Lady P.D. James Is Helping Me Finish My Shell
Unfortunately, she cannot travel to my house in person; I did the next best thing, by downloading the audio version of her book into my iPod.
I'm big fan, although I must say for me, her books are better to listen
to than to read––they unfold, as opposed to starting out as page
grippers. It is the voice of award-winning narrators, such as Davina Porter (An Unsuitable Job For A Woman), that converts her books to ear grippers. This current tome, is narrated by the British actor Charles Keating.
My Own Finger-Gripper (all pics enlarge)
The collar made me nervous. On woven or cut and sew knits, the collar is placed according to the style desired, so there didn't seem to be a specific measurement for its placement. I did find a suitable placement measure in one of my knitting machine guides, Brothers Ribbing Techniques Guide.
The proper placement for the start of the collar, is halfway between the top of the ribbing edge, and the top of the ribbing at the highest point of the shoulder. In other words, knit the number of rib rows you need for the v-neck (in this case, 7 rows), measure along the top of the ribbing to the top of the shoulder, then put a stitch marker at the half way point (see arrow).
For the bind off method I use for bulky yarns, and all pullover necklines, go to KnittingHelp.com; scroll down to Knit One Purl One bind off, for a remarkable two part video. I like it, because it's stretchy, and looks professional. I knitted an overlapping V, which in retrospect, doesn't look as neat (yet; wait till I fudge it) as a double-decreased V would've, but I wanted to make sure the V would lay flat against my full bust, and not have a cleavage gap. I want men to look at me, and not into me.
I'm On The Mend…
…Although this head cold is still making it hard to work on concentrative projects; ribbing is the best I can do. But, as I've now enlisted Ms. James' help, I should be finished tonight. I want to wear it for the Sit N' Knit NY's gathering at Madison Square Park, for Charles Mingus's 85th birthday concert featuring his legacy band, Mingus Dynasty, this Wednesday.