Sunday, 27 July 2008

Hundreds and Hundreds of Stitches

I'm working on two projects just now, the vogue shawl, and a BPT jacket from Knitty. I've done another repeat and a half on the vogue shawl, but I'm not taking it off the needles to take pics any more. It's getting to a ridiculous amount of stitches - over 300 at the moment, and I've still got another repeat and a half to go, at least. The rows are taking a long time to get through now, although I'm getting used to the pattern now and only have to look at the chart at the beginning of the row, which speeds it up. Last time I took it off the needles to photograph, it took about half an hour to put them all back on, so I think I'll just complete these 3 repeats then maybe check how big it is then.



The BPT also has over 300sts on the needles right now. It's knit top-down, and I'm at that bit where I'm almost finished the shoulders but not quite, so it's taking a long time to finish those rows too. I'm alternating between the two projects, hoping the long rows will be over soon. Gargh, if only my gauge had been right the shawl would have been done by now!



(Garhgh. Whoever said natural light was best for photos????? The green in the sweater is supposed to be much darker and richer, and generally more lovely. I'll take a better pic and post that soon)

It made me think about just how many stitches are in a project like a sweater or shawl. There must be thousands! If I could be bothered I'd work out the maths, but I don't really need to - I have just suddenly realised how much work goes into making these projects I do as a hobby. It doesn't seem like much as I'm doing it cos it's one stitch at a time, but I guess it must build up!

I am liking both these patterns, and I'm totally excited to finish and get the finished products. I think I've got my big project mojo back now - it felt like ages I was stuck only wanting to make small things, and couldn't think of what to use my yarn for (despite my ravelry queue which is now 1200+), but now I have the yarn set aside for three more sweaters, and I want to make tons and tons of shawls. I'm getting quite a collection as it is :) I'm really excited and want to do all of them at once. But, I can only do one stitch at a time.

Hmmm, I'm thinking there's a life lesson there ;)

4 comments:

Zuleika said...

I love those stitch patterns! 300 stitches sounds insanely....insane. hee-hee The only large items I make are blankets, and I never count the stitches. If I knew how many there were, I may not want to make it! ;-)
1200+ in your queue! lol You better get movin! lol

Zuleika said...

I love those stitch patterns! 300 stitches sounds insanely....insane. hee-hee The only large items I make are blankets, and I never count the stitches. If I knew how many there were, I may not want to make it! ;-)
1200+ in your queue! lol You better get movin! lol

Samsara said...

I'm doing the BPT hoodie too! I'm probably about as far as you are with it! :-)

Angie said...

What pretty bookmarks. Thanks for the links. I'll have to dust off the crochet skills and give it a try.