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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

A Front and a Back

From today's blog entry title, you might think I had finished a sweater. I actually finished a sweater and started another one! Here is the front to the Chevron Rib Tank AKA the Pink Peep Tank! Believe it or not, I actually started this at the end of April! I can't believe how long it took me to do this. Its a really simple sweater. I know I basically devoted all of May to the Mystery Stole but I just piddled around with this and didn't work on it. I'll sew the back to the front today and finish weaving in ends. I'm supposed to do a single crochet thing around the neck and armholes. I think if I get out a book and work very carefully, I might be able to do that - we'll see. I could also pick up stitches, work one round and cast off purlwise. That might be what I do.

Anyway, once I finished the Peep sweater front and got it pinned out and blocked, I realized that I had another hour and a half or so of good naptime. (Yes, I realize that it is amazing that my 4 year old still naps. He might be the only one on the planet that does.) So, I pulled out the big cone of yarn I got from WEBS in January to knit the Little Napper a Fall sweater. The yarn is a dark lichen green heathered lambswool from Hunter's of Brora. Its still in the spinning oil so it feels a little weird knitting with it , but once its washed the yarn fluffs up and gets really soft and beautiful. As you can see, I finished the back yesterday and I'm about 1/4 of the way up the front. Its knitting at 3 1/2 stitches per inch which is usually too big for me. I don't like uberthick sweaters, but I guess its because of the spinning oil thing, once its washed and allowed to fluff, it fluffs sideways, it doesn't get thicker. The finished fabric is no thicker than Aran weight so it should be quite comfortable for him to wear. I plan to finish the neck with more of the wide ribbing which is why the back neckline looks a little low. I'm going to go have a little lie down now and just be amazed at how much I got done yesterday!

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