattern.

more maine morning mitts

Love, love, love these maine morning mitts. Maybe not this particular pair, but I love the pattern, especially in this yarn.

Yet another pair in Friendz Blendz from Friends Folly Farm bargain bin skeins. There wasn’t quite enough of the purple (the main color on one mitt, half the other), so I finished it off in a blue. Hard to capture those two colors with this camera (and with the old one too). These are such a quick knit, nearly mindless, forgiving of errors (e.g., I often only do one row w/out increases on the gusset versus two; not for any particular reason, mostly because I’m doing the mindless thing), and so incredibly comfy on.

I’m thinking I’ll knit up a passel of them and they can be xmas gifts on hand.

frost warning!

Last night, so the seedlings came inside. All decorated with crabapple blossoms.
Basil too, and you know that’s wicked sensitive to frost.

(Conan, don’t read those last “sentences” too closely!)


Is really starting to piss me off. It takes FOREVER to load up photos, and then often there are three copies of each. Something’s wrong, I know, and I resent that I have to spend time doing research to find out what in an attempt to fix it. But, here’s hoping it’s fixable. I’m suspicious of teenager activities and what may have come with some of those… but who knows. Nobody else here is noticing any connection / speed issues.

4 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    May 26, 2009 @ 7:03 pm

    I think I’d put the sweater into extended time out, personally!

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    May 26, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

    Hey there — can’t help you at all with the sweater issues. Looks beautiful, though! Love the pattern. Let me know how it works out, will ya? And then maybe I’ll try it some day.

    Thanks for the heads-up re: seedlings. I was out of the loop on that last night, but mine were on the porch and seem to have survived. Basil looks great. I have lots of leggy tomato seedlings. Will be interested to see how they turn out. I am most proud of my zinnias (the ones that lived – wow!!), but pansies and marigolds looking good, too. I’ve become a big fan of marigolds over the past couple of years – makes me feel like Super Gardener (I know, I know – let me live the dream for awhile, will ya?)

    No garden space here yet, but we’re narrowing in on options. Have a hill badly in need of landscaping, as mowing it will be a pain. Have become quite familiar with weed pulling (esp. dandelions) of late…

    More than you wanted to know on your blog, probably – sorry. Love the mitts, btw! I may have to knit some so I can survive our low-temp winter upstairs!

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    Emily said,

    May 27, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

    I know you said you triple checked, but is there a remote possibility that you knit the back a different size than the fronts?

    Otherwise, good luck with whichever method you choose!

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    mary jane said,

    May 28, 2009 @ 11:25 pm

    What do the button band directions say…maybe the mystery is in those instructions. good luck to you!

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