Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I measured him today...he's 15" so far and needs to go to 26 for the back. Turns out there is no shaping so I will just keep knitting and knitting until I reach the end!
There is a very good chance that I am not going to be finished this sweater on time which totally bums me out because it will be my first time not hitting close to the deadline, but I will still keep trying and see how close I can get...on the flip side...Chris is going to LOVE this sweater!
Monday, September 28, 2009
I didn't want a big chunky knit but I have to admit I like how fast it's knitting up! I look forward to having a cozy coat to cuddle into as the days get shorter and colder. I've actually been looking at the pattern and wondering if this design would accommodate a hood without looking overly bulky around the neck.
Since I have completed exactly 4 cable crosses on my CPH, I will be extending my "madness" until the official end of the fall season. Normally, finishing a sweater in a month wouldn' be too much of a stretch for me. I think I just got distracted by all the quilting I've been doing. Anyway, I hope its ok with everyone if I keep posting my progress until I finish the sweater. Hope you gals will do the same if you don't finish!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I finally cast on for my Central Park Hoodie yesterday. It will be a Christmas Present for my sister - so I am super glad for this blog to talk about this otherwise secret knitting.
The yarn is Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed in a light gray colorway (number 360010). It has flecks of black, light pink, blue and green in it. It is a super soft yarn - and a two ply that has the look of a singles yarn. I was able to spit splice the first two balls together perfectly, which I am really excited about because it means less ends to weave in and I will save a little extra yardage.
I am knitting the fronts and back together, and will split at the armpits...for now I have finished the 3.5 inches of ribbing, plus the first 4 pattern rows for the sweater.
And as you may notice, I marked each cable with a F or a B to say whether or not to hold the cable to the front or the back, now I don't have to watch the pattern anymore, just my row counter. I am really excited to see this fabric shape up!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I'm afraid it isn't too thrilling of a pic...it is grey and rainy here today...the sweater is grey...doesn't make for too exciting a photo, but none the less here it is!
The sweater is a garter stitch rib all over so I have about 5-6 inches of the back done.
We had a big wedding last week and a big birthday this week so progress is slow, but he's coming along.
I can't wait to get the back done and start on the front...the back is always the most boring part...so far I don't think chris has caught on that I am knitting something for him..I do it mostly at night and am feeling sneaky because I knit in bed while he sleeps...Muwah ha ha!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This is my sweater that I started months ago. It's my first Central Park Hoodie in a wierd 'raw hamburger' sort of colorway (by the way, thanks for all the encouragement about that darn pink color). I'm almost done with the sleeves and have to start looking for a place the block the huge thing . . . any ideas? I still have the whole edge thingy to knit - oh and the hood. Honestly, I don't know how you people can knit these things in a month.
I know. . . I'm cheating. I also started (about a million months ago, too) a sweater for my new niece that should be arriving any day now.
In the evening, the light in my room is horrible. Energy saving bulbs are all well and good, but taking photos without flash shows you just about how dark I find the place.
This yarn is what most of us would think of as fishermans. A nice weight natural colored yarn that is meant to show of stitches and pattern while happily being obscured in the background.
I have cast on not quite 200 stitches on my 3.00 mm needles and am cussing my way through twisted rib while listening to Bellweather by Connie Willis in audio. I didn't want anything stressful, ugly or mean. No thrillers, mysteries or blood. Back to scifi with ideas.
One month? I must be nuts!
I'm looking forward to seeing your yarn selection, Michelle.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The trouble is that it turns out I'm - basically - a fickle beotch when it comes to knitting. I think a fair amount of fickleness (fickleosity?) is sort of a natural side-effect of evolving into a proper Knitter, along with UFOs, WIPs and a stash. But really, this is getting out of hand.
I started out just wanting to knit a(nother) sweater, because I was high on the exhiliration of a completed cardigan for myself (Laura Chau's Amelia). I really had no idea which pattern I would choose, I just knew I wanted it to be knit from the stash.
Then I thought "Wouldn't it be nice to knit a sweater for the kids?". I have 2 children, a 5 year-old daughter and a 2-year old son, and I haven't really knit anything significant for them in a while. Great idea! But drat, I don't really have the right yarn for those kinds of projects in the stash, and I couldn't guarantee my credit card (or my marriage for that matter!) would survive a perusal of KnitPicks intact. Besides, in addition to being fickle, it turns out I'm also quite selfish, heh. Screw the kids, I wanted to knit something for myself!
So scratch that. Maybe I could get the jump on Christmas knitting? I've been meaning to knit my Dad a sweater for ages.... But the thought of knitting a sweater for a size 42-inch chest within a month left me staring off into space, making incoherent noises.
Now I'm smitten with Laura Chau's newly released Honeybee Cardigan, but don't have the yarn for it, natch. And then it hit me: The Garter Yoke Cardigan. I've had some lovely Shelridge Farms worsted in the stash for a year that I think would be awesome for this project.
Oh yes, this is the one. Or, you know, not. :)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
I will be knitting Tom from the queensland collection book in Mission falls that chris picked out some time ago. I try to knit a sweater for him every year and I often fail to get the right fit so this year I measured him and am hoping for the best!
Blogger is having image upload issues right now so I will have to wait to show you the yarns.
Ready to cast on tomorrow...now just to find my needles and swatch!!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Since there is not a pattern (except in her first book of some runes and Fafner's head) each of us is obviously going to be doing a slightly different version.
I have also decided that everything, for the rest of this year, needs to be knit from stash (excluding things that come only in kits - if I am desperate for a pattern, all bets are off).
I am going to
1) change the runes on the front to say something other than the sweater's name. I might put ruins up the sleeves rather than the cable patches on the elbows
2) thinking about turning the sweater into a cardigan (steeks of course) and extending Fafner's tail to make a line of button holes down the front.
(meanwhile, as of Sat eve, I have just the finishing on Pyramide, the shoulders, neck, collar and armhole ribbing on my vest and Stillwater has been frogged).
Thursday, September 10, 2009
A sweater that goes with everything is what I am aiming for, as this is a super-secret surprise Christmas present for my sister Jen. This is the perfect forum for me to share the progress. I can't wait to knit along with you all starting on the 15th!!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
We are gearing up for the Fall Sweater Madness KAL which starts on Sept 15th. A collective decision was made to just knit along on our own patterns and race to finish a sweater in a month as opposed to myself dictating the patterns and having prizes...we will do that again for sure in March.
So if you would like to KAL with us, just let me know and I will add your name to the MSM blog so you can show us your progress!
Several of the ladies asked me for some inspiration in choosing their patterns and I had come up with a few that I was going to suggest so here they are...all free patterns in worsted weight!
Once again you are free to choose your own pattern and weight, these are just some suggestions that I would have used!
Our KAL will run from September 15th to October 15th and we will be cheering each other on and showing our progress and of course modeling our newest FO!
My plans include a Sweater for Chris...I often am knitting the night before Christmas so I thought this would be a great opportunity to get his sweater done early!
Has there been a decision made on a pattern for the Fall Madness? Yarn and gauge requirement?
Now that I've finally finished my March Sweater, pictures posted at my blog, I'm ready to roll.
So who will be joining us?