I've been good
But before I go on, look at this gorgeous Bauble!
It's done by JerseyKnitter as a gift. She did an awesome job! I love it. :)
Back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Awhile back, BB asked me about Japanese short rows, and since I am working on the other sleeve of the orange sweater now, I've taken a few pics of the technique I've used. For those who didn't read the first time through, I'm knitting the sleeves down from the shaped armscye using Barbara Walker as my guide. I didn't want to wrap the short rowed sleeve cap, so I'm using Japanese short rows. Here's a great reference, btw, if I lose you in the middle of my explanation.
In Japanese short rows, stitches are not wrapped. You knit up to the turning point and place a safety pin on the yarn like this:
Knit or purl your row. Then work back to the safety pin. On returning to that spot, pull the pin and put the loop of yarn onto the left needle. It will look like this:
Remove the pin and work the loop together with the next stitch, like this purled stitch:
Some of you may remember that I was getting a ridge on the sleeve. I hated it, and I also didn't want one showing up on the front of this sleeve. I decided to work the sleeve so that the ridge (which seemed to be inevitable after some swatching) would be less obvious. So instead of picking up stitches all around the armscye, I only picked them up two thirds of the way around and picked up the others while doing short rows. This presented a bit of a problem, because there was no stitch with which to knit the loop (I hadn't yet picked them up). So I improvised. Instead of working the loop immediately, I put it on the needle:
picked up the next stitch and placed the pin again:
and then purled the two together on the way back. Unfortunately that picture did not at all turn out, but the process itself seemed to work fairly well. Here's how the short rows look up close.
You can see the little ridge, which I really don't mind if it's right at the edge of the armscye like this. It took much less time than the first sleeve. Maybe because I didn't have to rip this one out four times!?
I'm going to go fondle my silk now.