The Fourth

I have three sweaters on my mind right now. I’ll elaborate on each of them over the next few days, but this sweater is the one I have been working on while thinking about the other three — it’s the fourth, the one that doesn’t need any thought.

licorice whip body
mmm! malabrigo licorice whip in goofy lighting

I finally finished the body of my licorice whip! I tinkered with the length and the hem, and finally gave up and added more ribbing where I originally did not want to rib. I’m happy with it now, however, but there was a lot of laddering and changing knits to purls last night! Tedious work.

licorice whip body back
licorice whip back: see how the front is longer at the hem?

If you look at this picture of the back, you can see how the hemline of the front is longer than that of the back. This is the short-row bust shaping. That extra length doesn’t look like much here, but it is well-used by my shape and I totally love the fit (perhaps a bit more form fitting than I had in mind, but it’s fine).

With the completion of the body, it’s onto sleeve island for me. Before I start the sleeves, I get to cast on one of the three sweaters on my mind — I made a promise!

Unrelated, but cute:

claw in a pot
claw is sitting on a spider plant

My hibiscus bloomed (and needs water dreadfully), but the funniest part here is Claw. She likes to sit on top of the plant in that pot — it’s just a garden variety spider plant. She’s not in pain or anything, she just likes it. It is totally weird and while I don’t want her ruining my plants (I do a good enough job of that myself!), I can’t help but snicker every time I catch her sitting in the pot.

10 Comments so far

  1. naomi on January 3rd, 2007

    That is a wonderful, wonderful cat picture. Although I do also feel sorry for the poor spider plant.

  2. Jess on January 3rd, 2007

    Licorice Whip is looking great! The short-row bust shaping thing is genius, for sure. I’m hoping my attempt at short-row shaping works out as well as yours seems to have, I suppose we’ll see…

    Love the cat in the plant pot! I had a tortoiseshell who’d do the same thing, except she’d knock down the pot when she was done sitting in it. Hopefully Claw has better manners :-)

  3. gleek on January 3rd, 2007

    hahaha, your cat is hilarious. she would love our apartment. we have an abundance of spider plants. those things grow like nothing else.

    licorice whip is looking good! i love short row bust shaping. it’s the bestest.

  4. Holly Jo on January 3rd, 2007

    Licorice whip looks great! I think it has nice details, but still seems like it would be comfort knitting.

    Cats are so quirky. Claw is looking smug about the whole thing. :)

  5. Dave Daniels on January 3rd, 2007

    Ahhh, so THAT’S what a cat tail plant look like. Hmmmm.
    The sweater in the first photo would make a great vest.

  6. Dawn on January 4th, 2007

    I so want to make that sweater but alas, I have to wait until one of my two big projects is done. Your cat on the pot cracks me up!!

  7. Stacey on January 4th, 2007

    the body of LW came out great – can’t wait to see it on! She is too funny – incubating the plants! Good thing spiders are pretty hearty!

  8. E on January 4th, 2007

    I love that picture of Claw :) squishy!

  9. kristina on January 5th, 2007

    I can’t wait to see licorice whip finished. I love that malabrigo.

  10. jessica~ on January 8th, 2007

    Oooooh, I’ve had my eye on Licorice Whip – yours is looking great and that yarn is yummy!