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As promised, I have a better photo of the Venezia Pullover, this time with a person inside!DSCN1053 It is not, however, all that well exposed. I do have photos that show the sweater off a bit better, but they have other issues, as you can see here.

This was a “stretch” project for me, one that I’ve had in mind to do for about a year. I made three pairs of mittens, all using stranded colorwork, to prepare for this, and paid attention any time I ran across anything talking about Fair Isle, steeking, sweater finishing, color theory, and a few other topics. It came out OK. It is the right size, I didn’t have to rip out excessive amounts of knitting at any time, and everyone who sees it goes a little nuts. If I make it again, I’ll do a few things differently, of course. I’ll shorten up the armholes considerably and add a few more decreases at the beginning of the armholes on the front, as I seem to have a bit of extra fabric in that area. I think that it will be OK on Mom. I might also set in the sleeves differently. I mattress seamed the sleeves, and the mattress seam is perfectly smooth, a bit too much so – when I look at it, I want to see some more definition, around the sleeve cap especially. DSCN1064I am happy, however, with the change that I made to the neckline, which I converted to a rounder boatneck.

The sweater is lovely. The colors (I ordered the suggested colors from the pattern) are nice and the pattern is complex and engaging without being tear-your-hair out difficult. I was less than pleased with the amounts of yarn which the pattern called for; as I noted in a previous post, I totally ran out of one color with about 40 rows to go. While the steeking instruction and accompanying article were quite elaborate and detailed, I could have used a bit more instruction on setting in and seaming the sleeves.

I am also of two minds regarding the care that this garment is going to require. The first time I washed and blocked it, I didn’t block the shoulder section just right, so when I wore the sweater out, it tended to ride up on my shoulders and look funny. I re-blocked it, tugging the shoulders out quite a bit. Then, after it dried, I had to steam the collar to make it lay flat (it wants to stick out a bit) and also steam out part of the shoulder section which I had blocked too far. In other words, it was tricky to block right. This sweater is for my mother, who tends to be more of a take-it-to-the-dry-cleaner person, so this concerns me. The dry cleaners aren’t going to take the time and care necessary to block it out at all, and solvent cleaning solutions aren’t going to do the fabric or the steeks any good – it won’t wear well at all. I’m putting it in the mail in a day or two, but I think that I’ll draw up a diagram for blocking and some explicit washing instructions first.

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Woo-hoo!

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Better photos to come, but we’re going camping this weekend, so it might be a few days. I’m quite excited to have this finished and just had to get something out there!

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Almost there.

Before I cut the steeks last night, I snapped a photo of the Venezia pullover, just because it had such a funny shape.

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After cutting the steeks open, it immediately assumed a more sweater-like shape.

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I’m altering the neckline to a more conventional (I hope!) boatneck shape. I’ve got this idea that the shoulder line will lay flatter this way – when I look at photos of other knitters’ finished Venezias on the internet, I never like how the shoulder line and top of the sleeve look. If this doesn’t work, there’s going to be a lot of cursing and cutting out and ripping back, because I don’t anticipate blocked Shetland wool as being anything easy or fun to rip out.

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@#$! out of yarn

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I’m out of one color. (Insert appropriate curse words here.) I bought the exact amount specified in the pattern. I’m knitting at gauge. I’ve followed the instructions to the letter. And one color is coming up short – not even a little bit short. A lot short. I’m totally out, with a whole pattern repeat to go.

I’ve emailed the shop where I bought the yarn to see if they still have any of that dye lot. I’m fairly unhappy about this, as it took ages to get the original order. Until I can get another ball of the color “mooskit” this will have to go on hold.

Well, at least I’ll get to work some more on my lace. I’ve missed the lace.

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DSCN0997 Now, two sleeves and a hem! (and one row of colorwork.) Other knitters who have blogged about this pattern have reported the bottom hem to be quite tedious. Although I didn’t think that it was too terribly awful, I am glad that it’s done. Now, onward and upward.

I talked about my Anntrelac socks in my last post. Since then, I’ve discovered that I somehow have nine little tilting blocks in each row, instead of the eight called for in the pattern. I tried the now 3″ long sock cuff on, however, and decided to leave it as it is, because it fits me quite nicely. I’ve done enough top-down socks to depart from the pattern, anyway. The challenge, of course, will be to replicate my mistake on the second sock. I might start that sock sooner rather than later, just in case I can’t make it come out the same way and need to frog the cuff I already have.

In other news, for interested friends, family, and random Internet strangers who have all been following my health: I’ve only had 2 migraines in the last 30 days! I’m also not having nearly so much daily pain. The new preventative meds from the neurologist seem to be working pretty well. My husband and I actually went to a movie last night! We had to miss quite a few movies that we wanted to see last year (the sound made my head hurt worse; I’ve also missed quite a bit of church for the same reason) so this is a Big Deal. Everyone please keep your fingers crossed that this continues to work so well.

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Of course, now all I have to do is knit the body, and, of course, run in what feels like a million ends. However, I’m quite happy that the Venezia sweater is progressing so quickly and smoothly.

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DSCN0993 The Lightweight Mountain Peaks Shawl is also progressing, a bit slower of course. I’ve reached the point where I would be really unhappy if I were to make a mistake and have to rip the whole thing out, so I ran a lifeline. I’m generally careful to run lifelines every so often, although oddly enough, I’ve never actually used one.

I’ve also been working on the Anntrelac socks, from the Interweave Knits 2007 Holiday issue. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the pattern (I can’t seem to find it quickly to link to) it uses the entrelac technique, which looks like woven chunks of knitting, for the sock cuff. Basically, it looks like one has combined knitting with basketweaving. It’s a neat little effect, and I got to learn how to knit backwards in the bargain. DSCN0994

This little trick reminds me of something my college horn professor used to say, regarding lip trills, multiphonics and other special, extra-musical effects. “It’s a cheap charlatan’s trick. It’s not really a skill, just a little trick,” at which point I would remind him that it’s still fun to do!

Vacation photos are still forthcoming, sorry. Our scanner has declined to scan my lovely film photos, so it’s just going to have to wait until I happen by a Kinko’s or some other place with a decent flatbed scanner.

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Twelve inches of the Venezia pullover, done. Another few inches, a whole ‘nother sleeve, and the body still to go. I haven’t done any complex Fair Isle work before, so this requires my total concentration. Given that my husband is prone to jumping up and down on the couch and yelling at the television whenever either football or hockey is on, total concentration has been a bit hard to come by in the past few weeks, so I’m quite pleased with my progress so far.

Before I ordered the yarn for this sweater, I did a search to see what other knitters had to say about the pattern. Everyone said the same thing, and I’m joining the chorus: The colors won’t photograph well. On the computer monitor, the look totally different from real life. When I get a bit more done, I might try taking some photos with my SLR film camera that doesn’t oversaturate the colors so much.

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My next Fair Isle sweater, all ready to go. Once again, the colors aren’t showing up right. Frustrating. They really do look very nice in person. That orange skein in the middle, for example, is more of a heathered topaz. One of my friends thinks that I need another light pattern color, but I think that the project is complicated enough. These are for the Owl Eyes Fair Isle Pullover, from Sweaters from a New England Village.

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Simple socks, in a plain dark green, for my husband, who is neither simple nor plain, but likes his socks that way.

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And, last, an early Christmas gift for me, courtesy of some early Christmas money from my mother. My knitting no longer will be carried around in a beat-up old freebie convention tote!

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