This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Picking Up the Oldies

Way back in January, during our annual Pushing 50 Reunion, I determined to make a sweater for my friend Brad. Understand, please, that this would be no small undertaking, since Bradley is 6'5". I realised I was looking at miles and miles of stockinette. I started the pack panel, and stopped at 18 inches. The pattern said that this is where the knitter should bind off six stitches, three on each side, for the arm holes. This would work if I were making the sweater for myself, but I'm 5'10" on a good day, and Brad towers over me by a good seven inches. I consulted with the knitting mavens, we determined the armholes should be set at 21 inches. This morning I picked up this piece of knitting that I'd set aside and knit a full two inches of fabric. It made me serenely happy to reach this point.

I'd set this particular piece of knitting aside because I wanted to get most of my holiday knitting out of the way. I think I can probably finish this sweater this month, if I knit it at home (sweaters are often too big to carry to knit night). The scarves and cowls I still need to finish can be my back-pack knitting. Plus I'm going to New Orleans for a week at the end of the month, so I can carry any unfinished cowls and scarves with me. I'm pretty confident I'm going to be able to carry this off.

Tomorrow I will go to knit night early and avail myself of the swift and winder to wind the yarn for the upcoming projects:
Michela's scarf
Grace's cowl
Maddy's cowl
Steven's neck warmer.
I'll get all the yarn for these wound up and ready to go.

I'm pretty excited about what I've got left to do!

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