Compulsive Knitter

April 29, 2005

Calgon take me away!

Filed under: grad school, knitting — Marie @ 12:27 pm

At least that’s how I felt earlier this week. I have an unexpected respite today: since one of the speakers I was to work with today got called in to work, I postponed the whole trip until next Friday. So I am using today to do some long overdue cleaning around the apartment and some knitting (finally!). I know I keep saying that things will calm down eventually (first it was the conference, then the presentation, and now my attempts to finish data collection), but now I am really hoping that the end is in sight. Just working with data and sticking to a schedule sounds blissful to me. Remind me of this when I’m bored out of mind from staring at the computer all day. (Ha!)

I’ve actually been sneaking in some knitting time at night, with this as the result:

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It’s a chevron rib tank close to completion! I don’t know if you can tell, but that is actually the front and back pieces sewn together at the shoulder seams. I had a feeling that I had to put the thing together a little bit to get a better idea of what it needs before I finish. And I discovered:

1) I’d like the neckline to be deeper (from the IK photo it looks like it should be a slightly sexy tank!), so I’m going to have to work more on the shoulder straps.

2) I suck at sewing pieces together. This doesn’t surprise me, since this is my first attempt. But since I’m going back to work on the straps anyways, I think I might as well try a three-needle bind off and see if I like it better. I think I will.

3) I’m afraid the tank might be a little too loose on me, although I made the size that should, in theory, fit me like a glove. I should check the measurements again, just in case my gauge was off. But I probably got it right and maybe only experience will tell if I prefer to knit garments for *exactly* my chest size or a little smaller. I like things tight, but not too tight, ya know? In the end, I think this project will turn out just fine – you probably can’t judge the final fit too well with unsewn side seams over the baggy t-shirt you slept in last night!

All in all, I only have to do some minor fussing with the tank and I’ll be done! It’s quite a relief, since I’ve felt like such a loser seeing all these completed projects on blogs, which were begun long after this one. (Obviously I don’t seriously hold myself to the same standards at Wendy and Claudia, who have *way* more experience at knitting than I do!) And now I’ve already gone ahead and ordered yarn for a new project (the clover lace wrap from SnB Nation), even though I already have enough half-finished, barely started, or need to start projects lying around… Oh yeah, I’m also going to be an auntie again soon, so there will also be a baby blanket soon in my future. The fun never stops!

PS – I’ve added a new blog to my links on the left: knit and tonic. I love her tell-it-like-it-is approach and her winners and losers sections.

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