Wednesday, November 26, 2008


So, the Desert Raglan became the Desert Seamless Set-in Sleeve Sweater at the last possible minute. The Pattern is from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting workshop, and is the same as all of her other seamless sweaters, until the body and sleeve joining.
It is finished, and drying right now. Since I haven't seen the Sun all week I gave up on trying to get a better photo than this, but perhaps soon.
Speaking of projects that change directions at the last possible minute (or at least long after they have started) I found new inspiration for an old project. I made many squares out of Classic Elite Sand- an aran weight cotton boucle- a long time ago, and had planned to someday make more, and eventually join them to make a blanket.

All of the squares had been knit from the center out, and I left all the edge stitches live, as I thought that I may want to use a 3 needle bind off, or even the kitchener stitch to join them. I have decided instead to join them with decreasing squares.
I have just started the first one, but I do like the way it is turning out. I shouldn't spend much time on this, as I have holiday knitting to get to, and even after the holidays it will not be main focus, but I do at least feel as if this blanket has finally found it's direction, and will some day be finished.
I also have the first of the thrummed mittens nearly complete. I think I have made my thrums too thick. Can you see how puffed up this mitten looks? I know that the fleece will felt and matt itself down as the mittens are worn, but I think there still may be too much of it here. I think I will make the next one with thinner thrums, and then decide what to do about this one.


Lynne said...

The sweater came out gorgeous! I cannot wait to see it on.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Don't get any pie on that new sweater! :)

Joansie said...

Wow! That is one nice sweater, Brian! Did I miss what you used for yarn and size needles?

LDSVenus said...

The sweater turned out very nicely. I love the striping effect, it should be a great sweater to wear :). I love the mittens, I think they look like beads, but only they will be softer than beads :). I'm only making the hat for my grand daughter, everything else, fortunately, I bought right after Christmas last year, or no one would be getting anything this year :P.

Maureen said...

Sewater is great! Mittens are cute too. I wish I had more fluff inside my mitts since they packed down a lot. Maybe yours will be just fine for her. Good luck!

Toni said...

That sweater is really nice Brian. wow.. LOOOOOVE it.

Mittens are nice. I think they will depuff.. :)