Saturday, December 7, 2013
The main part of my Shepherd sweater is off the needles and on the blocking board! The cables had it scrooched up pretty tight, and I was worried about it being too small until I got it wet and spread it out:
The water relaxed it into just the right dimensions, and everything is fine. I intentionally made it about an inch shorter than the pattern said, which I think will be a more flattering length for me. My non-seed K1P1 front edges were still a little wavy from cable scrooching, so I used blocking wires to straighten them, and they look great. The next steps, collar and sleeves, may have to wait until a small amount of Christmas Knitting is complete.
And what of the voyage of the Sixareen Cape? Alas, we are stranded high and dry (for the last time!) awaiting the last dose of Shetland Heritage yarn, but the neck is looking much more reasonable, and will be fine when I have the materials to finish. I'll block it first, but I'm pretty sure I'll have to do something with the flippy, frilly seed stitch lower edge. The Cape may have to lie in dry dock for a wee while also, while the Christmas Knitting gets knitted.
If I am desperate to make progress, I think I found a few tails to weave in..