May 13, 2004


Well, I’m a day late, but I am finally going to talk about knitting. A while ago I started another sweater for Mark. The yarn is Patons Canadiana, a 100% acrylic yarn — he needs some lighter sweaters, and wool is just too warm for the spring and fall. We couldn’t find a pattern that he liked, other than ones I’ve already made for him; he has very specific and fairly traditional tastes, and there just aren’t a huge number of men’s patterns out there, or at least we couldn’t find them. So I’m adapting a pattern he does like, and likes the fit of — it’s a Patons pattern called Simple Stripes, written for their Classic Wool. There’s a picture of it here, and the details and a couple more pictures are on my FO’s page. I’m ignoring the colour changes and substituting an all-over knit/purl pattern called the King Charles Brocade; I’ve also replaced the ribbing with a band of seed stitch because I think it goes better with the pattern. This is my progress so far:


And here’s the stitch close-up:


My assumption, naive though it may be, is that the addition of the stitch pattern should make no difference to the rest of the pattern; the gauge is the same, so surely it’s just a matter of maintaining continuity while I do the shaping. That’s my theory, anyway — we’ll see how it all turns out!

Finally, since there appears to be some interest, I present to you the bunny-ears pictures — me and my good friend Mike. In case you’re wondering, these lovely items of apparel were sent to us by my mother for Easter. There really is no good story associated with why we’re wearing them, unless you consider the consumption of six batches of frozen margaritas by five people in one evening a good story…

Posted by Aven at May 13, 2004 03:28 PM

In my opinion, that is the BEST kind of story - especially, if you were there. Which I was. Mmm.

Posted by: Em at May 14, 2004 03:53 PM

I am sooo glad to know the bunny ears enhanced your margharita (sp?) party, undoubtedly what the makers intended. Aven, you look suitably harey, but I must say Mike takes the bunny stakes for perfect pose and deeply felt interpretation. Such appreciation. It will encourage me to send you other such gifts…

Posted by: Susan at May 15, 2004 02:33 PM