Sunday, October 03, 2010
I guess I've been doing more knitting than sewing these days. It's not that I don't want to sew, but after a long day at work, it's about all I can do to sit upright on the sofa and knit a few rows. This is what my coffee table looks like these days. I'm trying to finish the Faire Isle vest for my mom that I started in the Spring. I have a few technical problems to solve, and then I think I can do the shoulder shaping, cut the steeks, and do the ribbing. I want to get it to her in the next few weeks to that she can wear it this winter.
You can see my copy of the John Sayles film Lone Star there too. It's a wonderful complex narrative on life along the Texas-Mexico border, a great film you need to see multiple times in order to see the interconnections between the various story lines. The film is organized like a patchwork. There are lots of pieces, but you have to stand in the distance to appreciate some of the ways they're linked together.
I finished a few small projects in recent weeks. Sometimes I need to make something easy and quick just to deep my momentum going. I made this Multi-directional Diagonal Scarf from a free pattern. Judy at Stitch Along with Me had made it I think, and I loved the way it looked. I made mine wide like a shawl. The pattern is dead easy, but looks complicated. I used Lion brand Amazing yarn, which is 50% wool and 50% acrylic and has long beautiful color repeats. I think I'll use this a lot this winter.
I finally finished this pair plain ribbed socks in Kroy sock yarn. The yarn is great: I love these colors, and it doesn't bag after wearing like some other sock yarns. It probably took me a year to finish these socks, and they feel so good on my feet I wonder why I don't make more.
I also made a baby sweater in acrylic DK weight yarn for Michael's grandchild #2, who is expected in December. Nothing is as satisfying to knit as a baby sweater, and since this will be a winter baby, I wanted to make the sweater in a small size so that she'll wear it right away. Paxton Preemie and Newborn Jacket is a free pattern on Ravelry with sizes for preemies and for small and regular newborn sizes.
When you're done with the sweater, you get to pick buttons, which is almost as much fun as the knitting.