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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday v.87

Welcome back to Narragansett-land, everybody!  I swear, I'm going to get this sweater finished soon, just not soon enough.  It might still make the Easter deadline, though!

This week, despite having almost no time to knit, I managed to finish and bind off the waistband.  Now I'm slowly (and with much hatred for knitting sleeves on dpns), working my way through sleeve #1.  I would totally magic loop these if only I had a cable long enough to make it work, but alas.  Some day, I'll get my Christmas present from Mr. Right (ETA September -- ugh), and this will stop being an issue.  Until that magical day, I'll keep fiddling with these things.


Can't complain too much, though.  It really is going pretty quickly.  If only I could figure out how to avoid all this weird gappy business in the underarm (sorry about the blur!).


Thoughts, anyone?  Barring any flashes of brilliance that might show up in the comments, I'll just stitch up the holes with the tail when I'm done.  Worse things could happen, right?

Since that's all I have to report on the knitting front (soon people, I promise!), I thought I'd share some pictures of my favorite tree which spent last weekend bursting out with springtime.


I LOVE this tree.  I have no idea what it is, but it puts on this amazing show for a few weeks every year and it's all kinds of awesome.  It's also filled to the brim with bees to such an extent that you can actually hear the hum from 10 or so feet away.  The whole thing is very cool.


And fleeting, since we went from sunny and 84 on Sunday to 34 and snowing like crazy today.  It makes me extra glad I managed to snap a few pictures before all the blossoms get snowed off.


That's it for me this week, now I'm off to check out the rest of the WIPW entries.  See you there!

19 comments:

  1. I'm pretty sure that is a cherry blossom tree. I had one in my front garden that my Dad planted when I was born. It was really sad to leave it when they sold the house, but luckily where I live now we have a house round the corner which has 2 of these beauties in the front garden.

    The gappy weirdness is something I get too. I just use the tails to sew it up.

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  2. Looking gorgeous :) I may catch you up though! Unlikely, but that would be funny ;)

    I am incapable of avoiding those little gaps under the arms, no matter how many stitches I pick up. I always close them up when I weave in the ends ;)

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  3. I should show you my gappy weirdness on my Rocky Coast... thank goodness for yarn tails.

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  4. I think that most of us have problems with the weird gaps. Just make sure that you stitch them up really well, mine always seem to come back open. Love the pictures!

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  5. It looks like a cherry blossom to me...but I could be wrong about that. We have a weeping willow in our backyard that turns the same shade of pink...without the berries.

    As for the weird gappy holes, I know something that works on socks is to pick them up but then knit them through the back loop to give them that weird twist. It works pretty well on socks...and you only have to do it for the first round. Might be worth looking into...

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  6. I was going to make the same suggestions as Renee Anne. It's looking lovely!

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  7. Your trees is absolutely beautiful. For the gap, I usually pick up an extra stitch to close it up a bit more, like you would on the gusset of a sock.

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  8. That looks gorgeous, I haven't actively knitted in a while. I started crocheting about five months ago, and I'm enjoying playing with my yarn in another way.

    I love the sweater you're making, and am a big fan of them. I've been thinking about starting while it's warm, so they'll be ready for to wear when cold weather hits.

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  9. Beautiful sweater and tree! I also use the tails to close the gaps and I figure it's under the arm so doesn't show too much...

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  10. I think Renee Anne hit it on the head, knitting through the back loop definitely helps with gaps when you pick up stitches in areas like that :)

    The sweater is coming along nicely! I feel your pain about having to use DPNs, too..

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  11. I know it looks like a cherry tree, but I'm pretty sure it's a crabapple. Google "crabapple tree" and check out the images. I only know because when we visited the Botanical Gardens recently, I saw a paler pink version and was saying, "Oooo, look at the pretty cherry"...until I read the nice sign underneath the tree. =) They bloom just *slightly* later than cherries here. It is GORGEOUS, though!!

    Yeah..gap..sew it up at the end! =)

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  12. I agree with those before me, knitting through the back of the loop on that first round definitely helps to keep things looking neat. Progress is looking good! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you on your Easter deadline. I'm confident this will be an FO feature soon!

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  13. Go, Naragansett! You can be finished for Easter! :D (It's looking gorgeous, those slim cables and the neckline are just beautiful.)

    And thank you for sharing the photos of that tree. As a flowering-tree enthusiast, they make me really happy.

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  14. It looks like a cherry blossom tree. I love flowering trees. I love seeing them bloom in the spring.

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  15. What a beautiful tree! And wip, too. :)

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  16. Such gorgeous pics in your post. Both sweater and tree!
    I get those darn holes too. I always try to keep the yarn tight but I usually have to seams them up after anyways.
    I wish we could go yarn shopping together! I hope one day we will meet up at some western knitting event : )
    BTW Have arrived back in Calgary to a "winter storm event". Seriously.

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  17. Good luck on finishing the sweater! You are SO close now!

    I love your tree and I think we have the exact same kind in our front yard. It only blooms for a week or so, but it is gorgeous when that happens!

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  18. I'm really looking forward to seeing your sweater done... Totally worth waiting for :)

    I'm going to say crab apple too-- the blossoms don't look quite fluffy enough for cherry. Very, very pretty though!

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