Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Work in Progress Wednesday v.7

Work in Progress Wednesday is growing like a weed -- and there are SO many cool projects in the works.  Check out everyone else's handiwork here.

As for me, I've spent 2 weeks trying to learn that knitted hem business on Avast.  This sweater has sewn hems on both cuffs, around the waist and the collar.  Fairly tedious finishing work, that.  So, as I mentioned before, the ladies in my knitting group suggested knitting the hem in.  It sounded like a great idea, trading one fiddly row of knitting for eons of hem-sewing.  Unfortunately, I could've hemmed 6 wedding dresses in the time it took me to knit that row, and I don't sew.

I did finally learn it, and the last 10 or so stitches took about a minute.  I have hope for the future.  And I'll try and take pictures when I'm doing the waistband so you can all share in the head-scratching joy with me!

You can see the hem in the picture, and it's a bit wonky along the edge as I had to pin it to the carpet to keep it from curling. Anyway, after finishing the hem yesterday, I'm about 1/3 of the way through sleeve #2 and hoping to join sleeves and body this weekend.  Fingers crossed!

So, while things are cautiously optimistic on the Avast front, life in Hedgerow Socks Land has taken a bit of an ugly turn.  Behold, my sock...

I know, but it really had to be done.  I was 2/3 of the way down the leg of the sock and it was just... Well, it was wrong.  All kinds of wrong.  I don't know how I can knit a pair of lace socks without a single tink and then screw up a knit-purl combo, but something went amiss somewhere and this was the only solution. 

I thought about casting on again right away, but there's this yarn I have (Ravelry link-- it's the only picture I have and it's a bit too dark to be photographing for color at the minute), and this pattern that's been calling my name.  It keeps getting louder, but as far as Ravelry projects go, only one person has successfully knit it so far, with lots of frogging and swearing on the project pages of others.  Sigh.  I'm more of a chicken than a trailblazer when it comes to knitting patterns, but wouldn't it be lovely in that wine-colored yarn for Fall? 

You'll just have to tune in next week to see which pattern wins!  And to catch the 8th riveting installment of "Isn't That Stupid Green Stockinette Sweater Done Yet?" 


  1. The sweater hem looks great! Awww, about the sock. RIP. LOL, isn't it always painful when you have to start all over? I'm about to start my first sock project. ::crossing fingers::

  2. Oooo, that vest is lovely! You should totally make it, it's perfect for fall. You can do it, yay!!

  3. The sweater hem looks really good.

    I ripped out the last pair of socks, well the first one, 3 times before I got it worked out right.

  4. That ball of yarn that was part of a sock is beautiful. What yarn is that? I'm sorry you had to rip it out. Sounds like you're progressing on the sweater.

    Thanks for stopping by my place and commenting!

  5. I like the idea of a knitted in hem - it looks great too :) Shall have to remember that one.

  6. Thanks for the kind words, guys!

    @Tami - Don't worry! They're much easier than I make it look. :)

    @Gabriela, the sock yarn is Pagewood Farm Chugiak sock yarn in Charcoal. I got it on super sale, and it's kind of lovely.

  7. nice work on your hem! :) At least you are making visual progress on your sweater:) what a funny picture for your socks:) and that vest looks Very Nice!

  8. nice work on the hem. i've never done that!

  9. My favorite line -- "...catch the 8th riveting installment of "Isn't That Stupid Green Stockinette Sweater Done Yet?"

    I know exactly what you mean :-)