Tuesday, March 06, 2007


I completed my Mermaid a couple weeks ago, but my digital camera was broken and I couldn't photograph it until yesterday. This is the #3 colorway in a size Medium.
My one cautionary observation concerns the blocking: the sleeves grow in length very easily, so be careful! The sleeve length was perfect before blocking, but way to too long after blocking attempt #1. I had washed and blocked my swatch and didn't notice any difference in before/after measurements, so this isn't necessarily because of the yarn. I re-blocked and was able to reduce the sleeve length a bit, but I just can't figure out how to squish the fabric any more to shorten the sleeves.
BTW, Mermaid is only on the hangar for the photo. I do not store my handknits this way!
Thanks again to Amy for the fabulous spreadsheet. I never would have been able to complete Mermaid without her directions!


fiberfanatic said...

Beautiful! I hope you enjoy wearing it!

Becky said...

Linda, it looks beautiful!! Do you have any pictures of it on you - would love to see it. Other than the sleeve length, how did the sizing turn out? I'd love to know what size you made, what size clothes you usually wear, and how the two meshed. Congrats on a great achievement!

Linda said...

Wow, it's beautiful. Great job!

Denise/CT said...

Such is the nature of the beast "garter stitch". It grows. Don't be surprised if the length of the jacket grows as well. Other than felting it a bit I don't know what to tell you. You could run a sewing thread in the seam and pull it up a small amount but that only helps stabilize the underarm seam (Good reinforcement for shoulder seam as well) It is beautiful. Congratulations on a great job. I'd love to see a picture of it on you.