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Analysis of a Tragedy

Well, I figured out what went wrong with CamillaIt is incredibly stupid.  The instructions for the yoke decreases read:  *K1, k2tog, work to 2 stitches before marker, ssk, slide marker; repeat from * 3 times – 8 stitches decreasedHere is where I should have checked my stitch count to make sure I was actually decreasing by the correct number of stitches each row.  Because I got confused and only did the decreases inside the sleeve markers, not on each side of each marker.  Here is a drawing to illustrate my error:

The little rectangles represent stitch markers.  The decreases in red are the ones I failed to do.  I was only decreasing 4 stitches per row – no wonder the neck is twice as big as it should be.  (HUGE SIGH)  Of course, I also neglected to do a gauge swatch, so the whole sweater turned out bigger than I intended.  Eventually I’m going to rework the yoke and try to shrink it a bit.  Right now it’s balled up in a box of Christmas decorations because looking at it made me angry.  And then embarrassed of my mistake.

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Ashley was my Christmas 2010 Craft Exchange recipient.

I made her the Creature Comforts Cardi in Berroco Vintage.

Craig was my secret santa for the craft exchange.

He made me a very cool mosaic out of all of my pictures!

And finally, the New Year’s Tragedy, my Camilla sweater.  I don’t understand – I followed the directions exactly….

I knew something was wrong when I realized that even after the yoke decreases there would be more stitches than on the hem.  I don’t even want to save the yarn.  I want to throw the whole thing in the dumpster.

Almost Done

My Camilla sweater is entering the home stretch.  I mostly laid on the couch this weekend, so now both sleeves are done and it’s time to join them to the body and finish up this project.

A warm blanket, knitting, a Law and Order SVU marathon, and the new Vampire Academy book on my Kindle (yes, I will admit to it).  Cozy.

Professor Baby

Now that this little sweater is safely in the hands of its recipient I can share it with you!  I made this Sleeveless Baby Top (or “vest” for you crazy Americans) for Brenna’s new arrival.  I used Miss Babs Yummy Sport & Sock, which is apparently a big deal, judging from the long lines outside of my LYS when she did a trunk show there.  Whatever – I chose this yarn basically because it was the color grey I was looking for, and because it’s superwash (forgot to write that on the tag – sorry Brenna!)

The pattern, having been translated from Norweigan, was a bit confusing.  I figured it out eventually, but not without a few frustrations.  I really like the end result, so it was worth it.

Up next – I have two sweaters that I’m working on, but I’m thinking of putting both on hold in favor of a new hat.  What will happen?  Will anything be done in time for Christmas?  I don’t know….probably not, so don’t get your hopes up.

Obsessed

I have a new obsession – wreaths.  Specifically wreaths that incorporate yarn.  After spending quite a while googling images of “yarn wreaths” I attempted one of my own:

It was super easy and super cheap (even better!).  I just wrapped a wreath form in white yarn and glued on some felt flowers that I made using this tutorial.  I love it!  I want to keep making them, there are so many different things you could do.

I finally got the white Christmas tree I have long desired, and I put it up tonight.  Unfortunately I failed to realize that my lights have green cords.  Maybe next year I’ll buy some new ones.

More to come – I have a couple things I’ve been knitting that I’m excited to share.

Surprise

Remember when I de-stashed and boasted about all my yarn fitting in the one organizer?  Look what was under my bed, secretly laughing at me the whole time:

FOUR bags of Patons Beehive Baby Chunky.  Um, wow.  I guess my niece will be getting a couple (or five) sweaters.

Cheater

Putting a sweater on scrap yarn to try it on for fit is annoying but very worthwhile, as it could potentially save you from spending two more months making something that doesn’t fit.  It can also be disheartening if you realize that even after knitting for twelve straight hours on a car trip it’s only 1/4 of the way done.  On the bright side, I now feel completely justified in cheating on Rosamund.  So tonight I cast on for Camilla with the rest of my Shetland Chunky from Patons:

*image via maddermade.com

Bulky yarn on 10.5 needles – maybe I can wear it at Thanksgiving?