Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Saga

This is going to have to be a two parter cuz I just realized I never took pictures of the finished product.

Mom's birthday was on Sunday - Happy Birthday Mom - and she's been making Christmas stockings for my cousins forever. This year I decided she should have her own stocking. So I checked out some patterns - found a couple I liked and cobbled them together. This is the first draft.

I decided I hated the arrows I had put in with her name. I'd done it so I could do the name in Fair isle without messing with duplicate stitching or intarsia - but it just made everything way too busy. Unfortunately I didn't decide this until I'd already started the foot - no way I was ripping out weeks worth of knitting. What's a knitter to do?

Why cut the stocking in half of course! I picked up the stitches at both sides of the section I wanted to remove - and then cut it out.

Then i put them on a needle and re-knit the section for the name in plain white.

Then I sat down and grafted the two pieces together - for TWO hours. Much to my annoyance - the gauge was off (plain knitting vs. two color knitting makes for bigger gauge) and I had to do this whole process twice!! I'll never need to read kitchner instructions again. Then there was the re-knitting of the foot section (dam you gauge!) but I'll save that saga for the finished project pics.

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