1.19.2015

Three Sleeved Sweater?

Three sleeves, that's what Hawser required of me over the weekend. (And a good deal of fortitude not to start something new despite Hawser's persistent presence in the WIP column!)

I finished the first early Saturday afternoon after working collar and shoulder seams Saturday morning. The sleeve was correct in every pattern-related measure but looked tight when compared with the modelled shots in the BT Look Book.

So 'started sleeve two with six more stitches cast on and a re-jigged rate of increase. Much better. Sleeve one then became a ball of yarn/the beginnings of sleeve three Saturday night.

This sweater should have been done before Christmas, that sleeve should have been done yesterday.

I've managed to hold off starting anything in those weak moments as the last bits of a lingering project drag on but I want tomorrow's post here to be about a newly cast on project that I want to start tonight.  I haven't even decided what it will be other than "new".

So I better squeeze out some time to finish a sleeve today!

Onward!

1.16.2015

Everything Old is New Again

This is the first sweater I ever knit...
                                       ...30 years ago this month.

Its the only sweater from that first venture into knitting still in my possession.

Last month I saw a cropped, bulky sweater just like this one, in this same bottle green colour, in the window of a trendy shop. Now the sweater still fits and when I sought their counsel both kids gave the "look" their blessing for someone of my vintage. So why not wear it again here at home this winter instead of only "anonymously" at the cottage early spring and late fall? Its not a bad knitting job for the first time out of the gate and on an improvised pattern and its been around such a long time it feels like an old friend......in need of a bit of sprucing up.

Not knowing any better I did a terrible job putting the thing together.

It has a way-too-tight cast off atop the collar. (Actually hurts a bit to pull it past my face!)

I've already spent about an hour shaving off pills and lightly brushing it to minimize its Acrylic "vibe". I did, after all, get the yarn for this in the 80's. (Pingouin Knit Shops anybody?!)

What's really required though is to take it apart and reassemble it properly.

I'll also remove, then rework, the collar to make it into that "mock neck" from the shop window and one that fits better without a tightly bound off edge.

First though - I've a pretty good feeling about finishing Hawser this weekend! Its blocked, I've picked up for the collar ready for knitting and sorted a new rate of increase for the sleeves. I've also got some pay-per-view plans given the Academy Award Nominations that will be just perfect for the simple knitting that remains and NO OTHER COMMITMENTS before next week! I'm kind of giddy at the prospect!

Have a great weekend! Thanks for dropping by!









1.15.2015

I Forgot to Show You This!

My Aunt made me this adorable hat last month!

We had such fun, she dropped in with the finished hat and a fresh ball of Malabrigo Rasta for working up a huge pompom. (Love how the dye doesn't penetrate the dense single ply yarn all the way to the centre of the strand so when you cut the ends of the pompom you get a mottled look keeping the hat from feeling too precious.

Its no exaggeration to say we were in a frenzy from the moment she took off her coat to get a great, dense 5" beast of a pompom whipped up and sewn on so we could see how it looked. (Like I said, I think it looks adorable and boy is it warm too!)

Then, as quickly as she arrived she was off again - part of the twirling whirl that was early December around here.

Thank you Aunt P!