The Quick and the Slow and Another Convert

I love to knit sweaters – my first projects were sweaters, and only later did I branch out to hats, socks, and mittens. Scarves were always on the menu.

The Quick.  Baby sweaters.  SOOOO satisfying.  You get all the fun and it ends quickly and the object of your knitting will not object.  I’m making the garter yoke baby cardi (free- rav link) which is a lovely easy knit, and has some nice finishing touches (unless you’re running out of yarn like I did).  Plus, ton’s of folks have made variations, so check out the projects on Ravelry.

Here’s mine, for a little girl due in June:

Pink Cardigan1b

The baby will be the first girl after two boys, so Mom requested that I make stuff in pink or purple, no blankets, she has plenty.  I will buy another skein of pink for a hat, and knit or crochet a flower to go on it.

And I have a very cute button for it:

Pink cardigan1c

The Slow.  Adult sweaters are not quick.  And especially when knit in fingerweight weight yarn.  The slow line cardigan (Rav link) is a slooooooow knit in fingering weight.  I was feeling ok until I got to the bottom and what seems like endless garter stitch.  But this goes to prove a rule that some knits that are not so fun to knit will be great to wear.  And I appear to only need about another 1 1/2 inches before I go back to the sleeves, which will feel like a snap in comparison.  Izzie appears to be personally inspecting this cardigan at each stage:
Slow line cardigan1b

BTW, my friend Judy and I have converted someone — to knitting, that is.  We sent her a learn to knit kit of our own devising (thanks, Bluebird Yarn & Fiber) including Addi Turbos, Malabrigo yarn, and some cute notions.  Yes, I know, it’s like starting a new addict on pure cocaine intravenously.  Fortunately her husband has no idea about what we have done.  As we sadly do not live near Aimee  to teach her how to knit, I sent along a Lucy Neatby DVD “The Brand New Knitter,” which is meant for someone who never has held needles in their hands before.  Besides learning from such a cool knitter, she got a shout-out from Lucy via twitter on her 1st day of knitting – how yarn-tastic is that?

Aimee is knitting a hat in the round at the moment and loves it – you can ask her how it’s going on twitter:  @aimeesblog.

Next step:  Make sure she joins Ravelry to join the other addicts  to meet and discover a fiber community.

Download PDF

Sweater Kick

I have been knitting a lot of things for other people.  And while that is a good thing, I really want to knit for me. In  checking the knitwear in the closet I find:  plenty of socks, including a couple of pairs to go into rotation; lot’s of scarves, shawlettes, and cowls, more than I have time to wear.  I’m also good on hats.

So, it’s time for the spring sweater kick.  I’ve got three sweaters planned:

Slow Line.  I bought some fingering weight wool on a cone from WEBS at a ridiculously low price.  This is a simple, no seaming sweater that I hope will be a good transitional one through to summer.  In a neutral brown, I’ll be able to wear it with just about everything.

I’ve finished the collar, and the yoke and  I’m liking it. Perfect TV knitting!  And Izzie seems to approve too:

Slow line cardigan1a

Hey Teach.  Here, I’ll be using some Rowan Summer Tweed that I’d originally saved for another use, and will do 3/4 length sleeves.  Now, it’ll be another good layering piece, and this yarn, while it feels harsh when you knit it, drapes beautifully post-blocking.

Grande Plage Cardigan.  I’ve got a lot of extra sock yarn leftover, particularly in some Madeline Tosh Sock.  The chevrons a la Missoni are in style, so again, I’ve got plans for a cardigan!  The pattern says it is great for handspun (not so much, in my opinion), but I love the idea of stash busting! See the colors I’ve got?
Grand plage yarn

Garter Yoke Baby Cardi.  No, this isn’t for me, but a very versatile baby sweater that I found some great washable wool for.

Question time! – one commenter noted how young my mom looks for 90 (and she does!), and wondered what her secret is.  It’s free:  don’t go out in the sun.  Yeah, that simple.  I’ve gotten more sun than she has, so I don’t expect to look quite as good should I make it to a similar age.

Download PDF