Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Helper

My cat, Thomas Henry overseeing my knitting. He is usually laying on top of my book, but I needed to see the pattern, so he chose my knitting bag. You can see the measuring tape between his paws, and he actually rests one paw on my yarn. He doesn't bother my knitting needles, but goes after the pencil when I pick it up to mark a row.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Sweater For My Brother

I finally finished my brother's sweater and it turned out okay. I found the pattern for the cables in my Barbara Walker book, "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns." The center panel is called the Double-Braided Cable, with a Plait Cable on each side. 

I just couldn't get the color right. I think the middle picture is close to the actual color.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I Finished Another Sweater

I finally finished this sweater. The pattern called for a shorter sweater, but I wanted it a little longer, so I added a few rows.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Finished Sweater

This is my sweater a few days ago. I was working on the second sleeve.
The finished sweater after blocking.
The back
My grandson, wearing his sweater.
Yeah, I think he likes it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Unfinished Business

One of the things I do best is start things and then leave them unfinished. I knitted this sweater for my brother.  I did finish knitting the whole thing, but I made the sleeves too long, so now I have to rip them back and that isn't one of my favorite things to do, so the sweater is stuffed in a bag sitting on the shelf of things to finish.
And this sweater is almost complete, except for the cuff on one arm.  I am going to try to finish all the things on the unfinished shelf before the end of the year, but the start of a new project is just so alluring.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More of my Cardigan

My daughter goes to college and as she still doesn't have her drivers license, I drive her back and forth. While waiting for her to take her classes, I read or knit, so I  had the opportunity to get further on my cardigan. I  finished the back and left front and started on the right. When I started the left front, I (as usual) did not read all the way through the patten, so knitted up almost the whole side before it dawned on me that I forgot to decrease for the neck. I had to rip out all the moose pattern that I had finished and start again, but I laid it down to go do something else and later when I picked it up to knit again, (you will not believe this) I did the same thing all over and had to rip it out again. The third time was the charm and I finished it with no more mistakes. WHEW!
 This is the back of my cardigan.
 And this is the moose I had to rip out two times.
 I bought this beautiful yarn to make a pullover hoodie for my grandson.
 I finished this shawl for my daughter, but have not had time to block it.
 I knitted the shawl, but crocheted the edging.
 And these gloves are the exact reason you should always check your dye lot. I know, I know, but I just grabbed the next skein in the cabinet and didn't check the dye lot until the glove was completed. Oh well, I guess I will wear them and hope no one notices that they are each a slightly different color.
 It is really hard to see the color difference in these pictures, but it is noticeable.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Cardigan

I am knitting a cardigan for my grandson. I picked Berroco Vintage DK for the yarn. It is a blend of  Acrylic,  Wool, and  Nylon. It is machine washable and very soft, so it seems a good choice for his cardigan. I am using a #4 needle for the ribbing, and a #6 for the sweater body. 
 The pattern is from a Debbie Bliss book, "Design it, Knit it babies."  The color choices are very close, because my daughter likes them. The yarn is a joy to knit with.