Friday, October 31, 2008

A Family of Classics

and miles of mind-sucking stockinette and garter stitch.

I decided to go easy on myself this Christmas um Solstice Winter Holiday season and stick with classics.

I already sorta showed the neutralish sweaters for the bigger folks, that's the camel Puno Cobblestone (sleeves finished, body started) and a mahogany mix Ultra Alpaca top-down wrap cardigan (body nearly finished, sleeves and edging to go) over there on the left.

But what's this? What is this ridge-y blue addition to the picture?

Why, it's a Tomten for the Tiny Prince! I'm using the Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Superwash Bulky that his mom and I selected Before He Was Even Born for a bunting (project abandoned due to car seat safety issues). There are contrast colors to add in, though it is a very rich shade of Navy and lovely on its own.

It's just. . .how many miles of plain knitting can I do before my head explodes?

The saving grace is that I had to do a little mental work as I downsized (or is it upsized?) the gauge on this Zimmermann classic (do an image Google search for wonderful photos by other knitters) from the 5 stitches/inch called for in the original to 3.5 stitches/inch that the Lambs Pride dictates.

In simple terms, what that means is I cast on 80 rather than 112 to get the approximately 24" that I want for the finished size (fudged a little to get a number divisible by 8, and I'll be adding a narrow button band).

In order to maintain the proportions of the jacket, I will knit 28 ridges (nearly 4500 plain knit stitches) before separating for the armholes. After that, I'll follow EZ's recipe to finish.

Whether there will be a collar or a hood will depend on how far my yarn goes. There should be plenty to finish it either way. Or I might use the excess to make an earflap cap. I would count on the thicker yarn to do the math for me.

Sparky isn't thrilled that the weather is changing. It's been downright cold in the mornings and there is very little warm sunshine in the afternoon when she'd like to go outside and work on her yellow.

What's a girl to do, but snuggle up on a lap and nap? Or help with the knitting?

We're both wondering what our friends Way Down South (southern hemisphere) are doing and whether they'd like house guests.

We will entertain all invitations.

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Don't know about the vacation invitations, but I can't wait to see the finished Tomten.
I'm happy to swap. I'm over the warm weather & summer hasn't arrived yet. Bleck to Feb & heatwaves
I'm doing the same thing. I just finished a garter stitch baby's blanket and am working on a Doctor Who scarf that is 18 feet (yes, feet!) of plain garter stitch. The only thing that keeps MY head from exploding is that I get to change colors every now and again. Hang in there!
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