Wednesday is Sweater Update Day

My February Lady Sweater in Progress

My February Lady Sweater in Progress

Howdy!

I’ve gotten several requests for a sweater update over the last week, so here it is. I am pleased with my progress! I’m still enjoying knitting it and the lace section is making it grow quickly! I still think it will be months before it’s totally done. But, I’m actually getting a good feeling about it that this might be a project that I finish. How cool would that be?

Most of my knitting gets done in the car on the way to and from work (no, I’m not the driver!), and with the days getting longer I have daylight both ways. And then, it’s American Idol season, so I knit while watching. Maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll be done by summer so I won’t put it down ’cause it’s too hot to knit a sweater.

Anyway, the update is short and sweet tonight. It’s been really hot here and I’m sleepy. I’ve been pretty bad with sleep this week so I’ve got to try to get to bed. More later this week… there’s other knit stuff to talk about that’s not related to my purple sweater, but you’ll have to stay tuned for that.

Ciao for now…

Sweater Update Again

Happy Monday, everyone!

Yeah, right. It’s rainy and nasty here today and I’m a real Grumperella. I suppose I should be happy that I’m telecommuting today so that I don’t have to be out in the rain, but I’m just not feeling it. What I really want… is to go back to bed. But since that’s not happening, I thought I’d start this day with a new blog post.

I’ve been making steady progress on my sweater! See? Have a look:

February Lady Sweater in progress

February Lady Sweater in progress

I’m really enjoying working on the lace section. It seems as if it’s going pretty fast! Other knitters have warned me that I would find the purl rows to be tedious. I guess they’re probably right, as it’s been about a day and a half since I picked it up, and of course, I’m in the middle of a purl row. These photos are actually from about Thursday of last week, but since I didn’t get a huge amount of knitting done over the weekend, they’re still pretty current.

Here’s a closeup of the lace pattern, which is really taking shape nicely:

Closeup of the lace pattern

Closeup of the lace pattern

The lace pattern is complex enough to hold my interest while knitting it, but it’s simple enough to do from memory, so I don’t have to look at the pattern anymore. I also love how the lace allows the project to grow so quickly. Is this the appeal of lace? The older I get I’m pretty sure that complex lace would make my brain hurt to do it, but these simple lace patterns can make knitting fun.

Well, I guess I’d better get myself geared up for work this morning. Long day ahead, made even more dreary by the gray skies outside. I’m planning on making a pot of chili for supper this evening, though, so perhaps that will warm my gloomy heart.

I hope there’s sunshine where you are. But if there is, don’t tell me about it. I just don’t want to know.

‘Nother Sweater Report

Are you sick of it yet? What’s that you say? You are?

Too bad! Look at my progress:

My February Lady Sweater in progress

My February Lady Sweater in progress

I have separated the sleeves from the body and started the lace pattern. Lookie!

Closeup of lace pattern

Closeup of lace pattern

In the end I did not do the eyelet increase row, and I did not cast on extra stitches at the armpit. I think I am something between two sizes, and the sweater was starting to feel too big already, even without the increases, so I’ll knit for a bit longer then try it on to see if I like the fit. Also, I plan to knit the sleeves in the round, so I will pick up stitches along the underarm when I am ready to do the sleeves. Then I’ll knit a couple rounds in garter stitch and decrease back down a little so the sleeves aren’t so poofy. That’s my plan, anyway. I hope that what I see in my head works out! I’ll keep you posted on the fit.

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring. Yay! I don’t think I have ever been happier to kick Winter in the behind on the way out the door. And I’ll be celebrating by going to my knit group. What a great day it will be!

That’s all for now… I’ll write more later this weekend. Ciao!

Please Tell Me It Looks Bigger…

My Sweater in progress, after a weekend of nonstop knitting

My Sweater in progress, after a weekend of nonstop knitting

I’ve been knitting like crazy. You know how it is when you get to a point where you knit and knit and knit, and feel like the product isn’t getting noticeably bigger? That’s where I am with this sweater. I knit every chance I get. I’ve been ignoring e-mails. My addiction to Bejeweled Blitz has gone mostly unanswered. I did go shopping with my daughter in the rain yesterday; school pictures are on Tuesday and the princess who wears hoodies and high tops requested a new dress. How could I say no to that? But, other than that, it’s been about the knitting. Does it show? Can you see a difference?

I keep hoping that I’m almost to the end of the yoke section. I keep trying it on, and it still looks huge, but sadly, it’s not big enough yet to be called “done”. So I keep doing the raglan increases. I secretly was hoping that it wouldn’t be necessary to do the number of increases stated in the pattern for the largest size. Well, shoot. I’ll have to diet, so I can make a smaller size someday. That should be a dieting incentive, right? Get smaller so I can use less yarn and be done with my projects faster. You’d think that would work…


Filati Infanti magazine by Lana Grossa

Filati Infanti magazine by Lana Grossa

Look what I found yesterday on the magazine rack at Barnes and Noble. It’s a magazine by Lana Grossa, called, “Filati Infanti.” I don’t really know much about this, if this is a special issue, or if they put this out periodically, or what. But it’s made with heavier paper than a typical magazine and it is loaded with the most adorable patterns for babies and little kids. I’ve never really purchased their yarns, but I am hoping that there are lots of appropriate substitutes already in my stash. There are lots of babies coming or already here in the extended family, and I’ve been meaning to knit for them. I’m hoping this little book will lead to some inspiration.

But for now, I’ve got a sweater to knit. And knit. And knit. And knit….