On Friday, I came home and sank into my knitting chair with a hot cup of tea with a happy sigh, thoroughly relieved it was Friday.
It has been a strange week for me. I am still feeling very out of sorts about the state the ocean is in, and combined with a very stressful week at work, I haven’t been able to concentrate very well. Small mistakes have been made that I don’t usually make, and these made me feel even more disquieted. It doesn’t help that I came down with a cold.
Knitting has been very soothing to the nerves.
So… what has gone down? Here’s the progress pic:
I have to say that I am extremely happy with the way the shoulder looks on this hoodie. It fits me perfectly!
In the end, I decided to take Diane’s suggestion, and knit the sleeves using the magic loop method. While there is no struggling with DPNs, I am finding it quite slow going due to having to stop and adjust the cords every half row. Straight knitting of sleeves is still my favourite method I will have to say!
I decided to see if I could find any other experiences of knitting the Shepherd Hoodie on Ravelry, as it’s always good to know how others are finding the project. While I didn’t find any information on the hoodie in particular, I did find a general agreement that Kate Davies’ sleeves are often a bit tight. With this information in mind, I decided to try the hoodie on for fit once I’d knitted a bit into the decrease.
What I have found is that while the shoulder area fits perfectly, the sleeves are quite slim fitting, and have decided not to decrease any further than the end of the seed stitch gusset. Having tried on the sleeves, I can confirm that this was the right approach for me.
While I was happily enjoying how nicely this hoodie is coming along, I did notice that the button bands are probably not as sturdy as I’d like. I suspect this is only because I’m using yarn that is a bit finer than recommended. To give them a little bit more substance, I’m going to add this lovely lace edging backing:
It’s not very heavy, but it will give the button band just that tiny bit more strength than it has now.
To date, I’ve used 600g of yarn, and have started on my fourth hank. I figure by the time I finish, I will have knitted about 750g of yarn.
You’ll probably have noticed that my progress was a bit slow this week. I’ve been working on a couple of secret things as well. I’ll show them to you in due course.
So how are you doing with your knitting? I know that some of you are knitting along… don’t be shy!
Don’t forget to pop over to check out Sally’s post too!