Friday, January 04, 2008

The Answer was No

... I didn't get the sweater done before the 25th.

But it didn't matter, because the recipient went right back to bed after breakfast and had a nice long nap - so it was finished on the 25th!!!

DH (aka The Ham), posing with his new sweater:

And a non-flash, slightly blurry, very bad colour photo that actually shows the sweater!

Details: Durrow from MagKnits, made with Robin Knits DK weight acrylic, dark green, on 4.5mm needles (gauge waaaay different than the pattern specifies!). Still have plenty left over from 6 100g balls. Alterations: made the XLarge numbers, which turned into Medium width, XLarge length with the gauge that I had; really futzed with the raglan shaping, and threw together the neckline at the 11th hour hoping it would turn out ok... well, it looks like a sweater - good enough for me!

The long ago mentioned secret knitting:

TA DA! OK, they look better IRL. Somehow the camera picks up every tension inconsistency in switching colours! These weren't blocked at the time of photographing, I'm afraid I had to leave that for my sister to do so they were wrapped in time for her to take back with her.

Details: Endpaper Mitts, recycled wool (light blue variegated was handdyed with food colouring), between small and medium size, tops shortened so that A could stretch her fingers while playing the flute. She loves them!

And over the holidays, my mom, dad, other sister and myself crocheted squares for a prayer shawl for an extended family member who's going through a really rough time.

Can I just say (a) crochet IS much faster than knitting, and (b) sharing the project is a lot faster and a lot more fun. I think we had this done in 3 days, and that was with a lot of slacking off. There were more jokes and stories woven into this than outright prayers, but I think that counts too.

On the knitting pile now (and likely to be fairly monogamous) - the cardigan for my FIL. This pic is of the bottom of both sleeves (knitting both at the same time on a circular needle - hey, I learned my gauge lesson last time!) on the left, and a piece of the swatch-to-end-all-swatches on the right (had to test out stitch patterns!):

I'm loving the Cascade 220 so far, and I'm pleased with how the sleeves are turning out. FIL will be happy there's some progress!


RenoAddicts said...

Love your choices in patterns and colours! Looking forward to seeing the FIL cardigan.

Mitsy said...

It's true - the sis DOES love the mitts. They're perfect in every way.