Sometimes after a big project I just want to do a bunch of little things. Or relatively little things, like the EZ's Baby Sweaters on Two Needles aka the February Sweater from the Knitter's Almanac. Yes, I jumped on the bandwagon. This was the first one made with Laines Du Nord Maxi.
As everyone has already said, EZ's instructions aren't explicit. For example she assumes the knitter will start the button holes at the top of band, and not 2 or 3 inches down which is where they will appear if you follow her instructions. (Given my propensity not to follow instructions, you'd think I would have placed them at the top anyway!) I also didn't get that the body is knit all in one piece, so this version has side seams running from the end of the sleeve to the hem, creating odd little 1" extensions on each side under the armpit and on the inside of each sleeve. They're tucked in - you can't see them in the photo. Still I think the sweater came out fine. I will sew on snaps at the top and attach a button.
The second version is made from bulkier Jo-Ann Sensations Bellezza Collection Dolcetto, and therefore several sizes larger. Did the body in one piece this time. The knitter has to figure out how the seams should work as EZ doesn't tell you that either. I think I did it right since there are no little one inch extensions on this one!
Both sweaters need buttons and ends woven in. I love these sweaters and will knit more as gifts when I'm able to make them with fewer errors. They were fun to knit.
Since there's a bit of chill in the evening air, I'm beginning to think about Fall. Nona'sI-Cord Gloves have been weighing heavily on my mind lately so I started a pair. You make the fingers first as you can see below. I thought that making the fingers first would make knitting gloves less fidley, but maybe not. We'll see. I'm using some Elann Peruvian Baby Cashmere I had stashed.
There's been a Ravelry-related blog death recently: Isis Rising is closing. Felicia said that the main purpose of her blog was keep a record of her WIPs and FOs, and that it's much easier to do that on Ravelry. It's the first one I've heard of. I'm sure it won't be the last. Have you heard others?
Mom asked for this skirt so I gave it to her. Actually, she said "You could give me that skirt if you decide you don't want to wear it." LOL! Anyway, it fits her and looks good on her too. The specs: Pattern: Indigo Ripples Skirt designed by Kat Coyle, Interweave Knits, Spring 2007 Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold "Hempathy," 5-6 skeins in navy (I can only find five ball bands, but I can't believe I only used five.) I found Hempathy tough to work with at first, I had a little callous on my right index finger where the yarn continually slid across it (I'm a thrower). In the end, I got used to working with the yarn and the callous is gone. Needles: US4 circular Modifications: I knit the stockinette section longer so that I could wear it to work; knit the lace section according to Kat's instructions, which makes the hem strike below the knee. Mom says she plans to replace the drawstring at the waist with a length of narrow elastic. And wear a slip underneath of course!
I started Indigo Ripples before going on vacation Aug. 31st. It was great plane knitting, including the lace section. I used Knit Picks' nifty little chart keeper to keep the pattern propped up on the seat in front of me, and on top of my luggage during layovers. I usually travel with small projects, but my list of large projects is so long that I've started to take larger projects with me wherever I go. I also get lots of interested looks and smiles these days - people seem to be more interested in what I'm knitting rather than the fact that I am knitting. That's a nice change. During my Chicago layover on the way home, a woman sat down next to me with a big smile and said "Let's see the lace you're knitting!" Turns out she had just returned from Scotland where she bought wool to knit. We started chatting as if we'd known each other for years. Keep on KIPing people!
Indigo Ripples is truly a beautiful skirt. I've already purchased more Hempathy to make another one for myself next season. The lace pattern and ruffly bottom flatter everyone. Kudos to Kat!