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I’m knitting another sweater: nearly there, no really

the sweater: Ribby Cardi
the yarn: Cotton Ease in Stone
the previous entries: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Look! All that I have to do is wash and shrink it and put in the zipper. Which means I’m officially done with the knitting part of the sweater. Yay.

Yesterday I finished the last half of the attached i-cord that I had been stalling on because other things were taking up the time with my hands. Today I’ll shrink it by throwing it in the dryer after washing it. Then in goes the orange zipper.

Except for inserting the sleeves there are no seams, and it makes the sleeves feel very nice indeed. I did weave in the ends over the top of the shoulder here, where the most tension and largest holes seemed to be. Now all I have to do is tuck the errant yarn ends back in from time to time. Darn cotton yarn.

My next sweater will also have a zipper but I don’t think I’ll be doing attached i-cord down the center fronts as what it really means is two extra bits of yarn to weave in at each end.

I started to swatch my Berroco Comfort yarn and it is splitty, I can understand why people who can knit with wool would give up on it. Me? I’m thinking of seeing what these lovely, comfy sounding Bryspun Bry-Flex Circular Needles would work with the yarn. I wonder if any place in Seattle would have them?

· comments [8] · 01-22-2008 · categories:knitting ·

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chelsea // Jan 22, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I think I will be reknitting my Ribby with as few seems as possible. Mine turned out way too big. Your’s looks nice! I love the idea of an orange zipper.

  • 2 megan // Jan 22, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I highly recommend taking the time to reknit something you don’t like. I’ve never regretted taking longer to make it into something I’ll actually wear!

  • 3 Jenny // Jan 22, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    The orange zipper sounds wicked cool. Can’t wait to see it!

  • 4 barrie // Jan 22, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    i’ve wondered about throwing my “too big” ufo in the dryer. i’m almost done and can already tell it’s gonna be just a tad wide. i know the dryer won’t make it baby size, but i’m hoping it’ll fix it enough so i don’t have to rip it up and start all over.


  • 5 TheBon // Jan 22, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    My experience with the Bryspuns is diametrically opposite to Grumperina’s. I wanted to like the Bryspuns, I really did. [They’re made by an Oregon company and distributed by a local company] but I hate them. I bought them for a laceweight shawl and the joins really filled me with rage, my stitches would constantly stick on them. I also hate the points. The weird scoop-y thing doesn’t work for me, it slowed me way down. They are light, and if you do like the points then they may work well for you, but I know I’ve talked to other knitters who also hated them for the reasons I mention.

  • 6 Carrie // Jan 23, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Tip about working with cotton yarn (from the No Sheep For You book): When you weave in the ends, you can use a really sharp needle and basically sew the ends back in on itself, so stab the yarn you wove previously to sort of lock it into itself. If that doesn’t make sense, the book has pictures that probably do!

  • 7 val // Jan 23, 2008 at 9:06 am

    I never would’ve thought of an orange zipper. Sounds great!

  • 8 Daphne // Jan 23, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I think we have some of the bryspun circs at Hilltop — try calling to check for the size you want before you trek up there: 282 1332.

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