It wasn’t all that bad. I crocheted the steeks and ended up dropping my steek stitch down, then cutting the ladders – somehow that was less scary than cutting the intact stitches. Don’t ask me why, it just was. Sewing the sleeves into the armholes was pretty simple. Who knows if I did it “right”, but it looks good and is secure so in the end I did it right enough.
He loves it. He’s worn it every day since I finished it – if he wears it today that’ll be six days in a row. This from a guy who insisted he wouldn’t wear a sweater for years. I have no idea what finally convinced him, but I’m glad he changed his mind!
Not a fake smile!
We’re talking about his next sweater now. Cobblestone is a front-runner. We’re talking about Beaverslide Dry Goods yarn for it, but the price is giving me a little pause. It’s so lovely, though! We’ll have to see.
While that’s under consideration, I’m working on a couple other things. First of all, a sock (naturally). The pattern is Sunday Swing from the Summer ’09 Knitty. Yarn is some Berroco Sox Metallic that my aunt brought me. The yarn feels a bit scratchy due to the metallic thread, but it feels just fine on my feet. The pattern’s easy enough but I have to pay attention to it (just a bit, though) so it’s not so boring I want to cry. Good thing, too – boring never gets finished.
Still life with sock and chart
What’s that in the picture, you ask? A bike chart, of course. I’m working out a mitten pattern with that bike on it. The chart knits up just fine – I had to make a couple modifications to the chart as I test-knit it, but I’m pretty sure that happens just about every time you convert something from a drawing into knitting. Here’s how it knit up:
Not bad for the first shot, right?
I already know I need to use a bigger needle – this doesn’t stretch nearly enough for my liking. I need to revisit the handlebars a bit, too. There’s a white stitch in there that just isn’t showing up as much as I’d like it to, and there are a couple spots that need fiddling with, but ultimately it’s pretty good! I’m planning to make the pattern (or just the chart) available once it’s finished, so watch this space.
I’m off to work on my sock and stalk the First Avenue site for Spoon tickets.