Samus Cardigan Knitalong

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Still knitting...but getting closer

I hoped to finish Samus for the Knitting Olympics, but I am not on the podium. However, I did well: the body is finished, and I've cast on for the first sleeve. Unfortunately, I am worried that I may run out of yarn. I'm using Elann's Highland wool that I bought a few years ago, so there's no chance that they will have the same dye lot. I've got 3-4 skeins left.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Third time's the charm

I have finished Samus once, sleeves, seaming and all. (See my January 1 post.) Then I ripped it out, as it was WAY too big. I knitted the body again, on smaller needles, using size small--it was too small. Now I am almost done with the third attempt on the body! I only re-did the sleeves twice. It seems to be just right this time. I will not think about the zipper yet, though I did get another, shorter one in a color closer to the yarn.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

If Meghan's done, I'm done too

Samus on
Originally uploaded by Sophie_vf.
I've bound off and declared victory, as a friend of mine would say.

I am still trying to find grosgrain to stablize the front edge, and although I rummaged through my zipper stash (I sew, too) I couldn't find one the right color or length that separated.

So here I am holding it closed :) More details are here.

I don't know why it took so long to knit this (I think I started in October), because I really enjoyed working on it everytime I picked it up. Maybe because it was a large-ish project that I only worked on while watching TV.

yes Meghan, I'd love to see a pic! Doesn't the front edge roll when you wear it without a zipper?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Samus done?

I see I haven't posted in quite a while so it's time to confess that I finished my Samus and have worn it at least 5 times - in fact I'm wearing it now. However, I still haven't broken down and installed the zipper. So does it count as an FO if the plan is still to put the zipper in at some point? Does everyone just want pictures to jump start their engines for this project again? Let me know and I'll post them if you want.
Otherwise if there is someone who is willing to hold my hand through the zipper process that would be great. I inspired a lady from the local SnB group to want to make Samus now too, but she is even more apprehensive about the zipper part than I am. Any inspirational thoughts or pointers for me?