You all had so many great comments for the 2008 Spring Knits Galleries (Part 1 and Part 2)! As promised, for today, I picked a few to respond to:
We love Gallery Days!
After reading the galleries, I can see how imperative it is to "know
thyself"—it's easy to see that a waist ribbing or bustline should be
moved up or down a bit when a completed sweater is on a model, but I
struggle with visualizing those changes for my own body shape.
Definitions of "high/low waisted" etc. would be helpful.
Sandi: A high waist is closer to your bust than your hips; a
low waist is closer to your hips than your bust! Mental picture:
Visualize an hourglass, and then mentally move the narrowest part up
and down away from the "exact middle" of the shape. When your waist is
higher than the actual midpoint of an hourglass, you have a high waist;
when it is lower than the midpoint, you have a low waist.
Judy L.: One thing I would like to know, is how to tailor the
sweaters to not gap in the front over the hips. Some seem to be
designed to be open, but I think on my mature figure, that would not be
flattering. My thought was to check the hip measurement and knit the
sweater to have an inch or two of positive ease through the hips. I
would appreciate any advice in this area. Thanks!
Sandi: You've got it. That's exactly how to make more room
for generous hips (or a curvy belly/backside). You gave yourself
excellent advice, Judy!
There's a few corrections on the Mirabella Gallery
Sandi, Thanks for all your comments on shaping and adjustments for
different figures. I don't seem to get the vertical dart above the
waist if you are big busted. If you knit from the bottom up, wouldn't
you want to increase more for those girls to fit in? Send special
thanks to all the models. Great pictures.
Sandi: Charlotte, you are absolutely correct. Thank you for catching that error! Corrections on the Mirabella Gallery have been marked in purple. (Of course purple. What else did you expect?)
Sharon R.: Where da big girlz at? Seriously, I love the Galleries but we need to see Sandi and other generously endowed women!
Sandi: We big girls are here—and waiting for our camera
moment! Change takes time in the world of knitting magazines, where the
samples are often knit months ahead of press date. But I hear you.
After all: It's sooo much fun to try on the sample sweaters that we all
want to play!
Elsa X. and others ask: I do enjoy the galleries very much. A
number of the comments made by Sandi about the fit are about things
that you only find out after you've tried the garment on. How do you
work out before you start knitting that you need to make this
particular design an inch longer, raise the ruffle or so on?
Sandi replies: As I read through all the comments, this was
echoed many times over! I also discovered that many people are
mystified by terms such as "long-waisted" and "short-waisted" and so
forth. So, let's go on an adventure together, shall we? During the Year of Fearless Knitting here on Knitting Daily, let's be truly fearless and take an honest look at ourselves, what looks good, and how to knit to fit.
Next week, the knitting adventure continues!
Every now and then, someone posts a comment that just leaves me
speechless. Working in my little cubicle, it's sometimes hard to know
how Knitting Daily is speaking to all of you, all over the
world; it's always a humbling experience when someone relates how one
of our family of Interweave publications has become part of their own
personal story. This week, I'd like to share this comment from Stacey
The Cobblestone Pullover
This past October, I knit my wonderful husband of 20 years the Cobblestone Pullover.
He absolutely loved it, and it was the first sweater I ever knit that
turned out just as I imagined it would. On February 9, we lost him very
suddenly to a heart attack. One of the small comforts I keep returning
to is that we had his sweater placed in his casket with him. I can
never thank you enough for how wonderful your patterns are. You all at
interweave have given something very real to hold onto at this time.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Stacey D.
Stacey, that's what family is for. Our thoughts and hearts are with
you and your loved ones. Thank you for letting us know about that very
special sweater, knit for a very special man.
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? I cannot tell a lie. I have been
spinning. Knitting too, on the KD Secret Project, but
mostly...spinning. I've been immersed in yarn making and yarn thinking
and yarn plotting. Yarn is good!