Well, I have a feeling I’m going to regret this, but I just can’t help it. I hereby declare my participation in the Knitting Olympics!
My project will be a self-designed gansey for Mark, made from the Briggs & Little I talked about here, using the books I also talked about in that entry: “Patterns For Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans” for the stitch patterns, and “Knitting Ganseys” by Beth Brown-Reinsel for the schematics and how-to. I’m still in the design phase, but I’ve got the front and back charted, so I just have the sleeves (and shoulder strap) to work out. This is intended to be Mark’s “New Brunswick Gansey”, to remind him of our stay here — the yarn is from New Brunswick, the patterns and construction are traditional, and I’m knitting it while we’re here.
As a first step (training!) I followed Beth Brown-Reinsel’s instructions for making a “sampler” gansey, which demonstrated the various techniques that will be used for the full-sized sweater. I haven’t taken a picture of it since I finished it, but here’s one of it almost finished:
Isn’t it cute? I have no idea what to do with it now, but I’ll figure something out.
Now, I am fully aware that there is very, very little chance that I’ll actually finish this in the 16 days of the Olympics, or that if I do I’ll have any time left over to work, write, eat, or sleep. But I was about to start working on this anyway, and this may give me incentive to get it done as quickly as possible, at least. Maybe Mark will even have a chance to wear it before winter’s over — if, that is, winter ever starts properly down here.
I’ll show the charts soon, maybe once I’ve finished the sleeve chart.
Of course, this is all so that I can put the buttons in my sidebar — I love the buttons!Posted by Aven at February 7, 2006 12:17 PM