(and if that means I get to snuggle with your favorite teddy-bear, so be it)
This week will be the first full week since some time last summer that I am not knitting for a deadline, a gift-giving date, or a holiday. I am already enjoying knitting a sock for no real reason, and I have been spending more time with my painting. The combination of stress-free knitting, a weekend at home in Pennsylvania, and more time spent with the production-end of my chosen profession is making me much, much happier than I have been in a long while.
Spending more time with painting doesn’t mean I’ll be posting less (please, I only post once a week, so how much less can I post?), it just means I’ll be knitting a little less (three sweaters in three weeks is crazy-talk anyway. Who wants to knit like it is Christmas year round?). So get ready for a parade of hitherto unblogged projects, single socks, an antique button show, and maybe the beginings of Christmas knitting. A certain fluffy white dog- we’ll call her Doopy- needs a sweater for next year. And BooBoo, the bear she’s cuddling with, needs a protective suit. Too much love can make a bear’s fur fall out.
To start off the unblogged projects parade:
A raglan pullover for AJD, knit from some aran weight yarn my dad and brother brought me from Ireland last summer. I finished this in about a month, while I was working on a few hats for me. The pullover was finished before I started the argyll vest, in fact, the blue in the vest was knit with leftovers from this sweater. The body of the pullover is worked in a normal raglan way, in the round, except for the shoulder & collar area. I knit the sweater back and forth for that area, working the collar at the same time. I picked up stitches behind the first few ribs in the front placket to get the overlap, and then I knit short rows within the collar to create the curves needed for a shawl collar-ish look. AJD does not usually wear the collar popped. Proof:
The pullover fits him well, and he likes it, but it hasn’t been getting as much use as the vest or cardigan. Temperatures are rising here in NH, which means we get to do things like wear cardigans instead of jackets. Amazing.