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17 December 2008 @ 08:23 am
knitting post!  
It's been a long time since I've done one of these!!!

I absolutely LOVE this sweater: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter08/PATTamelia.php Amelia from the Winter 08 Knitty. It's super awesome and I want to make it with that yarn in that colorway. I am forcing myself to finish my two sweaters I have on the needles before investing in the $100 worth of yarn I need for it though... It's knit all in one piece, which is interesting to me as I've never made a sweater that way before. Fun!

The WIP I'm currently trying to finish is based on Mr. Greenjeans (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall07/PATTgreenjeans.html). It's the same sweater but I'm making it long sleeved instead of 3/4 sleeves. I'm cold all the time so I see no point in 3/4 sleeves for a sweater I'm wearing to keep warm... I'm perhaps 2 inches from finishing the sleeves, so I'm almost done... I also modified it to have 4 buttons down the front instead of just one. I hate following directions, you know.

My eternal WIP... Mariah (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTmariah.html). God, when did I start this sweater? THREE years ago. Seriously. That's pathetic. I remember knitting this during a knitting weekend in Provincetown, and that was, yeah, 3 1/2 years ago. I so totally suck. It was going well and I'm mostly finished but then I ripped out the top of the sleeves long ago because I realized my stitch count was a little off. In retrospect I should have left it, because it would have been fine, but now it's been so long I have no idea where I am in the cable pattern. I've looked at it a few times and where I seem to be vs. where I marked off on the cable chart don't jive. And I haven't had the time to really focus on it so I figured I'd finish Mr. Greenjeans first because that is easier and quicker. I also modified Mariah a bit in that I made it a bit longer (because cropped sweaters make me crazy) and I'm making a collar instead of the hood. I've no need for a hood either. I'll do a collar that matches the bottom edge and it'll be rad.

Thing is too, that I'm finally knitting again after a bit of a hiatus. Not that that justifies my embarrassingly long experience with Mariah. You'd think I'd have finished it by now because it's so fabulous. I'll make that my new years resolution, to finish Mariah before the weather gets too warm to wear it.

Other than that, I have a pair of socks on the needles as I always do. They travel in my purse and are always there for when I'm bored. But I haven't touched those lately either. It's funny though, I knit my socks Continental, but I knit everything else English. But now that I've resumed knitting a bit, every time I pick something up I start knitting Continental... Maybe I'll be switching to that exclusively, but stitch manipulation (beyond the simple knit/purl) is still so much easier for me English style. I will finish the sweaters English because my tension is different enough for it to be noticeable (to me, anyway). But it's funny, because I used to pick something up and automatically knit English. Interesting that's switched.
tinetinystrings on December 17th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
HOLYSHIT, me too!