Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rusted!


I finished my Rusted Root, twice. It was actually finished it on Saturday night. I had the ends woven in, yarns snipped, it was all but blocked. Then I tried it on and realized the sleeves were too tight and the length was too short. Bummer. I wanted to deny the facts and just be done with it, but my arms started to turn blue from lack of blood. Not attractive. So, I ripped out the sleeve edgings and re-knit them using a size 6 needle instead of the 4 that the pattern recommends. The real help came when I bound off with a size 8 needle. I must really bind off tightly, so I need to remember to bind off with a larger needle. After I had the sleeves modified so as to not restrict blood flow to my lower extremities, I redid the bottom and added about 2 inches to the length. Now, I really like it! I'm so glad I took the time to make it work for me. I think I will get a lot of wear out of it. The lace panel requires you to wear a cami under it...I'm thinking some bright colors will be fun to try peeking out from the lace and the bottom.

Here's the knitty gritty:

Pattern: Rusted Root by Zephyr Style (I love their patterns, this is my second one..I knit the Green Gable last year.)
Needles: Size 6, bound off with size
Size: small
Yarn: Cotton Ease, Plum – 3 skeins
Mods: I added about 2 inches to the length and I didn’t switch needle sizes for the ribbing. I continued to knit the ribbing with size 6 needles. I did switch to a size 8 needle for the bind off.

Special thanks to Maggie for the photos! She's my 'go to' photographer!

16 comments:

Gigi said...

Gosh, that looks great, and what patience you have to do all that re-doing! I'd have probably left it and tried to stretch it out -- bad!

fromallstitchedup said...

Great knitting ! It ws good that you went back to make it right. After all that work it would have been ashame not to. I do think you'll wear it often !

Stephanie said...

Beautiful! I love the lace strip down the front. I may try this pattern, I'm always looking for pretty patterns I can make for myself. This looks like something I'd wear a lot. Great job!! :)

Anna said...

It's lovely! Such a pretty colour on you. The length looks perfect - good for you for taking the time to get it just right!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work!!!!! You look so good in it!!!! and as a side note......Maggie.....your awesome!!! lol =)
Emily

Heather said...

Beautiful knitting! That is really a gorgeous piece. Congrats!

Liz said...

It looks great. It must feel so good to wear things you knit yourself.

Kristyn Knits said...

YEAH for you! it looks great!!
I'm proud of you...finish once then finish twice, what patience you model for all of us trying to knit pieces to wear not just finish!

larissa said...

Lisa, I love how it fits you and the color suits you perfectly. I'm glad you took the time to modify it to fit you properly - there's nothing worse than having a knit you don't love sitting in the closet. Did you like knitting with the cotton ease?

Christina said...

That is SO beautiful!

beki said...

that turned out so well - it looks great on you :)

mark said...

so worth all the effort! what an amazing job creating, and then persisting. so many times we settle in life, and in our art. you have a true God given gift. and you have obviously passed down your photo gene to ms. maggie. great job capturing the moment maggie!

Tracy said...

That is beautiful--lovely color and flattering shape...that little bit of openwork adds just that perfect feminine touch--great work! :O)

knitterellapurl said...

It looks great on you! Totally worth the work :)

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Looks fantastic! Love the photos, you have a very accomplished photographer. Good for you that you redid it so quickly. I confess that if it had been me the top would have probably languished in a basket for quite some time before I fixed it :)

Journeying Five said...

awesome photos! and way to go to stick with it! i think i would have packed it in!