Holy cow, that looks AMAZING! I can't believe you dyed all those little individual skeins, that's some incredible dedication! I have been eyeing this pattern on Knitty for awhile, but the cost and the time always put me off... Good to know it can be done in less than the 20 years I was anticipating!
Wow, good job! I tried to make Mariah in red over a year ago, and I got so frustrated with the sleeves and the neckline that I put it down and haven't picked it up again. It's a shame too, because I was almost done with it. Maybe I'll break it out and see if I can't finish it off!
I agree with the general sentiment of not being super excited about any of the patterns in particular, for myself at least, but a lot of them are really cute and maybe I'll find a good recipient for them sometime. Seriously though, SO MANY SOCKS! I mean, I love socks as much as the next girl (even though I've only knitted one pair in my whole life), but does every other pattern have to be socks? I know that some people, including one of my dear Craftster friends, LOVE making socks, so I guess they're happy, but after awhile all those socks start looking the same to me... I might make the Aslan washcloth for my brother though.
I agree, I can't stand DPNs and almost every pattern in this issue calls for them! I mean, the patterns are all really pretty, I just can't see myself making them. Except maybe that hat with the waves on it, that was cute.
I've been knitting for about three years now and just taught myself how to crochet a few days ago. So far I think crochet is a little easier (it took me forever to really get the hang of knitting, but I'm already almost done crocheting the "Fit To Be Tied" purse from "The Happy Hooker"), but I just can't hold the yarn the way the book tells you to. I hold it like I do when I'm knitting- in my right hand, wrapping the yarn around the hook instead of the hook around the yarn. I guess that's just my knitting habits kicking in, but I can still crochet pretty fast.
I've done my swatches, and am now feeling somewhat better about getting my Mariah finished in 16 days. But it'll still definitely, definitely be a challenge. The other challenge is trying not to start before the 10th of February...
How's your Mariah going, Crumpet? I'm knitting it right now too (not for the knitting olympics though- I wish I had found out about it in time!), and I'm encountering some problems with the pattern, even though it looks like it's already undergone a ton of corrections. First of all, the chart sequence for the knotwork pattern (Chart C) is off- it says to work lines 1-12 once, then lines 13-52 three times, then lines 13-34 once and then skip up to line 53, but really you have to work up to line 36 for the cables to match up when you skip up to 53. Also, it says to work until the sleeve is 19" and then place all stitches on a holder, but (a) 19" seems way too short for what's supposed to be a long sleeve, and (b) if you follow the knotwork sequence as written, your work will be more like 30" by the time you're done! That's what I'm noticing right about now, as I'm almost done with the first sleeve. I think it'll be fine- the sleeve includes the shoulder and everything, so it shouldn't be crazy long- but working from a pattern with obvious errors in it makes me nervous. Thoughts?
However, got a Q as well. I'm some 7 cm into the body tube by now and the back of the neck part of the shrug is still piling and curling up. Will that prob magically disappear once the tube gets longer and weighs it down? Help from anyone further on with the sweater would be of great value.
Since the back is stockinette, there's not much that will stop it from curling except maybe aggressive blocking. When I wear mine, I just unroll it a little so it lays flat against my neck, but I don't worry about it too much- it actually looks pretty nice a little rolled up, so all those edge stitches aren't showing.