Tuesday, April 28, 2009

six sweaters in one week

Of course the title lies, but it gets one reading, doesn't it? Three of the sweaters would fit (will fit) teddy bears. They're samplers, as it were, from classes I've been taking, to try out techniques in a small space: four kinds of pockets, steeking, double pick-up neck edging, tubular cast-ons and bind-offs, invisible hems, knitted bias edging for the zippers, on and on. These best-dressed teddy bears, belonging to Ainsley and Eliza, will be the envy of shabbier toys. Three of the sweaters are "real," and have been being juggled one against another for several weeks.

Norah Gaughan's "Manon," in heather brown Cascade 220 super wash, and Connie Chang Chinchio's "Varese Hoodie,"in the variegated Nova Scotian Fleece Artist (woolie silk). Both of them quite wonderful, better of course in life than in the photos. Thanks to NICOLE at WEBS for modeling them today.

I'll post teddy bear sweater pictures another time (it's 95 degrees here at 5:00 p.m.), and the sixth sweater is a Zimmerman one I started and disliked in March. But I'm hell-bent on finishing all six this week.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Cabling at six thousand miles

Ain't it a little mystery that Elizabeth, down under in Lesotho, southern Africa, can learn how to cable--working on a baby present for her best high school friend--while six thousand miles from Knitting Etc., her knitting mother, and a knittinghelp.com video !! She emailed this picture, to brag about her first cables.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I've overlooked this poor knitting blog, perhaps because I've been jumping from sweater to sweater to hat to "fearless finishing" projects during the last month. And been working on "real life." But here's one of the four sweaters I've finished, or almost finished, the only one I've got pictures of yet: Connie Chang Chinchio's "Far Afield Vest," from Interweave Knits (Fall, 2008). Modelled by pals at WEBS, the vest was an Easter present for my friend and DIL, and still wants its belt. Knitted in Cascade's Eco Wool--on super sale at WEBS--

I'll snap some of the other projects, even if they're not quite finished, and enter another "got gauge" hello...soon.