A few weeks ago, I finished knitting the body of my Lace Scarf Cardi and had to stop - some of the photos on Ravelry showed sweaters that were longer in the shoulder/bust area and shorter in the body than I'd like, and I wanted to block the body portion to see how long it would really be. I hung it up to dry, to see how much the linen in this linen/alpaca blend would stretch upon wearing. The verdict? I think it's just about right.
I had a relatively chill weekend for the first time in weeks, so I stayed home with Lumberjack, watched Battlestar Galactica, and worked on the sweater. It's funny, now I can totally tell what has been blocked and what hasn't been - the lower body is pretty soft and smooth, and has a lovely halo. From the gathers on up, however, the fabric hasn't quite settled into itself. It's bumpy in the lace and less cohesive as a fabric in the stockinette - you can see a lot more individual stitch definition.
The cast-on of the sweater was just stockinette, so the other day I picked up a grosgrain ribbon in a similar smoky lavender color in hopes that I can tack the ribbon to the lower hem to keep it from rolling. I had hoped that blocking would flatten the cast-on edge, but it's still curling pretty bad.
Overall, I'm really happy with how it's turning out. Hopefully it continues in this direction!
Battlestar Galactica!!!! Where are you in the series? Have you watched it before? Which version are you watching??
We're about 2/3 of the way through the second season of the 2004 show. We started with the miniseries, and got hooked from there - it's soooo gooooood!
Cardi looks great! I love the color and have a pattern calling for a similar fiber blend, so it's great to hear what you are thinking of it.
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