Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Spring Forward

Here's a swatch for another project waiting in the wings. The Spring Forward cardigan - another Aran style knit. I saw a finished Spring Forward cardigan on a blog and it was beautiful! It was done in pink. Really shows off the cables. So, I ordered me up the pattern from Big Sky Knitting. The photo's with the pattern really don't do it justice. The sample is done in red and you really can't see the texture. I have this cotton acrylic blend that came from Elann an eon ago. And I think will suit this project just fine. Plus, I believe that I have enough to complete the sweater!

Here on the swatch I'm considering using the stitch on the upper portion of the swatch for the filler stitch. I'm tired of Moss Stitch (which is the bottom portion). So, in the meantime, I must keep plugging away at my FLAK.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Bedford Springs

In our town we have a historic springs resort. Summer home of presdents and other wealthy folks from a time long gone by. When I was in high school we held our proms here. It was very lovely. Unfortunately it closed in the 1990's and fell into disrepair and decay.

After a long series of owners, developers, et cetera, the Bedford Springs is being re-invented as a 5-star resort. Earlier this year work began in earnest.

You'll note the lack of knitting content. That's because I'm stilling working on those #%*&# sleeves.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Sleeve Island

I can't even believe that I haven't posted for almost a month. In my defense, I've been knitting. As you can see I'm off on sleeve island. I need to make 19 pairs of decreases and I'm doing the decreases along the edge of the saddle cable that runs down to the wrist. I have been looking, but I haven't found the immunity idol. Must be on some other island...

I've finished all the decreases on the first sleeve and put the stitches on yarn. I want to check my sleeve length before finishing off with cuffs. It is a son of a gun doing the sleeves. All that moss stitch just goes on and on and on. I can't wait to get back to working on the body. I believe that I'm not going to work in the round. I think I'd like the stability of having side seams, plus I seem to do better with cables when I have a purl row in between.

I have been thinking about how to finish the neck, wrists, and bottom. Slowly, there have been a few finished FLAK's being shown off across the net. Lots of great ideas. I haven't settled on anything yet. Guess I'm going to have to have a good hard think about it and then sleep on it!

I promise to do better with posting. I do have a couple of other things up my sleeve. No, I didn't start another project, but I do have something waiting in the wings. I really like working on this FLAK, so I don't want to be tempted by starting another project. My goal is to have this sweater done so that I can enter it in the local county fair the end of July. Really, I'm working at a good pace and it shouldn't be a problem.