I’m feeling virtuous because there is no new Christmas stocking on the needles. This would be a totally frivolous knit as I’ve already got two spare stockings but I’ve still needed a lot of talking out of it. If I can hold my resolve for long enough then the fancy will pass and I’ll have seen something else that I must knit right now this minute so it’s just a case of keeping on holding on. As you can see I did finish Faberge, the ends aren’t sewn in because I don’t think that it’s going to be a keeper (I can’t wear things with ends hanging out and that’s how I can be sure that I have never worn them when it comes to getting rid of them). It turned out exactly as I wanted, a small something to fill in at the top of my two sweaters that have a big gaping neckline and it does do that I suppose but it’s not what I’m after. When tucked in it’s just plain odd looking and if I leave it floating about there’s too much of it. The textured eyelets turned out to be the same ones as in the baby jacket which came as a surprise seeing as I’d not read ahead in the pattern or knitted the recommended swatch. I can see why people get caught out with it being small, the cast on is some 480 stitches which sound like a decent sized shawl but a lot of those stitches are eliminated at the top of the rib to make it form pleats. Suddenly it becomes a much smaller triangle than you might have been expecting.
I have another finished thing, this is a real, actual finished shirt, this time complete with buttons and buttonholes, made out of fabric that I paid money for. The thing that I have been most worried about was making the buttonholes but that turned out to be a relatively straightforward process (yes, the top one is in the wrong place but thankfully it will be invisible behind a tie). The worst part of the whole project turned out to be sewing the buttons on, they are half inch buttons and small buttonholes and there is very little margin for error in placement. With my perfectionist trait fully enabled I took two buttons off and put them back on again before I decided to leave the others until the shirt has been through the wash and I’ve forgotten which ones I considered to be wrong by millimetres. This is the short sleeve version of Kwik Sew 3883. I’ll make the next one with long sleeves and when cutting out I’ll increase the seam allowance so I can make a flat fell seam, as written the pattern is assembled with 0.25″ seams and the raw edges are overcast together. That works well enough but all the rest of the shirts in his wardrobe have flat fell seams and I’m sure that I can do that even though I’ve only ever sewed a small sample and that was thirty mumble years ago at school. Other people manage it so I should be able to do it too providing of course that I have a wide enough seam allowance to start with.
This is where my self restraint went right out of the window. The postman brought me these mega rolags this morning (shown with an apple for scale). I’ve never seen anything quite like them so (purely for research purposes you understand) I had to have them. Don’t they look like fun? If I make a two ply yarn then there will be six rolags in each ply and five and two half colour changes in the length. I keep being unconvinced by that so I wrote it down to check it, it might have been less amusing had I chosen other letters but at least ABBAABBAABBA is memorable. My dog walk today was spent working out how long a piece of fabric I’d get out of each colour change if I used the hypothetical yarn with the dark brown warp that is waiting to go on the loom. I got back home with the solution but without the answer to the supplementary question of “what would that look like made into a bag?”. I’ve checked the weather report and it will be fine tomorrow morning so a longer walk may provide the answer. If the the colour changes don’t work well in the fabric lengths needed to make sock project bags then I’d like to know this before I commit myself to making the yarn.