Friday, June 18, 2010

A Little Knittin'

It's crazy busy around here. Tears in the grocery store, call my sister and seek affirmation crazy. Between birthdays, anniversary, strawberry season, two gardens, Father's Day and vacation prep I'm a little overwhelmed. I'm very thankful that I have my Dad helping me at the farm because I would have let it all go this week without him. It's weeks like this that I'm so thankful for the meditative practice of knitting. Nothing soothes like needles and yarn and a lot of stockinette. Of course I finished this sweater about two weeks ago, and I've cast on for a new project now.
This sweater turned out great in many ways. I love the shape, the torso length, and the sleeve length. I love the buttons (though I'll use a better button hole method next time because these will not hold up for long.), and I love the color. This is Lion Brand Cottonease in Taupe. It's really easy to work with and it knits up a soft, luxurious fabric that is washable and good for summer. Lucky for me it's been cold around here, so I've been wearing this a lot. I learned waist shaping with this sweater. The one thing I do not like about this sweater is the yoke width. It is too wide, and it falls off my shoulders. I've had two expert knitters give suggestions for fixing this, and I have not had time to work on their suggestions, but I'm hoping to while lounging on the beach next week. HA! HA! We all know there will be very little sitting around, don't we?!If you have great suggestions for tightening up this neck line...SHOUT!! Now I'm off to throw a Hawaiian Luau birthday party for my 8 year old. Let's not talk about that number.

8 comments:

  1. Great job, Heather! Wow, I'm impressed! And how nice that the Idaho weather is cooperating with your wearing it. My recently finished Merino Wool cardigan will have to wait till fall to be worn around these parts.

    Great job!

    And - I was just telling Joe that Hadley turns 8 tomorrow! I'm STILL in shock about that one :)

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  2. Oh wow. What a beautiful sweater. I hope things settle down. I know how those days (weeks) can be.

    Happy bday to your still little one. Eight is big but not so big that you still can't cuddle ;-)

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  3. I've knit that sweater. :) Or at least one very much like it. If you do a single crochet around the neck it will pull it in some-- that's what I did with mine.

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  4. Beautiful work, Heather! Love the shaping on it, too. I don't have any good suggestions, other than to weave in some elastic thread along the top yoke (on the inside).

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  5. Oh, I know all about feeling overwhelmed...hang in there, and keep on knittin', my friend! What a beautiful sweater!

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  6. WOW!!! It is so beautiful. I am completely impressed!!!

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  7. It's so beautiful Heather! Nice job! I love the color as well! I hope you get the yoke to the way you like it! Enjoy your beach vacation!

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