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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.

Anyway, I want to be finished so that I can start this project. I have no rule about the number of WIPs laying around (currently ... 4, if I don't count all of them), but I do have a rule about large WIPs. Only one at a time! So once the brown sweater of death is done, I'm going to start knitting a vest, for me.

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.

I leave you with a photo of my cute little muttlett, Georgie Girl. This l'il bed is juuuuust right ....

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!


  1. Hahaha, I thought that was a bag full of raw fiber... it took me a minute to see the cute puppy face. :-)

    The sweater is starting to look like it Will Be a sweater one day.

    and the purple? Well, it's loverly. :-)

  2. Yikes! I don't know if I could knit that sweater (I say as my first sweater still sits in time out due to boredom)

    The spinning is great. Glad you are getting the thicker yarn you want.

  3. You are awesome, Beth. We are lucky to have you as a friend.

  4. I can't believe Jeff read my blog...shocker! Everyone, Jeff is the intended recipient of the sweater. His wife must have nagged him to check in and say something!

  5. Lovely purple fibre, and I am impressed by your pereverence on the brown sweater

  6. I like that fibre, very pretty! Can't wait to see your vest, I'm partial to the color blue myself. Your baby looks so sweet in that. I've been wanting to get one for my Winston but dh won't let me spend the money. Eventually I'll just make him one. BTW like the music on your blog!

  7. With the picture of Georgie Girl following your current spinning project.....I also thought it was a basket of fiber. LOL

  8. LOL, yeah if I see a "for sale" or "discount" next to yarn I can't help but think I'm getting a deal.

  9. I am still lovign and totally impressed by that sweater, I think it would have to be a multi-year project for me.

    And I love your comments about JoAnn's. I feel very much the same way about their "sales". My favorite thing to do is go in and purchase 1 skein and use a 40 or 50% off coupon. Sometimes it can be hard to find what I want at full price so I can use the coupon. But I'm just lucky that I live close enough that I don't negate my spending with the cost of gas - ha.

  10. Joanne's is a dangerous place. I found myself nearly purchasing some skeins. But really I have so much alpaca at home...What are you going to do with the purple merino? Pretty!

  11. Come on brown sweater, you are almost there! Man-size sweaters seem to take so much more time, it's so nice of you to make it for your friend's husband. They say regular long sleeves are right about 1/3 of a sweater.

    The last picture :-) I thought it was a basket of fiber too.

  12. (currently ... 4, if I don't count all of them)
    Hilarious! That brown sweater is really beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing it done...that said, I have a gigantic brown sweater of my own I better finish now that we've had our first snow on the ground this week. Thanks for the motivation. Your merino is beautiful. Give your sweet pup some scritches from all of us at Chez B.

  13. Nah, Beth, JEFF actually got to your blog before me this time, all on his own! :) It is really turning out nicely - the sweater, that is. You're awesome, as always!


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