At either Thanksgiving or Christmas 2018, I told my mother and sister I would make them a sweater and asked them to choose a pattern. I finished Mom’s pullover (blogged here) and gave it to her at Thanksgiving 2019.
I’ve been working on my sister’s cardigan ever since. The pattern is See You There by Joji Locatelli. It’s a top down design with lots of cabling, so it’s fun to knit. It calls for a worsted weight, but I’m making it in a fingering weight held double because purple is the perfect color for my sister, and I had sooooo much of this Araucania Itata Solid that I wanted to use as much as possible. (Yes, gauge issues meant math was required.)
I finished the body the other day.
Do you see what I see? Yes. I didn’t notice it until I took the photos. Some of the skeins are a deeper purple color than the others. And they’re all in the same dye lot. *sigh* The subtle striping isn’t terrible, but it wasn’t what I wanted. I’m hoping a good soaking wet block will help even the coloring out. Isn’t it awful to actually wish for the dye to run?
I’m working on the sleeves now. Then there’s the hood and the button band to make. The end is in sight. Sissy might even get her sweater before winter’s over.
The Delsea Pullover is knit side to side, and will be grafted together in the center. I finished the left half, and cast on for the right half. Although it’s not pictured, I’m currently working on the increase section of the sleeve.
I think it’s going to turn out well. So much stockinette…I’m actually bored with it and itching to cast on something new. But I promised my mother I would have this done for her birthday. That’s in November. Since rehearsal for my next play starts in two days, my knitting time will soon be severely limited, so I must exercise (gasp!) self-discipline.
I’ve got three projects going right now (and am fighting the urge to cast on/start crocheting another).
The oldest WIP is a pullover for my mother. I intend to have it done by her birthday in November.
It’s knit from side to middle, and then side to middle again, with the center seams front and back joined by grafting, if I remember right. I set it aside a while ago to work on something else, so I don’t recall exactly.
Mom’s pullover got thrown over for this cardigan, as part of a Ravelry Vogue Knitting group KAL.
It’s top down and mostly seamless (there will be a short seam under the arms, and that’s it). But I set it aside, too, because it’s summer and I desperately need a new bathing suit coverup.
This is also a top down knit in a tiny cotton tape that’s so crisp it almost feels like paper. It will soften up once washed. I love the sea-glass color. I need to have it done no later than the end of July because I’m going to California the first weekend of August. And I’ve promised myself that I will spend at least one of those days in California on the beach.
While at Stitches, I bought some linen yarn and a pattern to make another bathing suit coverup, but I decided to go with this one instead. I may repurpose the linen, or I may use it for the coverup at a later date. Won’t hurt to have two.
A couple of WIPs are nearing completion. I haven’t blogged either of them before so here’s your first look. These are exciting times.
First up is Marigold from Rowan 45. I’m at the sewing-together phase, as you can see.
Once I finish sewing it together, I have to add the button and neck bands, embroider the flowers, and find the right button.
Unlike a lot of people, I actually enjoy seaming. Well, maybe “enjoy” isn’t the right word, but I don’t hate it. I view it as a necessary step in the process. Sometimes I procrastinate on the seaming, but that’s usually because I’ve distracted myself by getting started on another project.
Yesterday morning, I weighed in at 165.6 lbs. That’s a total loss so far of 51.4 lbs.
Measurements in inches:
March 18, 2017
May 7, 2017
I had to buy new bras last week. Because my bra size will continue to change, I bought several inexpensive ones at Target. They’re comfy, but I don’t expect them to last more than the few months I’ll need to wear them. Today I went through my closet and tried on every piece of clothing hanging there. About half went into the donate pile, including nearly all my pants and jeans. Of the remaining half, I expect most of it will be too big by the end of May. I have enough dress clothes to wear to work and just enough casual clothes for everything else. But it’s time to start thinking about digging through the racks at the thrift store.
Next weekend I’ll go through the dresser and try on all the T-shirts and leggings and other casual comfies stored there.
As far as food goes, I’ve involuntarily become nearly vegetarian. I’m unable to tolerate most meats except fish or shellfish, so my protein comes mainly in the form of shakes and bars. My nutritionist said the intolerance will probably resolve itself within the next several months, and it’s okay to use the protein shakes, etc., in the meantime. She also suggested that I try eating dark meat chicken instead of white meat because the white meat tends to be too dry. And she liked that I eat fruits and vegetables for snacks. Much better than my pre-surgery snacks of chips or chocolate or donuts (although I did confess to the occasional small bag of Fritos or a single Rolo).
I never took my measurements before surgery, so I can’t tell you how many inches I’ve lost anywhere. Next time my husband and I are in the same room with a tape measure, we’ll remedy that situation and have inches to report in the future.
What I can tell you is most of my weight loss has been belly fat, so several pairs of pants now fit that previously I couldn’t even button. Some of them I haven’t worn in three or more years. More clothes await me in the upstairs closet. Drop another 10 or 15 pounds, and I’m in.
What’s funny about that is every single item of clothing that I can now wear, including virtually everything I’ve been wearing for the last year or so, is labeled size 16. And so are the clothes in the upstairs closet that I can’t wear yet. Okay, there are a couple of 16W labels in the mix, but come on. How can I have gained 40ish lbs. since moving to Atlanta over four years ago and STILL wear a size 16? Vanity size inflation by the clothing manufacturers, that’s how.
Here’s another odd thing. I don’t seem to have lost any in breast size, which is totally unexpected. Ordinarily, when women lose weight, the boobs go too. But my bra cups still fit just like before, although the bands are less tight. That probably won’t last long. We’ll see how it goes.
Recent blog entries have been so focused on my participation in reading challenges that you may be forgiven if you forgot this was also a yarn crafting blog. Yes, I have been knitting as well as reading over the last couple of months. I finished a cowl of my own design a few weeks ago, but (as usual) have yet to write up the pattern and photograph the finished item. Someday soon. Pinky swear.
After finishing the cowl, I started working on a Christmas stocking for a friend’s baby. Here’s the progress so far.
Yes, you’re right. That is indeed a crappy cell phone photo. I texted my friend with it to show her the progress, and then decided a blog entry was in order as well. And there you have it. Actual knitting content.
Sunday evening while watching Game of Thrones, I finished the main knitting on the Wildflower Cardigan — finally! — and now have it all laid out for blocking before assembly. Once the sewing is done, I need to pick up stitches around the neck and front for a ribbed edging and button band.
Speaking of buttons, while we were in New York, I dragged spouse to a nifty vintage button store my friend Annie mentioned: Tender Buttons. Oh my gosh, I thought I had died and gone to button heaven. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the camera with me and my phone battery was dead, so I have no pictures of the inside of this utterly charming little store. Lucky for you, their website has a virtual tour, so take a few minutes and go visit. I’ll wait.
[waiting . . . .]
Isn’t it fabulous? I want to go there every single time I need buttons. I found the perfect buttons for Wildflower, and cast a covetous eye upon many others, but this store takes cash or checks only and my cash was limited. Probably a good thing for the American Express bill that they don’t take plastic.
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Don’t look now but this yarn and book blog has actual yarn content today.
I’m still plugging away at the Wildflower Cardigan. The right and left fronts are finished, and now I’m working on a sleeve.
Progress is slow but steady. Mindless stockinette makes for easy television knitting, but I do get bored after a while. I’m glad to be working on the sleeve because, hey, increases and counting rows! Something to pay attention to. And soon, the shaping of the sleeve cap, woo hoo!
In looking at this picture, I see how the tweedy silky texture in the Silky Wool gleams in the flash from the camera. I really like this yarn, even if it does contain the occasional twig. And it’s a good thing, too. That I like this yarn, I mean. Because I have, um… * counts * … four other colorways of Silky Wool in stash. You can thank one of the vendors at Stitches South for that.
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I finished up the right front of the Wildflower Cardigan over the weekend and got started on the left front. You can just barely see the cable crossing that marks the bottom of the flower pocket detail. I haven’t touched any of the other WIPs that are floating around in my craft room — all of which are either cardigans or socks — and I’m fighting what may be a losing battle to cast on a quickie instant-gratification hat project.
Current Kindle book: California by Edan Lepucki, a collapse-of-civilization/survivalist story of the near future. I use “survivalist” in the sense that the characters are out there in the wilderness doing their best to keep body and soul together, not in the hunkered-down-in-the-bunker, got-my-guns-n-ammo-n-MREs, looking-out-for-number-one sense that word usually implies. However, I have just reached a part of the story where that latter definition might come into play. Good story.
Current physical book: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman. This is the January selection for a Ravelry reading group, and I’ve barely started it. Although I really like what I’ve read so far, I daresay it will not get finished before the end of the month.
Currently in rehearsal for Clybourne Park, playing Bev and Kathy. Every time I take a part in a play, I remember why I don’t take parts in plays very often, especially as I get older. I hate hate hate learning lines. I want to place my script under my pillow and have the words I’m supposed to say magically appear in my memory through some form of osmosis.
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