Pullover

This pullover was knitted from a New Zealand wool "Touch" which is super fine kid mohair and merino wool - very, very soft and warm. I don't care much for knitting in this wool as I tend to drop stitches for some reason. But, admittedly, the feel of the final product is very nice.

The colours are a variegated greens, gold, burgandy, rust and tan. I was pleased that they didn't knit up in a stripey fashion but more blotchy. The colours don't show up well in the photo.

I did steeks for the sleeves and curved them so that I eliminated the drop sleeves. The front neck line is a semi-circular steek. Instead of adding the extra stitches to the last round of ribbing, I added them at the sides on the way up. It worked well.

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knitting behind the wheel

So, for those who don't know, I live on an agricultural island 10mi N. of DT Portland, Oregon. Usually pretty sedate, around this time it becomes the land of pumpkins. Combine 3 truck farms with one bridge, (currently being replaced) and you are looking at a line of traffic 3+ miles long waiting to get off the bridge. 1 HOUR, 45 MINUTES for what usually takes 3 minutes, tops! Thank god the knitting was in the bag next to me: Knit 30 stitches, move 5 feet. Knit a row, move 20 feet. I'm getting to the point where I NEVER want to be without at least a sock to work on. Wasted time drives me NUTS! My Ranger isn't a very roomy place to work in, I have to admit, especially with the gym bag, change of clothes, knitting bag, portfolio, laptop, jacket, etc etc etc on the seat next to me. Bob: The homeless knitter living out of his car. Sometimes it seems as such. sigh...

Norwegian Purl Stitch

Today, I learned how to do the Norwegian purl stitch (continental) after an embarrassingly long time of watching and rewatching the instructional video. I then practiced it, trying various combinations of knit and purl stitches (again, continental) along with my usual contintental purl stitch. I must say that after a few hours of practice I was able to get my gauge (and "tension") under control and am now quite pleased with doing this purl method, preferring it over my old way of purling. There are a few more hand/finger movements involved but I think it's easier to execute.

Anyone else using this purl stitch?

Man Boobies

Has anyone noticed that some sweaters create a man-boobie effect? I think it is especially apparent if the sleeves aren't shaped at the top, or on a fitted sweater with stripes. All of a sudden, you look like a b-cup. (and in a bad way). Has anyone else noticed, have any insight in eliminating the heartbreak of man-boobies, outside of diet and working out?

Hoohah happy saturday

It took forever, but I got a zipper band that I am very happy with for the sweater: I picked up stitches through the inside edge of the cardigan, and knit 8 rows in stockinette stitch on the outside and 3 row's +cast off on the inside (same pick up stitches) to form a "V" in which the zipper sits. The outer band rolls back on itself just shy of the actual zip, and looks like a double I cord band down the center of the cardigan. Looks great, won't catch, and is finished on both inside and outside. Hooray.

It's That Time of Year!

Rhinebeck (aka New York Sheep & Wool Festival) starts tomorrow! David drove down yesterday evening to get our booth set up, and I rode down with a friend this evening. We're going to be headquarters for Rhinebeck Blogger Bingo and Ms. Stitchy McYarnpants herself will be signing books at our booth both days. If you're going to be here, please stop by and say hello. We're in booth D in Barn 39. There's a map of the fairgrounds here.