Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Pictures in the not very good light of dawn

I got some photos taken yesterday morning just after official dawn. The flash still seems to be washing out a lot of the color, but.

First we have front and back not-sewn-together pictures of the single-strand Baby Surprise Jacket. Eh, it's a Baby Surprise Jacket. The sewing and buttons will happen in the next unplanned session of batch finishing sometime in the Spring.

Next is the sleeve of the Sockotta sweater. I made and unmade a lot of progress last night. Having reached the end of the increases, I had on a combination of Where the Buffalo Roam (secret Hunter Thompson fan, though I don't think I would have liked to been around him personally) and Yes, Minister. Wasn't watching the knitting till I saw that the colors where lining up in a way I didn't like after about 3 or 4 inches.

I didn't take pictures of the process, but here's a technique for a controlled ripping back, in this case on two circs, but it would also apply to the traditional double point arrangement as well:

1. find the starting point
2. drop one stitch down as far back as you want to go back
3. with the a free needle (i.e., your 4th or 5th in a DPN, or the other end of the circ you're on in a 2 -circ method, pick up that one stitch.
4. remove other end of the needle up above
5. rip the stitch lines wholesale down to about 2 rows above where you want to stop
6. with the same end of the needle that you picked up that one stitch with, continue working right to left, slowly and carefully ripping those last two rows and pickup with each stitch in turn.
7. Do this one by one until you reach the end of the stitches of what was pulled out.
8. Repeat for other needle(s).

This will take a while, but is more controlled than just wholesale ripping back. I find with wholesale ripping back it's too easy to lose where you were headed and stop either too early or too late.

I think the solution to the sleeve to prevent the colors stacking as badly as they did will be to grab a second skein and work alternate rows off each skein. And don't watch the screen for a couple hours without examining what's going on with the colors .

Last picture, the new double-strand Baby Surprise Jacket. Yesterday's knitting got it up past the point where you have to pay attention and increase, to the comfy point where you can just settle in to a low sequence of decrease rows to the next attention point. Nice.

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