Friday, November 30, 2012

The hard part is over!

The hard part of the sweater is over!  I joined the front pieces to the back, and then I picked up stitches and knit the neckband a few days ago, but not before watching three YouTube videos and email consulting my friend Lynn.  Thank you for the pep talk, Lynn!

It wasn't a super smooth process.  I did somehow end up with an extra stitch (or two), and at one point I dropped a stitch, which caused no end of panic because it was at a place in the sweater where frogging was out of the question.  Luckily the seed stitch pattern in the neckband hides some of my mistakes.  I also accidentally made several buttonhole-like holes along the edge of the neckband where my picking-up-stitches technique was less than fabulous, but I weaved those together with a tail of yarn.  I still need to sew the sleeves on and finish up the side seams, but the knitting part is over.

I am working on some other handmade gifts right now, of the embroidery, crochet, and cross stitch variety, but I would like to start another knitting project very soon to keep myself progressing with that skill.

Tomorrow is the first day of December.  Only 25 days to get everything done!  Bring on the mint chocolate!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


November has been a lovely month weather-wise so far.  We've had a lot of skies that look like this:

Of course, at 4:00 in the afternoon the sun makes a noticeable drop towards the horizon and it's dark by 5:30, but it's still nice to have a few hours of blue skies and sunshine in this month that is so typically gray and dreary.

Have I mentioned my basement project here?  I know I've talked about it on Flickr.  We are making progress.  My husband put up wainscoting to hide the fact that we had to tear out water-damaged drywall, and we finished painting this weekend.  We brought everything back in from the storage unit, and even though I have been purging left and right, we still have so. much. stuff.  More stuff than places to put it, unfortunately.  But we're getting there.  We will be home for Thanksgiving this week, just the four of us, so we should have some time to work on organizing and sorting together.

Here is what it looks like at the moment:

Four years ago it looked like this, this, and this, so we've made progress!!

The baby sweater I am knitting is coming along.  I fixed the wonky left front piece and am now working on the second sleeve, which is the final piece to knit before I start putting the pieces together.  The next step involves the dreaded "picking up stitches" and just thinking of it has me in a nervous sweat.

This sweater has been very difficult to photograph.  The edges curl like crazy (which explains the little crocheted rock paperweight in the photo), and the color doesn't come out right no matter what lighting or which camera I use, but here is the sleeve I am working on:

There is something about seeing all those stitches looped along a knitting needle that makes me feel all cozy and happy.