Ella Funt is all done and I am very happy with how it turned out.
See how nicely the yoke lays without puckering? I think it was partly that the Rowan Felted Tweed was a good choice for this type of knitting. It has that slightly sticky quality that jumper weight Shetland wool yarn has; at least it seems so to me. This is how it looks after weaving in the ends and washing/blocking it.
Here’s how it looked before all that was done. Still pretty good, but the finish work really made an improvement.
Here’s a view of the wrong side to see the lovely neat floats.
Unfortunately today was rainy and gray all day and I couldn’t wait to share this so I took some indoor shots this afternoon. I will get some proper lighting pictures outdoors with Elijah wearing it as soon as we get another sunny day.
I did make a few modifications to the pattern.
- I bound off the neck stitches and picked up the button band stitches first, then picked up the collar stitches after the button bands were knit.
- I substituted a ribbed stitch for the button band to match the other edges instead of the garter stitch the designer chose.
- If I had thought of it at the time I would have also added some short row shaping to the back neck before I bound it off, but I forgot at the time. So if I were to make this again that is what I would do next time.
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Let’s see, how about a reading update? I got the Masterpiece Theater version of The Woman in White from Netflix after I finished it last week and was not impressed. I didn’t even watch the whole thing. I was warned by a friend that it wasn’t as good as the book and I agree with her review. It departed from the story in too many points and it just annoyed the crap out of me.
I did start a new book though which is very good. I had been hearing some chatter and good reviews about the book Child 44 and since I saw it available to check out from my library onto my Nook I decided to give it a go. I am finding the view from inside the mind of this KGB officer during Stalin’s Soviet Union very enlightening. I am about halfway done with it already.
Okay, I need to close for now and get some supper. Later.