Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Spread a bit thin

I hate that I had finally gotten back to posting here regularly then had to miss last week, but it really was a chaotic week. I had so much going on that I still feel a bit frazzled even though my life's normalcy was restored on Monday.

You might think being that busy would mean that I knit less, and usually that would be right. However, I managed to find a new project for each unusual situation. I had already started a pair of socks for my everyday take along project. That was added to the crocheted sweater, and primula shawl after I had abandoned them for the Danish Fisherman's mittens. Then I realized I was going to have to spend a significant amount of time as a passenger in a car during the evening, and I had to cast on a project that I could work on in the dark, and then I realized I had to come up with a gift for a friend's first child's first birthday, and had to cast on another project...

I now have so many projects on the needles I don't know what to do. I haven't yet taken photos of them all. So, Here's a quick update on the two that seemed to be in the most photo ready stages:

Work on the crocheted sweater continued until about a week ago. The front is finished, and I have started the sleeves. I realized about 1/4 of the way into the first sleeve that I hate it. I really don't like the way they are shaped, and I have to figure out an alternative plan/design for them. I'm not sure how I will do it yet. I'm thinking of joining the front and the back and working the sleeves from the body of the sweater down. I figure it will be easy to see the shaping as I go that way, and make adjustments where/whenever I want to with out more ripping back than is totally necessary. Any advice on that would be welcomed!
This is the gift for my friend's son. It's the Child's Striped Yoke Sweater (rav link) from Lion Brand Yarns. It is a free pattern on the Homespun label. I figured a child's sweater in a bulky yarn could easily be done in a week. I started it Monday night, and am over half done already. Here is the front and back seamed together at the shoulders, with the rolled neck worked on afterwards. I still have to finish the sleeves before sewing up the sides. This is the smallest size, 24 months. However, the recipient is the largest 1 year old I have ever seen.
This project has been a lot more fun to work on than I expected, and it is totally gratifying to see a project move so quickly (especially since it seems I am really good at starting things, but not finishing them lately!)


Clumsy Knitter said...

Omigosh, I can't stand having lots of projects on my needles. Even if I have a lot to get done, I figure that spreading my time among a lot of projects isn't any better than sitting down and cranking them out one by one. But then...sometimes it's just nice to have variety!

Both your projects look great, btw. :)

Joansie said...

I'm in the same boat....too many things on the needles.

Sweaters look great!

LDSVenus said...

I think the idea you have to work the sweater would work fine, let me know how that turns out.

What a cute little childs sweater :). I understand the gratifying part, I'm working on a baby sweater as well and love seeing the progress as it knits up so quickly :).

Unraveling Sophia said...

I love that baby vest! It is so cute and the colours you chose are perfect!

As for your sleeve dilemma... your thought of seaming the sweater before working the sleeves will help because you can try the sweater on as you go to make sure you like the look. I've found that straight sleeves without shaping until the cuff really look best (YMMV). Some patterns have you going in and out and then the sleeves are all form-fitting and '80s looking. That's not for me. Your design and colours are wonderful BTW - can't wait to see it finished!

hakucho said...

I wonder...could you knit the sleeves on your sweater? Solid color sleeves, and the knitting would give more than crochet....just a thought!

Maureen said...

You could turn your sweater into a vest. The pattern is really great! Love that baby sweater too. I have made that one myself, only in purple for a niece.

Toni said...

Hi there.. I haven't posted in a week or so also..I know what you are saying. Your projects look great.. which means we get to see FO objects in the future. Take care and happy weekend to you.