A millon things! I have at least one million things to tell and my crazy keyboard keys are sticking so badly I can hardly type at all. If you see freaky little typos please don't send me hate mail. I'm not a bad speller.
SO.... it's horrible but I've been avoiding blogging because I wasn't feeling so great about how my WLC was going. But this morning started great when I looked down and saw 210 staring me in the face. I lost 10 pounds in January! Awesome way to start the year. By summer you won't even recognize me! :)
I've started my first EPS sweater. EPS is also known as the Elizabeth Zimmerman Percentage System. I spent quite some time over the past few months thinking HARD and searching far and wide for "just the right pattern" to teach a sweater class. Nobody will learn to seam up a sweater attending an EPS workshop but they will learn a lot of sweater construction info and several finishing techniques that don't involve mattress stitch.
A few weeks ago I did get yarn and buttons to make myself an EPS cardigan but decided to do a "practice" sweater first in Emeline's size (so Lila Pearl could grow into it, obviously). Using the big box o' Cascade 220 that MargaretD from Canada gave me, I did just that. And EZ is correct - even if you're using up stash nobody would guess it if you insert some color work.
I started this small sweater (co 135 stitches for body) and decided to stretch the main color as much as possible. The hems are all contrasting with a heathered tangerine color.
It's amazing that I still have a hair on my head after trying and tryin to sew down the hem the first time. I really like doing a provisional caston because it works better for me - don't ask me why because I don't know. I just like the way the live stitches present themselves a little better than some other ways I tried. Finally I did find a few very helpful photos and description of this method on the Schoolhouse Press web site where Meg Swanson (Elizabeth Zimmerman's daughter) did a Christmas Stocking knitalong. Toward the end she tells/shows how she seamed down the cuff/hem and included a tip of knitting the last row on a contrasting hem in the object's main color, then obviously stitching it down with yarn matching the main color. Oh what a difference that made for me. And here I am wanting to lead an EPS Workshop? I hope my students don't read my blog and then think I'm a big phony and don't know what I'm doing.
Reaching the body/sleeve join was an exciting moment but I had been a little concerned about my main color lasting through the whole project. How to stretch that color without a startling contrast to the very strong color section at the bottom?? I settled on a very simple color section with low contrast colors. It's supposed to be something like a trellis look to compliment the flowered section at the bottom. Hopefully it doesn't result in a busy overall look. The idea is to make it appear that I planned all of this ya know. ha
I still need to finish all of the hems and graft the underarms, then sew in loose ends in various locations.
OH MY G O D. As I'm sitting here working on this post Lila Pearl just went over and took my embroidery scissors and CUT A HOLE in the front center main color section. Of. This. Sweater.
Post Over. Gotta go destress just a little.