I should have posted more to this blog by now, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.
I have made a little bit of progress on my sweater in terms of stitches and a great deal of progress in terms of process. Caroline introduced me to a handly tool which I’m calling a knitter’s abacus. I think she called it that too; it’s probably been around since before the Iron Age. It’s basically a cord with some beads and a couple of knots. You use it just as you would a row on an abacus; one set of beads represents one row each, the next set represents five rows each. It’s made keeping track of where I am in the Aran sweater a heck of a lot easier. I’m using two of them on the Aran because it only has two sets of patterns that I need to count rows in.
The Aran sweater across the front is comprised of double moss stitch, a wind-blown cable, honeycomb stitch, a Saxon braid, honeycomb again, another wind-blown in the opposite direction of the first, and double moss again. The moss stitch and honeycomb stitches are so simple that it’s not worth counting their rows. The Saxon braid and the two cables are the ones that need it. Since the left-facing and right-facing wind-blown cables have the same number of rows in a repeat, I just need one abacus for them.
I also finished the Juice sweater for Kelly’s niece. It fits pretty darn well if I do say so myself. Maddie of course is totally uninterested in it, but her dad was very happy with it. I’ll wait until she grows up to be showered in appreciation.
It’s now late February. That can only mean one thing – time to start knitting for next Christmas. Actually, I’ve got another project that is more urgent. Two of my friends from college recently gave birth to babies. I’m going to make the cute little baby suit from The Knit Stitch for them both (in different colors, of course).