Colchique en Repose

Friday, October 5th, 2007
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Colchique

I felt bad that I haven’t been taking many pictures for you guys to see what I’m doing, so I went crazy with my camera today. Colchique was tossed around every which way. I’m surprised she still trusts me to carry her around. (Yeah, this sweater is a girl. You wanna fight about it?)

I decided that I would never seam it unless I had a leg-up, so I decided to knit the bottom part in the round and throw in a slipped-stitch fake seam on each side to keep the shape a little bit. I’m not sure about this cast-on, though. I think I might pull it out at the end and do some sort of sewn bind-off. Any recommendations?

Colchique

I’m close to the end of the second ball, so the yarn here is a slight jumble. No worries, it’s a manageable jumble. I just like the way it looks poking out from under the sweater, so I took a picture.

Colchique

Colchique

I like this rock.

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Colchique in leaves:

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Colchique

And an all-over shot to see what the whole thing looks like.

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Aw look, Pounce is sniffing my knitting! Aw how cute.

Colchique

Aw, how… oh no! She’s eating my knitting! Stop! No! Kitty, bad kitty! Stop! Why am I still taking pictures?!

Colchique

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3 Comments to “Colchique en Repose”

  1. LOL at the yarn/sweater eating cat! I love your editorial style.

    Comment by Carly
    October 11, 2007 @
    9:45 am
  2. I hate double posting, but realized I forgot to mention, I’ve fallen out of love with every cast-on that I’ve done lately. Mostly, I use the twisted-German cast-on (also known as the long-tail cast-on) for the stretch, but it is so not pretty. What is this sewn bind off you speak of? And how do you undo your cast on row to pick up stitches? This I have not tried! It might solve my current distaste for most cast-ons. Do you have a favorite cast-on/cast-off? Or do you use different methods based on what you’re making?

    Comment by Carly
    October 11, 2007 @ 9:47 am
  3. I find it’s best to cater your cast-on to what you’re knitting. I usually use the same cast-on as you do (the german twisted business), but I don’t really like it unless I’m doing stockinette, and even then it’s a bit iffy! I’m the same as you, I’ve fallen out of love with every cast-on I’ve tried. I used to like tubular cast-ons, but they’re not stretchy at all so I’ve given up on them as well. There’s a special cast-on that grumperina talked about at one point that’s like a tubular cast-on but stretchier, but unfortunately she didn’t include instructions! So I’ll have to keep searching for a better cast-on.

    The sewn bind off is something I heard about but haven’t attempted yet. It was popularized by Elizabeth Zimmermann, I think. If you google “sewn bind off Elizabeth Zimmermann” you’ll probably find a few links or two.

    When it comes to removing cast-on stitches, I’m afraid the process is really laborious. I usualy just cut out the first row and then put my needles through the resulting loops… :)

    Comment by Eve
    October 15, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

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