Gap closed

So Mr. Aitch and I went for a longer than planned motorcycle ride yesterday.  We left around 10:00 am and got home around 4;30 pm.  The weather was P.E.R.F.E.C.T.   We made a loop from our home near the Potomac River, over the Allegany Front, through Mountain Lake Park, Oakland, Terra Alta, Kingwood, Reedsville, Masontown, and finally to Morgantown.  The return trip was a straight line on I-68 east.  When we stopped for lunch in Morgantown, I stuck my gloves in my jacket pocket and discovered a swatch for the sweaters I knit for E&Z (the twins) last December.  Why was the knitted swatch in the pocket of my motorcycle jacket?  I have absolutely no idea.

I got on Ravelry to see if I could find a good way to close the gap on the February Baby Sweater at the sleeve join.  When I got to the “gap”, I picked up more stitches than called for.  It took some help from a crochet hook after the first few rows but I have no gaps.  I hope I can get the rest of this sleeve finished today and the other one finished tomorrow.

If I can get my card reader to work, I will post pictures.

Almost there

Well, I tinked the February baby sweater Friday night and started the whole thing over.  Deciding how I was going to make it my own was the time-consuming part.   (Pictures if I can get my card reader to work.)  In the end I decided on the garter stitch yoke then stockinette for the body with a horizontal rib row evenly spaced.

I’m now ready for the sleeves on circular needles to avoid sewing any seams.  I need to figure out how to do the underarm join so I don’t have any gaps.

Technical question:  How do you avoid gaps when joining thumbs and/or fingers in gloves or mittens?  It would be the same technique when joining the sleeves.

Please leave a comment on your favorite technique.

Mr. Aitch and I are getting ready to head out on the Harley for a little ride.  We’ll be back by mid afternoon.  Now if I could figure out a way to knit while on the back of the bike…

Tink, frog, rippit

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s February Baby Sweater is kicking my behind.  I get to Row 10 in the Gull stitch and I have one less stitch when I get to the last repeat.  Happened twice.

If I didn’t need this sweater finished by September 10, I’d try again.  And again.  And again. Or however many times I needed to get it right.

Not this time. 

I really want to make this top-down sweater so…here it comes.  I’m going to alter the pattern.  I haven’t even made one sweater from this pattern and already I’m altering it.  Actually I’m just going to fuggetabout the lacy Gull stitch and knit stripes or something in stockinette with some other stitch.  But no yarn overs, k2tog or ssk.

So tonight I will be tinking, frogging, and rippitting (Is that a word?) back to where the garter stitch yoke goes into the lace pattern.

I’m sure you lace knitters (or anyone who’s completed this sweater) think I must be a knitting nightmare by giving up on such a simple stitch.  How would I ever make a shawl?!?  But in this case I know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.  And I’m folding this hand.

FBS and soakers

Some progress on the EZ February Baby Sweater.

February Baby Sweater pistachio

I like the idea with this sweater but I’m not loving it…yet.  I’m not into lace-type knitting and I would call the Gull stitch lacy.  Give me stripes, Fairisle, knits and purls but not yarn overs, k2tog and ssk.

I intended to make several of these sweaters for new babies but I may have to rethink this. 

On another note I did get one picture of the Curly Purly wool soakers I made for my twin granddaughters last year.

Curly Purly Soakers Coral Purple

I used Cleckheaton yarn from my stash.  These were great to knit and my daughter loves them.  I’ve knit more but I only have pictures of these.  Some were made with Cascade 220 and Kashmira.  I do need to make at least two more.

I will take my Ms Ida CLMittens with me to work as I might have a chance to figure out how to bind off in pattern so they look  good with a rounded tip instead of the pointy tip.  Pictures if I’m successful.