Friday, December 11, 2009

fo: serendipity sweater

yarn: Colonia 140 cuarzo verde from handpainted yarn, 4 skeins
pattern: serendipitous sweater from Hollywood Knits
needles: size 15

Modifications: My gauge was slightly off and the largest size was still a little too small for me, so I had to make some modifications--adding a few extra stitches to all pieces. Finishing this was a pain. I've decided no more seaming for me--I'm only going to knit sweater in the round! Still, this sweater knit up quite quickly with this fairly bulky yarn on such large needles....a pretty easy and inexpensive knit. The fronts seem to hang asymmetrically even after blocking and even though they appear to be the same length. Also, the neckline is so large that possibly this will end up slipping off my shoulders. And the sleeves are way too long after blocking, but I kind of like the look of it.

Here is a picture of some of the fleece that my aunt Carol and uncle Arch sent me to spin! They washed it once already before sending it to me, bless their hearts, but it still seemed quite greasy to me so I washed it again several times. It's drying on top of the washer/dryer and any place I can spread it out where it won't be too tempting to Clementine (she loves to eat wool.) Hopefully in another day or so it will be dry enough to start carding and spinning!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I made this guy yesterday morning in about an hour. This is my first attempt to make a stuffed animal without a pattern. He was inspired by a dress that my niece wore on thanksgiving that had little owls all over it, and to be honest, he's nowhere near as cute as he was in my mind (or as cute as the dress.) I wonder if he would be cuter if he were smaller? Or in pink and green? Nevertheless, here he is.

Knittingwise, I had a productive day. My serendipitous sweater is coming along. A couple days ago I sewed the back and fronts together, having completed one arm which seemed way too long. Before sewing the arm in to see, though, I tried on the vest and found it too small. So today I reknit both fronts, adding a couple inches width to each, and adding about an inch in length to them and to the back. Tomorrow I'll seam them up, and if they seem to be ok, will knit the other sleeve and hopefully finish that sucker up! I'm eager to start a new shawl, Ishbel (so I can be like every other knitter on the planet) and I'm also trying to decide between several sweaters by Wendy Bernhard (aka Knit & Tonic)....I love all of her patterns!