I am downsizing and one of the things I decided to get rid of is my vintage metal desk. I was going to donate it but no one wants it. Huh! I have tried 4 different agencies and Craigs list. Hmmm. Now if I was really intelligent I could think of a money-making scheme and collect all the vintage metal desks I could find for free and then I would ..... I dunno, guess I am not that intelligent.
Needle to Needle
The online knitting community is a conduit of inspiration flowing from needle to needle.
Wasted my time.
I wanted a completed pair of gloves today, but instead I had to rip back.
I probably could have lived with one of the little mistakes, but I found 3 mistakes and all of them in the thumb gusset. Since I want to enjoy wearing these without mistakes glaring at me, I decided to make it right. With this heat wave we are having (81 degrees today!), I won't be needing them this week.
I have had this cardigan out for a couple of test runs, and I like it very much.
Pattern: Top down, raglan sleeve construction. I was inspired by a cardigan I saw on Pat's Knitting and Quilting. I followed a pattern by Knitting Pure and Simple but I made a few modifications:
- I had to adjust for guage since the yarn I used is aran weight instead of the bulky the pattern calls for.
- I did a tubular castoff on the bottom edge; it was my first experience with this technique and I am excited about it. I used a simple 1x1 rib at the bottom because it is not an area to which I want to draw attention.
- I left the cuff of the sleeves wide at the bottom because I don't like the feel of tight cuffs.
- I modified the collar by using short rows to raise up the back of the collar and also to lengthen it to cover the seam.
YARN: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Chunky in Coast, a military blue (hard to capture).
A few days after I sewed on the buttons, I found the perfect buttons online. I just might have to order them and make a switch. The buttons I have on it now leave me kind of lukewarm.
Overall, it was a success and I am very content with it.
The cooling trend in the weather has made me realize that I need gloves. I have some Socks that Rock medium weight in my stash that is a beautiful blue color. I am using The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd as a guideline, and as I knit the cuff I will be formulating a design for the back of the hand.
I like blue. I will enjoy having this color on my hands where I can gaze at it.
I enjoy Socktoberfest. You can participate whether you knit 1 pair of socks or 100.
Nothing-fancy wool socks...
Fearless Fibers yarn in sport weight. This has been patiently waiting in my stash.
Top down, picot cuff, 1 x 1 rib, eye of partridge heel, 3.25 mm needles, magic loop.
A dear knitting buddy had a his birthday this week. If you happen by his blog, wish him a belated Happy Birthday.
I didn't want bowl breasts when I wore this sweater, so I took the bowls out when the cardigan was still damp. When dry, it had a little less fullness than what is shown in this picture.
The weather is cool now and so I broke out my woolies. A nice way to start October.
I tried to point the camera at myself to get a picture of this shawl pin. It was designed and crafted by Romi. I bought it last summer but got to use it for the first time this weekend.
I am going to have to teach one of the dogs to help me take pictures because taking them of myself isn't working so well.
My Yorkshire Tweed cardigan is finished. I sewed the buttons on tonight. It was a dark day and there was not enough light from the lamps, but the camera flash took it to the other extreme. The buttons are actually similar in color to the cardigan.
Now if I can just get a decent picture of it in action.
Come here Sparky....