My hand is finally better. I still must go in for nerve damage surgery when I return from Florida but in the meantime I’ve been working on the Piccante Cardigan. I’m using TLC Cotton Plus and I must say I just LOVE this yarn!
I had finished the entire back and one front section when I decided to rip everything out and start over. You see, the pattern is very attractive but there were a couple of problems with the way it was designed. Firstly, the ribbing is worked at the beginning of each front and back. This causes a break in the pattern when the underarm seams are sewn together. Instead of having ribs separated by 3 stitches, at the underarm seams you have ribs separated by 6 stitches. In addition, the stitch pattern for the body caused a similar problem at the seams.
To solve these two issues, I worked the body of the sweater first, sewed up the side seams and then worked the ribbing all around the bottom edge. I also kicked the stitches up a notch by changing the sc,sc,sc,fpdc to hdc,hdc,hdc,fptr. This resulted in a band of ribbing that was much looser and more like the body. The original ribbing was very stiff and dense.
This sweater really turned out beautifully. Because I had changed yarn, I also changed the hook to an H and was able to work the next smaller size.
I’ve still been working on the redecorating of the house Paul and I bought in June. Basically it was in good shape but it needed some up-dates. As much as I’d like to re-do the kitchen cabinets, that project is not in the cards for the near future. We’ve purchased all new appliances, painted, and put in a new floor. This year we also plan to replace the counter and the lighting. I opened up one of my cabinets by removing the doors and putting my contemporary dishes on display. I really like this effect and it was entirely free! The only thing I still have to do is to patch the holes where the doors were attached and iron on a strip of veneer to cover them.
Okay, so I’m off to Florida to visit my family! I’ll be gone for a week. My brother-in-law was kind enough to set up a spare laptop for my use so I won’t have to wean myself away from the computer after all! But I won’t be blogging until I return.
This is my Mom and Dad on their 60th anniversary. They live in West Palm Beach. I haven’t seen them for about a year so it’s time to make my way down there. This photo is courtesy of Ron Wolf.