Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Yarn Along: chain knitter

I realized after hitting publish last week that I had neglected to mention Middlemarch.  It drew to a close this week.  I have been wandering around bereft ever since.
I also completed my second Kate Davies mashup sweater.  
The whole thing came together in just under two weeks.    
 I finally feel truly comfortable with simple color work charts, trapping the unused color behind the work at regular intervals, and knitting with one color in each hand--all skills that used to completely mystify me.
It juuuust barely fits Lucy, and she is getting lots of use out of it in these final frosty days.  By autumn it will be on her brother's back, no doubt.

The yarn for Peter's vest arrived the day that little sweater came off the needles--and I immediately cast on with them while they were still warm, like a chain smoker.
Late last night I finished up the right front and began the left.

In a stroke of genius, I also worked up a little buttonhole swatch, which helped me choose the proper button size well before they're actually needed.

As I tear through this vest, I have been catching up on episodes of the Woolful podcast, but when those run out I want another giant classic to tackle.  Any ideas?  I'm hoping to finish up Women and Men in the Early Church and Knitting Yarns before I launch into anything else, but I want to have the next book queued up.

17 comments:

Tracey ~ Clover said...

Your knitting is gorgeous, just look at your pretty floats!
Well, the knitting god's really at work in your home, perfect timing on the new yarn and the vest is going to be great.
Happy knitting.

Jayne said...

Oh, I simply love those sheep - cutest ever!

steph said...

what a sweet little sweater.....and an adorable model!

MamaBirdEmma said...

Read North and South! 18 hours of fun!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Sweet sweater!

Susan said...

Such a sweet little sweater!

Amanda said...

Love that sweater!

Zauberflink said...

Wow, that Sweater is beautiful - and the wrong side unbelievable neat! I've read the book many years ago and felt the same as you do now ;-) I should read it again!

jsoxford.net said...

I can't get over how much I love this sweater. And I enjoy that both your girl and boy will wear it some day. :) Beautiful.

sweetlittlewood said...

How lovely! I keep telling myself to pick out a color work pattern and just bite the bullet. But it all looks completely terrifying!
Well done!

Michaela said...

Kate I love it. All of it.

elizabeth said...

such a cute sweater! you are doing well! missing you! HUGS...

Lucy Bowen said...

I just love the sheep sweater - beautifully knit colourwork.

Borboleta Serrana said...

:)

Lilly's Mom said...

Oh, how I admire your colorwork knitting skills. I am going to try this type of knitting again. It's a lovely sweater you made.

Laura said...

That jumper is ridiculously cute! I'm sure both children are going to love wearing it.

I'm not much given to long books myself, but I recently ploughed through the audiobook of Bleak House, and despite some dry patches, really, really enjoyed it, so I'd definitely recommend that.

Heather said...

I love the sweater! And coming together in just 2 weeks, wow! Amazing :-)