Orford slips off the glass needles

I haven’t posted for a week. Bad Susan.

Remember in my last post about Orford I said I’d need new wardrobes If I kept knitting so fast?????

Well, I think Ben must be reading my blog – this week, at his suggestion, we have been redecorating the bedroom and researching new wardrobes!!

I had dreams of lots of extra space but the reality is that I already have the optimum layout of the bedroom….That means replacing my dilapidated wardrobes with something where the draws have bottoms that don’t fallout and doors that stay shut – luxury.

All this DIY fun has only slightly slowed the knitting and my new glass needles made Orford quick to finish. It was actually quite a jarring experience to have to go back to my trusty bamboo to do the rib round the neck after the silken glass for the body.

Wanna see?

I’m very pleased with Orford but there are a couple of things I’d change if I did it again. At the point the rib turns into the cable pattern you get the ugly “breaking” of the colours – I think I’d try doing the last row of rib all purl to try and eliminate it. The pattern has the breaks that but it bugs me.

I also made an error on the straps. Look closely…

As you decrease you run out of room to continue the cable twists. I somehow managed to get one more twist on the left than on the right. 😳 Guess who didn’t notice till it was finished?? 😕

I also made a mistake on the back. (I hope you appreciate I’m baring my soul here, ruthlessly confessing my sins…)

Can you see it?

Can’t see it???

Here’s a subtle clue…..

One of my cables goes over not under! Guess how miffed I am with myself! 😥

I think I’m rushing and steaming through projects far too fast – I need a nice hard, complicated one to slow me down and make me take time….

Completed Knit Report  
Name: Orford
Pattern: By Marie Wallin from Rowan mag 41
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Rope
Pattern Problems: None! (Ecept the ones caused by me being careless and rushing it! )
Pattern Modifications: None but next time…I would put in a knit row befor commencing the cables to get rid of that nasty break line just above the rib.
Washing and Wearing: Not washed yet. It’s thicker than the original Rowan photo might lead you to believe – I don’t think it’s particularly suitable as a summer top – very thick and heavy for that. It does however, look fab over several of my t-shirts on the nippier British Summertime days…(Don’t you just love our weather??)
Knit It Again???: Possibly
Difficulty: Easy/Medium (depending on how hard you find cables!)
Rating: 4/5
Other Postings Relating To This One: Roped myself a bargain…Ohhh!! New needles….

7 Responses

  1. Cheryl
    Cheryl August 1, 2007 at 10:02 am | | Reply

    That is lovely,you are a good knitter and a fast one,that would take me months to make.I wish i was as good.

  2. lynne
    lynne August 1, 2007 at 11:49 am | | Reply

    It looks great. I wouldn’t have even spotted the mistakes you mentioned if it hadn’t been for the arrow! So, what’s next on your needles?

  3. Rachel
    Rachel August 1, 2007 at 3:40 pm | | Reply

    It’s a beautiful sweater and you should be proud. The mistakes don’t show at all, even with a giant orange arrow to point them out. That said, THANK YOU for your ruthless honesty. I try to do the same, out of a sense of duty to the knitting community. It is painful to admit you’ve got something wrong when you’ve spent hours working on it (WHY did I assume that just because my sleeves were the right length for me overall, that meant the raglan slope at the top would automatically be right too?). But it is so much more helpful to other knitters. if we want pics of perfect sweaters we can look in the knitting mags. Infinitely more educational is the blogger, who doesn’t mind sharing the pitfalls of this or that pattern. Thanks again, and keep blogging. The sweater looks gorgeous on you.

  4. feltboots
    feltboots August 1, 2007 at 9:39 pm | | Reply

    Another beauty, despite the minor niggles you currently have with it (but no one else other than a white-gloved knitting monitor would spot) ! And like Rachel, a blogger’s honesty is a wonderful thing and is definitely appreciated. Look forward to the seeinfg next project 🙂

  5. Arianwen
    Arianwen August 2, 2007 at 8:30 am | | Reply

    It looks great. I used to work in a wool shop and when the american ladies came in one of the favourite expressions was “only god doesnt make mistakes” cute i thought. sounds like you need another pair of glass needles – start saving!

  6. minxxy
    minxxy August 4, 2007 at 1:13 pm | | Reply

    loving the tank top. See what you mean about the join in clour, That would bother me too (must be the name Susan!!)

    Can I borrow ( or should I say steal) your method of recording the blurb relating to your knitted objects ( pattern mods etc) so I can use it on my blog?? It seems so useful to have it documented for future reference.
    your in hope,

  7. susan crowe
    susan crowe August 7, 2007 at 12:47 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for all the appreciation of my honesty!

    Minxxy – You’re welcome to steal!! HTML in a mail to you.

    Arianwen – Saving and Christmas present hinting has commenced!

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