Monday, June 01, 2009

A good and busy weekend.

I didn’t work this weekend… Except at catching up on chores!
And there are always more of them than there is time.

Saturday was the best day—spent with friends, knitting and talking and shopping—I was a big spender and bought 7 (count them, Seven!) different tins –at 10 cents each! One or two will remain unchanged, the others will be spray painted and decorated, and go to work holding various things, from sugar to salt to pasta…

I’ve been collecting cans, and spray painting them for years—some get given away (filled with cookies or candy or other treats) some, get dented or corroded (salt is hard on tin cans) and thrown out.. (I blogged about this—some time in the past (but can’t find the post!) Its something I do—intermittantly.)

I Finished (Even got buttons) February Lady--and finished the semi sleeve.

I am quite pleased with the semi sleeve—it’s just enough to cover my fore arm.
(actually, I would have made them an inch or two longer, but… I used all but 15 inches of yarn!)

I started at the wrist, using the hand painted yarn of the yoke for the cast on, (and used the same cast on as the February Lady—Judy’s Magic Cast on, done in a reverse stocking knit. Then a row of beading, then the lace.

I didn’t use the same gull lace --which, think about it, is worked upside down (from the top to the bottom) but a similar one, --worked from the bottom (cuff) to the top (elbow) I also added columns of purls between the lace pattern to make it a bit snug at the top—(to keep the semi sleeve on). I ended with a few rounds of garter.
Here is the pattern I used:

R1: K2tog, Yo, K3, YO, SSK, P1
R3: K2, YO, K3 together (raised center decrease), YO, K2, P1
(alternate rows: Knit 7, P1)–
(remember, this pattern is worked in the round--.if you want to work flat, it would be K1, P7)!

I cast on 40 (5 repeats of the lace) but if you knit small or medium sizes of the sweater, you might find that 32 stitches are more than enought for a snug semi sleeve. (4 repeats of the lace) 
I used a size 7 (4.5mm) needle too, --the sleeve was too loose with a size 8--
(any number of combinations/4 or 5 repeats, size 7 or size 8 needles, give you the ability to fine tune the finished size!)

A simple semi sleeve doesn't really need too much of a pattern. 
Cast on (32 or 40) --use the same cast on you used for the February Lady Sweater.

Work some rounds of garter stitch, about 1 to 1.5 inches in total.  (the same as the FLS.)

OR--in my case, 3 rounds (1 garter ridge on right side) then a round of beading, (k2tog, YO) then 10 more rounds (5 more garter ridges on right side) 

Then start lace... (you can use the same gull pattern, or the pattern I provided)
Knit lace till semi sleeves is about 1 to 1.5 inches shorter than desired.
Return to garter, and work 1 to 1.5 inches  of garter stitch. 
bind off loosely.  Weave in ends of yarn.

I haven’t finished (not even the foot!) of my pastel red socks—but I am back on track. One day last week, I had managed to pull the needle out of 15 to 20 stitches on one sock, and twisted stitches took this as an opportunity to untwist and unravel—And since every row is twisted, frogging was out of the question.. (an since I was working 2 socks on Magic loop, tinking was no fun either!)

But all is resolved, all the stitches are back on the needles, all dropped stitches have been worked up, and a half dozen rounds have been completed.


teabird said...

The sweater is wonderful!

Susie said...

Love the sweater! Colors are gorgeous.

FuguesStateKnits said...

Wow that sweater is great! I am soooo far behind you. chug chug chug chug....

Melissa said...

Great sweater! The hand painted yarn at the top really adds a nice touch. And the semi sleeves are really a great idea.

Liz said...

I've been missing some Sundays because I don't think I've seen this finished. It looks great!