Friday, June 15, 2012
Off the Roller Coaster for awhile
I'd been knitting again since about February when my son was in the hospital. With my best friend here visiting, I discovered a yarn shop that I hadn't been to in years, and began to make hats for the family, and because I needed to have something to do while sitting in the hospital with my son. I also needed to keep my hands busy so I didn't get frustrated with my son's (now ex) girlfriend at the hospital. Eventually I knit about 8 hats like this one, all in Noro Silk Garden light, using a free pattern from Ravelry to make them all. I could do one in about a day. They made great gifts for the kids and grandkids, I've now given most of them away..
http://www.ravelry.com/ to look at simple sweater patterns, maybe something with a bit of Fair Isle, and discovered that I really liked Elizabeth Zimmerman's seamless yoke sweater which is found in her "Knitting Without Tears" book.
Ravelry is fantastic, I've got all of my books, magazines, and patterns entered into my library on the website, so it gives me lists of all the patterns in them all and makes it easy for me to look through the patterns to decide what I want. Anyway, I decided to do the dark grey as the main color, with Fair Isle in the other two colors. I got started as soon as the first couple of skeins of yarn came off my spinning wheel. I took the sweater and it's parts everywhere I went and knitted as many hours each day as I could find to knit and finally finished it within a month's time. I think it came out well, but it's a little tight to remind me that I need to lose weight. All in all, it was an enjoyable project and I will undoubetly make another one some day with this pattern..