Monday, January 9, 2012

Almost there!

You know how your mom always told you to clean as you go when you're in the kitchen? I think the same thing applies to weaving in ends as you're knitting. It's so much easier to weave in a couple of ends at a time than face an entire sweater's worth at once. Not only that, it decreases the amount of time between casting off and wearing your creation. There has been some debate about whether you should weave in ends before or after blocking, but I've found there's not enough difference to deal with the pain in the butt that is a sinkful of loose ends. Most of the time, I try to use a Russian join to take care of joining a new ball of yarn in the middle of an item, leaving just the beginning and ending ends. With the yarn I'm currently using for my Stilwell, I thought it would be too bulky for it to blend in, so I did it the old fasioned way. This afternoon I spent a good amount of time taking care of the ends I had so far.

Tonight I finished the top colorwork band of myStilwell.  It should be smooth sailing from here on out. Hopefully I can finish it tomorrow. I'm a bit worried I'll run out of yarn, but I'm thinking positive thoughts. I haven't picked out buttons for it yet, so I'll have to take a trip to the store. I'm on vacation for a couple of days so I should have plenty of time for knitting. I have a couple of projects with me to work on after I finish the sweater. Once I get back home, the question is whether to start Sweater #2 or use the end of the month for other projects. Decisions, decisions.