Sunday, September 18, 2005

SNB Practice Swatch

Here is the Practice Swatch I did this morning from the Stitch and Bitch book.

Continental Purl Ain't So Hard After All

I finally broke down last night and bought Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook. I'd been putting it off because I figured I already owned a couple of basic knitting books, what do I need another one for?!?

Well, I was wrong. Debbie Stroller has a great writing style and I actually teared up (okay I cried!) when I read a couple of her experiences with finally getting how to knit and what knitting meant to her and the women in her family.

And she has great directions and illustrations on how to knit, purl, bind off, cast on, and everything else important to knitting.

And there are several patterns in the book I want to try including the cardigan, cell phone holder, purse, and the baby blanket. Funny thing is, my knitting instructor, Lisa, who taught my sweater class is the designer of the baby blanket!!!

This morning I learned how to continental purl and do the seed/moss stitch. The hard part is going to decide which project with what stitches I want to do next!!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Sweater Finally Finished!!

I finished my knitting and sewing the seams on my sweater this weekend.

Here is a picture of the completed sweater:

I just need to block the sweater and it will be truely finished. Now I'm ready for my next project!!

I have some sock yarn so will be trying my hand at that next week after I heal from a fall I took this morning walking the dog. I'm okay but I scrapped up my right arm and hand. So it would be difficult to knit. Sigh...

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Main Pieces of Sweater Complete!!

I've finished the front, back, and the two sleeves for my sweater. Now I just have to do the collar and seam everything up. Once it is all put together, I'll get a picture posted.

My sweater class ended last week. I don't think anyone actually finished their sweater. But a couple of women were pretty close.

I know the project I picked was pretty ambitious for a first sweater, but I know I'm really going to be pleased with it.

And I can understand now what Lisa meant when she said she only likes to use high quality yarn. I'm going to be wearing this sweater for years to come. I don't want it to look cheap!!!

I can't wait to get it done though. I have other things I want to knit but have been holding off. I have a hat to finish and I ordered some sock yarn form Knit Picks so I can make a couple pairs of socks. I'll need to get some size 3 double pointed knitting needles though. My Denise Knitting Kit only goes down to size 5.