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Jul. 27th, 2009

Well, I'm still plodding along on that sweater. Even though the stitch pattern itself isn't hard, it's time-consuming, and I'm not going to be able to get the lace sleeves done in time for the gig on August 8th. Doggone it. I've decided to keep working on it, though, for next year's Gathering in Nova Scotia. I might even wear it to next year's Cleveland Gathering...we'll see.

However, I still have time to make another garment. I worked out the design this afternoon, and it's also going to be made of 100% cotton, roughly the same type of yarn. But it's going to be an all-over lace pattern, worked over an odd number of stitches...

Row 1: k1, YO, k2 tog, repeat to end of row
Row 2: purl

This works up really fast, and since the needle sizes are US9 for the ribbing and US11 for the body, the garment is quite a peekaboo deal, designed to be worn over a sleeveless t-shirt (aka a "wifebeater" top). The sleeves will probably be full-length. The construction will be pretty much the same as the previous sweater, knit from the front ribbing on over and down to the back ribbing, with the sleeves being picked up at the edge of the armholes and worked down to the cuffs. Anything that saves me having to sew fewer seams works for me.

Once I get several inches knitted, I'll post pics. I'll also post pics of the progress I've made on the other one...I'm about halfway down the back. Admittedly, I haven't done a whole lot on it lately due to stuff going on around the house (the downstairs bathroom is nearly done, and we're ready to prime the dining room and kitchen walls as well as repanelling the bar between those two rooms). At least I'll manage to get this top done. I have 12 days til the show, and the swatches worked up so quickly, with 8 rows and 10 st equalling 2", so there's plenty of time, even with all of the other aggravation going on. I'm working night shift Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, so I can take it to work with me those nights and get a bit done on my breaks. After that, I'm on vacation for 10 days. :)

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