DATE: 1:07:00 PM
I just had to chortle …
I work in group life insurance and run across thousands of names. Today I read two names that my cubicle mate and I had a good snigger over: David Dick and Janet Porn (he he). Ok Marie, grow up already! (Cue cheesy porn music.)
Notes on Marilyn…
SSSHHH, I’m covertly blogging from work, but I wanted to write down some thoughts I had about the Simply Marilyn project.
This was a great project for me to stretch my fledgling knitting techniques. Things I learned:
* Gauge and yarn substitution! As I learned with Rosedale, it pays to [check] gauge. I was on a self-imposed yarn fast and was determined to use up some of my yarn stash. I knew I had almost enough of Lion Brand Kool Wool in the Melon colorway to make Marilyn, so I swatched. Once again I had to go down two needle sizes, but I’m getting use to the label of loose woman (cue cheesy porn music).
* Cabling! It’s really not as hard as it looks and it’s really fun. Inserting the cable really broke up the miles of stockinette required for the front and back. I now feel I’m ready for a little bit more intricate cabling project.
* Knitting Sleeves in Tandem! This was a great way to stave off second sleeve syndrome. And I didn't get confused one bit with the two balls of yarn, etc.
* Seaming! As I shared in a prior post, up to this point I got away with crocheting my seams together. Well, I crocheted the seams together on Marilyn and it looked horrendous. So I thrust the project aside in disgust for several days.
During this “cooling off” time, I toyed with the idea of relegating Marilyn to the UFO pile, “It’s really too hot to wear now anyway,” I reasoned. But then I roused myself out of my slump – I couldn’t let my reader-ship down, I had to push on, I had to persevere, I had to LEARN HOW TO SEAM.
So out with the knitting tutorials. With Marilyn spread out before me I commence to sew up my first seam. “Wow, this is really cool,” I said to my husband, showing him my handiwork. I don’t know if he was too impressed, but my crafty friends at work certainly were.
I wouldn’t say I’m totally in love with seaming (if I had the option to knit in the round I’d take it every time) but it’s not a horrible process either. Enough said.
* Altering a pattern to suit my needs! After seaming Marilyn together, I thought it ridiculous to knit the collar flat and then seam it together. So I pick up stitches around the neck and began the collar ribbing. I had to rewrite the pattern instructions a bit in order to translate from flat to round knitting, but I did it! Sue was right when she said it felt as if the collar took almost as long to knit as the rest of the sweater.
So my dear readers. I join Bron and Sue in the Simply Marilyn Ranks of Finished Objects (go on over to their sites and check out their Marilyns).
Next…swatching for the Shapely Tee (cue cheesy porn music…).
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