Posts Tagged ‘sweater’

All Done

July 19, 2015

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I think I m going to get good use from this sweater.  Even though it is too hot, I tried it on.  And, it’s just right!  You’d think that after all the years that I have been knitting, I’d have the confidence that should go with those years.  But, I don’t.  I still agonize over every thing I make.  Is this good or bad?  Many times, I have taken things apart and re-worked them.  I have literally worn out both yarn and fabric with this craziness.  For the most part, it’s been worth it.  I usually finish what I begin.  There are a few exceptions.  I have a robe made from an old bedspread, a sweater and a vest.  The sweater and vest will be completed ‘some day’.  I’m still not certain about that robe.

I Don’t Nap

June 21, 2008

I’ve tried, but it just doesn’t happen.  I put my head on the pillow during the day and I stare at the ceiling.  There are times when I have napped.  Last year, after surgery, I could nap, but I couldn’t sleep for more than two hours at a time anyway.  Once in a while, when I am absolutely, completely bored, my head will nod.  That hasn’t happened since I retired.  I would have liked to nap today.  Even after three big cups of coffee,  I still felt like a zombie.  socks

It was a nice day, so I took my knitting and sat out on the deck.  The neighbors weren’t overly interesting, but the wife was sitting in one spot weeding for about two hours.  I kept thinking she was dead.  She only moved once every five minutes.  I kept wanting to call 911, but her husband was walking around the yard flinging mulch so I figured it was just some bizarre ritual. They have no idea how good they have been for my sock knitting. 

The sweater is coming along.stars sweater  And that’s all I am going to say about that.

See this tree?  And see the bat house on it?  (You might have to double click on it.)  See how high it is from the ground?bat house tree  Last night, Maude decided it was a good place to sit. I didn’t have my camera at the time so this is all you get.  If it wasn’t for her orange and white hind leg, we never would have known she was there.  After a good while, she backed down most of the way before jumping.  I don’t know about her, but I lost one of my lives last night.

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Oh, What a Beautiful Morning

November 21, 2007

Here it is, the day before Thanksgiving. I have things to do, but it is so beautiful outside. I managed to cook up a small batch of rolls this morning before walking the dog. They’re gone now. Sweetums washed and hung the sheets so I guess I will have to bathe tonight. I am sure the neighbors will appreciate it.

Here is a picture of me with the neighbors house in the background. I didn’t like this sweater when I first made it.  It sat on the closet shelf for a good year. I am finally starting to like it. It seems to look better. I think all those dog walks are paying off. Do I look brain dead! I was trying to explain the camera to my husband and this was the best he could do. At this point, I probably was brain dead.

The pattern is from Sally Melville’s Purl Book. The yarn is Rowan California Cotton. I really love this yarn. I still have enough for at least three more sweaters. It’s also wonderful for wash cloths. I am making my daughter a tunic with it. It is taking me a while because it is crocheted. It’s hard on my hands and I can’t crochet for hours on end like knitting. On the other hand, her knitted gloves are done and I have started on a matching lacy scarf.

Back to reality. I’ve got to go peel apples.

New Bulky Sweater

November 17, 2007

The other week I was rummaging around in my stash looking for bulky yarn.  I was going to make a cat bed.  I soon realized that I had enough for a sweater for me and several cat beds.   Well, I still haven’t gotten to the cat bed, but I have a new sweater.  I used a pattern in an old Vogue Knitting magazine.  It called for heavy worsted on size 11 needles.  Since my yarn was really bulky, I used size 17 needles.  I did a gauge swatch–Yes!!  I always do a gauge swatch.  I cast on half the number of stitches for size Large and only did about half the number of rows.  I had to fudge some of the decreases at the armholes, but I am very happy with the end result. 

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Since Jenn did all the driving Monday, I was free to knit.  I started on a pair of gloves for her.  I used Paton’s SWS.  It was pretty and felt very nice.  I got most of one glove made.  It went very quickly on size 5 needles.  The yarn band said size 9, but I always go down a few sizes for gloves.  I also gave her a pair of  socks for Christmas.  They were Lorna’s Laces in red, white and green with a mitered square design.  I gave them to her now so that she can wear them when she is feeling Christmasy.  Is that a word?  I forgot to take a picture.    

  elvis-new-yarn-gloves-026.jpg      elvis-new-yarn-gloves-030.jpg    elvis-new-yarn-gloves-029.jpg    Here are Jenn’s gloves and some yarn I picked up over the weekend.  My first thought was gloves, but there is enough for socks.  I was also thinking about a scarf with the leftover yarn from Jenn’s gloves—something open with perhaps little flowers at the end.

Koigu Carousel Sweater

October 29, 2007

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It is finally finished!  I started about five years ago riding the subway to and from work.  I managed to get one triangle done a trip and usually one at lunch.  Then, I lost it.  I retired and moved to Delaware.  I put all my yarn and related junk in a tiny bedroom.  I found the two tote-bags of yarn, but no sweater.  Talk about heartsick!  I tore two houses apart looking for it.  I was devastated.  I had about half of it completed.  Then, one day last Spring, when I was going through a pile of stuff my husband had dumped in our old living-room, I found it in a plastic grocery bag.  I was happy and mad at the same time.  It was a good thing Doug(husband) was not around.  I KNOW that I was not the one who put it in a plastic bag.   

Did you notice that I changed the sleeves?   They were too open for me.  I decreased each row of squares by one stitch and added an extra row of them.  I picked up around the edge and decreased 7 stitches every other row until there were about half as many stitches.  I then continued in stockinette for about two more inches and let it roll down.  I was much happier with it.  I changed the neck and bottom a bit, too, by continuing with stockinette as with the sleeves.

I hope that you can see my picture well enough.  This is my first post and I have a lot to learn, but I like to learn by doing.  I hadn’t used my camera for over a year and had to relearn everything on it too.   Please, let me know what you think.