Sunday, 20 September 2009

Less Puzzling Now

I've been inching forwards on the Puzzle Wrap. I should explain, it's called a Puzzle because it starts with a provisional cast-on and when you've knitted to the first end and cat off, you then pick up again where you started and knit in the opposite direction. This means that when you finish you have no discernible cast-on.

I'd always thought that this sort of thing left me with a big chance of ending up with a disaster. I've done it on the toe of toe-up socks but there wasn't very much at stake there. I was a bit more trepidacious this time.

Here we are at the first end.

And after finishing all the little cast-offs.

And here we are removing the waste yarn after the successful pick up.

Un morçeau de gâteau.

If it weren't for the Different Dye Lot Disaster, it would be invisible - to me, at any rate.

Actually, the DDLD is much more visible in the photographs than it is in reality. And, because of the construction of the stole, the lighter shade is in the middle and the ends are both dark, so I don't think it'll be screamingly obvious.

I won't embarrass myself by telling you how long it took for me to get into the swing of this pattern: there were times when the real puzzle was how I managed to have a different number of stitches on every row.

But I'm rattling through it now. I've just finished a repeat and am trying to decide whether I have enough yarn to do one more repeat before the final cast-off. And whether, after all, to put a few beads at this end. Since one end contains far fewer mistakes than the other, it would be nice to be able to find it easily. Just a few crystals, shimmering like dew drops...


Mary Lou said...

Or put the crystals at the other end, and the sparkle will distract the eye away from mistakes. Which, of course, are only spotted by fellow knitters, who are far too polite to mention them.

Sea said...

It looks beautiful. So that is what you've been up to...I thought you might have been kidnapped and held without yarn somewhere.

Knitting Linguist said...

I'm all for adding beads! But then, I'm on kind of a kick... I really love the way that's turning out; the dye lot shift isn't screamingly obvious even in the pictures, so in person I'm better it's even less noticeable :)

Fiona said...

That's so pretty! And yes, beads would be good. Shiny..... ;)

Raveller said...

It's beautiful! By the time it's finished, if the change in dye lot is even visible, it will seem like it was intentional. Would you knit it again? Or are you glad to be done with it?