10 October 2011

Back on track - sort of

I finally finished this sweater that I've been working on for months. It shouldn't have taken me as long as it did but I got spooked by having to pick up stitches at the cap sleeves and neck. It was so easy though.  Knit in the round, bottom up. Even the collar and cuffs were simple. I'm not entirely sure yet that I'm in love with the buttons that I chose but they're growing on me. And easily changed if I decide I really don't like them.

One weird thing happened with this sweater though. I got six skeins of Rowan yarn when I was heavily coerced by those evil Mason-Dixon ladies into joining the Rowan Society.  (And when I say heavily coerced, I mean that they mentioned that they joined on their blog and showed pictures of the yarn and magazine and I was helpless to the charms.  I'm easily led and I want to be a cool kid too. I did not re-up this year.  They didn't have another blog post making me think that I needed it.) It was the perfect yarn. And almost enough. I realized about 3/4 of the way through that I was going to need another skein to finish. I ordered it but of course it turned out not to be the same dye lot. It looked the same when I got it but as I got closer to actually needing it, I realized that it was ever so slightly off. Fortunately, I saved the rogue skein for the very last bit of the collar so there is about an inch at the edge of the collar that is a hair off of being the right color. I'm hoping that since it's on the edge it'll look intentional.  Maybe???

Free pattern found here. My only one tiny issue - and I knew this going in - is that the sweater is very boxy. It sort of accentuates that five pounds I desperately need to lose. . . Not the sweater's fault and I'm working on it.

So in addition to finally finishing the sweater last week, I also made up with my good friend, the Farmer's Wife. Here are my offerings, but I'm still woefully behind. I think I have to double up for the next six weeks to catch back up to where I need to be. Yikes.
Farmer's Wife blocks - Week 19

Goal: 145
Current: 36

26 Cut Glass Dish

27 Darting Birds
28 Duck and Ducklings
29 Economy
30 End of Day
31 Evening Star
116 Balkan Puzzle
Pattern found here - http://www.quilt.com/BlockOfTheMonth/1997/BalkanPuzzle.html



  1. Wow...it looks FANTASTIC on you!!!

  2. Your blocks are all amazing! I especially love your evening star block featuring the Flutterby bug. Awesome work!