I have been busy knitting. One of the few good things about living in a place that gets snow again is that hand knit items really come in handy! I've made hats for several of my friends and relatives, scarves, blankets, and today I finished a sweater! This one was SOOOO quick too, I highly reccomend it for anyone who wants the beauty of a hand knit sweater without the long committment of one. I finished this sweater in under a week! It is the "Iced" cardigan from knitty.com, knit in Berroco Vintage bulky. The yarn actually felt closer to worsted, so on the big needles (size 11) it has a very nice drape. It is a top down raglan too, so no seaming! And though I don't reccomend this, I will confess that I didn't do a gauge swatch. I never do. I hate swatching. It's not a big deal with socks because I know that on size 1s, anywhere from 60-66 sts with fingering weight yarn will usually work with my foot size. If the pattern has more or less stitches, I go up or down a needle size accordingly. Scarves and blankets etc, gauge isn't that important. With sweaters though it is a different story, so I'm lucky that my gauge is pretty consistant with the norm :-)
Anyway, without further ado, I give you "Iced". Great name considering the weather!
Crappy pics, I know, but I didn't feel like getting out the camera and the cord and all that. Much easier to just email them directly from my phone. I love technology! And can you believe, the sweater is NOT purple?!? It is a nice denim color. It is soooo soft, a mix of acrylic, wool and nylon, and will be great for snuggling in while watching TV in the evenings. I wouldn't even mind making another one of these down the road.
OK that's all the time I have for blogging this evening. I have a sick child to attend to and kids to tuck in. Happy knitting!