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I've Got Class
Friday, January 28, 2005

I signed up for a machine knitting class at my alma mater, FIT. I'm kind of nervous to take a class there. I get sad whenever I go there now. I graduated more than a decade ago, but my memories are still fresh. The campus is a sort of haunted playground to me. Around every corner I see shades of my past, old friends, dead friends, tragic heartbreaks, bad karma -- you name it. It makes me feel old to see all the young kids running around with cell phones. Cell phones! No one had cell phones when I went there. I didn't even have a regular phone back then. The pay phone in the hall sufficed.

At least I'm not taking an art class. I won't have to be on that floor or even in that building.

I hope the class is worth it. And I hope there are some cool old people there too.

posted at 1:48 PM . link . . (5) comments

Question for you: Did you do short row shaping on your "Remembering Honey" sweater or did you just follow the pattern?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:56 AM  

I followed the pattern. Was there short row shaping in that pattern?

By Blogger Unknown, at 10:54 AM  

No, there is no short row shaping. I was reading in Knitty though that patterns usually don't contain shoulder short row shaping, but that converting it to short row shaping drastically improves the appearance of your sweaters. I thought the shoulders on your sweater looked fine, so was wondering if I was converting for nothing.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:14 AM  

Actually, I do use short row shaping for shoulders sometimes, although I didn't use it on Remembering Honey. But I didn't use back stitch to sew the shoulder seams, I used a technique I read about in "Knitting Simple Sweaters from Luxurious Yarns" by Marilyn Saitz Cohen. It's a whipstitch seam and the directions are as follows: "With right sides facing, sew down through the inner edge of the back bound-off stitch and up through the inner edge of the front bound off stitch." Not much in the way of directions, but it makes a pretty decorative seam. Sometimes I just do away with the shoulder shaping all together and bind off all the stitches at once. Then other times I bind off using directions from "Vogue Knitting" for a sloped bind-off. To do that you leave on stitch on the left needle the row before, then turn your work and slip the first stitch from the left needle (the last stitch you knit before turning your work) onto the right needle purl wise. Then you pass the unworked stitch of the previous row over the slipped stitch, which makes the first stitch bound off. Then you bind off the remaining stitches, turn then work to the last stitch and repeat.

If you're like me you will probably need to see step-by-step pictures of this. It's from "Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book"

By Blogger Unknown, at 11:36 AM  

great, thanks!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:10 PM  

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