I don’t know how knitters who knit multiple items at one time do it. How do they divide up their time evenly and make progress?
I WAS working on a sleeveless lacy top by Sarah Dallas called Lace Top. It was giving me fits because there was no chart, something I have discovered Rowan is famous for (boo, hiss), in a color called “blackberry.”
However, the weather went from the next-door neighbors putting up their Christmas lights in shorts to normal Valley Winter (foggy with icy wind — also, ironically, the only time the grass is green) in a matter of minutes and lacy tops just seemed so wrong.
I had made a sweater for Mr. B called Andoa some time back, but he seldom wears it. I asked why and it turned out that he likes his crew necks a bit crewier than the sweater (even though HE picked out the pattern). At first, I thought it would just be a matter of tightening up the neck — elastic thread, a few more rows — something simple.
As I took a look at the sweater, however, I realized it is just two rectangles with sleeves coming straight out of the shoulder seams and a neck in the middle. No slope upwards from shoulder to neck (you know, the way humans are shaped), wherein lay the problem.
I have partially dismantled the sweater into four pieces with no neckband and am currently working on the back. I have a few more inches before I begin my jerry-rigged climb to the neck. Jerry-rigged because I haven’t the faintest clue what I’m doing being an inveterate follower of patterns. Which partially caused the problem in the first place.
Once I get the back finished, I am going to take a break to make a pair of felted slippers for Mr. B — special request — as his old slippers were, like Lord Emsworth’s hat, something he should have been ashamed to wear. Unfortunately, when he went to buy new ones, they only had a half size or a size larger than he actually needed. He is tired of walking out of his slippers. Odd.
I will be using WEBS’ Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky and approaching the Great Felting Experiment with trepidation.
I feel this is a manly enough brown if I can just get it to felt properly. The yarn specifically says it is excellent for felting; here’s hoping it doesn’t let me down. I have a front-loading washing machine, so other methods will have to be tried.
In travel knitting, I have just turned the heel of my second sock. I have another doctor’s appointment tomorrow, so will hopefully get a bit further soon.