Thursday, January 25, 2007

Updates

Shetland-inspired Faroese-looking cardigan

Here's the progress photo of the Shetland-inspired Faroese cardigan. It's about 10 inches along. When I get to 14 inches, only 24 more rounds, I'll park the body and start the sleeves. This is the easiest colorwork pattern around! It's completely compatible with family life, meaning I don't have to retreat to my lair to work on it. I think I might do another one in lighter weight yarn when this is done.

Jim's Never-ending Sweater

This is a picture of the holey sleeve that frustrated me a few days ago. I used the purple draw cord to encircle the two offending holes. Truth be told, they are barely noticable from the front of the fabric, so I probably could have just caught the loops in with spare yarn and darned in the ends, but I didn't realize that until it was off the machine.

The good news is (and I am definitely knocking on wood!) that I'm am making great strides on the most recent attempt to do this sleeve. I worked about an hour and a half (yes, a sleeve in a couple of hours) and got all the way up to beginning of the raglan shaping when I took a break to write this post and have a little lunch. So far, so good. A few close calls with dropping edge stitches after increases, but I learned to be vigilant and catch them before they become problems. Now, however, I thinking I might need to redo the other sleeve, which I had called "done" because it really wasn't as well-done as the new one is turning out. See? Never ending! I guess I can say it's been a great learning experience. I hope he likes the sweater when it's done.

Edited to add:
Jim's sweater is made from Barlett Yarns Fisherman's Sport Weight yarn. He wanted one with some natural lanolin in it. Jim likes to sail and also builds boats as a hobby. When he gets his next big boat built he's going to sail around the Great Lakes for a while and he wants a sweater to wear then. But mostly he wants it done before his next trip to Alaska in the spring. You can see Jim modeling the Professor Vest at TGB.

15 comments:

YarnThrower said...

I just love the color pattern on your cardigan!

Bezzie said...

Fast progress on your Andrew Morrison sweater!

What yarn is Jim's sweater made of again? No chance of him shrinking it in the wash after all that hard work???

Elizabeth said...

Don't worry Bezzie. He does know not to put it in the washing machine.

Marie Grace said...

The cardi looks great...I really like those smallish Shetland/Faroese color patterns. The fact that they are easy to work in a busy household is a bonus.

Cindy G said...

Wow, Andrew M is looking good! Any though of doing them for the whole family?

Ruinwen said...

The cardigan is looking fabulous! I love the colors more and more as you progress and the pattern is really neat too!

Ruinwen
:)

Batty said...

Wow, you're fast! Thanks to your creative influence, I went and bought The Art of Fair Isle Knitting. It's hard to just look at other people's amazing work and not give it a try.

MollyBeees said...

Gorgeous sweater! I'm looking forward to meeting you on Saturday morning!

Sarah said...

Love the sweater.

Sorry about the holes. Holes are icky.

Red and black is good though!

Renee said...

Someday I will actually attend Last Saturday knitting. Tomorrow I'm going to an art exhibit, though.

Love the colors in your newest sweater!

the kitchener bitch said...

I can't believe how fast you knit. (Checks Elizabeth for a second pair of arms) It all looks really good.

Carol said...

Both sweaters are gorgeous! Ah, you have a lair? Lucky girl you!

enallagma9 said...

I love those colors together! A great combination to knit in the middle of the short days of winter.

Lisa P said...

Wow the cardigan is coming along wonderfully. I can't wait to see the finished product. :)

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

Didja get sick o'blogging? It's been like over a week. I assume you're ok because I see your moniker on the Knitty Coffeeshop. Enjoy your blog break. I too think your Morrison sweater is really, really, really nice. Those are "Kathy colors."