Tuesday, June 28, 2011

WIP Wednesday

On last week’s Work in Progress Wednesday, I had to rip out my Celebrity Tank because it was turning out huge. The designer, Rachel Dickman, read my post and messaged me on Ravelry. She had a really good point. She said that she had designed the garment with two inches of ease in the hips, then cinched it with the ribbon. Since I am omitting the ribbon, this might be why I was having a problem. She suggested that if I wanted to knit the size small sans ribbon, that I do a few extra increases to get the bust back up to the medium size. This makes total sense. I don’t think making the medium and cinching the waist would work very well for me- I have an hourglass shape and need a little more waist definition- but knitting the small with a medium-sized bust seems like it would be perfect.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear from the designer. It didn’t occur to me that she would be perusing my little blog! I was thrilled that she took the time and effort to message me with her suggestions on fit, especially when I hadn’t even asked! It was so helpful.

So there I was, working along on the tank, thinking about how to best space the extra increases, when I realized- I had twisted my knitting when I joined in the round, and had a mobius strip instead of the bottom of a sweater. I’m not even sure how I managed to do that! I was so careful to check and make sure I wasn’t twisting, but apparently I was not careful enough. Amidst much cursing, I frogged again. I have now cast-on for a third time, carefully joined, and hopefully will have a much smoother knit than the last two times. I am determined to knit this tank, but I’m not sure how much frogging I (or the yarn!) can take. On the bright side, I’m getting a lot of practice at the provisional cast-on for my folded hem- I don’t even have to look at the directions anymore!

On a brighter note, look what I found:

I’m not sure when I started these, but they have been languishing with other unfinished objects for awhile, and I had forgotten about them! They’re a nice, simple sock, following Silver’s Sock Class. I’ve turned the heel, picked up stitches, and am working on the decreases. It’s a nice, simple knit, although I did manage to sit on and break one of the needles (on the same day that I had the problems with the Celebrity Tank! Sunday was NOT a good day for knitting!)

I knit another repeat on my Clapotis, but it looks pretty much the same as it did last week, so I don’t think it’s worth posting another picture.

Head on over to Tami’s Amis and see what everyone else is working on!


  1. Ooof, Sunday sounds like a bad knitting day - I hate those, where everything seems to go wrong. I'm sure the tank will follow the 3rd time lucky rule!

  2. I have Celebrity Tank in my queue so I'm very glad I found your post - it will certainly be helpful once I start knitting it!

    Third time lucky for you I hope!

  3. Ugh! Murphy's WIP day it sounds like.

  4. I love it when I hear from designers! Even when they only leave a comment and fave my project. It's why I try to look through my patterns and see who has made my stuff.

    Sucks about the twisted sweater. I tried to make a sweater with boucle once and realized a bunch of rounds in that I twisted it. Thus I have never made a sweater, haha!

  5. Oh dear, the multiple-frogging is just a nightmare, but nice of the designer to help out. I also think it's lovely when they do that, or when they comment on the rav page.

    Good luck with it x

  6. Oh man, your Sunday sounds like it was a nightmare! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this time the tank goes well. That's awesome the designer actually contacted you!

  7. Stick with the tank it will be worth it in the end!
    Lovely socks too!

  8. Frogging is never fun, your top sounds very complicated. I wish you lots of luck with it. How cool she contacted you to try to offer assistance.

  9. That is really cool that the designer contacted you! I'm impressed.

    Sorry about the mobius mistake...and the broken needle. I guess no more knitting on Sundays.

  10. That was lovely of the designer to contact you. Maybe the third time will be the charm!