Sunday, November 9, 2014

Archie's Second Sweater

My poor dog.
Doesn't it just look like he's saying "Mom please don't embarrass me like this!"

It's obviously not done, but hopefully will be soon. I will have to pick up the stitches at the top and knit some more ribbing because I want it to be more turtleneck-y, and then I will knit down for some sleeves to cover a bit of his tremendously long legs.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Pics of the Seamless Saddle Shoulder Sweater

Now that I've completed Randy's sweater, I am working on a sweater for the dog.
Archie's sweater is nearly done. I just have some seaming to do. You know how much everyone dislikes seaming!
Should have pics of the dog in his new sweater soon! His old one fits like a little tiny vest. Poor dog truly outgrew it.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Randy's Sweater

Once the body and sleeves were combined, this sweater began to fly along.

There it is. My very first saddle shoulder sweater. Ends woven in and armpits grafted. If only my model would wake up so he could try it on....

Close up of the shoulders from the front:

And the back:
I really think this design was too much work and I doubt I will make another saddle-shoulder sweater again any time soon. MAYBE with cables up the sleeves and shoulders, then I could see it being worth it. But plain? No point at all, and I'd be better off sticking to Raglan.
I can tell you one thing though, when I tried it on Randy earlier today it was very flattering on him, because of the shoulders being squared off. I really wish he would wake up!
My ravelry page is here.
Lots more progress pics. :)
Happy knitting! Time for me to knit a matching sweater for the dog, now. haha

Saturday, October 25, 2014


With the second sleeve increases done, I am feeling a lot more confident and happy about this knit.
Here is the body measured up against one of Randy's fitting sweaters.

Unfortunately he wants this one next:

Monday, September 8, 2014

Just a quick update

There are some things my 10+ years of knitting has taught me about sweater knitting.
1) Dark yarn makes for a boring project
2) Plain stitches makes for a boring project
3) Negative ease means less knitting
4) The smaller the sweater, the faster your WIP turns into an FO (baby sweaters anyone?)
5) Thicker yarn = faster FO

So my 46" sweater on a size 4 needle with dark sport weight yarn, all in stockinette stitch....
Is going rather slowly.

Since my last update on August 14th, the sweater has only grown by about 8 inches.
Still, it is getting close to the body being "DONE," and there is nothing like the promise of sleeves to keep me going. Oh, sleeves, the fun of shaping, and the quickness with which they progress.

Then after the sleeves I have the saddle shoulders to look forward to. Something new, that I've never done before. New challenges!

And then after that I can rid my knitting life of this boring, dark, huge sweater and cast on something new. Something with thick yarn. Something small. Something exciting. Something bright.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sweater Knitting

I have started my sweater over.
This time with 22 fewer stitches, and minus the seed stitch patterning on the front.
It will still be a saddle-shoulder design, because I have never done one and I wanted to try something new.
It sure is boring though, just knitting around.
I've finally made it to about the point where I cast off the first failed attempt.
Now, finally, progress is progress again.

Monday, August 11, 2014

What sweater?

When I took my knitting off its circular and it revealed to me that it had been hiding at least 7 extra inches of fabric in its folds, I panicked.

I went through the stages of grief, you know.

Denial: I knew my gauge had changed for at least 4 inches but kept going, assuring myself that "Randy has a larger tummy, he can use the wiggle room" even though I took my measurements with things like that in mind. I kept thinking, "It's not too big, it's fine!"

Anger: All that time and effort for what?! For nothing! Now I have to rip it out, and I bet Randy won't even care!

Bargaining: I bargained with the tape measure. I thought, "Maybe I can just keep going and then I can sew up the sides and just cut off the excess! People do that sometimes! Or maybe I can make larger meals and fatten Randy up by the time it's done it will fit him great!"

Depression: The loss of all that time (all that ribbing done on size four needles) and I can't even just rip back to the ribbing because I have to re-cast on with at least 22 stitches fewer... I held the lost sweater in my arms like it was a dead thing. Could this be part of the sweater curse? Was our relationship doomed to be as ill-fitting as this monstrosity?

Acceptance: I didn't want to stop knitting- I had grown to love the color and the simplicity of the stitch pattern. I switched to k2p2, the same stitch I had begun with. Knit until the ball was nearly gone, cast off, and accepted the truth: I had not knit a sweater at all, but a cowl.

What's great is that immediately after I finished binding off I sent this picture to Randy. His response, "What the f***! I was excited you were making me something!" So he DID care.

I have cast on again, of course. Back to the k2p2- I have a good feeling this time.