Just Plodding Along

Saturday, August 28, 2004

I've been trying out a new way to make a sweater, you knit the collar first, then follow with the shoulders and front and back down to the armpit, then you do each sleeve, and finish off with the length of the sweater body. You can read about it at Sweater Project (scroll down to May 18th to see it completed) where David knit his first Aran sweater that way. I followed his journey most of the way and found it very interesting.

I left out the photo of the collar only, as it is just a green ring of knitting, but here is one shoulder picked up and knitted:

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The other shoulder being picked up:

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Two shoulders complete:

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Picking up along for the front stitches:

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Front stitches are knit down a little, here I'm picking up for the back of the sweater:

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I knit as far down the back as I had for the front before I put all of the stitches on extra yarn to hold them, then I got stuck into knitting the sweater for my hubby. Good to know I can do it anyway!

I'm half way through the back of hubby's Aran, and hoping to do the rest within a week, that's about three inches per day. I think I can handle that before my wrists get too sore, all the cables and twisting seems to hurt a bit. The deep green looks really good though, and every inch makes it look better and better. It is hard to photograph though.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Well, that was a great week, knitting wise. I got given a huge bag full of all different kinds of yarns, photos later when the kids aren't around to want their photo taken too.

I got to go to a huge sale at Knit World on Peterborough St where I got myself some 'army green/brown flecked with other colours' wool for my son's hoodie.

Sister got my husband enough wool for me to knit him a new sweater with some cabling in it.
I have already done a swatch and cast on, and done almost half a pattern repeat. Photos soon.

What I do have photos of today is the new green gurnsey style sweater that my sister has finished for her grandson...don't worry, she has done three sweaters and one hat for him lately, so she is now doing herself a favour and knitting something for herself. YAY.
Here is the sweater in all its glory...

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Here is a close up of the neat collar on it..

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...and the button closure is here....

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...and then I realise that sister still has to put the button on, but it is pretty much all done.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Well sister has finished the tiger hat, with a black band for the ribbing and black stripes in the orange background. Grandson has the hat already and is enjoying it. Sister has started yet another jersey in green, but this time it is in 8 ply, and she is making up her own pattern again. It's looking good already.

I'm still working on the shawl, and have started another crochet project with a shell pattern in a bright green. It is experimental really, and just there to keep my hands busy and my mind off the pain. If I work really fast I make a few mistakes, and that is all I need most times to distract me long enough to get through an evening. Son wants me to make him a hooded raglan sweater like my one, but in all black, so I'll have to source some yarn for that project. Since it is coming up spring soon, I might knit it out of a wool acrylic blend. I will work that out when I'm in the yarn shop. Probably go to KnitWorld in Peterborough Street.

The children and I have been on the bus alot this week too, with hubby being busy at his work and us not having two cars. We love it though, it's about 35 minutes to preschool, and it's like the first time every time we go. Then of course I've got 35 minutes back on the bus which should be devoted to knitting, but I keep forgetting to load my bag, so I'm left with time dealing with an internal fire and wishing over and over that I had something to do!

We have been for a few walks lately too, the children and I, son on his bike and daughter in the buggy. Been trying to get my 10,000 steps a day in for the diabetes recommendation with my pedometer. Got 13,000 yesterday, so I'm not doing too badly. Got to make a coffee for hubby, later.