April 30, 2016
I bought some extra in all colours because I want to swatch it out, and maybe Jim wants it longer in the body. The Jamieson Supreme colours looked flat to my eyes. I prefer the heathery colours of the Jumper weight.
May 1, 2016
Decided I like the fabric on a smaller needle better, so I’m going to have to knit up a size. I feel that a firmer fabric wears better and the stitches look neater. Perhaps it’s a bias from knitting so many socks and mittens.
The upper part of the swatch was in the 3mm needle and also substitutes purple for the dark grey colour. Jim prefers the purple, though the Internet seems to say use the grey. I’ve decided to be bold, and go for he purple. Might as well make the man happy since he’ll have to wear it.
May 7, 2016
I got a lot done this week, as I was still off from work. Progress will slow down now.
I decided I didn’t like the white in the circles, so I made up a new colour way on the fly. Then I decided that one was too dark, and modified it to be lighter. To make this look like a design decision, rather than the mad ravings of an undisciplined knitter, I will alternate the dark and light circles througout.
August 3, 2016
Just finishing the blocking today. I ended up having to knit a hem to stop the bottom from flipping up. I did some research on the net and found a few things I could have done differently at the start to prevent the flip, including:
Cast on firmly.
Make sure the floats are loose.
Don’t knit the ribbing too firmly.
I think the last one was my problem.
August 4, 2016
Alex modelled it for me today. It is 29C outside. What a good sport! Note: we were only outside for 5 minutes.
I love what a good blocking does to Jamieson. It softens and the stitches even right out. I help that process by tugging on the sweater before washing it. Horizontally, vertically and on both diagonals. On the body and both sleeves. In my experience, this helps the stitches even them selves out.
September 14, 2016
I knit this sweater partly in an attempt to finally win a first place ribbon at the Western fair. Well, at least Jim really likes it because this sweater didn’t even place.