Sunday, May 21, 2006

Katrina Rib - Trying it on!

I reached a goal in my studying and rewarded myself by trying on the Katrina Rib. I definitely will be doing more than 12" from the armpits down, which is not an amusing thought. I am getting bored now! :) I also am concerned that by the time I get the length I want, the 2x2 ribbing will have travelled halfway around the back. I'm trying to come up with a way to prevent this and I have a picture in my mind, but I can't quite work out how to do it. I may set this aside for awhile to sort it out; I have a new project I'm dying to try!

It's hard to take good, clear photos of yourself in a mirror!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Katrina Rib Update

I took some photos of the progress I'd made this afternoon, and then I got a bunch more done while we watched a movie. It's moving really quickly; I'm on row 90 and I imagine I am 2/3 to 3/4 finished. At some point soon I am going to put it on some string and try it on; I'm not quite sure how long I want to make it. I'm also toying with sending the travelling rib back the other way, but I'm not quite sure about that. It will depend on how much longer I decide to make it.

The stitch holder marks one of the sleeves.

Top-down view.

It's hard to get a photo of it lying flat because of the stitch holders at the sleeves. Ah, well.

I did make one mistake and realised it five rows later; I was not about to rip back five rows, so at one point I travelled the rib at the wrong spot (row 58 instead of 57). I decided I can live with that. I also attempted to knit a weird knot into the fabric but when I got back around to it on the next row I realised that was a bad idea, so I did rip back on that one! It goes quickly in the sense that I seem to get back to a travel row (every 4 rows) in no time at all; the length does not seem to be growing that quickly though!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Katrina Rib

I purchased yarn for the Katrina Rib pattern in March or something like that. I chose Knitpick's Merino Style in Cinnamon. I love it! It's a nice warm brown.

I started work on this on the day my brother graduated from UPS (the 14th). I worked on it for a few hours during the commencement ceremony and in the car on the way down. Probably three hours total. I cast on and knit a few rows and then realised I'd messed up the pattern so I had to start over. Also, I don't have a short enough circular in the right size so I was using the magic loop method, and that slows me down. I was getting annoyed with the lack of progress I was making.

Wednesday, I went to a local knitting group for the first time (Eastside Stitchers) and pulled out my project and started knitting. A few rows later I realised I didn't have to do the magic loop anymore, I had increased enough so that the jumper fits around the whole needle (it's knit top down). How exciting! However, this also meant that I now had a lot more stitches per row :) Anyway, I got about two hours' worth in on Wednesday evening, and probably an hour over the course of the week at work (during lunches and when waiting for queries to run). I can't believe how quickly it seems to be going, because when I look at it I realise I've only done 35 rounds.

The merino style is a beautiful yarn to work with, too. It feels nice, looks nice and doesn't split much at all. The jumper is coming along nicely - in about 10 more rows, I get to split off the sleeves, and I'm going to try it on at that point. Hope it fits!!