Saturday, February 21, 2009

The sky is blue, the grass is riz . . .

The weather has been maaaavelous lately dahhling! The sky is blue, the sun is out . . . I actually got a bit of a GLOW the other day - you can see it when I take off my sunglasses or bracelet
! I do believe Spring is on the way. 'Bout time, I say. I guess this is as good a time as any to finish a wool sweater . . . .

My Moss Stitch Blazer is actually coming along nicely. I've finished the first front & will be casting on the second one today sometime. And I may just be wearing this item in the next month or two. Since I still have several pairs of socks to knit & tax season has arrived, I can't devote all my time to it. But, I've discovered once again how much I really do like this sweater/jacket/blazer. I think it's one of the few designs in the old Big Knits books that actually looks great, fits well & is easy to make. There's little shaping but since this sweater is designed to roll softly from neck to hem in the front without fastenings, it doesn't matter. I can see where the armholes could be made higher & narrower for a closer fit too. But, all in all, this one's a keeper.

I've even swatched the double Moss stitch in the Briggs & Little yarn I used for the Carpenter Wonderful Wallaby & the wonderful purple Marble yarn. Who knows, I may get ambitious & knit a couple of these. I think the slightly variegated Marble would make a nice summer sweater.

Still plodding along on socks from the Ugly Yarn basket. Funny how they tend to go slower than the ones in exciting or unknown yarn . . . I've almost finished the second pair for my mom who complains about
cold feet. I'm thinking of trying out a pair of toe-up socks for the next pair - oh, just because I'm tired of the same old, same old . . . I was looking thru Knitty & found an article on a Magic Cast-On for Toe-Up Socks by Judy Becker. Looks interesting so I might just try it out. Judy's using this for socks on circs but it should be even easier on 4 DPs!! The Toe-Up sock may be easier for the size 13 ex-husband canal barges I have to cover - at least for the first pair- till I learn how big they actually need to be. It's been many years since I knit him a pair.

And I couldn't help myself. I started playing with the leftover sock yarns I have laying
about the place. I need to make Frankensocks in blues. I have a LOT of blue left overs. I have bags, one plastic bin & a brown box with a lid - full of leftovers! And then there's that bag of single balls . . . so I started playing one day. This is actually Navy & there is blue in this yarn, a wide band of it in a slate color at the very top where the needle is. It's a lot more exciting in person of course but I think I'll dig out all the blues, throw them in one big bag & just knit these socks as the balls come out. I can't wait to see how they turn out in the end.

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