I cast on for this sweater last October, telling Rich I was knitting him a sweater for Christmas. Thankfully, I wasn’t specific as to which Christmas, so I’m still on schedule.
I finished the body last year sometime and then got hopelessly bored with the project. I set it down for what became months, then finally got up the gumption/discipline to FINISH IT. I cast on the first sleeve and was quickly reminded of why I set the project down in the first place: I don’t love working with this yarn. No doubt, this is fantastically sturdy, warm, heirloom quality wool, and it’s going to make a great sweater. But it’s not a great knitting yarn. Hope that makes sense.
Well, I’ve finished that first sleeve (after an eternity) and am on to sleeve #2. Now that I’m on a long and cozy stay-cation, I do think I’ll be able to finish this before the New Year (while on Christmas break so it’s still a “Christmas” sweater (ahem)).
These are a few of my favorite things.
1. Best teacup ever. Tea tastes so much better in it, I think it has something to do with the width (seriously).
2. Houseplants and urban deck plants. I can’t have enough green.
3. My birds. Oh, they are so sweet, so full of hilarious personality. Especially Mr. Chicken.
4. The view out my kitchen window. That tree.
5. My knitting spot, the center of all peace/calm in the universe.
5. Yarn and finished projects.
6. Old, beloved books.
7. Memories of home.
Slowly but surely, she’ll be a grand ol’ shawl.
What will you turn into, my pretties?
Today Material Sciknits made their first ever public appearance. We sold a lot of gorgeous one-of-a-kind hand-knit items and had a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who stopped by.
Practice swatches from today’s slipped stitch mania class with Jill Bigelow Suttell. Loved the class! It was simple enough for a beginner, but interesting enough for the adventurous.
I’m very proud of this fantastic finished object! Look for me at Stitches West this weekend, I will be shamelessly wearing it the entire weekend.
Well, hello my pretty pretty.
Inside out, you are still beautiful to me.
Fact: Sweaters take longer than hats.
PS. Check out my new Sirka counter, a birthday gift to me from my mom!
This holiday break has been full of wonderful things.
Playing Through the Ages with Mr. Handsome.
Planning new projects.
Working on current projects.
Tea and reading.
And, of course, enjoying time with family (and gifting hand-knits).