Sunday, November 04, 2007

5 Feet of Henry


Henry is complete.

I'm pretty sure I didn't get the bind off correct. It was supposed to be a tubular bind off which I've never done before. I followed the instructions, but the results, were, to bend a strange phrase form my youth, less than totally tubular. The bind off is supposed to match the cast-on, but mine don't. The bind-off is a bit more rigid and tighter-looking than the bind-off, and the bind off has a lot more going one -- it's bulkier. In the first picture, the bound-off edge is at the top and the cast-on edge is at the bottom. But you'd only notice this from up close, and since the bind-off is sewn, I'm not about to unsew the yarn from all the stitches to try something else.

I'm done.

I'd have to say that I really like this pattern -- the woven look of it is really quite different from anything else I've ever knit. It was easy to make a mistake, but after the first few rows mistakes were pretty easy to catch. I'm still not convinced I cast on the correct number of stitches to start with.


The whole thing took just over three balls of yarn. The third ball ended with one and a half rows to go. It's 7.5" wide, which, when I tried it on, was more than wide enough for me. In fact, an inch less would have been more to my taste. I'm going to block it at some point to see if I can get the edges to have similar tension. There is an ever-so-slightly perceptible scimitar-like bend to the whole scarf because of the different tightnesses of the two long edges.

If you want something to do while watching the tube, this could be a great project. It can get a bit tedious over the long-haul, but the results were worth it -- for me. People who get bored easily with doing the same thing over and over again, might want to give this one a skip.


And now that I'm done with Henry and the sweater I finished a few weeks ago, I can concentrate on socks, which I've been neglecting. I'm still working on my second pair made with TOFUtsies -- this pair destined for my feet. I did the heel flap while I was at the knitting meetup Saturday. It's pictured to the right. I don't think I've blogged about this particular pair of socks in well over a month. That's too long to go without knitting socks. (I actually did start another pair that were supposed to be Halloween socks, but had to admit that they wouldn't get done in time. They're on hold for next year. I HATE that!)

Melissa brought her grandmother Ruby to the meetup, which was wonderful. It really made me nostalgic for all the crafty women in my family. I bet they'd be smarter than to try knitting a scarf sideways on a bazillion stitches...

7 comments:

  1. Yes, when I read the pattern for Henry, I realized that, as cool as the finished product looks, it's not for me -- way too much of the same thing over and over. Give me giant, complicated projects that take months! ;-)

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  2. Henry looks AWESOME! You did such a great job. I can't wait to see it in person!

    Having my grandma here has been so nice. She taught me to crochet today and showed me pictures of her stash! I think it's especially cute that we are the only fiberphiles in our family and we both taught ourselves - her to crochet, me to knit.

    Also - she asked me to tell you that she really enjoyed meeting you and she was so impressed with your knitting (I showed her your Flickr). :-)

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  3. Henry looks fantastic. Well done!

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  4. It came our just fabulous! Very sophisticated pattern - I may have to do one one day. Sorry I missed the meetup- sounds like it was fun.

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  5. WOW Looks so great!
    Great job! I want to knit Herny for myself... When I look at the pattern...I was stock...there was so much stitch!

    I going to cast on this, I can't wait to cast mine!

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  6. WOW Looks so great!
    Great job! I want to knit Herny for myself... When I look at the pattern...I was stock...there was so much stitch!

    I going to cast on this, I can't wait to cast mine!

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  7. Hi Steve,
    I feel so famous! Thanks for the mention in your blog. How did you last a month w/o a sock...?

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