Too hot to do much today except drink lovely cold white wine and watch Big Brother. It's all downhill from here; I always swear I won't get drawn in, but I do every time. At least it's good knitting time.
I haven't thanked everyone for their lovely comments on Gemma. I really appreciate them all, so thank you very much. I had a few thoughts about Gemma initially, but most of them have passed now. However, to anyone thinking about knitting her, I would say definitely don't knit the body flat as specified in the pattern - way too many ends. I knitted it in the round and followed Tracy's tip for knitting the decrease row backwards to avoid the dreaded p3togtbl. The other way to do it is to knit on circulars with two balls of the 4 ply, one at each side and then choose which way you knit with the Calmer according to which side it ends up on. So long as you keep one 4 ply on each side you will always have one in the right place to do their rows. This makes a lot more sense if you actually do it, rather than read about it.
The other thing I have to add is thoughts about colour. I really like the look of the front and back of mine, but I'm less happy about how it looks at the join between the body and sleeves. I think there is too much contrast between the shades, which over emphasises the shape of the body, making it sort of look like a vest with sleeves tacked on.
If I knitted another Gemma, I would choose colours from the same 'family' (my own non-technical term there). ie. blue and green, red and orange, brown and black and so on. I think this would lead to a less obvious 'break' between the body and the sleeve.
Still, on, on, never look back, as my grandfather always said. So what's up next?
Well, I've started my Rowan Edgy Exchange project.
Exciting huh? Nothing like a four foot strip of 1x1 rib to make for some really great photos. But just wait until you see it with its edge on! Someone might have an idea of the pattern I'm using, but I'm not saying more than that.
Except to tell you it's knit in Kaalund Expressions - lovely 4 ply Kid Mohair. I bought mine from Ally Pally last year, but you can get it at Get Knitted. Here's a close up that shows the colours a little better - although slightly washed out.
Must go, it's almost time for the first BBLB of 2005! I'm raising my glass to a sunny Bank Holiday weekend.