|lace chart, picture taken by my phone|
The yarn is soft and squishy, I can't keep random children from stroking and fondling the yarn while I knit. The eight-stitch lace pattern is easy enough to follow and once I got going, easy enough to memorize. The first problem I encountered was after I set the hoodie aside to knit gifts. By the time I came back to it, I had lost my rhythm and it took me a few tries to get that rhythm back. The second problem was discovered after I knit the whole back. I realized that I had not followed the chart correctly! I completely ignored the first column of the lace chart and only knit the lace repeat. Stupid me. No wonder my stitch count was one stitch off! At least with over a hundred stitches for most of the back, one stitch in the seam won't be noticed at all.
I just knitted the front and both pieces, front and back, are being blocked as I type. The first sleeve has been cast on and I'm regretting not taking the time to convert the pattern to a be knit in the round. The daunting task of seaming this garment looms over me whenever I finally bind off the last stitch.
Note to self: Be monogamous when knitting lace. Do not put it down for another project!
Second note: stick to knitting-in-the-round or one piece construction.
On another note, I started a pair of very plain, very gray pair of socks for dear Hubby. Despite all the knitting I do for the family (mostly for the girls), my men are sadly without any hand-knitted goods. Though, I've asked them many times if they wanted a sweater, neither of them have taken the bait. To be fair, I knitted my first sweater for my son. But since he only wore the sweater twice, I didn't want to make the effort again.
|first sock done. Yay!|
Just before Christmas, Hubby was complaining about his consistently cold feet. "Wool socks," I proclaimed, "is just what you need!" Hubby's stipulations were: nothing fancy, no crazy colors! Yeesh! It's going to be a boring knit!
I cast on Hubby's first wool sock with Valley Yarn's Charlemont on the three-hour-trip to the airport to pick up Alyson. Slow knitter that I am, I hope I finish the second sock before winter's done.