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Suprised during Repairwork

This week I got a chance to mend a beautifully knit cardigan.  The style was complex,  there were several different sorts of fiber and many colors of ecru.  The finishing work was loverly.

So the problem was that the neckline on this oatmeal-colored DK wool cardigan was a scoop front.  To finish it off, instead of a “standard ” ribbing, they had made this wonderful pleated ruffle with another lace-weight color of ecru.  To attach it, there had obviously been live stitched picked up off of the DK body.  And now, the three inches or so of the right front lace had separated from the boy of the sweater.

It was a sensitive repair.  Because of the way the lace would fall when the sweater was hooked shut  it was probable that the inside of the seam would show at times. I needed to graft live stitches, using the best match for yarn I could find.  And all this would be happening on the right front of a scoop neck – just where the cleavage might be, and where a languid hand might be poised during a coquettish moment.

Well, it seemed a bit much to charge the customer for an entire ball of yarn, so I went to my stash to find a match.  Look!  There was a  possible suspect in a swatch I had made for another purpose a few years ago.  Great!  No need to dig any further.

After picking up all the stray stitches on both sides, I decided not to do a graft, but to simply bind off the lace stitches, then sew them to the body as a general seam.  Wow, was I happy with the results!  Looking good!

As I was admiring the rest of the sweater for possible holes or seaming needed, I was really enamored of the workmanship. It had a princess seamline, knit in and not sewn in later.  It had pleats around the bottom put in a slipstitches.  I thought, “Wow!  this is really an heirloom caliber job!”

Then I noticed the commercial labels sewn into the back collar – Size S, Made in China.  Well, handmade for sure.  And no slouch either.

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TV Knitting

Last night I was watching the Golden Globes to look at all the dresses.  Not a one was knit!  Which seems very backwards to me, since they are all out to reveal as much as possible and still get on TV.  You can do so much of that with lace…  But there weren’t even wraps!  Which again seems counter-intuitive, because it was drizzling.

Then I stayed up to watch “The Pursuit of Happyness“.  What a great movie!  I cried and screeched “No!” several times.  It was Sunday, so no Craig Ferguson was available.

Needless to say, I got a lot of knitting done.  I finished, washed and blocked the unfelted version of my In N Out Mittens, included as a pattern on this blog.  I am really happy with them.  I cannot say enough great things about this yarn.  I hope to include a photo soon.

And I worked on the black cardigan a while, like a good girl.

Then, as the clock struck midnight, I cast on for the Knitted Purls KAL.  Can’t start before January 18th!  This game is to use the wonderful colors and variety of sock yarn, which many of us have stockpiled, to make something besides socks.  I ripped out a half-done pair of socks for this – I love this color for a lace glove.  The bamboo in the yarn gives a really nice sheen, which looks gun-metal silver in this black/spruce green/red yarn.  The colorway is “Cardinals in the Pines”, and that is exactly what it looks like – deep winter woods with flashes of red.  Should be very sultry made up in this way.

I am going with a glove pattern from an internet friend of mine “Ms. Create” called “Plumes”.  It’s great of her to share her ideas.

Knitting in Black

I promised a friend a knitted item as a payment for a painting she was exhibiting.  I thought she could use a pair of mittens or perhaps a market bag.  But what she wanted was a very specific kind of shawl-collared cardigan!

Trouble is, she wants  it in black, for fancy things.  And sparkley too.  Oh dear!  I don’t know about you, but I find black projects hard to work on, in general.  Especially in the winter when so much of the knitting time needs to be in electrified room light.  But here goes!

Found some mill end knubby cotton/rayon mix that she likes.  And the price is really right.  I plan to use the pattern from Custom Knits  by Wendy Bernard called Indigo Playmate Sweater.  The deadline is Valentine’s Day.  Here goes!