Thursday, May 24, 2007

Boy, I suck at this lately!

But I have excuses! Well, one excuse. I spent last weekend in Vermont with my best friend for her college graduation. No one likes to toot their own horn, so I'll toot it. She not only graduated Summa Cum Laude, but she received the highest GPA in her college! She wore a special medallion and everything! So, I always knew she was a smarty-pants, but now there's actual, physical proof. Go Michelle!

I did not knit a stitch all weekend, but this week I've really done some serious work on Puffy. As of right now, the body is complete, both sleeves are complete, and I have picked up the stitches for one buttonband. I took this photo before I completed the second sleeve.


That stripe in the finished sleeve is a lifeline. I decided to try shortening the sleeves, and I wanted to be able to rip just to where I reduced straight rows, just in case the sleeves were too short. Luckily, perfect sleeves!

I'd like to draw your attention for a moment to the peplum. I wonder if my knitting is trying to tell me something. This is the second garment I've made in the last month or so, that has had a tutu before blocking! Makes for a disappointing pre-finish try-on, but I'm confident a nice wet block will fix it.

I know I was going to work on other projects while I worked on this cardigan, but seriously, this project is so fun! Sure, those long stockinette rows start to get a little tedious, but just when you think you can't take it anymore, they're done! I loved shaping the puffed sleeves, and even though the peplum was a bit of a trial, the challenge was at least interesting. The yarn helps, too. It's soft, but firm, and I'm just mesmerized by the color and the tweedy flecks. Next time you see this princess, she'll be finished!


Amy said...

I see what you mean about the tutu, but the CWT came out so well that I'm not even worried on your behalf! :)

And congratulations to Michelle! That's wonderful!

jen. said...

That looks really good. The tweed and the puffy sleeves and the peplum all go together so well. It's going to look awesome when it's done!