Some Progress, and a Restart

The Progress — Through Thick and Thin

I completed the front of my stripey top, and joined the two pieces too. So technically, it’s now wearable. πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to complete the sleeves so I can actually wear it.

Through Thick and Thin - body

This is the easiest project ever when it comes to seaming the sides. No pins, no markers required — just align the stripes from the two pieces while seaming, and voila, before you know it, there’s an almost seamless-looking join! πŸ˜€

But… However well this project is going, I’m going to put it aside for a while so I can redo another project.

The Restart — A Textured Blouse

Remember the wavy cabled cardigan that I knit for my mom? Though she was happy with it, quite a few things differed from her expectations, apparently. Throughout the project, I’d made adjustments here and there to fit her not-always-clear requirements, but her final list now comprises a smaller neck and a shorter body. Sigh! It’s so not fun seeing her in a sweater that doesn’t quite fit her needs. So I offered to redo it — with the same yarn, since she likes the feel and color of it.

This time, however, I’m knitting a raglan-style top-down blouse so (a) there’s less fiddling around with pieces, and smaller chance of playing yarn chicken, and (b) my mom can evaluate the size of the neck and the length of the body as early as possible. Also, I’m not using the earlier wavy pattern — it takes ages to work the frequently occurring tiny cables. I made some swatches of other stitches and patterns, and my mom liked a variation of the slip stitch. The stitch does look different here because of the gauge and the top-down knit; but my mom considers it suitable for her blouse. (I hope she doesn’t change her mind about it later.)

Slip/Seed Stitch Squared Blouse

I’ll work exclusively on this project until it’s done. It’s already cold here due to incessant rains, and winter is coming not far behind; it’d be so gratifying if my mom gets to use this blouse for the purpose she’d intended — to get through chilly mornings without wearing a full-fledged sweater.

Oh, by the way, I’ve been knitting continental, but with this project, I’m trying out combination knitting! It’s keeping me on my toes, and I like it so far. It reminds me of the time I learned to knit — I used to purl the ‘wrong’ way, and it was indeed wrong, because I would end up twisting those stitches and wondering why the row was so tight. πŸ™‚

14 thoughts on “Some Progress, and a Restart

  1. hey there! a few days ago i’ve tried to knit my first scarf (I also share this in my wordpress, maybe you want to check it/? it’s okay if you won’t ^^) and it goes pretty well! Just wanna say I love the stripey top that you’ve made, I hope I can knit something else that wearable other than a scarf like you did. (sorry for my bad english >< )

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    1. I can’t wait to see the finished scarf when you share it! I’m sure you’ll make many more scarves and tops on your knitting journey. ☺

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  2. Stripey top is looking better every time you show us the progress ❀
    And you must be an angel of patience redoing the other top, just thinking about unraveling something completely and using the same yarn again makes my skin crawl. There would be a lot of cursing in my house each time I get to a knot or tangled yarn. Id' probably cheat and just buy the same yarn again πŸ˜‰ Anyway, good luck with this project and hope to see it here soon!

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    1. Thank you! Hope I finish the top and wear it soon!
      About the redo – oh yes, we did look for the yarn again ☺ but didn’t find this color or any other good one. I don’t mind the undo if it means happiness for the wearer and a better destiny for the garment! πŸ˜‰
      We did buy more yarn of a different kind though (I mean, who can resist? πŸ˜‰) so she’ll be getting another blouse / cardi when I manage to knit with it! ☺

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  3. Well done on completing the body of your top! I really like the way you’ve alternated thin and thick stripes- somehow gives a more subtle striped effect than when they’re all the same width.
    I hope the new version of the cardigan for your mum goes well. It’s a really good idea to try a top-down construction- definitely helps when you need to check about style and fit. I loved the original with those amazing cable waves, but the slip stitch pattern looks beautiful in the yarn too. I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the top-down way is a lesson well-learned! Mom and I have agreed that she’ll try this one on frequently during the creation process, so I’m hoping it’ll go better this time.
      And you’re right, I did choose the alternating stripes because I felt the same width ones made the pattern look too busy. I’m happy to see that you like the effect. πŸ™‚

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