Thursday, December 1, 2011
It Never Ends
That is how I'm feeling about the lovely brown cabled sweater. The intended recipient is about 5'11 or 6' and a size extra-large, just to be sure it fits. I held it up to him and it might be just a bit baggy, but otherwise okay. I still have to sew the side seams ... that makes it a little adjustable, right?
I've gotten to the point on the front panel (under the mitten) where I'm about to decrease for shoulder. Do you know what that means? I get to bind off about 1/4 or 1/3 of the stitches. That makes me VERY HAPPY. The arms will go pretty quick ... so I tell myself. In truth, the arms will be just like doing the back panel, twice more.
You see, I have an agreement with Joanne's, the craft store. They stock a lot of yarn, and I keep them solvent. I can't help it. I saw in an email flyer that they were selling Paton's, one of my favorite yarns ... buy one skein, get another 50% off.
Well, if you do the math ... that's really not a great discount. The skeins are roughly $6 a skein. I'm saving $3 by buying two. Be still my heart. But when I see the yarn in the bin, and that lovely red and white discount sign, all I think is buybuybuybuybuy. Luckily -- ha ha -- Joanne's has big variety but not big volume. I couldn't have bought more than 6 skeins of any one color. I agonized over the four choices that left me, believe me. Natural? Blue? Green? Brick? I love dark reds, but anyone who knows me can roll their eyes and attest that I have a lot of red and maroon clothing. I don't wear green except as a knitted accessory (in high school, girls who wore green were teased by the idiot slobbering neanderthal boys ... most of you probably remember why. There was even an M&M commercial about "you know what they say about the green ones" or something like that.)
Anyway, I had it in my head I wanted to knit myself a vest. I've never really worn vests, so it would be novel. Oh -- here's the other thing. I've been running, as readers of my threefriendsfitness blog know, and I've lost 18 pounds and nearly two sizes. So now I'm all about clothes fitting me properly, now that I am transforming my body into a better shape!) I think a vest would fit the new me nicely, and it's a way to knit something larger for myself, but not commit to sleeves or anything like that.
I chose a Paton's pattern, and Paton's yarn in a lovely blue that will hopefully match my eyes. Soon as Brown Monster of Boredom is over, I'm casting on the vest. It was just the incentive I needed to hurry the sweater along.
In other news ... spinning pretty purple Merino:
Spinning thickly, and I mean for it to be singles. It's fabulous. Just everything I thought it'd be.
She always curls up into a tight little ball. Cute, isn't she? I think she's been jealous because I always post cat pictures.
Be sure to head over to Andrea's and see what everyone else is up to!