Monday, October 16, 2006



... where am i ? oh, yes! i'm on the ribbing around the front edges. yesterday, in the midst of another sunday knitting marathon, i managed to block my fronts & back, join the shoulder seams, and knit the entire hood. i chose to fold the stitches in half and finish with a three needle bind off. i was too tired to start the ribbing ... all 306 stitches of 2x2 rib ... much less wrap my mind around picking up all those stitches.

but, the voice of reason, disguised as schmutzie, said "why don't you just pick up three and skip one?" "huh?" ... yes, it's that simple. and so i did. and i'm about an inch into my ribbing ....

and, let me just say, thank goodness for my set of denise needles. i'm using the 52" cord to accomodate all my stitches right now.

these are not denise needles, but some of my other favorite plastic needles ... crystal palace daisy needles!



i am not a needle snob. i knit with boye, susan bates, clover, lantern moon, pony, swallow, addis, denise, inox, crystal palace, brittany, etc ... i knit with whichever needles i have, but may switch out if it's not a good match with the yarn. and these needles, the pretty daisy needles ... well, i have them first, because they are pretty, and second, because i really do like how smooth they are, with a good taper.

but, back to the hoodie ... tomorrow: finish ribbing, pin in finished sleeve to determine if it needs to be shortened, knit cap of second sleeve, block sleeves, and sew in. man, i could finish this sweater tomorrow.

nevermind that i have a sink full of dishes, or dirty laundry piled all around, a funky aroma in the fridge, and 1/2 a bed full of books ....

6 comments:

jackie said...

such fabulous progress--you will definitely be done in time! and you are right about the needles--so cute! i should invest in a pair or two...

Anonymous said...

you are so a needle snob and i know which ones you don't like....

gray la gran said...

yeah, you're right. i hate brittany needles! i only keep and use my "off" sizes such as their US 10 3/4's. and i bitch about them every time i use them, because they're crazy long with worthless 2" finials. every time i use them, i threaten to cut off the last 2" and glue on beads. off with their heads !

amanda cathleen said...

that was some knitting marathon! your are so going to have your sweater done in time, Yay!
decapitate those needles, why not. At least you'll be happy with them : )

aquaknits said...

Such speedy progress, I can't wait to see your finished hoodie!

And I'm totally with you about what a drag picking up stitches for the ribbing is, perhaps that's why mine is still sitting in the corner waiting. :)

Lara said...

What do you mean by "pick up three and skip one"? I'm nowhere near that part of this sweater, but I just really want to understand because I'm already dreading that part! :)