Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In Memory . . .

Rest in Peace

Janice Haywood Thompson

1/9/1939 - 9/26/2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Cardi 2010

I fell in love with this picture of the Long Cardigan in the Early Fall issue of Vogue Knitting.  Its pattern #01 designed by the team of Lutz & Patmos.  What I didn't fall in love with was the shorter sleeves and the too busy back panel for the yarn I wanted to use.  So lemons to lemon aide I turned this pattern into the perfect Fall / Winter Cardigan for me.
I used a different yarn, Rowan Plaid, an alpaca wool blend of 3 different colored sport weight yarn twisted together.  The colors are turquoise, lime and grey.  The yarn change called for a needle change, I used a size 11US.
I made the sleeves about 5 inches longer.  Eliminated the back panel and just worked the same cable pattern for the front and sleeves across the entire back.  I eliminated the pockets because I didn't have enough yarn. I also made the sweater a size smaller because I plan to attach a two way zipper to the front and wear it more fitted.  I still have to get the zipper.  A trip to Vardhman's on 39th between 7th & 8th is in order.  And then I can stop by M&T Trimming for a button to match the Spiral Tweed Cloche.

  I hope to be wearing this at Rhinebeck this year.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Back from Vacation

After we dropped our son off at college we took a long week to ourselves in the Catskills.

Hubby continued his landscaping mission and I canned fruit jam and started knitting a few Christmas presents.  Yes its after Labor Day already and Christmas knitting has begun.

Most recently I finished this great skirt from Veronik Avery's book 24/7.  An easy knit with very stylish results.  I can't wait to see it on its recipient!
A pair of socks for someone. . .
A nice Spiral Tweed Cloche also from 24/7
And just so I don't neglect myself - a slice of blue Citron
and a pair of Lacy Mock Cable socks for me.
It still seems like I have just as many projects lined up to go on the needles as are on the needles now. I guess I'll just have to keep on knitting.  I love the Fall lineup on TV and my corresponding knitting time on the couch after dinner.  I wish good luck to all who knit their friends and family gifts for the coming season.  May no frogs leap on your doorstep and the knot fairy lose your address. 
Let the Happy Knitting season begin!