Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Update, Patient #1

Time to check on the progress of my first guinea pig, er, cut-and-repair project, the Top Down Raglan.

But first, a PSA: Frisky would like to remind everyone that winter is for coziness:


Anyway, here's a shot of the saggy, baggy patient in the pre-op phase, ook:


The surgical team (comprised of me, along with my painfully honest family) recommended a complete neckline reconstruction and shoulder lift. You can view the gory details here.

After snipping, decreasing and binding off, I decided a collar might improve the situation. Here's how far I've gotten:


So far, so good. I like the way this looks.

Unfortunately, though, I got off to the wrong start on the first row so there is a nasty ridge at the join. It will have to be ripped out and reknit, but at this point in the saga that is small beans. I will get back to this for real this once the Christmas knitting settles down.

Speaking of Christmas knitting, I do have quite a bunch going that I can't show here. (If you are on Ravelry, go here and type "christmas2008" in the search box to view the current lineup.) I have to do things in spurts due to the presence of "prying eyes" in my house :) Thank goodness certain people do go to bed at some point.

Hope your knitting - holiday or otherwise - is going well. Know that I am busy Rav-stalking and queueing your projects, mwahaha!! (Except you, Kathy - yours are too hard!! LOL!)

8 comments:

Julie said...

What a fab job on the surgery, that's a vast improvement! Frisky is quite right as the cats have been significantly more interested in lap time and with the sudden shift I'm very chilly and quite happy to oblige.

Kathy said...

LOL...you are too funny! I could never do that re-make that you are pulling off SO beautifully.

I think you might like my current project though....at least I think it's exceptionally cute......

Sofee sends her best - and agrees totally with Frisky.....

Paula said...

Oh beautiful sweater!
an Frisky is right! Winter is for Cozy.

dogquilter said...

I'm with Frisky...where's the blanket?? The sweater is gorgeous too!!

Cindy said...

Frisky seems rather nervous and upset doesn't she? Um. right. Your sweater is beautiful and it looks great!

Vivian said...

I misread that Frisky was Patient #1. But I bet if that gets him extra cookies or snuggles he might just pull it off.

I still think you are very brave to do the surgery, and it came out so nicely! and the collor looks like it was designed to be there.

Katidids said...

Wow, Love , Love Love it! Great work

Rima said...

I have no idea how you went through with that surgery, but you have the guts. I am one scared cat. Good for you! The collar is lovely.