Sunday, October 15, 2006

Freak Show

It took a little bit, but I was able to get my 'homework' done in time for class on Saturday morning. Fortunately I realized that I better try my vest on now because in a few more rows, it won't be possible to try on anymore. After the steek is set the tube that is being knit will decrease in diameter dramatically, so it was now or never.

I am very pleased with the fit so far. It is not meant to have any ease...and *fortunately* it doesn't. The waist shaping seems to mimic my own well enough and the V is starting were I was hoping it would. (Notice the surprise? I was really afraid all those calculations we made weren't going to turn out at all.) I only had one mild dilemma last week when a knot from the yarn that I thought I could hide well enough on a float, decided to come undone and drop a few stitches. Fortunately it is on the back and after messing with it quite a bit and trying various 'fixes' (I really didn't want to have to rip out fair isle knitting if I didn't absolutely have to), I have it pretty much back the way it was.

Some people wonder what's the point in taking a project class. The pattern tells you what to do, why pay someone to guide you through a pattern? But the reason is simple: expertise. I am someone who learns better from others. Having learned to knit from a book, I have found that I am twice as likely to absorb and remember the tricks of the trade from someone than from the written word. And even though Eunny's pattern is exceedingly well-written, it is the little tips from an expert that you glean from a class. Like this for instance:

This is the cast-on section of my V neck steek. I would have just cast on the number of stitches required and wondered what to do with my gigantic float across the back. So the trick? Use the long tail cast-on method with the contrasting color over your thumb and the main color over your index finger. It's the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. I also learned the proper way to spit splice, which turned into a giggle fit as we were simultaneously trying to watch what he was doing and not gag at the reality of what we were looking at. So now we just knit, knit, knit and next class we will practice cutting our steeks on our second swatch. I am really looking forward to that one.

And since I realized I have shared all that much non-knitting stuff in awhile, I thought I would share a couple photos from Friday night. We went bowling with people from my office. And considering I work with 10 attorneys, we are a pretty fun bunch and going out tends to involve public humilation of some sort.

Our team wore matching team shirts and blue hair, which is definitly easier to deal with when you are all together, but a little less comfortable when renting your shoes or going to the bar. And the best part is, I realized that not only do I have flipper hands when I swim, I aparently have a 'thing' I do with my left hand when I bowl.

What is that? I can't even recreate it when I try. I think this is another one of those things that I could have gone the rest of my life without knowing. Man, you gotta love the digital age.


knitzalot said...

It looks great! Did you get a chance to take at look at those blouses at Nordies?

The Stitchin' Sheep said...

See, now, normally, I learn quite well from books, too, but that steek cast-on thing you just explained. Totally over my head when I see it in words. I think I'd have to see that done to really grasp it, too.

Just consider yourself lucky to have a nearby LYS offering classes.

The sweater looks great, by the way. You're really giving me the urge to knit that (though I've just realized that I will have to buy new yarn to do so).

Jennifer said...

What a neat trick for the V-neck cast on! I'm really interested to hear your experience cutting *gulp* the steeks.

Cora said...

The vest fits great!
Love the blue hair! So you don't feel so bad, I have a horrid habit of sticking my tongue out when I think. My DH thinks it's the funniest thing ever. My dance teachers fussed at me constantly and told me I was going to bite it off. Somehow that never happened and I still do it apparently.

melissa said...

wow, great job... it looks fantastic, AND fits well! Kudos!!

Mouse said...

Wow.. looks great so far! all of that colorwork would drive me bonkers.

Marisa said...

The vest is looking fantastic!

Carrie k said...

The vest looks great and what a great tip! I would have never come up with that on my own. Nothing wrong with taking a class and getting a little more expertise.

BTW, the pictures of your AZ trip look amazing! Now I want to do that one all over again. It's been awhile.

crzjane said...

Your sweater is really pretty. You are doing a great job! And I agree with you about taking a class to learn how to do something as complicated as that sweater. Sounds like you are learning alot too.
Love the bowling thing!

Julia said...

I learned to knit in a vacuum, and I as I watch people on the internet I realize how much faster you can pick things up from others. With spinning, I spend as much time as I can watching and learning from more experienced people. It makes a world of difference. Your vest looks great!

Nonnahs said...

OMG, your vest is looking fabulous! I think you're right- I may need to make one! :)

As for LMAC bowling night- just one of the things I miss, I guess. Funny about your bowling hand gesture, btw!