25 November 2006

No seams here!

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. I, for one, am thankful that I'm not a homeowner yet. Yesterday we found our basement flooded with 2 inches of water from the leaking hot water heater for the downstairs apartment. I am also thankful we don't live in the downstairs apartment.

I haven't blogged in a while because I haven't had anything of interest to show. Just slow progress and no finished objects. Tonight, however, I think my progress is interesting, at least to me.

Remember that hoodie I've been working on? Well, after consulting with a friend who is a huge Elizabeth Zimmermann fan, I decided that I needed to continue in the round. My non-driving car time over Thanksgiving was spent knitting sleeves in the round, which I finished earlier this evening. Now the fun can start!

It's hard to tell from the picture, but I've united the sleeves and the body onto one needle so that I can continue knitting in the round. I've reserved 12% of the body stitches on scrap yarn on both the sleeves and the sides of the body. They will be woven together seamlessly at the end.
If you Zimmermann fans out there are wondering why I did 12% and not 8% as EZ prefers, the answer is that I am also following the Yarn Girls' pattern as a guide and they had 40% of the body stitches for the widest part of the sleeves rather than the 33% typical of EZ patterns. Therefore (as EZ explains), I had to increase the underarm bit to 12% to account for this.

Now I can just knit on in the round, AND still make the sleeves set-in as the pattern calls for. It's so cool how it works out. Seamless perfection.

I actually think I'll switch to going back and forth when I get to the V-neck part because I don't feel ready to baste and cut yet. I feel like I've untaken quite a bit with this project already and don't want to press my luck or make my head explode.


At 7:29 AM, Anonymous diana said...

Wow, looking good Jen! I also have been reading up on EZ. Good stuff.

At 10:06 PM, Blogger Dearest Cupcake said...

Gah, math. It's kind of like sports - when I start hearing a certain vocabulary my eyes blur and my mind wanders away quickly. But the sweater does look lovely!

At 6:01 AM, Blogger cafuria said...

Your hoodie is going to be amazing. I am so impressed with how far you have come as a knitter.


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