I was not home much today. I started the day with a visit to one of my knitting teachers, Sarah Peasley. I had taken a class on how to do a “knit to fit” seamless sweater from her, almost a year ago. I made a very wonderful short sleeved sweater from beautiful German perle cotton fingering-weight yarn. It is the only adult sweater I have ever made, but it is just lovely and fits perfectly. I found it the perfect thing to wear to a few summer weddings this year.
Well, I got gutsy in early September and decided to make another sweater without a pattern. I determined that I didn’t want to purl much so I chose to try the “crochet steek” project from the Spring 2002 Knitters Magazine (article by Rick Mondragon) and see if I could dare knit a tube, crochet reinforcement, then cut the tube open for arm holes. I made the sample teddy bear sweater and cut it just fine, so proceeded to do this on a larger sweater for myself.
This sweater is more like a pullover coat than a normal sweater. It is double-thickness Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Worsted, a single ply wool/mohair yarn that is both soft and warm. I did very well on the body of the sweater (with a little help from my friends Marcia and Wendy who work at Yarn for Ewe). I knit the tube with special “steek stitches,” Crocheted to reinforce, and cut armholes. Then I used a three-needle bindoff to connect the shoulder seams.
I got stuck after that, where I picked up stitches around the armhole twice and neither time got an acceptable sleeve started. About a month ago I ripped out the two bad sleeves but didn’t know how to figure out how many stitches to pick up (the class notes were for a set in sleeve so the ratio of picked up stitches was different than my modified drop sleeve).
So off I went to Sarah, and she worked with me for about an hour figuring out how to proceed. Happy me. I’m not going to be able to do a lot with it right away but now I do not feel stuck.
After that, I drove to Jackson, a little more than a half hour south of me, to make a client visit. After that I drove to the small yarn store there, Dropped Stitch, and found three skeins/two types of quite affordable yet lovely turquoise yarn. I’m on a turquoise binge right now so that was great!
From Jackson I proceeded to Ypsilanti (near Ann Arbor) where my brother lives. I had a very pleasant visit with him, and his delightful wife, and their house guest. I got to knit and chat and sip tea with people I love. Very wonderful.
I got home in time to make a late dinner, which was the remaining pumpkin soup and some freshly baked herbed biscuits. Yum.
We have decided to stay home tonight rather than accept one of the two party invitations we received. I have had enough parties this season, and I really wanted to celebrate my partnership with Brian more than my social life.
We actually got the TV out of the attic (literally), and dusted it so we could watch Jay Leno’s monalogue and the Times Square ball dropping. That was the first time we had turned on the TV since the Olympics. I just don’t enjoy spectating at all, and all the jokes are about famous people I don’t know because I don’t watch TV or movies. I very much enjoy the Internet where I can be an active participant. Thank goodness for the Internet!
Happiness to all on this day of promise.