Sunday, October 28, 2012
Pretty noticable progress.
there's a tiny part of me that wishes I'd knitted in wool, since you never have to reblock wool...
Painted the wings on while it was still pinned down. there's a few things I wish I'd done differently. I printed out a stencil I found online and then painted over it with a sponge and a brush. however the detail lines of the feathers of the wings got smudged and didn't come out very well. in the end I had to mix in a little blue to the white and paint in the lines to get the details. I'd thought about mixing some water with the paint and putting it in a little spray bottle, and I think that might have worked better. And they should have been painted a bit higher up, closer to the edge.
The armwarmers were just at tube knitted on double pointed needles. I cast on 60 stitches which was perfect, and they're 11 1/4" long. each one took almost exactly one skein of yarn. I'd thought about decreasing to taper for my arm getting narrower, but I didn't want to do that and mess with the ribbed pattern. I didn't need to anyways, because the ribs make sure it fits snugly all the way down my arm.
I have sewn the shoulders together, just a basic whip stitch. So now I'm just making the trim. I have most of one skein left, and then the ends of a few others from the armwarmer and whatnot. I have ordered more yarn just out of paranoia, and if I end up not needing it I can do the shrug I want for the fanart thing. I ordered plenty for that. and I got some more of the yarn I used for my River Tam vest, because Amanda wants one. So, for the trim, I'm taking a very basic approach which may or may not work. I'm knitting a long strip of fabric 8 stitches across in stockinette so it curls. I'll sew it together to make a tube, iron it flat and sew it on. this is based on the suggestion that I got on the super pretty Rinoa cosplay I found that the trim looked like I-cord. I did learn how to do it, but it doesn't seem like it works with as wide as I want it. honestly, the bits of yarn I have left will probably go further than I think, and I probably didn't need to get more yarn, but I really do want to do the shrug.
The wings are a bit too far down on the jacket. they're closer to the middle of my back then my shoulders. part of that is because the straps are pretty long. I can shorten them, but I'm afraid of losing too much jacket length. so I'll take a look at it and see what I think. I don't think it's the end of the world. It might be fixable, or it might just be fine the way it is.