Back to the blocking board?
I couldn't stand it! There was no time for actual knitting last night, but I had to do something fibery, so I freed this from the blocking board instead. I pinned together the sleeve seams and tried it on -- and, overlooking the fact that it's a bit over-blocked, I am pretty happy with it. The front neckline and opening is still a big area of concern and will likely pose the biggest challenge. Because of the construction of this sweater, the fit of that area has a lot to do with the underarm, and it's going to take some playing around. I will be doing more measuring up and trying on and this is definitely going in for another soak and a re-block -- and then we'll see.
And now, after trying it on and seeing that about 1/3 of the back is basically done already, I wonder if I could possibly squeak by with the 4+ balls of yarn I have left. Pardon me and my muttering, sputtering, contemplating, pondering...
I was short on knitting time because I took Mom to see Tango Buenos Aires last night -- of all my possible companions, I thought she'd enjoy it most because she's actually been to Argentina! I went, basically, as part of a school assignment. It was a great show and we both enjoyed it a lot -- the music was fantastic and the dancing... of course, the dancing... I also discovered that there's an Argentine Tango group that meets twice monthly right in my area. Who knew???
So when do you start learning tango? Glad you had fun!
Posted by: Cara | 27 September 2007 at 09:07 AM
Looks like your hard work is going to pay off. It's going to be beautiful.
Posted by: margene | 27 September 2007 at 09:11 AM
I absolutely adore Argentine tango. KEvin and I have taken some lessons and I loved every minute of it. Someday maybe I'll have time again...
Posted by: Nathania | 27 September 2007 at 09:16 AM
Ooh, learning tango would be fun and good exercise.
Your jumper looks a great colour for you, I hope your pondering helps in the wool maths.
Posted by: yvette | 27 September 2007 at 09:59 AM
It is looking great!
Here's hoping that you won't need to use another yarn.
Posted by: Tonia | 27 September 2007 at 10:19 AM
Oooh, it looks like it's going to be really beautiful. I just love the colour- and the cabling!
I'm crossing my fingers for those last balls of wool to streeeetch...
Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my wonder woman jumper!
Posted by: Kirsty | 27 September 2007 at 01:14 PM
Wow - I'm just having the hardest time wrapping my mind around the constuction of this sweater. And that photo helped a lot!
Posted by: deb | 27 September 2007 at 01:17 PM
Oh, so many questions are answered for me by the pictures in this post! Ooh, Argentine Tango, so will you be adding dancing to your calendar?
Posted by: nova | 27 September 2007 at 02:25 PM
The knitting is gorgeous, of course, but I don't think I grasp the construction. Are those pieces going to be grafted together where I see blue waste yarn, and stitches picked up around the circumference for the body?...
Posted by: Beth S. | 27 September 2007 at 02:43 PM
Don't cry for me Argentinaaaaaa*she sings at the top of her lungs*
I can so see you doing the tango. And in that lovely sweater, a silky black skirt and black heels (or tennies, whichever is more comfy.)
Worse case scenario, you have to frog back and use another yarn.
Even worse case scenario, after running out of yarn with two inches to go you set fire to the sweater and it crumbles into a heap of ash.
May the force be with you.
Posted by: Kathy W | 27 September 2007 at 03:06 PM