Posted by notthatkat on January 21, 2008
My new sweater has continued to grow. After the fine gauge of Thermal (no, I still haven’t seamed Thermal), this one is flying off the needles. I don’t think I mentioned before, but it is the Elizabeth Bennet Cardigan (Ravelry link) from Fitted Knits. I saw this pattern and knew I had to make it. Atypically, for me, I am making it in the yarn called for in the pattern, albeit in a different color. I found this yarn deeply discounted in closeout colors from Webs. It looks like I am going to need much less yarn than the pattern calls for, though. From what I can determine, this has been a common experience with this sweater.
Here you can see the start of the waist cables. I am knitting this pattern with much less ease than is my usual, and if I have gone too small, the problem will be in the waist. I think it will be fine once the button bands have been added, but I am a bit nervous about the fit on this one….
My Lenore socks have grown bit by bit. This yarn is hard to photograph well, but this picture does the best job of capturing the colors of any I’ve taken so far. It is very dark red and black. I was a bit concerned about the different sized eyelets before and after the double decreases, until I looked back at the pattern and saw the same thing in Stephanie’s sample socks. I think this is just the nature of this arrangement of stitches. It still bothers me a little (the perfectionist in me wants to make them match!) but I can accept that this is just the way it is and move on.
I am getting close to the heel, and will need to decide soon whether to do the flap and gusset heel in the pattern or do my usual short row heel substitution. Up until now, I have been knitting the Rockin’ Sock Club patterns as written, in part to stretch my skills and explore new techniques. But this heel is a simple flap and gusset heel, nothing unusual. My short row heel tend to fit me much better. I probably won’t decide until I get there.
Now for my big and exciting news: I’m changing jobs and moving in the near future! I have been increasingly unhappy in my current job lately and started sending out resumes several months ago. For a while it looked like I wasn’t going to turn anything up that suited, but I’ve found a clinic in the Atlanta area that looks like it will be a good fit for me. The main reason I haven’t been posting very regularly the last several is that I’ve been running up and down the road for interviews and making arrangements.
So, now I have to get my house packed up and ready to move. This means I will have even less time for blogging. Also less time for knitting. So until I am moved and somewhat settled, I am planning to put the blog on hiatus. I will be back, probably in about a month, give or take. I will miss you all, but hope to have lots of exciting stuff to share with you when I return.