Thursday, January 19, 2017

Warm-Weather Knitting

Warm-weather knitting.  You would think that is what I would do in Florida.  But - Florida knitting, for me, is different  from  at-home, warm-weather knitting.  It seems, Florida destroys my motivation to knit.  Last year the big plastic tub of yarn and patterns that accompanied me on the trip, went mostly untouched.  Knowing that, this year I came with only three projects.

One is a hank of Orange/red mohair that is intended to be  a Hemlock Ring Blanket.

The second is my black linen Margarita.  It's open-front design is too open for my taste, so I hope to rip and re-knit it while here.  That most likely will fall under the 'hope springs eternal' category.

And the third project is a bag with a variety of wonderful, fluffy, textured, green yarns.  A gift given to me by a dear friend almost eleven years ago now.  The clear bag, filled with the wonderful yarns,  has been sitting on my shelf all those years.  I look at it, admire it and think of my friend whenever I look at the bag.  But I have decided it is time.  After eleven years, it will no longer be a work of art on my shelf, but a work of art on my bed.  An afghan.

We've been here four nights and so far, I have rolled the skeins into balls and cast on.

It's a start.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sleeves Complete

There was miserable weather, a long list of errands to run, plus book club in the evening, but  the cuff of sleeve number two of Not Just A Red Neck is finished.  As  do-able in a day as I thought.

Here are both sleeves, finished except for the weaving-in of ends.

The sharp eyed amongst you will notice that one  cuff is narrower than the   other.    After finishing cuff number one, it seemed a bit wide.  For cuff #2, I decided to decrease a few extra stitches in the last row before knitting the multi-coloured cuff.  Of course, this would require re-knitting one of those cuffs once I chose the favoured one.   And so it is.

Cuff #2, the narrower cuff,  is the one I like best.  Come April, when I intend to  finish this sweater, I'll rip out the wider cuff and re do it to match the preferred one.

Good thing targets are adjustable.  NJAR is not finished but close enough that I feel good about a quick finish when we return from our winter in the South.  With that closing statement the computer  is getting unplugged and packed away.  I'll return once I figure out the Wifi in our Florida accommodation.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Not Just A Red Neck.

Having finished my treatise on fit, I can now give you a post about current knitting.  Including a picture.

 If you recall, I started a sweater over Christmas that I hoped to have completed before heading south.  It is my new, wear-around-the-house sweater.  When starting to type this morning, I thought - This sweater needs a name.  Instantly 'red neck' came to mind because of the red in the yoke. But then, the neck also has green,  purple, white, and yellow.  So Not Just A Red Neck it will be.

Today is my last day of regular knitting, before  wool gets moth-balled for warmer-type, Florida fibres. (Maybe I should say Florida Fibers.  When in Rome, you know.)   So is Not Just A Red Neck finished?  Not quite.

Not knowing if I had enough tweed yarn to finish the sweater,  I had stopped knitting the body just shy of the lower trim and started the sleeves.   If need be, I knew I could put a deep,  multi-coloured  piece along the sweater bottom if yarn was short.

Knitting with the tweed, I finished sleeve number one.  Number two just needs a cuff.  That's is do-able today.

All that will remain then, for spring knitting, is to finish the lower body, steek the sweater and add some front button band trim.  Type of trim to be decided once I have steeked and tried on the sweater.  It will tell me what kind of trim to use.

I like it.  The bright colours at the neck line make what would be a dull sweater, pop.  It will be fun to wear.

PS.  Yesterday a comment appeared on the blog about fit.  It asked  if there is not nice fitting cardigan in the wardrobe to measure, is it OK to measure a tee shirt and use those measurements to knit a cardi?  Not sure whether this was meant to be a LOL question but I refer you to this post.