This is Quasimodo, my latest WIP cardigan. I have been wanting to knit Fannie Fouche for ages, only to discover that it's knit top-down and all-in-one-piece, which is murder on my wrists. Undaunted, I wanted to see if I could knit my own version but bottom up and seamed. Lo and behold, I can!
Quasimodo is completely self-designed and, considering I only started knitting seriously about 2 1/2 years ago, I'm pretty damn pleased with myself. It has all the elements from Fannie Fouche that I wanted: long body, defined waist, and pretty texture, but it's knitted in a way that doesn't hurt my wrists.
My shoulder is a different matter entirely. I know that Quasimodo is a really strange name for a cardigan (even for me!) but I have my reasons. In my defense, I was (happily) sucked into Foyle's War while I was on vacation over the last two weeks. The show is so engrossing that my fingers developed a mind of their own whilst my mystery-loving brain went haywire over DCS Foyle et al.
Before I knew it, one week and 4 series had been watched. My right shoulder was the casualty, as I've gone and done something to the muscle. It's in a helluva knot and refuses to relax. I've got the Bat Signal out to my wonderful massage therapist but, in the meantime, my shoulder is killing me. I've doused myself in Voltaren gel and icy/hot patches so much that I reek of old man. I can't find a position in which my shoulder doesn't ache and/or go numb, so I end up hunching over much like this:
I am a vision, I tell you.
The worst part is that I can't knit! My poor cardigan is languishing, desperate to be finished and sported about. It's especially imperative as we've been having some delightfully cool weather lately and I am in need of it.
On the bright side, I am delighted with how the cardigan has turned out. I love the simple diamond eyelet pattern and seed stitch details. Unlike my sewing, which is mostly print-driven, my knitting is definitely all about texture. I prefer solid colours with a combination of interesting stitches. This book has been such a useful tool in my knitting arsenal.
I'm pretty pleased with the seed stitch shawl collar, too. My original collar was in garter stitch and I made a mistake in calculating my stitches, so it ended up looking like a shawl collar with elephantitis. Not pretty. So I frogged it, recalculated, and started fresh. That's one thing I love about knitting. If you make a mistake, you can simply rip it out and end up with what you started with: yarn. In sewing, not so much.
Hopefully my massage therapist can beat my shoulder muscles back into submission and I can finish this beauty. I am thinking that shell buttons will be perfect for this cardi.
In sewing news, I've ruthlessly culled my sewing pattern stash and have an entire laundry basket full of Unsuitables, which I will be listing in my Etsy shop slowly but surely. I have vintage, Big 4, indie, and children's patterns to list. Stay tuned!