Sunday, August 12, 2007

Finished something, finally

Blue penny front
Originally uploaded by thraceknits
Between some late nights at work and playing outside lots, I did actually manage to finish a project.

Bad Penny by Stephanie Japel, in size small.

Eden knit up on US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 4 (3.5mm) needles.

Although the bamboo fabric is nice and soft, and feels pretty good in the heat of summer, I won't be working with this yarn again. It's really, really splitty, the printed yarn bled considerably when washed (I swatched with the light blue solid), the fabric bloomed more than I expected under the weight of the finished garment and the ribbing also stretched out a bit too much at the bottom.

In spite of all that, I've worn this out in public a couple of times, and it really is nice to wear in hot Utah weather.


I added some shaping by decreasing at the back once I reached the bust, then added more decreases at the front under the bust. I like how nipping in the back with more decreases improves the fit overall. I then added some increases at the same rate for the front and back for the hips.

At the bottom, after doing a tubular bind off for 1x1 ribbing, I decided I didn't like the way the lace pattern looked, and the bind off edge was a little tight (a common problem with the tubular method). In the pattern as written, the lace is supposed to end about a 1/2 inch from the bottom.

I decided to rip back and move the lace pattern to the bottom of the ribbing instead, and use a k2tog bind off, which is both easier to work loosely and makes a stable edge to finish off the lace.

The ribbed ties and edging on Arisaig are creeping along at glacial pace. I also added a couple of short attention span projects to the mix: an entrelac scarf in Silk Garden and my first pair of socks (toe-up, stockinette mostly). More about all that later.


IvanovaKnits said...

Ooh it's pretty! What a nice summer knit, I may consider it at some point using a yarn that's a bit more elastic.

KimT said...

great job!

thraceknits said...

Thank you both - it still wears pretty well. I would agree that a sightly more elastic, and maybe lighter weight yarn would solve the minor issues I had with this knit.