Sunday, September 21, 2008

armed & ready

finally, i'm getting into gear with my september sweater! although we're well into september by now - and nearly out the other end & into october - i'd been plodding away on the big cabled collar of this month's sweater with no discernible progress. not to mention being distracted by new & shiny things. but it's amazing what can be achieved in one weekend...

september juno sleeves
sleeves! two of them! and they're even the same length & everything!

since january, all my sweaters have been knitted at a fairly fine gauge - and i'd completely forgotten how quickly things can go when you're using heavier yarn! knitted in an aran weight on 5mm needles, september's sleeves are finished - and, armed & ready, i'm now onto the body. & since i want the dramatic cabled collar to be the focal point of the sweater, the body (like the sleeves) is plain old stockinette - great mindless knitting for a weekend of movie-watching.
& it's been a weekend of more than one achievement...

the summer sweater peek
sneak peek of the summer sweater - proper pics when i get the buttons sewn on

Monday, September 15, 2008


i know i said i was back on track with the sweater knitting..... but i got a little distracted.

bobby's garden
the start of my version of "bobby's garden", in sock yarn leftovers - hexagons are fun!

lowenzahn socks
plain toe-up socks in wollmeise sockenwolle "lowenzahn" - i can't stop knitting these, the colours are fabulous!

wollmeise sock club 1
the first shipment of the wollmeise sock club - it's so completely gorgeous, words fail me

cupcake from "la cucina" in glasgow's west end - pink icing, edible glitter, and a chocolate butterfly???

i swear, i'm back on track now....

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

hello, september

i'm not one of these people that mourns the end of the summer. i've never been a fan of hot weather & sunshine (not that it got that sunny over here this summer, but you know what i mean!). & to me, the arrival of fall has one fantastic result - i get to start wearing my wooly sweaters again. and, after all, this is meant to be the year of the sweater!
i'll admit, i got a little off track over the summer. i had one sweater project that went badly wrong & had to be completely ripped out, which was disappointing. and i had one project that took longer to finish than i had anticipated, which delayed everything that came after it. not to mention all the extra work i had to do!
but at last, the summer is over - and i'm back on track! i'm still working on some background sweater knitting (a super-simple jacket in garter stitch), but my official september sweater is officially started...

juno cable progression
aaaah, cabley.

it's the start of the collar for rowan's "juno" (you can see a gorgeous version here). but, in fact, the collar is the only part of the pattern that i'm keeping! the rest of the pattern has been completely thrown out the window, & i'll be making it up as i go, but the general idea is a simple hip-length, a-line stockinette jacket (eerily similar to this one, in fact), which still keeps the big, dramatic cabled collar from the original version. i'm knitting it with elsebeth lavold classic AL, which is a 50/50 blend of merino & alpaca, and is incredibly soft & cushy - every stitch is a pleasure! & since the cable chart is slightly complicated, i can't watch tv while i knit. but i can drink hot chocolate, & i've got this on audiobook at the moment & the story is just getting better & better....
all in all, i'm pretty happy that summer's over.