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Bazinga May 2, 2013

One of the great things about getting a little adjustable mannequin was the idea of knowing in advance that most likely whatever I was making was actually going to fit.

One of the not-so great things was that there was no longer any excuse for being in denial about something that wasn’t.

My current WIP – a curry-colored BRYNNA – is up to about 1/3 of the first sleeve being done (and moving right along).

But something was just not right. This was one of the first things I put up on the new mannie and OOPS it had…

A little big problem…

My mod was actually too small – if I quit being in denial, I had to admit – it was too tight on the mannequin and that meant it was going to be Too Tight On My Body Too.

Apparently, just grabbing a needle and using it (without checking size) could mean Your Needle Is Too Small and whatever you knit with it is Also Too Small, even though it looks just like the right one.

I plead watching several back-to-back episodes of Top of the Lake in a dim room for this dim move but nevermind!

I’ve never been one to shy away from a little splash in the frog pond and in the glaring light of day, ZIP.

Off came the offending piece and onto success! This time, though, I am not taking any chances and it’s Best Practices Everywhere!

Chic Knits Brynna Knitting Pattern

Using a leftover swatch from the original VONICA neckband sample (double frog! use the yarn!), I threaded the working stitches on a length of yarn, then

laid it flat on a table and measured it. Looks good! So onto the next part

Chic Knits Brynna Knitting Pattern

which is another trip up on the fit mannequin and VOILA.

NOW it works –

Now there’s a little sparkle in my step knowing that I can get going finishing the sleeve I abandoned to fix this. Bazinga!

Maybe I’ll reward myself by picking out some buttons…

6 responses to “Bazinga May 2, 2013”

  1. Sheena says:

    Speaking as someone who just made a bunch of costumes using an adjustable mannequin, there’s one big thing you need to consider, especially with fitted garments–people are squishy. Mannequins are not. I made myself a jacket that was almost too small for the mannequin, but fits me perfectly and might even be able to stand being taken in a smidge, even though the measurements are exactly the same. Ease is important!

    P.S. Lovely sweater!

  2. Bonne Marie says:

    Good point – this has standard ease and that was what tipped me off to the bad fit on the first go round. In the original, there was no ease in that area.

    (Just to be sure – while the bottom was “on the string” I tried it on too – good to go!)

  3. LaurenS says:

    what brand is your mannequin?

  4. Helen says:

    Looking fabulous!

  5. Pam says:

    I just started this very sweater ALSO while watching Top of the Lake!! Please tell me that this very strange beginning works out in the end. I have just otten to the second part and boy does this look weird.

  6. Bonne Marie says:

    Re: here’s the info from my receipt – SINGER DF150G Adjustable Dress Form, Gray, Medium

    Top of the Lake: oooh! I have a funny feeling this is going to turn into the next “LOST” series and the mystery might streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch out to cover however many seasons they can.l

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