Sunday, February 24, 2008

Fastest Sweater Ever

So almost two weeks this time. I've been trying to keep busy and knitting. Mostly I've been obsessed over my Gathered Pullover. I'm amazed at how incredibly quickly it's coming together. More on that in a little while. First I wanted to share my finished Azure Socks:

To refresh memory a bit, this is the Azure Socks pattern from Knitty. Hopefully the link above works. The yarn is Koigu KPPPM. I can't remember the colour, but it's all pretty soft muted blues, lilacs, and greens.

This was my first time working with Koigu and I did get a little pooling. Luckily for me, it happened almost exactly the same on both socks. Same colour pool, same spot on the ankle/instep.

This is a really pretty pattern with a lot of interesting detail. The heel construction was unlike anything I'd ever encountered before, but owing to the fact that I'm still learning, I followed the instructions as written and they turned out beautifully. They are extremely snug. I almost couldn't get them on. I'm still determined to wear them though because I'm in love with them.

Enough of that. I've got other socks on the go, but nothing much to report progress wise so, meh, moving on to more exciting stuff. Like my sweater:

Here is my progress thus far. I finished the body and one sleeve already.

And I'm well on my way to finishing my second sleeve. This picture was taken yesterday and the sleeve is about twice as long as this picture shows. Incidentally, the question I get asked a lot about knitting with cats is whether they bother the yarn. The answer is actually no (except for rare occasions or if the yarn in question is alpaca). The thing they like most about knitting is the needles. Also any writing implement I'm using to keep track of where I am in my pattern, and as evidenced in previous posts the book, magazine or paper the pattern is actually on. It's not insurmountable, I figure small children are actually more problematic to knitting than my cats could ever be.

Today I dragged my yarn stash out of the closet. I decided it was high time I went through my old stuff. Some of it was from when I was in high school. A lot of it was leftover bits from other projects (including some leftover from my grandmother's stash when she decided she'd never knit again and passed it on), and almost all of it is acrylic. I'm determined to work my way through some of it. Lots of charity knitting I think will be appearing on this space in the coming months. I'd like to point out that I'm not going on a yarn diet. I would never hear of such a thing. As with all diets, I'm of the firm belief that imposing a no good stuff restriction will result in a serious binge in the future. Nope, not me. I'll still buy yarn, I'm just making a concerted effort to designate stashed yarn into specific projects and put it to good use.

That is all.

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