Sunday, February 7, 2010
She's done! I've been plodding along on this since Christmas... really enjoying the process, a unique experience for me, since I tend to be a product knitter. This is kind of landmark for me. It's the most complicated cabling I've ever done, and I conquered my fear of twisted stitches. For a long time I hated twisted stitches because they seemed to take forever, but I learned that they are like anything else - practice makes perfect, or if not perfect, at least faster.
Pattern: Demi by Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool, all but a few yards of 2 skeins
Needles: US 6, 7, 8
Mods: Just a few tiny little things. I lengthened the body and arms as I usually do. I used slipped stitches on the side seams to help with seaming (so much easier to seam cables and texture this way!). Like many others, I used a three stitch bobble instead of five. The biggest change was that I moved the waist shaping which in the original decreases quickly and soon after the ribbing. This would have been supremely unflattering on my body, so I moved them to a more usual place in the vicinity of a high hourglass.
I'm proud of this knit, but I don't know if I'll love it as a garment. Though you can't see it in the pictures, the sleeve caps don't fit very well. This may be the fault of my gauge, but when I move my arms up or down, the caps seem to want to "lift" out of the armhole. Also, I think that I may have sewn them in too tight. I feel the seam around my whole arm. The other thing is, this seems to be an almost see-through knit, though warm. The cables look great at this gauge, but the reverse stockinette in between is very loose. I was wearing a black cami underneath, and though you can only see it a bit in the pictures, it's much more obvious in real life. I feel like this sweater screams "BOOBS" which makes me a little uncomfortable. Maybe it will relax a bit after wearing?
Anyway, I made these brownies for Creative Night last night. They're from Smitten Kitchen and they are supremely chocolately and chewy. I'd much rather have a chewy brownie than a cakey one. I added 1/4 teaspoon of orange extract and some zest to make them pretty on top. Next time I'd add 1/2 teaspoon and forget the vanilla altogether. I cut them in tiny little squares, and they went over big. You should make some. Tis the season for chocolate, after all.