I'm joining Ginny's Yarn Along this week.
I guess you can say that I am really enjoying knitting my Bedford. It's been incredibly nice having only three projects on my needles: my High Plains Drifter Shawl, a test knit that has to remain underwraps for now, and my Bedford. So far, the pattern is sweet: interesting stitch pattern on the body portion and straight-forward reverse stockinette stitch on the sleeves all of which has kept my attention without being tedious or overwhelming. I'm also loving knitting with Madelinetosh DK in spite of the slight change in color as I knit from skein to skein. I should have alternated between two skeins to start with (duh!) as many of you commented, but I forgot that helpful advice and am not bothered enough to rip back and start over.
|This is more of a hump than a ladder|
Where I did bother to rip back and start over was with my first sleeve. I cast on with DPNs and didn't think I'd have the infamous ladder problem but why I thought I would be the one to avoid this problem, I just don't know. Oh yes, where my stitches jump from one DPN to another developed the ladder effect or in my case the hump effect.
I changed to a circular needle but the damage was done, and I knew that the regret I would feel in not ripping back would make me sad every time I wore this beautiful sweater so rip back I did.
At first, I took the advice to spread my stitches over four needles rather than three but that barely made a difference. I then decided to cast directly onto a circular needle and while it took a little more effort to knit the mere 45 stitches (I have very small wrists and thin arms), it worked like a charm.
I'm actually done with both sleeves and the body section so I'm ready to knit the three pieces together and begin the raglan shaping. My additional skeins of Madelinetosh DK are caked and patiently waiting -- I can't wait!
As for reading, I'm nearing the end of Stone Arabia and am so moved by the way the story unfolds. I was under the weather earlier this week which gave me the opportunity to read for several hours ... the plus side of needing to lie on my couch for an afternoon.