I am rollin' on my Heavenly sweater. I've got 5" done on the front or the back (both are the same) already. And I've got gauge. Wee Haa! Since this is my first sweater since I stopped working on my cable sweater back in October of 2003 I'm a little excited. I've already spread it out between the needles & kind held it next to me to see if it went halfway around me & it does.
I'm glad I've already decided not to wear this next to my skin. I forgot how scratchy mohair can be. Oh, & yes, the big cranberry there is my Heavenly sweater. Doesn't look like much & you can't really see the pattern, but trust me, it's there.
I figured out the p3tog. It's not so bad with large needles. I'm just going slow & counting. I cast on 61 stitches but with the k1, p1, k1 into 1 stitch it ends up with 120 stitches on the needles for a row or two (almost typed in round there). And I forgot how quickly you get progress with size 11 needles! So I'm having fun with my sweater.
In fact, Sweetie & I went out today to spend some more of our Borders gift cards. I haven't found any knitting books for awhile that speak to me but with this sweater thing that opens up a whole new line. I'm trying to be objective when I look at these books. As with socks, there are a lot out there. I bought Modern Classics by Louisa Harding. It's all sweaters & different takes on the same sweater body. Such as the same body with a turtleneck & a v neck with long sleeves & a scoop neck with short sleeves. I figured that would give me a lot of options.
I'm also going to go back & revisit Maggie Righetti's book Sweater Design in Plain English. I bought this book a couple of years ago but now that I'm back into sweaters, it's going to get another look.
I've not finished going through my magazines for sweater patterns. I'm going to make a list (& check it twice, maybe even thrice) of patterns I have on hand that I want to knit. I've scoured the web for free sock patterns & I'll start on sweater patterns, too. There's a lot out there I don't like.
Up there is also the Redux in Blue sock. I haven't done anything to it since I cast on for Heavenly. The sweater requires more concentration so the sock will remain my blog reading/computer sock.
Tomorrow I'm going to have Sweetie help me & I'm going to try on the-pinned-together- at-the-top cable sweater. That way I can measure for the gussets I need to knit. Might as well cast on for those, too.
Provided tomorrow goes as planned, on the needles for 2007 (so far) will be
Redux in Blue ~ socks for SIL's principal
Castle ~ fair isle socks for me
Heavenly ~ sweater for me
Cabled sweater ~ for me
Beyond these, I don't have any particular projects for 2007. I'm not going to stop knitting socks but will try to expand my sweater repertoire & wardrobe. Sweetie has several nice cotton sweaters he's received as gifts over the years so he's set for awhile. I however, don't have very many. So I get to be first.
Also as I've mentioned previously, I want to polish my finishing skills. There's not much finishing on a pair of socks; no seaming & no collar details. Most of the knitting is hidden most of the time anyway what with your shoes on & long pants. Even if you're wearing shorts & sandals most folks don't pay that much attention to your socks/feet anyway. But your neckline & sleeves are right up there at eye level.
Good thing sweaters take a bit to knit as you have to buy so much yarn at one time. This is going to take some getting used to. I'm used to getting 1 or 2 hanks at a time for a pair of socks. Nine balls for the Heavenly sweater at $14.30 ea + the pattern at $5 makes this a $133 sweater. And that's just sitting in the bag. I already had the needles & I've got all the "notions" I need. Well, an interesting journey for me.
Sweetie & I don't have anything planned for New Year's Eve. We're staying home & being comfy together. Our favorite "night out" is a "night in".
reading: Walking Shadow by Robert B Parker
Parting Shot: "A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other." ~ Author Unknown