Monday, May 02, 2011

A Sweater for Me

I've been searching for the perfect sweater for me for quite a while and finally found it. I'm making Buttercup.

This sweater has been in the top 10 of my queue for a long time. I've been hesitant to cast on given the bad luck I've had the past 2 years making sweaters for me. They either turned out to be not flattering on me or I outgrew them before I was even close to finishing. I've seen this sweater on many different body types on Ravelry and for the most part it was very flattering.

I've finished with the yoke and most of the body and have started on the sleeves.

The first sleeve is finished except for the fan and feather lace trim. I really love the feel of this sweater and since I've knitted with Hempathy I know it will soften up even more when soaked.

I'm still working on beading projects but not so much lately. I've been spending a lot of my time getting my knitting machines up and running again. To that end I attending a knitting machine seminar in Raleigh, NC this past Friday and Saturday. It was hosted by the Carolinas Machine Knitting Guild and Featured four instructors from the US and Canada. I learned a lot, got some things refreshed and met a lot of new people. I really want to learn to knit circular socks on the knitting machine and I now feel more empowered to give it a try. My stash of coned yarns is as large as the handknitting stash so I really need to get busy and put it to use. I also own four electronic machines and they are being wasted so it's time to get my ducks in a row.

Time is at a premium these days. I'm on the Women's Day choir at church and we meet on Monday and Wednesday, I attend exercise classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and most Saturday's I have something going on. I'm also test knitting another pattern so I've replaced my regular knitting with that. I'm always amazed at how things are so slow and calm during the winter time and as soon as spring arises everything picks back up.


Melodye said...

I can't wait to see what you do with your machines. Which ones do you have? I haven't done much with mine lately and I'm retired! There's only so much time.

Kirsten said...

I've never used a knitting machine, but I think I'd find a lot of good things to do with one. For starters, I'd make a ton of sock blanks... I need a sock knitting gizmo too.

I share your sweater issues. I haven't made one for myself in three years.

cauchy09 said...

oh, i love that pink yarn. good luck with the sweater!

and knitting machines? it'll be great to see what you do with them. i have no clue how they work nor how they are often used.

kathy b said...

A machine...what FUN. I know you'll create amazing things with it. YOu are such a great knitter by hand...I think it can only translate well!