Let’s talk about knitting, shall we? I mean, if this blog is going to be a knitting blog, the subject ought to come up now and again. Plus, I’ve got a couple of finished things to tell you about. And a couple that just aren’t ever going to get finished.
First off, the finished things. Socks:
These were a birthday gift for my sister-in-law, Mary. I wrote about Mary last year when I knit her a booga bag. All the same still applies so she got handknit socks this year. And the yarn for these came from Helen. You see, a few weeks ago Helen asked for some people to test knit some newly dyed sock yarn she had. I volunteered and these socks are the finished product. The yarn was great to work with, it’s soft and knits into a nice fabric. The stripes mostly match with only a bit of pooling around the ankle. I swear one sock is lighter than the other but I don’t know how it could be since they came from the same skein.
I also have a finished Everyday Cardigan. You’re going to have to trust me on this because I don’t have pictures. I promise, as soon as the tempurature dips below eighty degrees, I’ll have a photo shoot. In the meantime, it’s dark blue Peace Fleece Worsted Weight wool. And I have to thank Julia for recommending Nanci Wiseman’s book, The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques. She told me about this book back at Cara’s Knitting Olympics Closing Ceremonies party and, while I bought it immediately, this is the first opportunity I’ve had to use it. And it’s fabulous! Every type of seam is explained, buttonhole bands and buttonholes are described in detail and it made finishing this sweater much more enjoyable than any other sweater I’ve finished. Honestly, I think my fear of finishing is over.
I took this sweater to Margene’s with me and actually wore it when we went out to dinner in Estes Park. It’s hard to believe it was cool enough to warrant it, but it was. All my buddies out West ooohed and aaaahed over it and I do have to say that I love this sweater. The Peace Fleece worsted weight was wonderful and the color is perfect for jeans and I can see this definitely becoming part of my regular wardrobe.
Now for the items that will never be finished. Remember the Seraphim Shawl?
I frogged it. I got tired of waiting for the yarn from Fleece Artist and decided I just didn’t really love that yarn in this pattern after all. I’ll be knitting another Seraphim Shawl but this time it will be a drapier fabric and I won’t run out of yarn.
I have also frogged the Frilly Cardigan.
I wasn’t that happy with the color and I’ve heard from some reliable sources that Debbie Bliss Cashmerino pills like mad. I just couldn’t see finishing this sweater and giving it to Ambrynn and knowing it was going to pill. So, to the frog pond it went.
You’d think I’d feel sad about this sort of thing – ripping out hours and hours of knitting. But I don’t. It actually feels great to get rid of the things that hang on too long. It’s very free-ing for me and opens up some possibilities for new knitting projects!