Saturday, September 26, 2009

updates on my "RED KITE"

The project Red Kite is now finished [finally!]:woooh:.I finished it last October and totally liked the result.

Project Details:
Pattern name: KITE
Book: Rowan The Story of Little Knits
Yarn: Neveda Athleta
Needle: 3.5mm and 4.00mm
1/4" satin ribbon


This project gave me a bit of hard time, first I used a different yarn, much thinner yarn hence using smaller needles, so that would mean different gauge, so I need to improvise...
All while I thought that everything is doing well when I finished both sleeves and found out that the arm hole doesn't fit with the armhole on the body part! [mentioned to my previous blog entry].

There were 3 more visit to frog pond after the first one, and finally able to get at least the correct number of stitches need, I seek the help of different knitting venues like the Knitting Daily forum, friends from my multiply and software I seldom use, which turns out, quite helpful, will talk more about the software on upcoming knitting adventures.

So frustrated on ripping the sleeves for nth time, and I didn't want to tackle it anymore afraid that it might not fit the body again, I did some small projects and here are my FOs...

This is a Floral pouch, got the pattern from a Japanese magazine called Knit Kaffe with ISBN#978-4-07-255444-9
This went to Ate Glenn. Hope she liked it.

A ribbed cellphone cozy made for a Michael Jeffrey.

Another ribbed cellphone cozy made for Melchor.

Made for Angel's school diary.

Abbie's headband with white floral applique.

Angel's headband with red floral applique

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

OH NO!!!!

-dated: September 08 Tuesday

Here I am happy as can be, cause I'm almost done with Red Kite finished with the following:
  • shoulder seams
  • side seams
  • sleeve seams

And when I'm about to insert the sleeves to the arm hole, lo and behold, the sleeves are smaller than the arm hole!

How this be? Why didn't I account the fact that when modify a pattern using a different gauge, I must take into consideration the size of the sleeves to the arm hole? Why is this not mention on the books I read and referred time and time again?

Can you just imagine how frustrated and am now about to pull my hair out!tension

I can't believe this, I'm almost done and now I have to rip both sleeves and redo them, but this time, I don't know how many stitches I have to cast-on.

Not to mentioned that the guy from the LYS where I bought the yarn put the label (with the dye lot and all) on different shade of red! So now the middle part has a lighter shade. This kind of mistake I can live with, but the sleeves?!?!

I'm thinking of ripping the whole front and of course the sleeves but that would mean another month on this one.

I think I have to put this blog on hold and think of ways to save this project.

-dated: September 10

After two days of agonizing, I'm now a bit more composed, and has come with a plan on how to attack this dilemma, I am thinking of picking up the stitches on the arm hole, to make sure that the sleeves will fit, and will be knitted in round. Now the question is, how many stitches should I need to pick up? Next thing do is I have to figure out how many decreases should I make on both ends and it interval when doing the decrease.

I've measured the arm hole - 19cm, and my gauge on a 4mm needle is 22-23stitches by 35rows over 10cm. Please tell me if I should do the picking up or just redo both sleeves and insert them when done seaming on both sleeves.

Hope someone will help me out...

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