I now understand the origins of sequins. This is my first time knitting the cloverleaf eyelet, as well as eyelet ribbing. Once you start knitting a lace pattern, more lace seems to follow. By the time I had finished the ribbing I was thinking about a pichot edge and perhaps weaving ribbon through the eyelets. I was wondering if I had any pearl domed buttons when I realized things had gotten out of hand. This is how the bedazzler started. Someone knitted some lace then decided it needed something else, and before they had themselves under control they had reached for a vial of glitter and a glue gun. The Mardi Gras Indian costumes are a good example of this (“I think it needs more peacock plume.”), or anyone on the Toddlers & Tiaras show. But thankfully, things didn’t go that far. I am happy with where I left off, and I think it turned out great. I’m really happy with the modifications I used, and the cotton yarn worked out well too.
In addition to the new stitch patterns I tried, I also used the smallest needles I own. I did the math, and there are over 14,000 stitches in this garment. If you count the parts I pulled out to re-do, it’s more like 18,000. I tried to do a per-stitch time estimate to come up with the total time, but it seemed off. I know I listened to an old bbc radio show, watched “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” drank several cups of coffee and baked southern bene wafers while also knitting this, and that was only part of it. It may seem small for the time spent, but I like the look of the finer stitch pattern. I’m also less intimidated to attempt a larger garment in this gauge, and would definitely knit this pattern again.
I hope Katherine likes the gift. I still have some labeling I want to create that will include wash instructions, but the Mad Men inspired knitting trio is now complete.
On to the next month’s project for Mrs. S. I don’t know if her new bundle of joy will be a boy or a girl, so I had to think of something that might work for either. I decided on a mini-peacoat jacket in a grey tweed, and I’ll also include a matching baby bear hat. I’ll be knitting in a size that should fit for fall. I already have the shiny buttons picked out.
This cute jacket may be the last of my knitting projects for awhile. When spring hits I plan on doing some major exploring. I’ll be posting pictures of my adventures in my new home, or other cities, and all the great places in between.
Ah, who am I kidding? I’ll probably drag the knitting to all those places as well.