Friday, April 16, 2010
Fibers on Friday
Last Friday was "knitting night" at my house. I didn't pick up the needles once! Really, I should stop calling it knitting night and just call it Mojito Madness or Girl Social. It's OK, though. I love having friends and family over.
But, through the week, I was able to finish the back of the sweater and start making my way up the front. As you can see I shaped the neck opening and the shoulders are about 1/2 inch from completion. Then all I have to do is seam them together, make a draw string, and do some finishing work on the edging.
Things I learned: When I got to the "shaping the neckline" part, the directions said to mark off the middle 14 stitches. No problem. Then it said to work in pattern and when you reach the first marker, add in a second ball of yarn and bind off the 14 stitches. This had me baffled. Add a second ball and do what? Continue knitting holding two strands? Just bind off and then go back to using the original ball?
Well, I read it over and over. I set it down and came back to it. Finally, I just picked it up and did it step by step. And as it was in my hands and on my needles, I figured it out. You have two balls of yarn so that you can work on the shoulder pieces at once. You can see in the picture, one ball is for the right and one is for the left. You just keep switching balls as you work each side. And there you have it.