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Two projects done for Christmas - Qualified Perceptions
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Two projects done for Christmas
Both of these have kind of odd timing.

The sweater is a project I started for shumashi last spring; I chugged along on pieces for a while, until the point at which all the pieces went together, and then it started to be overly (alpaca is *warm*) to have the whole sweater in my lap during summer, so I put it on hiatus until it got cooler. When I finally picked up again, there was so little left to do it took only a few more hours. On the other hand, it wouldn't have been a fun thing to wear during the summer... Anyway, I think this pattern has one of the most egregious uses of tricksy photography I've run into, with a strategically placed dog disguising a somewhat awkward joining, *and* the amount of flat which the hemline is not. Happily, shumashi can make nearly anything look good, even this eccentric pattern.

As for the scarf - whenever I travel, I have to visit nearby yarn stores. For our Cape Cod Christmas in October, I managed to drag my parents on one of these expeditions (It was on the highway to Provincetown! How could we not stop?), and Lew liked one of the display scarves. So I got the yarn for it, and it took about three days to knit up. Now, we've already *had* Christmas, but I don't want to keep the darned thing around for a whole year more waiting to wrap it, so it's Second Christmas time. (Like second breakfast, but with less bacon.)

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remcat From: remcat Date: December 7th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
"Strategically Placed Dog" -- ha!
mathhobbit From: mathhobbit Date: December 7th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
We have to find more uses for that phrase.
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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 7th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
It might, I'm not sure. :) (I think the front might sit a little lower when worn; some of it is blocking flat versus draping.).

But it does seem like it might want a thin underlayer - the parts that it *covers* should be pretty warm, but what it covers does seem a little schizophrenic.
mjperson From: mjperson Date: December 7th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
The woman in the picture seems quite covered, or is she cheating by wearing an identically covered underlayer?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 7th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, her bellybutton is possibly covered by a dog.

Also, when I say "schizophrenic" I mean "if it was cold enough out that the warm collar is what I wanted, I might want longer sleeves than this (not to mention maybe not wanting a bare stomach)" - but that may just be fashion, because I've just defined the sleeveless turtleneck as making no sense either. :)

Edited at 2010-12-07 03:44 am (UTC)
twe From: twe Date: December 7th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that is some super misleading photography. Not only have they hidden the bizarre hemline, but they've made it look like it has waist shaping that isn't remotely there. I really want to slap photographers/stylists who pull nonsense like that.

(Did you know that sometimes they actually clip bunches of fabric together at the back waist to give things shape they don't have? And by clip, I mean things like giant binder clips.)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 7th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the waist shaping is because of the way she's sitting sideways; the line on the right side is more straight than fitted. But yeah, there seems to be a disconnect between "make it look good" and "make it look accurate" :}
jadia From: jadia Date: December 7th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
That scarf does look nice. but only 3 days to knit it up!? I am supremely jealous, I am *still* working on my scarf and it is only 1.5 feet long...you must knit really fast.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 7th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
What size needles are you using? This was on size 11, which goes pretty darned fast. :)
jadia From: jadia Date: December 7th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
6. And that's probably a bit big for the yarn, but I don't care, I don't have a size 4 or 5 needle. :)

Does it scale exponentially or something?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 7th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not actually sure what the US needle sizes correspond to; conveniently, size 6 is 4mm in diameter, and size 11 is 8mm.

So, each stitch on a size 11 needle takes up twice as much yarn as a stitch on size 6 (because it's the circumference), but each stitch maps out four times as much *area*, because of r^2. So if I knit at the same speed as you, I go through yarn twice as fast, and generate scarf-area four times as fast.
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