It’s been a while since I’ve shown any FOs or WIPs, so here we go… a largely visual post:


Appropriately timed for NaSweKniMo, I have 3 sweater FOs to share today. These are actually from last year, but I never posted anything about them in their completed states.

This is one of my adaptations of the Transverse Cardigan from Interweave Knits:

Aran Trasnverse: Longer length, pin closure, I use this as outerwear.

The penannular is a Roman design. Supposedly antique, but I have my doubts.

A bit of green for contrast on the cuff.

You can see the specific Ravelry notes here.

And this was my first Transverse Cardi. It was too short & curled too much so I added a band of aran lattice in Madeline Tosh ‘Burnished’ – a nice contrasting color – to lengthen it & kill the curl.

Buttons from Melissa Jean, purchased @ Rhinebeck 2010

Aran lattice in Madeline Tosh ‘Burnished’

You can see the specific Ravelry notes here.

From this year: My latest February Lady in Tess’ Yarns Superwash Merino:

Sleeve detail: I opted for full length sleeves & made them up in garter instead of lace, which I felt would snag on things too easily. Mistake feather & fan stitch on the cuff.

I added increases in the Gull lace to make it swing a bit:

Ravelry notes here.

Next time: WIPs.


Snow Day!!!

Brilliant! See the swirly blue bits on the right-hand side of the map? I’m under there somewhere, cozy at home knitting an Aran cardi & watching Fry & Laurie while the baked ziti…well…bakes in the oven. How nice is that?? I was planning to head over to the public library later as the Elizabeth Zimmermann Knitting Workshop DVDs I requested have arrived! I had no idea that the snow would continue to fall all day, so I rather think my opportunity has passed now. Maybe tomorrow.

Last year we had a big snowstorm & I amused myself by making blueberry pancakes. I had used frozen blueberries which turned the batter purple, making us very excited, but upon cooking, the pancakes came out grey. Let’s hope that the baked ziti is less disappointing.

A nice woman at Trader Joe’s made my day last week. I was wearing a green beret & scarf that I had made and she complimented them and asked me where I got them. I told her that I had made them myself. She got extremely excited. In fact she flipped out a bit – she couldn’t believe that I had made them & said it looked too nice to be handmade. That’s pretty high praise, I think! Certainly made my day.

So the Aran cardi is from Madeline Weston’s book – Country Weekend Knits. It’s a really nice book if you’re not familiar with it, with extremely wearable patterns. I bought some Briggs & Little Regal yarn and decided that it needed to be made into a lovely Aran.

I have very little to show you, as I had to rip it out the other day & start over. I found I had picked up 2 errant stitches & couldn’t find where I had gone wrong. I also decided I’d like to try going up a needle size while I was at it. I’ll have something to show next time…promise.