St. Enda Update And Other Stuff

Originally published Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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St. Enda is finished; at least I hope it’s finished. I haven’t woven in the tails on the cuffs yet because I want the boy to try it on first. If I need to adjust the length of the sleeves, I don’t want to have to pick out the tail. LOL After washing and blocking, the cables spread out nicely

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and the width of the sweater grew several inches, just as my swatch predicted.

I did a folded neckband,

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which is my favorite. It is a very neat finish, and I don’t have to worry that my cast-off will be too tight or that the opening won’t fit over the wearer’s head. Note that I did a purl round after picking up the neckband stitches and before starting the 2 x 2 ribbing.

 I also included a “seam” stitch which was originally a knit stitch every round.

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But after I finished each section, I laddered the seam stitch down and used a crochet hook to make EZ’s “phony seam.”

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This technique involves alternating between drawing one thread, then two threads through the loop. The resulting “seam” is far more flexible than I was expecting and it looks very neat.

Now that St. Enda is done, I’ve been working on my Adult Surprise Jacket (No pix. Sorry.) And also on a scarf to match the We Call Them Pirates hat that I made for Joe of the Chariots of Iron podcast.

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I’m planning to do a Norwegian KAL that starts January 1st. I’m making the Dale of Norway Foxes sweater.

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I bought the pattern and yarn a couple of years ago when I was doing the North American DoN KAL. For that KAL I made Gjende. Needless to say, it took me a long while to finally finish Gjende. I think Foxes will be completed a lot more quickly. I’m no longer afraid to cut the armhole openings. LOL Anyway, before I start Foxes, I need to do a gauge swatch, so I’m going to make a hat in colors to match the sweater. The hat should take only a couple of days to complete, so I’ll probably wait until the end of December to start it. In the meantime, I’m going to try to finish the scarf and the ASJ, and maybe I’ll work on some socks.

With a new year approaching, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I wish to accomplish in the coming year in regard to my knitting. I hope to complete my first Fair Isle sweater in 2010, and to finish both the Melanie shawl and the Laughing Cat shawl. Otherwise, I’ll just knit whatever strikes my fancy. I know that cousin Vickie would love some more pink socks. A girl can never have enough pink socks.☺

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