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Happy Hem Thursday November 12, 2009

One of the very best things about knitting in the round is binding off.

If everything’s on track, you’ve hit a keystone point where completion rings in with a capital C.

Finito.

My Mondo Cable Pulli, or Big Puffy as I’ve been calling it lately is recently celebrating the big BO.

mcp-7213

This intriguing yarn (Jeager PERSIA – discontinued) is not only very lightweight, it is very dimensional. The boucle (?) / chenille-like (?) construction of the fiber strand itself doesn’t need blocking and in fact I think looks really fab all dimensional and round without any blocking at all.

People are always talking about how a yarn POPS the cables but I’ve seen nothing like this. They aren’t bulky, just shapely.

I tried the sweater on and it doesn’t make me look all beefed up like a big-gauge yarn. There’s a subtley here — and I like.

The gauge however, really gave me fits. After the knitting is done, the fabric wants not to relax but contract. So my gauge, which was not to spec to begin with either lengthwise or widthwise, was in flux.

Don’t you hate that when that happens…

So while I compensated by making my cable crosses with less rows, the contraction (and the fact I wanted it a little longer) ultimately made me add a complete repeat at the bottom of the pullover. Life not imitating art indeed.

But it’s onward and upward with the sleeves. Won’t be compensating for the row gauge this time though; just knitting to spec. I predict it will be almost spot on. hee.


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