I realize that my deadline (April 24) is approaching so, I have been knitting like mad. Even though I started working on this project almost as soon as it was assigned (very little procrastination occurred), I still have a lot to go. Luckily I just have knitting, dying, and some videotaping left. Some people are more worried than I am. I just know how long it takes me to find an idea I like and decide to move forward with it, so I am glad I am at least that far. And I have all the yarn spun (hopefully), which I was a little nervous about because I learned how to spin specifically for this project.
Yes, knitting is very time-consuming, but I can do it rather mindlessly for hours on end. In my mind, I am on track (or maybe just a little behind). Here is my progress with the skirt part so far:
Upper part of skirt working downwards.
Also, I am using some bamboo circular needles I picked up from The Rose Tree Fiber Shop here in Ames. They keep asking me for updates whenever I am in for supplies. They think I am crazy.
Despite how unevenly my yarn was spun, knitting it has visually smoothed out those differences. And good thing because otherwise I would me much less happy about my project than I am so far.
For the knitters out there… (everybody else probably should just stop reading at this point)
Started by casting on a whole bunch of stitches (that’s the slightly less exact phrasing for 144)
Did short rows, that increased slightly in size, to shape the front ‘point’
When I got most of the way around, I just did a plain stockinette tube for a few inches (also an ambiguous estimation).
Based on the measurements I took of my model, I knew I had to increase a about 30 stitches by the hip location which I guessed to be about 6-7 inches from the top at the side. To do this, I did a ‘make one’ increase on either side of the stitches exactly opposite each other on the sides. (By ‘make one’ I actually mean something else that I don’t know the name of and actually probably made up. A normal ‘make one’ makes a pretty large hole (not desirable for modesty), so I actually twisted the picked up stitch 180˚ before knitting it. Whatever this is called… i did that.) I did this increase every other row for 16 rows giving me 32 extra stitches. This can be seen in the top of the second picture.
Now I am working in a tube shape again, but I am doing a few short rows along the back to shape the buttock. This works much like the turning of sock heel– just more subtly. Hopefully this will make the dress fit the form better and not have to stretch so much to accommodate body curves. (More pictures later when these efforts are more recognizable.
And yes, I am using paper clips and safety pins as stitch markers (who needs those fancy ‘official’ stitch markers anyways?