Apologies for the long delay between coverage of the last stage and this one, folks…our knitter is also in the process of preparing for her comprehensive exams, which requires reading some 100+ papers (where “paper” sometimes means “100+ page book chapter”) in the span of less than two months in order to be ready to write intelligent answers and justify her continued existence as a graduate student. So the knitting time, and the mental energy for blogging about said knitting, is a bit thin on the ground here these days. But enough of that…on to our coverage!
Stage 5: Waist Shaping (the ascent)
Just like the cyclists in today’s stage of the Tour de France, today’s stage involves a fairly intense ascent. At the end of the last stage, we were in the short section of flat territory between the end of the descent into the waist. But today, we climb back up to our original number of stitches, so as to increase back to the bust circumference, covering some curves in the process:
Throughout this stage, the switchback motif of the waist shaping panels required constant attention, due to the ever-changing number of stitches. Here’s a side view of the gansey, so that you can get a good idea of the shaping that took place in this stage:
There you can also see the reverse maneuver executed at the waist in the tire-track motif section surrounding the cabled side seam. Notice how the motif reverses direction, serving to further highlight the waist of the eventual wearer of the gansey.
As with the Tour de France, it’s always good to take a little bit of time to just admire the marvelous scenery, especially in these mountain stages. Check out this glorious texture:
Here’s the current standings in le Tour de Gansey, following Stage 5:
We’re nearly to the undearm! If you look closely in this last picture, you can get a hint of what’s to come in Stage 6:
Stay Tuned! It’s rather likely this Tour will go on beyond the end of the Tour de France, given our knitter’s current busy schedule and limited knitting time, but fear not, this Tour will not be abandoned!