Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Slinky Ribs continued...

I’m moving right along with my Slinky Ribs sweater, two more rows before I start the stockinette bottom. At this point I will stop and do one of the sleeves so I can see how these “after thought” sleeves work. I have never knit a sleeve from the top down so it should be an interesting adventure. Wendy gives very detailed instructions for this technique so I don’t anticipate any problems, but you know how Murphy is, he is probably lurking behind the chair just waiting for an opportunity to pounce. My back up position, just in case he rears his ugly head, is to not do sleeves and make it a vest instead.

Speaking of Murphy, he almost got me last night. As I was knitting around and around and around, something didn’t feel right and I looked over to my right and sure enough I had pulled the cable out of my Options needle and a few of the stitches were just hanging there in mid air. I stopped and very carefully recovered those stitches and glued the cable back in. I love these needles but I can’t tell you how many cables have broken. Good thing the replacement cables are relatively cheap or I would be pissed as hell. I wonder if it is just me or if other knitters are having the same problem?

The Zephyr DK (wool/silk) is very nice to knit with and the silk give it a nice sheen. I can’t wait to see what it looks like blocked. I bought two cones of this stuff several years ago and never found a pattern I liked so they have been patiently waiting in my stash for the right opportunity. If this sweater turns out nice, I will be looking for another pattern for the other cone which is an apricot color. With Wendy’s book Custom Knits I don’t think I will have any problems finding my next pattern.