Completed Cardigan Sweater

Knit for a friend, with yarn she purchased years ago in Italy (Lane Monterosa, RAB), this sweater was a joy to knit. The pattern (Classic Gansey Cardigan, by Beth Brown-Reinsel, Fall 2018 Interweave Knits) was enough to keep me interested, and the yarn a pleasure to use.

I did have to color the buttons – there are none commercially available in these pandemic times. Not perfect, as I was using what I had on hand, but close enough.

I should have made sure the garment was straight when I took the photo – it really is more even than that!

Knitted Socks

Sock twins(Yes, photo taken before washing socks and trimming yarn!)   sock twins closeup, lt

Design: my generic toe up sock, based on Cat Bhordi’s “New Pathways for Sock Knitters”

Pattern: adapted from Hitomi Shida’s “Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible”. Twisted stitches, cabling, lace – enough to keep me interested!

Yarn: Sock Twins Mouliné, from Estelle Yarns, the souvenir from my trip last fall to Prince Edward Island. It comes as two balls of yarn with a gradient, light to dark, and they were very precise.

A Few Too Many Knitting Projects?

(If there can be such a thing!)

“If you can count the number of projects you have going, you need to begin another, so you have a varied range of complexity, from the very simple ‘mindless’ ones to those that demand undivided attention.”    Laura Early, quoted in “The Shop on Blossom Street” by Debbie Macomber.

What I currently have on the needles: Current projectsThe blue sweater is awaiting info on buttons, so I can knit the button bands; otherwise it’s finished. The marled beige is the utilitarian sweater I’m making for me, as a work sweater. The sock twins got as far as I dared without the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible, from which I plan to take the pattern for the top. The yarn was a souvenir from Prince Edward Island last year. Those two are my next alternating projects – until I can finish the blue. The white lace shawl was begun – and nearly finished – as a prayer shawl for a friend with stage 4 cancer – I put it aside when she died, and will wait to know who needs it before I pick it up again; it’s a strand each of alpaca lace and a fine linen. And the brioche stitch gold and brown is yarn hand spun by a friend; he lost enthusiasm and fell off the face of the earth. If he reappears, I’ll finish it – but he’s small, so it’s small, and I don’t know a lot of people who could wear it.

So something boringly simple (the utilitarian sweater) to very complex (the shawl); I tend to the complex, as i get bored with knitting if I don’t have anyone to chat with. Coming soon to a blog near you –

 

Knitting

blue sweater frontblue sweater back

I had started casting off the neckline of this sweater, when the power went out at about dusk. I was able to get my solar light, which gives a lot light – enough to read or knit. But I decided not to finish binding off, and completed that this morning. I still need to do the button band, which I can’t do until I know what buttons my friend wants and how many.

Old Toes, New Toes

I’ve been wearing hand knit socks – a lot! I wore through the toes of this pair, which I’d made a couple of  years ago. I’ve removed the contrasting gray ones, and reknit using yarn from the body of the socks – hopefully stronger. If  you are very observant, you can see that the texture is different. The socks had felted some; I hope the same happens with the toes as well!  Old toes, new toes

Finished Knitting

Taking a break from intricate blue sweater, I made this cap. It’s cotton, worsted weight, donated yarn, and a simple enough lace pattern to memorize. I’m not a fan of pink; this goes in the donation basket.

You can’t tell – but there’s a large dog behind the cap in the first photo! Meet Amber:Newport AmberHer favorite toy is this “snake” – she kills it regularly. I’m going to go out now and throw it for her; she’s looking at me pleadingly!

Knitting Baby Mittens

The neighbors came over to look at taking down some maple trees that were shading my solar panels. The one year old had no mittens on – just a spare pair of socks over her little hands! So I went in and knit a pair:  baby mittensAnd now those trees are no longer shading my solar panels! (And I hope her hands are warm.)

Baby Hat, Ms. Downy

baby hat, 3/8Completed 3/8; no particular baby in  mind. It went in my donations basket – and used a small amount of my stash. A size bigger would have used up the rest of that ball of fluffy.

And this morning, distracting me from my knitting, Ms. Downy Woodpecker:  Jericho Downy

Knitted Blanket

This blanket, for youngest granddaughter, was a great stash buster! I only bought four skeins of yarn for it, completely using up two of them, and using nearly all of the other two – plus many partial skeins and some complete ones from stash yarn. The photos don’t look as bright and cheerful as the finished product. This is something I’d completed before going to Baltimore, but it was too bulky to travel with, so it was only after I returned that I had a chance to weave in ends and fluff the eyelash yarn – and take its photo!