Monday, March 11, 2013

Not perfect, but much better - so I'm calling it done!

Over the past week or so I went from this:

to this:

Definitely an improvement. And I learned some, too, so I would probably approach it differently next time, but I believe that perfect is the enemy of the good, so instead of seeking perfection, I'm declaring it done. Plus I can always seek perfection in the next one :)

What I do like is the drape (switching to larger needles helped), the length, the flexible edges. What I don't is that somehow it curves in the opposite direction than expected (it is more of a dome than a bowl), but I tried to compensate for it with light blocking. I say *light* because I didn't seriously block it with pins and maximum stretch yet. See, I like to see what the knits look like *straight out of the shower* (you know, to see if I can get away without blocking). In this case, I will definitely go back and stretch/block the heck out of it - hopefully that will eliminate some of my reservations, and add a inch or two to the width. For now, I like it!


Pattern: my own; the lace stitch is from Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting (Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace) , specifically, it is part of this doily.
Yarn: Henry's Attic Silk & Ivory (from stash; I'm not linking because today's put-out seems to be different; I used one 288yds skein and a little from the second - probably around 320yds and this is more of a DK than todays fingering)
Needles: 5mm for garter part, 4.5mm for lace

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