Monday, February 27, 2006

Pictures of My Failure!



















Here's the front & back of my 1940's pullover, with the addition of King Charles Brocade from the Barbara Walker stitch pattern books.

Since I also have been polishing some metal for a project that's due tomorrow my hands look a bit like whenever Redd Foxx would hold up his hands to show Lamont his arthritis on Sanford & Son. I might just start doing that just for some sympathy beer on Tuesday night.















And here's about 3" of sleeve. They should be 6" long, with a really long sleeve cap. That's where I just gave up. I had started to pick up stitches for ribbing on the armholes, but then got really ambitious when I saw that I had about 5 hours before they blew out the flame. Of course this is when I realized I hadn't had dinner in like 12 hours, and I got two separate hour-long phone calls.

Bugger.

17 comments:

Scott said...

Can't you just say it's not supposed to have sleeves and that you finished it? Just say, "It's a vest!" Then show them your Fred Sanford arthritis.

Severina said...

But I would have had to knit the ribbing for the armholes. That's almost as much knitting as making real sleeves.

Plus I want sleeves. I got enough vests.

If I did what you suggested, then I'd have to unravel it because I damn sure wouldn't wear it like that.

Sherri said...

Why not make cap sleeves? It would cut at least 20 minutes of knitting and the cap sleeves are better than a vest. It would look very 1940's with cap sleeves, since you have to go through hell anyway.

Paraffin dip bath. You can buy them pretty cheap at walgreens or walmart -- it will uncripple your hands. It also is good for grossing people out. Two, two, two mints in one.

Severina said...

I kinda thought the 6" sleeves were a bit long, but it was a 1940's pattern already so I couldn't argue with it. I think the armholes are a bit large for cap sleeves maybe. The pattern is more a bit puffy.

Somebody told me to put that paraffin stuff on my feet. I'll try anything once for gross-out points.

But since I've had a 18-hour home metalshop session going on here in my kitchen my hands are uncrippled, but skinned all to hell. Flat bastard files are horrible on your nails.

Scott said...

Oh, the paraffin is for your hands. I thought Sherri was suggesting you dip the sweater in it.

Sherri said...

No, paraffin doesn't do much for knits. The whole wax hand ick thing is lost.

The paraffin is also handy for sore skin. I use it when I'm working the wire a lot or doing a lot of needlework beading because, damn, 22 guage wire or an English beading needle will poke the hell out of you. And I always manage to run a needle or two through some tender portion of my hand at least once per project. I tell people I price based on how much I bleed on a piece.

I thought about taking metalworking, but it involves flames, and that's just bad. I am highly combustable. Also stupid on occasion. So I don't do it. I am thinking about a class in PMC though -- I think I can handle an electric mini-kiln.

Jodie said...

It looks really nice. I did a hat with a pattern sort of similar to this (haven't posted it yet, because I have to send it to the recipient first) and it was tough. I really like this pattern, and even though it's not done in time, it's still going to be an awesome sweater.

Severina said...

There was a girl in 1st semster metalsmithing who caught her hair on fire, dropped the torch, then caught the hose on fire.
I'm not scared of the things myself, it's those damned beginning students that give me the willies.

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