Under Consideration

See the sweater sitting under the swatch and yarn? That's Chicane and its destiny is to become yarn again. The full skein sitting atop the sweater was leftover, which gives me plenty of wiggle room for a sweater of my choice. Since Chicane was a size (or so) too large, there will be more than enough. To make this news even better, the yarn is my favorite Beaverslide Worsted.


The swatch, which is knit in Shelter, is being scrutinized for another sweater, Hallet's Ledge. The swatch is light as air, but I'm promised, will be nice and warm. I like the tweedy-ness of the yarn, the way it softens when blocked, as well as, the way it holds stitch definition. It's right on gauge, too. I'm working out how to knit the sweater in separate pieces, as it's knit as one, a technique that's not to my liking.

For the moment, I'm only considering options, but as you can see, a sweater will likely be a future project.

Full disclosure, the picture was changed from color to black and white. The swatch is red, but the sweater will be (if it is to be) charcaol gray. Cast Iron to be exact. I doubt you're surprised. 

Are you considering any large projects? 

Shades of Gray

Unique title, don't you think?


Gray, rainy days provide extended time to sit with ones knitting and I spent part of my rainy afternoon with Hayward. The dolman sleeves have long raglan seams with many, many, many decreases. Even though, I used a very visible decrease that Susan shared with me, the charcoal gray fabric made the decreases hard to see.

I marked every decrease with a coil-less safety pin and used straight pins to hold the body and sleeves together at every other decrease. It's what I had to do to see and ensure I matched each decrease with its partner. I sat under a strong light and slowly sewed together the seam, which, at first, felt like an arduous adventure. Dark gray fabric and old eyes, even with correction, made it difficult to find a rhythm. Once rhythm of mattress stitching was attained, seaming went smoothly and I was able to completely seam one sleeve. Over the next couple of days I hope to sew in the second sleeve and complete the other side. I should have a finished sweater by the weekend!


At this time I have a "thing" for one shade of gray, as Merle will be knit with a charcoal gray Silky Wool that's in the stash. I've also cast on my next shawl, Promise Me by Boo Knits, with Anzula Milky Way, in (you guessed it) Charcoal. It seems I am keeping up my reputation of knitting in color streaks and the color of moment is CHARCOAL!

I have a one track mind.

Moving Forward


Hayward's pieces are in the process of being blocked. It feels good to have a sweater off the needles, as it's been a long, long time. There is a fair amount of seaming ahead, but seaming isn't that big a deal. It just takes time and over the next few days I hope to find the time to make it to the finish. 

It's taken me 4 months to knit Hayward, which, lately, is about par for the course. I don't mind, I knit when I can. And, at the same time, I was knitting the red mistake. I didn't take many pictures of the Acorn Trail, as the yarn was not photogenic and I was never very happy with the process. I finished the back and one front, put it together to see how it fit, and fell into total dislike. I would never, never wear it, which isn't to say it isn't a nice design. This is all about me and the poor job I did of making the correct adjustments for fit. A snug fit is uncomfortable and it won't be worth the work to finish. I am moving on. Don't cry for me (or for Acorn). Sometimes I knitting break up is just what is needed to put you on the right track.


For sometime I'd been looking for my next sweater project and hadn't quite decided which direction I wanted to go. Was there a cardigan I loved, or a pullover that struck my fancy? I just wasn't sure what yarn, which pattern, yada, yada...I was getting a little frustrated with myself. And then, Tuesday morning Wool People 7 was published. I fell in love, with more than one thing, and I started planning and stash diving immediately. It felt good to find my direction and to set off on a new course.  Stay tuned!

The Last Time

The last time knitting was mentioned on this blog was almost a month ago, but the truth of the matter is, I have been knitting behind the scenes, albeit slowly, but still knitting. Progress has been made and I'm now much farther along than the unattractive photo would lead you to believe.


Two sleeves, one back, and I am now working the armscye decreases for the front. Soon, I will have a hand knit sweater to wear. In case you can't remember, this small pile of knitting will be Hayward.  Of course, I'm finishing a cashmere sweater just in time for summer, but there should still be opportunities to wear and enjoy it.

Please keep Moxie in your thoughts. He's had a rough couple of days and we had a very anxious morning with him. He needs your thoughts of strength and your good wishes.

Knitting Slog

This started out as a knitting blog, but as with almost everyone who blogs, this has turned into a life blog. In the beginning I reported on my knitting progress every day and there was plenty to report. Here it is 10 years later and I'm still knitting, not nearly as much, nor as often, but I still knit. I have proof!


Knit and blocked, ready and waiting, are the backs of Acorn Trail (red) and Hayward (gray). The yarn I'm using for Hayward, a luxurious cashmere blend from Sunday Knits, is wonderful to touch (and knit) and will be delicious against the skin. I am more excited to finish this sweater than I am another knitting. I've, also, knit the first sleeve and have cast on for the second. Hayward is an oversized sweater, which accounts for the size difference in the two backs.

The yarn for Acorn Trail, a discontinued Rowan Tweed, is rough, hard to knit (because I'm a tight knitter), and yet, blocks out into a soft sturdy fabric, perfect for a tweedy cabled cardigan. In addition to the back, I've also finished the right front and I'm ready to seam the two pieces together.

I confess to being worried about several aspects of the fit. Custom Fit relies on your own measurements, which means it is imperative they are correct. I'm nervous about mine being right and I'll only be comforted after I've sewn the pieces together. Trial and error is the name of the game.

The Knit Goes On

The weekend seems so long ago, but I spent it with friends either knitting or enjoying a meal. Sunday Cheryl's hubby helped Smith with some electrical work around the house and they were having so much fun, we decided to have dinner together after SnB. The serendipitous night out saved us from cooking dinner, which was an added bonus.


There are only a couple of evenings I have time to sit and knit, but I catch time when I can. SnB meetings, or other knitting gatherings, are my best chances to get a few stitches in, but I have the occasional evening in front of the TV to do a little more. I'm sticking to two projects. Even though, I thought I'd cast on one more project, I have not. The poor thing would not get any attention, so it may as well wait.

Above is the newest project on my needles and the easiest. It's Hayward from BT 12. I'm using Sunday Knits Nirvana3, which has been marinating in my stash for some time. The fabric is soft, elegant, and drapes beautifully. Everyone I know who has knit the pattern has raved about its wearability and casual style. I'm hopeful I'll like mine as well.

Hayward is the perfect pattern to knit as a foil for Acorn, with its soft yarn and easy knitting. I change when my hands get tired of the rustic and and move back when I feel a pang of guilt about Acorn taking so long. As soon as I finish knitting the front, and block it to check my gauge, I'll feel more comfortable about the fit. The back blocked out perfectly, so I'm fairly certain the front will, too. (There should be a picture of Acorn Trail in this post, but the day ran out too soon.)

Oh, There is That Other Sweater

What was I thinking? Suzy brought this to my attention and I decided I had to confess. My last sweater wasn't knit in 2011, it was knit THIS year! Chicane is completely buttoned up, but since it hadn't been photographed and hadn't been added to my list of FOs, it was out of sight, out of mind. For good reason, I might add. The temperatures last month were too hot to even think about a photo shoot, but as soon as the weather changed, Suzy came to my aid and we took a few pictures.

There is more to this confession...Chicane doesn't fit very well. She's a wee LOT too big. She doesn't fit very well and its because I didn't use my knowledge, my common sense, or give much thought to the size I'd picked. No measurements and no real thought was given to my present shape or size. I just went with what I "guessed" would work. After knitting a gauge swatch I.just.knit.  A sweater. 

In part, I blame the sleeves. It was the elbows! They attracted me, they entertained me, and I went with a size I thought would work. Can you see how much room there is across the shoulders?

Yes, well, I could wear a football player's shoulder pads to make Chicane fit, but that's so 80s.
All is not lost, as I will wear dear Chicane (it's not her fault she's problematic) and I will enjoying her warmth. She'll still be a cozy sweater to wear this winter, but no fear...I have learned my lesson.


Well. I'm glad that's off my chest. I cannot wait to knit a sweater that fits me well.

Of the Walls

I'm starting this post as a way to stop my thoughts from bouncing around the walls of my brain.  In the past I've made many a sweater that fit just the way I wanted and, in the past, I've made many a sweater that was a great big FAIL. Many of the sweaters you see on my Ravelry project page are no longer in my possession.  I won't name names.

By trial and error I've come to understand what it takes to make a sweater fit. There are a few basics I find work best when knitting a garment to fit my body. First would be knitting each piece, front, back, and sleeves. Yes, this means seaming the sweater together. (I heard a bunch of you gasp.) I don't mind seaming. I like to be able to add waist shaping and length to my sweaters and a sweater knitting each piece is easy to modify. I block as I go to check measurements and gauge.There is a fair amount angst involved.

The problem I'm having NOW is confidence. The self doubt is strong. I haven't knit a sweater since Twisted up in Blue which was finished in April of 2011.Yes, that is 2 and one half years ago.What confidence I'd gained over the years has abandon me and questions are bouncing around my brain like a hundred uncoiling springs. They have all but stopped me short.

I know what to do to get started, but I need to stop this monkey mind of self doubt and get on with it! I'm trying my best not to hyperventilate. It's only knitting and I can rip and redo, make changes, which I'm not adverse to doing. The sweaters I like best are the sweaters I knit almost twice anyway.

I've found great help with Amy's book and video classes and getting back on the horse is the best thing I can do. It's just, well, the first step is always the hardest.

Buttoning Up

The crucial point of the sweater had come. It was time to place the buttons and decide on where to put the buttonholes. When I went to mark said buttons and buttonholes, it was obvious I had misremembered on which side of a sweater the buttonholes should go. I had completed the side that should have had holes, without said holes. Seriously, sometimes I wonder at my ability to think.


Since I had no idea what style of button I wanted before I went to the LYS, I walked in with an open mind. The very first button that caught my eye ended up being the button of choice. I had intended to take pictures of different buttons lined up down the front, in order to include you in the process, but my camera stayed in my back pocket (yes, that close at hand). I must have been suffering from a classic case of camnesia.

Over the weekend I was able to recover from my error by finishing the left band and by getting start on the right band. The method of buttonhole creation I'm using is EZ's One Row Buttonhole (described here in Knitty). With nine buttonholes to execute it's taken a bit of time, but I'm about half way through.

I should finish the last few buttonholes tonight and (FINALLY) get this sweater off my WIP list.  It's currently in the high 80s in SLC, so I don't plan on wearing this baby for a few more months, but she'll be ready to go come fall. Don't worry, I'll make sure you see the FO.