Good Morning Everyone!
Let me start by saying a BIG THANK-YOU to my KAL gals that watched me successfully cut the steek of my sweater this past Saturday, PHEW....glad that's over. Leslie had so much confidence in me, she brought me a pin I can proudly wear that says, "STEEK SURVIVOR". Survive I did, barely. There was, of course, the heightened level of pressure added. Carrie was filming the entire procedure for those that have been following along on Social Media, and for those who were unable to attend, or simply didn't have the stomach to watch such an autrocity bestowed upon an innocent sweater. The good news is, I didn't come away from the ordeal scarred for life. As a matter of fact, I'd do it again. There are a few things I'd do differently, but I think the biggest challenge is going to be finding beautiful ribbon to sew on the inside to cover the cut edge. I have successfully picked up the stitches on both sides of the button and buttonhole bands. I managed to get the buttonholes evenly spaced up the front and have just a few more rows of ribbing to knit before I do the neck. MY SWEATER WILL BE FINISHED TODAY, IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING!!! If you haven't seen my video, it's probably easiest to find it on my Instagram profile page, all of the posts are there.
With my Icelandic sweater in the final stage, I can begin giving my undivided attention to that special sweater I've been asked to finish. I have picked at it here and there, and managed to make the right side look like the left. Most importantly, the freaking lightbulb FINALLY went off in my head and I understand how the stupid thing is supposed to go together. I knew it was a raglan, everyone who looked at it said it was a raglan, but my problem was, I've only done raglan construction top down, I really couldn't visualize what had to happen. Yes, I'm admitting just how dense I can be. When I realized that the top of that sleeve cap was going to have live stitches and would essentially be the "bridge" from the front to the back, it finally made sense. I'm hardly out of the dark, but Kathleen remembered she'd knit a sweater called Fountain, by Berroco (look it up it's FREE and lovely), the construction is similar. I think there's enough instruction there that I can finish the daunting task of this patternless sweater project. Everyone who knows me, understands the method to my madness. I rarely do exactly what the pattern tells me to, it's a DNA thing aka stubborn, I'll do it my way, don't tell me what to do, free spirited attitude that usually sends me straight down the road to hell. But I think there's enough there to help guide me so that I don't feel quite so in the dark. Stay tuned, this will likely be a proud moment for me when it's finished.
With these two projects wrapping up, it's time to cast on a couple more, right??? I have a shop sample I want to knit up with Ultra Alpaca Chunky Naturals, it's by Velvet Acorn called Odila Cape Pullover, I LOVE IT!! Andra saw it knit up at Marji's Yarncrafts and said it is a must have, Andra would know. It comes in kid through adult sizes and just looks so cozy, with or without the pocket, I want one too. This would knit up super quick and is the perfect mindless project, guessing it would make an awesome gift too. Then I need to figure out the "other" project, hmmmm I have so many stashed in my cupboard in the shop. Decisions, decisions, decisions, all the pretty yarn just waiting for me to rescue them from that dark cubby hole, sounds like a Harry Potter plot. I promise I won't lose any sleep and will let you all know what I decide to cast on.
Malabrigo, Malabrigo, Malabrigo, oh how I love you....I have 10 more bags of Rasta coming this week with lots of NEW colors along with those that continue to fly out of here. I managed to get all of the Rios put away before it started going home with a few of you. If you haven't knit with Mecha yet, I have a cute FREE mitten pattern that takes just one skein of the lovely bulky yarn, it would also make a cozy hat or cowl. With any luck, I will have beautiful, pottery yarn bowls in the shop by this Saturday which also happens to be SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! My friend Gillian is an extremely talented potter, she made me a yarn bowl several years ago and I just love it! Small Business Saturday officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season and I'm fully stocked and ready! This week I will be open Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-4 and of course closed Thursday so I can stuff my face with a delicious Thanksgiving dinner prepared by ME!!
We will be meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday, from 6-7:30 for Stitch and Bitch, I hope you can join in the fun. Make it a great day and I'll see you soon!