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FO Friday: Leek

If nothing else, the photography session was worth the wait. I decided to go ALL OUT, makeup and everything, so naturally I had to answer the door partway through. Jehovah’s Witnesses, bless ’em. They gave me a pamphlet with a moose on it and scampered away from the crazy lady with a camera and too much blusher. XD

Anyway. Here it is. Leek!

leek: finished!

Top-down, raglan, mainly stockinette cardigan done on 3mm needles in an acrylic/wool blend. It was originally intended to be sleeveless/cap sleeve but at some point I obviously decided that this was not what I wanted. Possibly after making my peacock eye cardi, possibly after I found myself wearing wristwarmers in July.

Here’s the front detail which was totally intentional and not due to a miscalculation at all, oh no.

leek: front detail

OK, I confess, I was aiming for a deep V-neck but put the bottom of the V far too high. I like it this way, though, it’s actually the perfect place to have that single button. That was deliberate – I very rarely do up more than a couple of buttons on cardigans, and I really wanted to use the last of these mother of pearl buttons (previously used in this cardigan).

leek: back view

The underarms are a bit baggy due to picking up too many stitches when dividing the sleeves from the body. Also the whole using-3mm-needles-after-swatching-on-2.75s thing. Still; not terrible. I suspect it’ll balance out as it lengthens after a bit of wear.

I normally hate photographing finished objects but for some reason this session was hilarious. My camera has a double-timer setting – it pauses 10 seconds before the first picture, then another 3 or so before the second. The lighting often comes out better on the second shot, but I almost always mistime it and end up with a shot of blurred movement or daft expressions.

My best duckface:

leek: now with bonus duckface

‘wtf is that? is that a feather? Damn that red boa.’

leek: feather removal

I don’t even know what’s going on here.

leek: distracted by own backside

You can see all the pics associated with Leek under this Flickr tag, and some of them on the Ravelry project page.

WIP Wednesday: Macbeth edition

This week I’ve mostly been disrespectin’ the hell outta Shakespeare.

Suck it up, Shakespeare!

Look at that. Shameful it is. I’ve gone so far as to make a Flickr tag specifically for the purposes of showing my contempt for everything the rest of the world holds dear. I am a disgrace.

Anyway. Let’s talk WIPs.

Leek is brought to you by Lady Macbeth… ‘out, damned hair, out I say’ because I keep knitting stray hairs into it (ew), and ‘what, will this sleeve ne’er be complete?’ because augh.

leek, WIP, STILL.

As you can see, I’m nearly there, but the knitting and the weather have conspired to kill my joints, so, ouch. Probably serves me right for all this dissin’ I’ve been doing.

In anticipation of the completion of this sleeve, however, I decided to treat myself with some dyeing. So, brought to you by the three witches, look upon my cauldron and tremble.

wool of bat is fine, but keep the baboon's blood out of it

This is some rather fabulous un-dyed sparkleyarn I picked up a while back. I thought it was about time I risked un-fabulousing it. I’m not sure what the colourway is going to be called… it’s supposed to be Silver-Footed Thetis but it’s looking a little bit too dark for that. I may have to revise it to Frightful Eris. Maybe even Wicked Erichtho. Only time, washing, rinsing and drying will tell which name is best suited. Three litres of boiling water takes a REALLY long time to cool down and I want to know NOW, dammit.

Sewing WIPs: I guess they’re Banquo’s ghost, lurking in the corner to drive me insane though invisible to everyone else. Shh, man. You’re making me make myself look bad. And I do a good enough job of that on my own.

Writing WIPs: I have about a bajillion short stories but they’re all… what’s the right word. Crap? No. Goofy. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t dream of one day writing a serious, weighty masterpiece of literature but at the moment it’s all ‘lol what if [insert stupid and probably unoriginal idea here]’ inspired by forum posts and random thoughts. So, in Macbeth terms, let’s call them the Porter, the comedy interlude both in the Serious Business Of Knitting As Documented In This Blog and in the eventual course of my writing. Maybe. If I ever successfully harness the power of the roomful of monkeys in my brain.

WIP Wednesday: Leek

Hey! I remembered WIP Wednesday on an actual Wednesday! Woo!

I am a large part of the way through Leek now. Unfortunately, all the good bits are done, and I’m now on to the sleeves. I thought I was being smart by doing the button band early. Nope.

Note to self: sleeves are not an afterthought. In fact long sleeves comprise about 1/3 of the total area of fabric being knitted. Stop kidding yourself, and factor them into the knitting time.

Fortunately, iPlayer is full of awesome Shakespearean stuff at the moment, so I have plenty to watch while I knit. I got a good 6″ of sleeve done while watching Richard II, the first instalment of the Hollow Crown series (here’s an iPlayer link, if you’re in the right country, highly recommended), so I’m looking forward to the Henries. Though I will be amazed if I manage to tear my attention away from the screen long enough to get my decreases in the right place. Fine actors prancing around the screen, absent-mindedly chewing on scenery and declaiming their hearts out.

Back to the WIPs.


It’s taking shape, though a slightly different one than I intended. I complained a while back that my gauge changed completely between swatch and project, and I’m ending up with a cardigan bigger than I wanted. I fear I know why that occurred. I am currently using a 3mm needle, but I think I did the swatch on a 2.75mm. Oopsie. Still, it’s not looking bad for it.

Technically I have another couple of sewing WIPs in the form of the dress that I outgrew while making it, and the dressing gown I started in sunnier times and then put aside because thinking is hard. But the dress is going to have to wait until I can fit my backside back in it (note to self: this is why you need to run more), and the dressing gown… well, thinking is hard.

Also, as a non-fibre-artsy WIP, I have the next story for Short Story Saturday/Sunday written and awaiting some pruning because at 2000 words, I think it’s a bit long. I mean, that’s fine for a story, but far too long for a blog post. I see red pen and dramatic sighs in my future. Wish me luck!

Give me strength.

I began work earlier in the week on a flowery, cap-sleeved top.
To be precise, a Butterick B4799, view C, in an amusingly garish faux-Liberty print. This one, in fact.

The extremely subtle fabric I'll be using in my next project.

Huge picture required to do justice to the pattern.

I’ve had the fabric for ages, and not quite managed to work out what I want to do with it. Now that I’ve started this top… I’m still not sure. The fabric was fine flat, but once the started to take shape…

Yeah. Not 100% about this one. XD

Don’t like it.

I didn’t really know what to do. My crafting intuition screamed, threw its hands up in the air and ran away, and was urging me to do the same. It’s difficult for me, in these situations. My crafting intuition is always right. So many times I’ve ended up kicking myself because I haven’t listened to it. So now it’s hard not to immediately jump when it calls.

I was just about to throw in the towel, when an article in the Sew Weekly leapt out at me – 10 things I’ve learned: Loran. The first on the list was this:

Don’t judge the unfinished project. They can turn out either surprisingly well…or not. But finishing means you’ve seen the process all the way through and that alone is worth it.

Well. I’ve always been one to follow the urgings of the internet (see: any monthly challenge I’ve ever entered) so dutifully, I continued.

But I’m still not sure.

Still not convinced.

I suppose that, unlike the dummy, I will be wearing it with other clothing, so it won’t be quite so HAI I AM TEH FUGLY. It will be more psst I am teh fugly teehee now look at the rest of the outfit pls. Buuutttt I don’t know. I want to finish because the internet said so… but I also don’t want to prove my intuition wrong. If I can’t trust my intuition, what can I trust?

Fortunately, Leek is coming on a little better, though my gauge changed between my swatch and the actual thing so it’s coming out a little bigger than anticipated. A minor irritation, in comparison with the psychological torment already discussed.

This, however, is coming along quite nicely.

Any tips for keeping strong in the face of screaming intuition? Also any moral support and outfit suggestions welcomed. 😀

*Exactly* what I hoped would happen.

I mentioned the other day in my post Plugging the Gaps that I’d ordered some fabric.

Well, I couldn’t wait.

Ancient ribbon stash is somewhat grubbier than I'd hoped.

This is the beginnings of a Butterick B4685, view D (the yellow one.) I had a single metre of a plain cream cotton lawn in my stash, and though the necessary elastic hadn’t arrived, I dug out some lace and organza ribbon from my bag o’notions and made a start. I like the way the slight grubbiness makes it look a bit vintage; but it really isn’t. The ribbon came from Robert Sayles in Cambridge and the lace from Birmingham Indoor Market. Though… the ribbon must be 10 years old by now. Honorary vintage?

I’d hoped to have it finished for wear this weekend, but that proved an excessively ambitious thought. Still, it’s mostly taken shape:

Not bad for a day's work...

I’ll do a pattern review once I’m done with it. But for the moment, as it’s not finished and I’m now away for the weekend, I may have to call in a MMM cheat day.

Speaking of weekends away… after the horror of the last weekend I spent away without any projects in tow, I was careful to set up a new project well in advance.

All I could manage before my hands started hurting. :-/

This is going to be a raglan cardigan in a wool blend 4 ply, originally planned with short sleeves purely because I don’t know if I’ll have enough yarn to give it longer ones. As it is a knitting pattern and therefore needs an esoteric name, it is currently codenamed ‘Leek’.

With regards to future projects, the fabric I ordered on Wednesday arrived at lunchtime Friday. I came back from the gym to find the delivery guy trying to give it to my neighbours. I retrieved it and hugged it close. One of the fabrics is even more intense hideous bold than I hoped it would be. I can’t wait to get on to that one. 😀

To conclude this rambling post, and explain what I meant by the title; it’s this. I hoped that Me Made May would spark my creativity, and give me a bit of a prod into turning some of those ideas into reality. It’s already doing both of those things! Plans and patterns that have been lying around for absolutely years are finally seeing the light of day and being turned into real, live objects. I’m really happy. 🙂