Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Conversion Version



I worked up my crocheted skully sweater into a knit version for Little LadyLinoleum. I think it turned out okay (not great mind you) despite the issues I had with the conversion, mostly due to the yarn.

You see, I usually create color work using the fair isle method as opposed to the intarsia method. Fair isle is my color work process of preference due to the fact that I feel that I have more control over the procedure in that I have less yarn to manage at the back of my work (and less ends to weave in when complete). Whereas intarsia usually requires use of a bazillion bobbins of yarn hanging off the back of my work (and God only knows how many ends to weave in upon completion). Really, too many bobbins to manage takes the fun out of color work for me. However, on this particular sweater I thought I'd throw caution to the wind and bust out my bobbins in an effort to prevent Little Lino from snagging the fair isle floating yarn at the back of the work when attempting to pull the finished sweater over her head.



Now, had this been knitted from wool, the intarsia process itself and the resulting gazillion ends to be woven in would have been a cake walk (or less painful anyway). To the contrary, this yarn is shiny, slippery and decomposes into a ply-free state in a matter of moments. Really, can you say nightmare? I think that the backside of this skully looks terrible; frayed ends escaping left and right. I hate that!

I may have to combat the fray with a little fabric glue. Any advice you may have with regard to this particular set of issues is welcome.

Needless to say I am trying another knitted version of this sweater for moi. This time I will be employing the fair isle method for the color work. I'm hoping the second time 'round is the charm. We'll see...

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14 comments:

Megan said...

Well, the finished product is fabulous! I hope the technical issues are easy to work out!

Madge said...

The yarn and the intarsia may have been a pain, but the FO is sweet. Lil skully rocks!

Selena K said...

Ooh la la! That is very cute.

miss kendra said...

i love it!

lena looks so flashdance. you must be VERY proud.

Yarn Tails said...

Even with the technical difficulties it came out smashing! I only hope to be as good as you one day with the knitting!

BellaLinda said...

Very nice. And you just taught me that the intarsia I thought I was doing was really Fair Isle.

Silja said...

*must have...must have*

Marietta said...

love it! I also have problems with the mostly cotton yarns and intarsia - so i get out the fray check and sometimes even hand stitch some of the ends

Batty said...

Wow, it looks fabulous on her! Whatever the difficulties involved, the finished project fits perfectly.

Pam said...

ROCKS!

shula said...

Never under-estimate the power of a small bottle of clear nail polish.

Just on the ends, or where it's slipping.

That's one pretty girl.

joymama said...

Way cool Lady L. Little L looks great wearing that version. My daughter would love one too.

daisy said...

Hey, wait, she went and grew up since you last posted a photo of her!

I think it looks great. I'd try the fray check on the ends, sounds like the easiest way to deal with it.

Micky said...

Very cool!
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You just missed my last post. Thanks so much for the kind verbage!
Go check out what I just posted when you get a chance. I think you'll like it too!
:)