Started in February of 07 and zipped right along to just above the hip area. I'd tried it on at the underarms and it seemed fine. When I tried it on for length at the hip, it was obvious the whole thing was too big. (What's new, I see from the thread that too-big Wickeds are fairly common.) It was too painful to deal with then so I stuffed it into the knitting closet.
One year later, I've pulled it out and was able to rip it without too much angst. The gauge was off, the dimensions were off, and it really was too big. I'll be starting over soon. Sure is great to be able to read through 29 *pages* of tips and comments before getting back into it.
I've been reading through this thread for awhile, and cast on my Wicked last week with Mission Falls 1824 Cotton and size 6 needles, right on gauge. It's the 40-43 inch size with the cast on of 132 and increase to 332 at the underarm.
I'm supposed to increase every other row 25 times (for a total of 50 rows), right? Adding 8 stitches per row, 2 at each of 4 markers. I'm halfway through, 25 total rows, and the seam at the increases is already 7 inches long.
Please tell me I'm on the right track here , I'd hate to have to start over. Compared to the Tivoli I just finished, it seems to be awfully long at this point to be only half way to the underarm.
I've done 2 projects with the SWS, a circular shrug and Danica. Both colorways had knots, sometimes more than one in a skein. It seems to be the nature of the yarn.
Try to catch them (the knots) before they come sliding up over your finger... Cut out the knot and spit slice the ends together. Works very nicely for joining skeins, too. This yarn is so loosely plied that spit slicing works beautifully on it.
I thought I was going to finish up last night... 3 balls of SWS in Natural Earth. Typical for me, I hated to waste a couple of yards of perfectly good yarn and thought I could squeeze another repeat in there before the final 2 little triangles in section 4.
But no! after completing my final section 2, I have about 18 inches of yarn left.
Not one to rip out, I'm driving the 60 mile round trip to the next town later today to get another ball of yarn.
At least I'll be finished by tonight. I'll get pictures up tomorrow, I promise.
Danica flung itself on my needles this morning, in spite of other projects that need to be done. I've managed to get through the first couple of sections and am ready to go back and repeat sections 2 and 3. I was absolutely certain that I had done something wrong, turned the wrong way somewhere, because it looked so lumpy and UN-rectangular,
But when counting the number of base triangles, side triangles, and center "squares" it seems I have done it right after all. Whew!
Another couple of repeats will make it really obvious if I've messed up. What a fun pattern, it just eats up the time. I worked on it for 3 hours straight this morning and hardly blinked an eye.
Correct color is always a problem. It doesn't mean that your monitor is bad or set up "wrong." Monitors show color by using 3 colors, red, green, and blue. Printed colors (like in the paper catelog) use a minimum of 4 colors, cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. "Real" items that we see with our eyes are made up of an infinate number of color variations. Video and printed images are just approximations, since they produce color in different but limited ways.
Many times close is good enough, but if you're really concerned about just the right shade, a color card or single skein purchase is the only way to be sure. And even then, different dye lots can have variations.
My solution to the 16" problem is to use 2 circs: it's knitters' choice whether to do magic loop or 2 needles. Don't be intimated, either, both methods are pretty easy once you wrap your mind around them. And although I have 2 each of the 24" needles in the small sizes for sock knitting, you can actually make 2 circs with a single set of Options by using the size tip you need on one end and the next size smaller on the other end. You only need the correct needle size on the right hand.
I have a set of Denise needles too. Their 16" cord/tip combo can be a bit akward to use, since the length of the tips and the length of the cord are almost the same. You shouldn't feel like you made some huge mistake, they aren't perfect either (I like mine and will continue to use them along with the Options.)
I've had my Options needles for awhile (since they first came out) and so far only had one experience with a tip coming loose. It was, or course, one of the first times I used them and I didn't use the tightning tool. I noticed it before anything terrible happened because the yarn started snagging on the gap as the tip started to loosen, and it was easy to tighten it back up as soon as I noticed. It's my opinion that although it doesn't SEEM like using the tightening tool makes much of a difference, it REALLY does make a big difference. And FWIW, I found the smaller size paperclip will work just as well, so I keep a couple of bent paperclips in my knitting project bags so I always have something handy.
I would love to knit for hours every day... and I did last year when I was sidelined with a ruptured ACL. It sure made the time go by faster when I couldn't do anything else. Unfortunately, knitting is absolutely NO good at burning calories. I gained a good bit of weight last year. I have accepted the fact that at least part of my available knitting time must be spent exercising.