Sunday, December 16, 2007

Marley was dead...

Before I began this blog, I began planning to knit the Marley's Ghost Scarves from Knitty.com for my fellow Quartet members in A Christmas Carol. As you can see from the photo above, I did knit them! They've been hibernating for months now in my closet, waiting for closing night (our traditional night for gift-giving.)

They were a hit, I think - and when I was having our photo taken (I'm wearing the chain I made for my daughter after she fell in love with the chains I was making,) our actor playing Marley jumped in with us. All those chained actors should stick together, eh?

Today was our closing matinee and here they are in all their glory!



Barbara, our Soprano, chains herself and her little mink "friends" with her soft pink chain.



Me - hot stuff in my hot pink chain.



Our tenor, Tim, struck a pose immediately upon opening his chain.



Robin, my partner and our booming Bass in his gray chain, which fashionably matches his top hat.

Monday, December 10, 2007

FO - Fingerless Lace Gloves



They are finished! I think they turned out pretty well. At first, when I finished the first glove and had our Soprano try it on, I was unhappy because the fingers seemed too long. She was fine with it, but it irked me. So Saturday morning before heading to the final preview matinee & opening night, I ripped all the fingers back by about 3 rows and bound off again.

I'm glad I did it - I think they look much more suited to her hands this way.

Am very happy they are done and that I finished them in time for our final preview and opening night! Our costume manager has offered to pay me something for them - am not sure what to ask. I'll have to find out what my materials cost was and I'll probably just ask him for reimbursement for that and maybe $10 for my labor. It was, after all, not done for the money.

Specs:

Pattern: Vanalinn Lace Gloves by Nancy Bush from the book A Gathering of Lace
Yarn: DMC Cebelia Cotton size 10
Needles: Size 0
Modifications: I added one more stitch per finger, making my palm a little larger. Of course, my gauge was MUCH smaller than the original. But these gloves needed to fit very snugly and stretch. Obviously, I made them fingerless and bound off with a double crochet bind off.

Since finishing, I've been knitting happily away on sleeve #2 for Alice Starmore's Elizabeth I. It feel so incredibly nice to work with soft merino wool again. And my size 3 needles seem so large and friendly!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A Christmas Carol and a Nifty Cast On!

I am still plugging away, trying to finish those lace gloves in time for opening night.

Technically - we open on Saturday night. However, we have audiences starting Thursday and will do 4 performances in front of full houses before we are officially open. I'd like her to have the gloves before we have audiences, but that may not happen. She still has her tattered gloves from last year, so her hands won't be naked. *whew* But still -- I really would have liked her to have them before the first dress rehearsal. My bad. I'm a naughty procrastinating knitter!

I've finished both up to the fingers. I've finished 3 fingers on one glove and 1 finger on the other. I did 2 fingers tonight during our tech rehearsal - but I won't have that much down time tomorrow. I shall have to try and squeeze some knitting time in tomorrow during the day. If only my daughter still napped during the day, darn her! What's she thinking... growing up like that? Grf.

One good thing about the gloves is that I've found a nifty new cast-on! The way the gloves are written, you pick up your live stitches for the fingers and then you need to cast on stitches while continuing to knit in the round. This means you can't use any of your traditional cast-ons. Normally one would use the backward-loop cast-on for this purpose. But I hate that cast-on. For one thing it's a b*tch to knit into and for another it leaves you with nothing if you have to pick up stitches from the other side of it -- which you do with fingers. Interested? Check it out here.

On the odd moment when I can't knit on the gloves, I've been plugging away on my sleeves for Elizabeth I. I have the first finished up to the armhole shaping and have started the 2nd. My row gauge is bigger than written, but my stitch gauge is perfect. So I'm going to knit them both to the armhole shaping and then I'll have to do a little math to make the raglan sleeves come out right. I'm a little worried about the front and back because of the design work... but I'll worry about that when I get there. Famous last words, eh?