I’ll show you mine

What they’ve been saying? About wips? It’s true here! I hardly talk about what I’m working on. So let us change that for today.

My current big project is a sweater for me. I have completely given up on the sweater for my sister (sorry, Hols!). Not to say I won’t ever knit her one…it’s just not happening now. Besides, she’s back in the knitting business (Ravelry username: SpothKnits) so she can knit her own darn sweater.

The pattern I’m using is from, of course, an EZ book: Knitting Workshop.

i hate wip pictures

Specifically, I’m using the chart for the ‘Faded Aspen-Leaf Sweater.’ In the book, it looks like this:

shaded aspen leaf sweater

Is that EZ’s actual hand up in the corner? Sweetness.

Anyway, besides using the aspen-leaf chart from the book, the sweater is hardly going to be the same. First, I’m going to can the drop-shoulder construction in favor of raglan shaping. A better fit, I hope. Also, it will be a cardigan so steek stitches are in the works.

It’s a big project. It’s gonna take me a while. So instead of focusing on how daunting a project it is, my goal with this thing has been to knit on it every day. It’s amazing how fast things can be knit when you actually knit them, rather than just imagining yourself knitting them. Crazy.

faded aspen leaf progress

I just measured my progress, and I’ve got 9″ of body.  Hells yea!

p.s.  I just noticed that my pattern is quite different from the picture in the book.  Odd.
p.p.s.  The yarn is Cascade 220.
p.p.p.s.  Just kidding.  There’s no p.p.p.s.  I just felt like typing p.p.p.s.

pair of squares and a PSA

pair of hats

This is the fastest hat to make EVER. So I made two.

Pattern: Center Square from knitty.com.
Yarn: Worsted weight wool, held double. I used up some Cascade 220, some Patons Classic Merino, and some Nature Spun Worsted.
Neeldes: US 10.5, 16″ bamboo circular.
Start – Finish: Nov. 4 – Nov. 7 for the pair.
For: A pair of secret recipients.

What am I knitting next? I can’t decide, and swatching doesn’t seem to help. I’ll probably end up making more hats. Here’s what I have going.

SIWASH

Swatch for a Norse Sweater or SIWASH Sweater (same diff) for Jerry. The pattern is from The Opinionated Knitter, and it’s a drop should sweater. I don’t like the light blue, and if I go ahead with this I’ll use cream in place of it – closer to what is in the book. Part of the problem with this is that I don’t think I have enough yarn. That is always the problem with me.

swatch

I want to make Jerry a cabley vest, and this chunky wool was on super-sale at the yarn store. It’s Debbie Bliss Donegal Chunky Tweed. The swatch pictured is the fourth swatch I’ve made. I just can’t seem to pull all the pieces of the puzzle together, but I really want him to have a vest.

more reclaimed yarn

This is a bunch of wool from a sweater I got at the thrift store a long time ago. The sweater was a large men’s J.Crew raglan with a “hand knit” label. The yarn is bulky, but it’s actually just three strands held together, not spun together. This yarn screams garter stitch.

Have I told you how much I like unraveling wool sweaters from the thrift store? I really really love it. Don’t know why. Here’s two, though, that I haven’t been willing to unravel yet.

Made Especially for You

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Public Service Announcement:
Go to your local thrift store today and rescue the hand knits!

visitors

When Holly arrived last week from Anchorage she brought with her no yarn, no needles, nor any knitting accouterments whatsoever. “You have enough for the both of us,” she said. And she was right. Soon, I had her started on a project. There was no gauge swatch, and the instructions were a little difficult to follow in the beginning, but I got her knitting.

Hols

She even filled her suitcase with yarn to take home, thanks to the yarn sale at my local shop. It feels so good to have brought the knitter out of my sister. Also, she served as a very good model for my newest project.

Three spirals.

Pattern: Three Spiral Hat from The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann.
Yarn: Super-bulky mystery yarn that I reclaimed from a thrifted hand-knit sweater. I think it’s wool, but I’m not sure. It definitely has wool in it, but maybe some acrylic, too.
Needle: US 11, bamboo circular.
Start: Nov. 1
Finish: Nov. 2

A very fun pattern to knit. What else is there to say? The Opinionated Knitter is my very favorite book and I intend to knit most of the projects in it. You should, too.

Our photo shoot was at The Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden in Greensboro. It is a lovely park and we always try to go when we have visitors (especially if they are landscape architects, like Holly).

act normal

I felt a little bad about promising Holly a hand knitted sweater and then not delivering, but she got my beloved leather coat instead, with the promise to return it to me if I can fit into it again. Yeah right. I mean, I will surely meet my goal of fitting back into the jacket, but will she ever give it back to me?

I must say, she looks damn good in it.

Three Spiral

Speaking of looking damn good, my mom was game for modeling her three-button wrap.

three button wrap

UPDATE:  I’ve had so many requests for this pattern!  For more info, please contact the yarn store, Common Threads in High Point, NC via their website here.  They tell me that lots of people have called and they’ve sent the pattern (and buttons, too!) all over the country.

She loves it, and it looks great on her!

All my visitors are gone for now. I’m a little lonely, but I’m sure I’ll have no trouble getting back into my routine…knitting…playing with the children…not vacuuming…