the knitting, it is done, maybe

I think I'md one with the knitting on Erik's sweater. I was afraid it was going to be incredibly huge, but it turns out he is incredibly huge. I have to weave in several thousand ends, of course, but I've at least kitchenered the underarms and am working on all those end

The only thing I'm not sure about is the neck. I did exactly what EZ suggested in the pattern guidelines and just knit a few rows in another color on smaller needles and turned that under. It looks slightly unfinished to me. I'm going to leave it as is for now but if I still don't like it when I'm closer to being done with all of the ends I will pick it out and add on a neck band of some sort. I need to go into Ravelry and see what kind of neck bands other people did. I do also think the neck could stand to be a touch smaller.

Okay, I'm probably going to pick out the neck and fix it, just not tonight.

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some days it doesn’t pay to knit

I was trying to convince myself that since I finally came out of the knitting black hole with the body (I swear it was 16 inches forever and then jumped to 20 inches), that I could finish Erik's sweater by Thursday, our anniversary. To that end, I took the three pieces of it to BobaKnit this afternoon, prepared to join them and start decreasing for the yoke. On the plus side, I did actually manage to join them and begin the decreases. On the minus side…

I know, you're looking at it wondering what the problem is, right? I'll give you a hint, look at the decreases on the sleeves. Yes, they are both facing the same direction, to the left. Now look at your arms, do your thumbs both face left? I thought not.

We decided that it must be Janice's fault for not noticing that I was doing it, since she has an eye for detail. Oh, and she left early, so we all got to blame her. It's good to have a scapegoat.

Now, if you need me, I'll be on the couch, disconnecting the sleeves and trying to at least reconnect them tonight so that I will have made some progress on this sweater tonight.

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just keep knitting

I'm still alive and still knitting. And knitting and knitting and knitting! I picked up my wrap sweater again and am still working on Erik's sweater. I took it with me to the conference this past weekend and knitted in all the sessions. It is currently about 16 inches long. I thought I only had 2 inches to go but I held it up to Erik last night and I think I have more to go. He's just so darn tall.

My wrap sweater is coming along nicely, though. I am to the waistband on the second front. I'm going to try to do a top-down set-in sleeve from Knitting from the Top. I hope I can adjust the technique for the texture.

12" of sweater!wrap sweater progressIK cover sweater progress

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lace doily

My mother and aunt have asked me a couple of times if I will be making crocheted lace doilies like their aunt Sophie used to make. They both get a very nostalgic look in their eye when they ask me so when Anabel had a copy of At Home With Crochet that she was giving away, I decided to give the cover doily a try. Appropriately, it's a tulip motif doily, tulips being "typical Dutch" as they say. I think the hook I used was a bit too small but I'm happy with how it turned out anyway. I may try it again with a larger hook. For now, I'm making one of the other patterns in the book, a quick lacy coaster.

9/29/07not as bad as it looksstreeeetchmotiffinished doily

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