Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Okay, I'm Ready To Talk About It Now

Let's take a minute and refresh everyone's memories, shall we?

Remember the ill-fated pajama top incident?  (For a refresher, see here, here, and here)  Remember how I had finally purchased some solid brown coordinating flannel to make a new top, and how I drew that bag for the Project of the Month for September?
My trust sidekick and I decided we had better get cracking, so I cut out the back and the facing, then opened the material up to cut out the remaining pieces, only to discover......
I don't have enough material!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Can you believe it????  I think I got this material from Joanns (having not saved the info because I got as much material as the pattern said, so I assumed there was no reason and brown flannel is brown flannel), so I'm hoping to be able to match it and have a swatch stuffed in my purse for when I've calmed down enough to be reasonable and not come home with 14 bolts of the silly stuff.  Obviously, I was not happy.  Theo even found it safer to move to some fabric I'd left lying on the floor....
 and sewing and I decided we needed a little time apart.  

I consoled myself with some work on the new socks, 
 then--prepare yourselves for a shock--I dug out the Kauni cardigan!!!!!
 It had been languishing in my knitting bag since I ran into problems with adding a new ball of yarn.  I was toying with how to proceed (and putting off frogging a few rows because this is really sticky yarn), but I was in a bit of a destructive mood after the pajama incident, so I cheerfully ripped back the knitting, and found a yarn end that would give me a "blended" change.  The change is not at all visible, and I have now even divided for the neck!

I decided to join the new yarn with the color changes going in the opposite direction.  I'm not sure how this will turn out, but I don't have very much farther to go on the top, and I thought it would be nice to have some new color combinations.  And the second ball of yarn is about to need replacing as well, so I can change things in a few rows if I need to anyway.
We'll see how it works.  You can't really see from the picture, but the current color pattern is a rusty red on a turquoise background, which is seriously ugly by itself but won't be that noticeable (hopefully) on the overall sweater.  I'll go back to the color-chasing scheme for the sleeves, as I like that look much better, though I might space them out just a bit more so the pattern is a bit easier to see. 

I need 30 more projects by the end of the year.  Which makes it a PERFECT time to pick up a sweater knit with fingering weight yarn, don't you think?????