I suspect this will be my penultimate Bodley's Cardigan post. The sweater is coming in to the last little bits. I've added the sleeves in--and didn't that go swimmingly? Why yes, yes it did!--and I've knit 9 1/2 of the 11 repeats of the yoke section. Once I'm done with the yoke I do two repeats of the short rows section and then I'm on to the collar--and that's it! I have till Saturday night to get my NEWT points, and I really think I'm in good shape to get there.
Joining the Sleeves
So, this is the first time I've done a bottom-up sweater where you join in the sleeves and then work the whole thing, decreasing in a raglan style. I worked 11" of the sleeves before I joined them on--it's a 3/4 sleeves sweater, thank heaven, or I'd never get done in time, honest! and then I had just a minute of ... OMSQ, can I do it? Does this make sense?
I trusted in the pattern, and because DovieJay is brilliant, it went exactly the way it was meant to do.
And then I knit...
And I knit knit knit knit. There are short rows in the yoke. German short rows, yay! They're easy and cool, and it makes it so I don't have to worry that the sticky alpaca will prevent me from knitting in the wrap. And I knit and knit and knit, and suddenly it started looking like a sweater!
More Yarn, anyone?
I spun an extra skein of yarn a week ago. I had to buy more roving--and of course I couldn't get the same kind of roving I bought before, and this is silkier and harder to make rolags with, but I did it. And I'm glad I did. I haven't added it in to the project yet, because I was thinking if I didn't use it I would use it for a class project instead. But I think I will use it, even though I don't really need it. I'm not going to run out of yarn, I don't think. But Skein SadieLou, the last of the skeins I spun for this project, is a little rough. I think it'll be okay when I wash the sweater, but I'm still not sure I want it on the collar. I'm going to use the softer yarn for the collar.
I'll just be traveling on...
We're heading to Pennsylvania on Sunday for Thanksgiving. I probably can't work on this in the car, but on Thursday night, Friday, and Saturday morning I should have ample time. I might even have time for a third class project, you never know... I've already got 2, and 25% on my Phoenix socks which didn't go quite as planned...
I'll have to bring something with me to work on if the sweater gets finished.
I'll see you all on the other side of a finished sweater!