Friday, June 06, 2008

Knitting without a safety net....

I am certainly no designer. I don't even aspire to "design" anything. I would like, however, to be able to put together a simple sweater/shrug with any yarn for any person. This is my first attempt and so far I think it's going well.
This summer cardigan is actually not for this willing model, but for her sister. (Who is less apt to be bribed most of the time.) I am using white cotton that I picked up at the market. I have chosen to knit it at a tighter gauge than I normally would because I keep thinking the cotton is going to stretch out. Hopefully it won't be like a suit of armor when it's finished!
I am using Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top Down book as my inspiration. So far, so good- I am pleased with it. I finished the sleeves with a very simple yarn-over lace edging- I'll probably use it along the lower edge as well. I think I will single crochet along the front and neck and then use a single button at the top to close it. The weather here has been so weird- hot and then cold even on the same day, that it will likely get a lot of use.

I'd like to try incorporating a simple lace design into a patternless little sweater eventually, but first, baby steps.

Seems I have knitting A.D.D. at the moment. I have 4 projects on the needles, which is a record for me. I thought it would be fun to have multiple projects, but I think I am happier with just a project or 2. That's how I used to knit- one project at a time. Really you can only physically knit one project at a time anyway. I am always looking for some "mindless" knitting, which has led me to this situation. But it seems I get the "mindless" part over so quickly, that I have to find more mindless knitting and then, seemingly suddenly, I have several stalled projects that need lots of attention at once. It's just not working for me. So, I am going to try and finish a few of these projects up. Of course, there's always more yarn calling me.....

1 comment:

Shauna said...

Adorable sweater and countie! I miss you all. Roroxox