Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Something out of nothing.

something black 2
It's starting to look like a sweater. A sweater that may actually fit me. A sweater that I may be able to wear this month - though it is cotton and the weather has turned wool worthy. At any rate, I'm making serious progress on Something Red, I mean Something Black. This may be because this is my absolute favorite way to construct a sweater. Just knit, knit, knit, and wear. No individual pieces to block. No seams to fiddle with. Of course, I could be speaking too soon. There is still the ribbing to finish, the sleeves to knit, and those pesky stitches to pick up for the collar and button band. That last part I'm definitely not looking forward to. Oh, and the yarn? I'm using Lion Brand Cotton Ease in licorice.

Baby Dress.
baby dress x 3
I finished the pattern for the Preemie Dress and it can be found here (pdf) (Note: This file is in pdf format and you will need Adobe to view it.)
A warning to those with a yabba-dabba-do-dial-up connection (like me): this is a large file (677 KB), and may take some time to load depending on your connection. The pattern is thorough (meaning, 7 pages with photos and overly detailed with footnotes - I am so Type A).

Husband Sweater - Update.
I did some hinting and hypothetical question asking. I'm pretty sure he wants a plain sweater - i.e. stockinette stich. He didn't seem receptive to cables, ribs, or a pattern. He's a laid back kind of guy, but I'm sure he'd be appreciative of whatever I decided to knit for him. I'm not sure what it will be yet, but first I have to decide whether I'm willing to commit to miles and miles of stockinette stitch.
In the yarn department, I'm leaning toward Elann Den-M-Nit in Mid Indigo, or Rowan Denim in Nashville. I'm really intrigued with the shrinking and fading of the denim. I like the idea of knitting a sweater that will get better with age - even if it would require serious swatching to determine shrinkage before casting on.
This blogger provides an interesting test of the different types of denim yarn and their performance.

7 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Gina said...

It's looking good. I love that pattern, and I can't wait to see the finished project.

Stephanie said...

thanks for sharing that great dress pattern! can't wait to make one for the preemie project.

Megan said...

Denim yarn sounds fascinating; thanks for the interesting link!

Wool Winder said...

Great progress on your sweater. You'll be done in no time!

I would love to knit something in denim. I think it's a great choice for a plain stockinette sweater for your husband.

Laura said...

I was very surprised when I showed my husband a few sweaters in the KnitPicks catalog and he said he actually would wear one if I made it for him. So I've definitely got one picked out, and no real hints to him that I'd actually DO it, but at least a confirmation that he would wear one and we talked a little about what he liked, etc, when I showed him the catalog photos. It was entirely too easy to get him to look at the photos which makes me think he now suspects a surprise sweater next Christmas or something. hehe Maybe. Maybe not! I look forward to seeing what your final choices are!

BAM said...

Weekend Knitting has a nice looking stockinette men's sweater called the Berkshire Pullover I have been eyeing, but I think that much stockinette would bore me to tears! I will be interested to see how the denim yarn works out!

Ruby Banshee said...

Hey Libby,
Have you seen this pattern? It's ribbed, but quite plain.


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