September 20, 2004

Another one done

Done!

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I really like how this one turned out. It fits Mark well, and the pattern and colour suit him. He likes it, too — which is rather crucial! Here’s a view of it flat, for completeness’s sake. (Please excuse the poor framing and my sock in the lower right corner — it’s not easy trying to get a photo of the whole of a large men’s sweater!)

I feel that this sweater helped me progress a little with my finishing skills. Because of the pattern, with its horizontal and vertical lines, it was both very necessary and fairly easy to make the seams completely straight, since any deviation was very obvious. I’m rather proud of my mattress-stitch seams on this sweater, especially the attachment of the sleeve to the body, which I always find difficult. Just because I’m pleased with them, here’s the outside and the inside of the armhole sleeve.

This was my first time trying a pattern from Knitware, a sweater design programme, and I think it worked well. I’ll definitely be using it again, especially for Mark’s sweaters.

When I got to the point of doing the finishing work on this one, I must admit that I started a new project before I was done. I didn’t want to bring fiddly sewing to the SnB, so I cast on for my new project, the Cabaret Raglan from Interweave Knits Summer 2004 edition. I looked through all my magazines for a good project to use some more of my Turino Silk from Elann, and this seemed perfect. I’m really happy with the way it’s working up so far; this is the back:

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Here’s a closer shot of the fabric, with the garter detail at the bottom:

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The colour was named “Grape” and I love it… all the little tweedy flecks of red and blue give it lots of depth, I think.

So now I’m working on the front, and at this rate I’ll soon be done and ready to start the next cycle — probably with something else for Mark, either another sweater or a pair of socks.

Oh, if you’re interested, details about the recent FOs and current WIPs are in the sidebar.

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September 07, 2004

One piece to go

Be still my beating heart — only one sleeve to go, and then I can put the brown sweater together and start thinking of other things. Here’s the front:

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It’s beginning-of-term time around here. I’m not actually teaching or attending any classes this fall, but the return to routine still affects me. And Mark’s teaching two courses, so he’s in frantic last-minute-preparation mode. All I have to worry about is a meeting with my supervisor next week, in which I’ll have to admit to getting a disappointing (though unsurprising) amount of work done over the summer. Sigh.

Oh, and the fact that the returning undergraduates will be swarming the campus like locusts, creating lineups everywhere and undergoing strange Orientation Week rituals. But I think I can survive that…

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August 26, 2004

Still here

Just a quick note to say I’m still here and still knitting, even if I haven’t posted in a few days. We had a hectic but fun weekend in Ottawa, catching up with family and friends, and since we’ve been back the Olympics have continued to consume my life. I’ve made fair progress with Mark’s sweater, though — I’ve finished the first sleeve and am about 10” into the front — at least I can knit while watching the Olympics!

I missed the SnB at Lettuce Knit last night, unfortunately; a friend offered to take me to a Blue Jays game as an early birthday present. They lost badly to the Red Sox, but it was still fun to attend a game, and because there were lots of Boston fans in attendance the atmosphere was actually pretty good.

And that’s all that’s going on here — I have to hurry up and finish more of the sweater, or start something more interesting, so that I have something to report to the blog! Pictures of similar-looking dark brown sweater pieces can only have limited appeal… oh well, I’ll try to have something better soon!

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August 17, 2004

Update

I’ve finished the silk poncho — but I keep forgetting to take a picture of it in daylight. I’ll try to get one tomorrow. In the meantime, I can tell you that I love it! It’s such a beautiful yarn…. a pleasure to work with and a fabulous result (if I do say so myself!). Details when I have the picutres.

I’ve also finished the back of the Ridged Rib sweater for Mark, and am well into the first sleeve… I meant to finish the sleeve before I started the silk poncho, but I just couldn’t wait. I’m trying to make up for it now by being very diligent. I’m being assisted in that endeavour by the Olympics, which continually distract me and make me spend hours in front of the television. I’m a complete Olympics junkie, even though Canada rarely does very well, especially in the Summer Games. There’s just something about international competition that enthralls me. My only complaint is that CBC isn’t airing any of the equestrian events, even though there are Canadians in them. They’re all on “CBC Country”, a digital channel — and we don’t have digital tv. I haven’t even seen them updating us on how our equestrians are doing. It’s disappointing, since that’s one Summer Games sport I actually know something about, and I’d love to watch it. But I guess CBC doesn’t think anyone else wants to…

Right, back to work. It’s overnight in Athens, so I can leave the tv for a few hours!

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August 05, 2004

Arms race

After rescuing the silk sweater from Tigger, who just loves it when I’m blocking, I think that it’s long and wide enough, though I still might pick up stitches around the bottom and knit a few rows downward, just to lengthen it… I’ll see. In the meantime I’m working on the first sleeve:

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This weekend we’re heading up to my parents’ cottage, in Quebec, just off the Ottawa River. It’s a fair distance to go for just a couple of days, but we’re looking forward to it very much — two precious days to lie on the beach and enjoy ourselves. I think the silk sweater is getting a bit bulky to carry around, so I’ll be bringing this:

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It’s the beginning of Mark’s next sweater. This one is in Paton’s Decor, an acrylic/wool mix, and I’ve used Knitware’s sweater-designing software to make the pattern — it looks pretty straightforward, so I think it will work. The stitch I’m using (close-up here) is called Ridged Rib. So far, this seems to be going much more quickly than the King Charles sweater — I have no idea why, but I’m glad.

Since we’re leaving for the cottage tomorrow, I won’t be posting again until Tuesday (not only does our cottage not have internet access, it doesn’t have electricity, running water, or phones — in fact, it’s outside any cell-phone service area!). Have a great weekend — I’m sure I will!

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