Friday, August 31, 2018

Cheating on Projects

Do you ever cheat on your projects?  Or are you a strictly monogamous crafter?  I confess that I have been cheating on Mom's Birkin sweater with a gorgeous sweater for myself.  Last fall, I took a day trip to Chattanooga and found a lovely yarn store there:  Genuine Purl.  Lovely owner, helpful salesperson, and best of all, gorgeous yarn.  I bought some purple heathery Plymouth Donegal to make myself a sweater.  I was in need of a little pick me up, and it did the trick.  So did the other 3 yarns I bought, but let's not go there right now...
  I waited a while before finding the perfect pattern, and found it in the Summer issue of Laine magazine.  Have you seen it?  So beautiful!  It's kind of expensive, but really yummy patterns, photographed beautifully, with stories and recipes, too.  Here's the pattern I chose, worsted weight, on needles sized 7 and 8, chunky enough to go quickly, with LACE!  You know I love lace!  

I plopped it down on the dining room table to take a picture, and before I could focus, along came Purl.  She likes it.  The lace is easy to remember, and the edging along the sides is interesting.  The color is perfect for me, but I have to say, it's a little hot to knit right now.  Yesterday was over 100, with a lot of humidity!  
 It's v-neck, with a shawl collar added on later, and something I've never knitted before:  pockets!  Yay!  I'll make more sweaters with pockets in the future, now that I know how easy they are!  I will go back to Mom's sweater soon, but I've made another mistake in the 3-color part, and need to reverse knit.  Later...

I mentioned the airport socks last post, and have 6 pairs to show you now.  The first pair went to LouAnn, so there have been 7 pairs in all knitted at work.

And now, there are 8.  This yarn is Merino-Tencel, and I made up the ribbing.  It's knit 1 twisted, purl 3 in the first row, then knit 1 twisted, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.  It's kind of reversible, and I don't think if I didn't twist the 1 stitch, it would make much of a difference, but off I go!  
 But before I can do anything more fiber-y, I need to clean this house.  Happy Labor Day!  I hope your labors are few and well-appreciated!


LA said...

Wow! That's a lovely sweater...I can't wait to see it in person! You are becoming the sock all the different pairs!!!!

Tina J said...

I love that Sweater pattern, I have some yarn that would really look good as that sweater, thanks for the tip!