I started sewing up the Panda sweater yesterday. Eyelash yarn is really hard to seam - its almost impossible to see the stitches. However, I got both shoulder seams done, as well as one sleeve sewn on. That took a couple hours - but I only have one sleeve, 2 side seams, and a hood to sew on, right!?! (and the zipper to sew in - I got the best zipper. It is rhinestone on black. SO cool.)
I've got 2 knitted up. I realized about 3/4 way through the second that they were running a bit small. Instead of 6 sts. to the inch, I'm getting 6.5-7... I'm going to block them best I can to get as much size out of them. No pics, imagine ribbing on the last pic, and multiply by 2. This is what I get for not swatching. I'd go to a 4, but I'm afraid the fabric will be too loose... So, I'm trying a new pair with the larger-diameter pair of my 3.75mm needles. (previous pair was done on 3.25 out of Dale superwash wool). Which leads nicely into my next topic -
Knitting Needle sizing is SCREWY. (I've been knitting for years.. I knew this already, but it got shoved in my face again today). I'm working on a baby blanket out of Encore Bulky in a Feather and Fan lace pattern. I'm working on either 6 or 6.5 mm needles (theyre not handy, and I don't remember). 6mm is a 10, 6.5 is a 10.5. Why is an 11 all the way to 8mm? ICK. Fortunately, one of my LYS (The Yarnery) carries a bunch of different branded needles, and had a 7mm (10.75 sized!) needle. Anyways.. why do we stick with the funky numbers anyways - not only are there different interpretations of them (I forget which "size" I have in 2 different mm widths...4? 5?) Why not needles graduated up in size by .25 mm? Or by .5 mm? I'd buy 'em. Heck - I go exclusively by mm sizes anyways. Which isn't bad until you end up with 2 needles labeled 3.75 mm of which one is visibly larger...
Rant off. Must go off and sleep - stave off incipient cold...