Category Archives: Sweaters/Pullovers

Getting Ahead of Myself

Startitis  – an affliction that often affects knitters and crocheters where they begin several projects all at one time but don’t really make much progress on anything before starting another new project.  (my thanks to Knit-wiki for this diagnosis meaning.)

I have been battling a case of startitis since the weekend.  It started out as a little itch but I held it at bay because I was down to the toe on my first January sock and really, really wanted to finish it.  By Saturday afternoon, the itch was back but casting on my second sock brought the irritation down.  Sunday, well Sunday was a new day and the January sock wasn’t cutting it.  I think the itch was accompanied by some swelling.  I didn’t give in completely though.  I swatched.  There are vacation take-along projects that have been decided upon and this seemed a good opportunity to make sure I had the right needles and enough yarn to take with me (heh, heh). 

This,

will turn into a tank top.

This,

will become socks

This,

is a scarf in the making.

Swatching was the equivalent of Gravol – the startitis calmed, then went to sleep.  Then someone mentioned needing fingerless gloves, which led to a trip to the LYS, which led to pattern modifications (short supply of preferred yarn), which led to – you guessed it – more swatching.  Yesterday I think I reached a Zen state of knitting, where I started a cuff over and over and over (and over!) again, until I decided what I really wanted to do – and I enjoyed each cast-on, and each frog and each little stitch.  I’m still pretty much there today.  The first cuff is knit and I decided the hand needed a bit of a pattern – to help stretch the yarn, which otherwise wouldn’t be enough.  I’ve graphed out what I think will work, but I’ve never done this before.  I’ll post a pic later, as they’re not far enough along to show anything yet.

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Still Catching Up

Beef and Guiness stew is bubbling away on the stove, and brown soda bread is baking.  Warmish out today and it’s been snowing lightly for a couple of hours.  Feels more like Sunday than Friday.

I finished off the year with 3 pairs of socks done.  Two of the pairs were in the same pattern, same yarn, same colour.  When I started, I loved these socks, but 4th sock syndrome slowed things down for a week and now I only hope I’ll still want to make a pair for myself later in life the year.  They were meant to be a woman’s medium and could have passed, but with so much stretch to them, I thought it best to have BB try them on, just in case.  As it turned out, there was enough stretch to fit a man-sized foot comfortably – and he really liked them.  I set aside the finished one and cast on a smaller pair.  The gifted pair didn’t hit the mail until yesterday; BB had his pair for New Year’s Eve.

Here are the ones I made for my sister.  She got them today and I’m told they fit perfectly.  Yay!

Go With the Flow Socks from Sock Pixie, in Mission Falls 136, Russet

I made these for her mother-in-law.

Bed Peds, courtesy of The Caffeinated Knitter, in Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds, Deep Red

Talk about quick, easy knitting – bulky yarn, 4.5 mm dpn’s and no heel.  I need some of these bed socks for myself, maybe out of the new fleece yarn I saw at Knit and Caboodle.  Since they only took me two days to knit up, making a couple of pairs or so shouldn’t interfere with any of my other projects, right?

Believing this to be true, I started a sweater last weekend as well.  Just a plain-jane pullover, loosely based on the Sassy Stripes Pullover.  It’s a Moda Dea pattern I’ve had for so long that the yarn has been discontinued.  Since it’s all stockinette, I decided to use a jacquard yarn to keep it more interesting.  I hope it will go fairly quickly as I suspect the weather will take a turn soon.

Back ribbing done.  Bernat  Jacquards in Jasmine