Thursday, June 28

I have pictures of knitting

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Exhibit 1: Asymmetrical sweater, finished. My favorite project ever because:

a. the sweater is finished
b. the sweater used stash yarn
c. the sweater is a pattern that is easily memorized
d. the sweater is 98% knit in one piece
e. the sweater is made of nice yarn on big needles
f. the sweater is finished

Pattern: Knitting Nature, Norah Gaughan.

Yarn: Queensland Collection, Kathmandu Aran (merino, silk, cashmere). 12+ skeins (104 yds).

I adjusted the pattern by making the cuffs quite a bit shorter - I didn't think 6" of ribbing would stand the test of time; and correspondingly, I shortened the collar. That was a bit of a mistake, and if I were more of a project knitter, I would fix that, but I can live with this "design element." I might, however, shorten the arms ever so slightly. The sweater is knit in one piece, with the cuffs added on. The other additional knitting and assembly involves the collar and front bands. Ingenious bit of knit engineering. The mother-of-pearl buttons are from the tin of buttons I selected from among my parents' belongings.

And B: one pair of socks. Train to NH - pattern of my own "design" using the toe-up method; basket pattern stitch from The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery. I was going for the train-tracks look, vis a vis the name of the socks. Gift yarn from Julie from Patternworks. This stitch is very cushy and if I were more of a project knitter, when I discovered this, I should have used the stitch on the bottom of the foot.

My favorite socks because, again,

a. the socks are finished
b. the socks are made with precious yarn
c. the socks are finished

While not a fan of orange, the small bits endeared themselves to me as I knit - reminded me of carrot. I also learned to appreciate the stripes of dark brown and cream - put me in mind of a yummy dark chocolate filled with a flavored cream. mmmm

Here's one more:

Woo hoo!

Saturday, June 9

I've got pictures of bugs

These are the 17-year cicadas. I remember the last time the swarm emerged.

There has been only tedious knitting going on around here - the neckband/front bands to the asymmetrical sweater and more on the Train to NH sock. The last slog before the project is done. Though not enough for the slog-along.

The neckband/front bands are knit in one piece in the shape of a U. I finished this last night and tried to overlay it for effect and I see that I need to S T R E T C H the heck out of the collar to fit it around the neck. The asymmetrical-ness of the sweater is the double-breasted effect of the right front being about 30% off center. This takes a mind shift putting the collar on so there was two-fold panic - the shape is wrong and the collar isn't long enough. But I kept looking at the picture, measuring everything, checking on the CO. This too will be fudged and will all come together.

I have begun the ankle on sock #1 so now it's straight on to morning until the skein is gone. The stitch combination that I selected for the train-tracks effect is really cushy. If I were a more conscientious knitter, a product knitter, I would have frogged the sock early on and used the stitch all around the foot. Really cushy. But I hate to rip out. I will enjoy the cushion on the top of my foot when I have tied my shoes too tightly.

Last Sunday we were local tourists and went to Beverly to explore the cicadas. Tremendous noise - August cicadas to another magnitude. But the noise wasn't everywhere. Despite where the holes were, the cicadas seemed to gather in certain trees - the pretty flowering trees which are now budding fruit.

Walking down the street was to experience a bit of the Doppler effect.

I really enjoyed this side trip - DD#2 was in town too so it was a family adventure. I tried to buy yarn but My Sister's Knits was closed. We got a treat at Rainbow Cone -

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