Too Long

My My, how the time flies.

I have been off this blog for quite some time; last I left it with you gentle readers I was off to the wilderness of Cape Cod to the bosom of my Sweetie's family. Well that was a flying success. I came back loaded for bear (so to speak) with lots and lots of Galway Highland Heather yarn in a nice oatmeal color for my first Aran Sweater.

I found a pattern I liked at the Ladybug Yarn shop in Dennis Cape Cod, it seems like an older pattern, but one that is simple as well as good looking. Excited by my $3.50 purchase Sweetie and Sweetie's Sister ( immediately set out to find me the perfect yarn. We settled on the Galway as it was inexpensive ($6.50 a skein; I needed 12) and, as Variegated pointed out, it would "frog well".

I have started the sweater and am past the increases and into the first set of cabling. I am not sure if I am doing it correctly as I keep seeming to have slight irregularities in the stitch count. I was working on it yesterday night at a knit group at Yarntopia, (Amsterdam and 108, NY NY) and was able to make it through two or three rows before I had to put it down and pick up my sock. I typed out the pattern and it has made it much easier to work on, but man is it daunting.

I also picked up some yarn from Sweetie's northern stash (her mother is the curator) in hopes of a simple sweater project. The yarn is Norwegian it looks like, 3/4 wool 1/4 acrylic; it is in a lovely sea green with a subtle grey fleck. I was planning on re-creating the GAP sweater with the roll neck, but then decided to do the Cobblestone Sweater from the latest issue of Interweave Knits. So, I will start that soon enough I suppose.

On the gift front, I am working on SailingLady's socks. I am ready to turn the heel on sock one; I think I might do that at Men’s Knit Night just to show off a bit. MotherKnit on the other hand has been less than clear as to what she would like for her Christmas present. I was going to make her socks from some yarn she liked, but then I got some lovely mohair (which MotherKnit LOVES) and I am debating making her a hat, she has sensitive ears these days. Perhaps I will have time to do both, BUT I have to make some other gifts for other friends, some of whom may or may not read this blog so I must be circumspect. Suffice it to say I have a good supply of Donegal Tweed by Debbie Bliss.

So, on a personal note I am back in school, grinding down my Masters Degree in Education with a projected completion date of December. Fingers Crossed gentle readers, fingers crossed. I am also waiting on my Ravelry invitation. Sweetie got hers a few days ago, and she has spent lots and lots of time on the site; from what I have seen it looks like a winner.

Have a good week, and I will see you all online eventually.

Its good to be back and knitting.



Bill's picture

Good to hear from you...and looking forward to you joining us on the Ravelry Men who knit!
...akthough it's much quieter than this list...