Sunday, October 02, 2005  

A Four Sweater Weekend

Rather than doing the crazy amount of law school work I'm supposed to be doing, I've spent the weekend being extremely productive on the knitting front. First, I sent these three sweaters to the tailors for zipper installation -


Pines II:


The tailor is charging a bit more than I'd like to pay, but I know he does really first rate work. Plus, there's no way I'm hand-sewing 3 zippers, so really, I'm better off just paying the money and getting it done right. After all, I did hand 3 hand-knit sweaters over to a man who has easy access to scissors and other methods of sweater-destruction. It's worth a little extra money to trust that the sweaters will come back with no unpleasant "surprises."

Not only have I sent 3 (!!!) sweaters to get their finishing touches, I finished knitting a Christmas-scarf out of the Debbie Bliss club yarn -

This is the zig-zag scarf that Iris from Artyarns taught us how to make at her workshop a few weekends ago. I really enjoyed knitting this - the plain garter was "mindless" enough to be just what I needed when my brain couldn't take it anymore, but the short-row shaping kept me entertained so that knitting this never felt like a chore.

This took just about 4 full balls (the amount in the club gift), and I may pick up another 4 balls in a different color to make another short row scarf for another recipient. I'm working at the online store for the next few weeks while Kristine is in London, so it'll be easy for me to pick up some more yarn while I'm filling all the orders!

But wait, there's more!

That's right - not content with finally getting zippers in 3 sweaters AND knitting a scarf, I finally finished Trinity. WELL over a year since I started her. She still needs a good run through the washer/dryer to shrink up - the pattern is from an old Rowan collection, and is meant for Rowan Denim. I subbed another yarn that does similar shrinking.

Now that she's finally done, I'm really pleased with how this turned out. I decided against the mock turtleneck because, well, I really don't like mock turtlenecks. Plus, since I'll have to wear this over something anyway due to the strategically placed lace center panel, this way I can wear it with a collared shirt if I'm so inclined. Plus, mock turtlenecks take a really long time to knit.

WHEW! All this finished knitting productivity has worn out the animals -

And Cricket would like to show you what happens when you try to move the big furniture box she's been sleeping on for the last week. "You can pick it up," she seems to be saying, "but I'm coming with it."


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