Saturday, September 13, 2014

Finally - a sweater for me

I am not sure what happened this summer, but I started knitting a sweater for myself.  I've had the yarn for it for a while and have been going back and forth for what to do with it.  Heathery charcoal grey cascade 220 and a few spare skeins of stuff that could be used for contrast.

I settled on Hannah Fettig's Yoked Cardigan.

The pattern picture is of a baby, but the size range goes through adults.  It was totally worth paying for.  I wouldn't have figured out the method on my own and yet, it is so delightful and straightforward to knit.  I have had trouble putting it down.

I decided to use the contrast color as though I made a fancy colorwork sweater, except it is basically just a stripe.  I think you add button bands on later, so I'm not sure how things are really going to look in the finished product, but for now, I love it.

Here it is as of this week.  Even though it is crazy hot out here, it is still soccer knitting.  I have less than an inch left of the body, then it is time for the sleeves.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A summer FO

I can't believe I finished this in July and haven't posted it yet.

I finished it while I was in India this summer.  Here's the skinny:

Pattern:  Graphic Kerchief by Ce Persiano
Yarn:  Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints for the main color and Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk for the contrast.
Mods:  I left out the colorwork part - I realized well into it that I was measuring it wrong and so all of a sudden it was at the "finished size".  Also, I don't think I did the contrast color bind off stuff right - I think I joined on the wrong type of row (wrong side/right side)
Overall:  The pattern was pretty fun in retrospect - the challenge is that you're knitting it from the top left corner as shown in the picture.  The right edge and the left edge increase at different rates - this was kind of hard for me to manage at first, but I got used to it.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Live, 10 things from India

I'm on travel this week in India.  Here are some notes that haven't made it in to my own personal FB updates.

1.  I say everyone's name just a little bit wrong.  I mention someone in conversation and I see my co-worker repeat what I said in their head and then say it out loud correctly.

2.  I'm not as good of a traveler/adapter as my kids are.  If they were here, I'd be adjusted to the 9 1/2 hour time change already.  I'm sure of it.

3.  The thing that I'm so glad I brought is my iPod.  It feels so good to have "my music" with me.

4.  The U2 album All that You Can't Leave Behind really stands the test of time, in my opinion.

5.  I'm thankful now that my mom was never afraid to talk to strangers, even though I was so mortified when she did it.  I flew out by myself and knowing that I could probably ask a question and get some help has been so helpful.

6.  In trying to stay in touch with my family at home, it gives me a greater understanding of what my work peeps go through to stay in sync with the rest of the team that is located in the US.  I'm really impressed.

7.  I totally sent pictures of the hotel bathroom to "my architect".

8.  Reading Hiaasen while on travel (if you're from Florida) can make you a little more homesick, even if the book is excellent.

9.  I'm trying to digest a lot of stuff while I'm here - the "haves and the have nots" are on a scale I'm not used to seeing.

10.  The ingenuity and make-do/can do/why not attitudes I'm seeing are something to behold, especially coupled with not waiting for permission, your turn, someone to let you in, etc.