It's me again. At least I'm starting off on the right foot. Don't know how long his will last! In looking over my previous posts, I realized that I left a few things hanging, so here's some catching up.
I left you with my son's cardigan lying in pieces. It's since been finished, declared acceptable and worn on a regular basis. Here's my handsome son:
Now I have to get busy repairing his other sweater. He tore a hole in the elbow, which you may recall I repaired once, but it has since come open again. I finally decided that in the time it took me to repair it again, I could knit a whole new sleeve. Here's the rub – all the comments on Ravelry indicated that the sleeve as written was too full. So I input some data in Sweater Wizard and calculated a new sleeve. Did I save it? Duh, NO! And I can't remember what figures I used, so I'm going to have to do some counting on the present sleeve and see if I can figure it out.
I also left you all hanging right in the middle of our bathroom remodel. That, too, has been finished and we couldn't be happier. I must admit hanging the striped wallpaper was a little challenging when we realized that the walls are not completely plumb and the corners of the room are actually curved a little. Here's before and after:
It's a little hard to get a good picture of such a small room, but the remodel really did make a big difference – it's so clean and updated now.
I have been knitting like mad on Cape Cod and have finished the first sleeve. I tried it on for the first time and am really, really happy with the fit.
I am not, however, happy with the underarm gusset.
It appears that the gusset is totally unnecessary and just adds a lot of bulk to the underam area. Those of us ladies of a certain age certainly don't need anything resembling wings! I'm debating what to do. It's not just a simple matter of ripping back the sleeve, although I certainly would consider that if it was. I'd also have to rip out the fronts and backs down to the armholes, and I am not willing to do that! Since it's not really obvious unless I hold out my arms and since that is a stance I seldom take, I'm pretty sure I'll just leave it be. Any and all suggestions are welcomed.
In other knitting news I started some fingerless mitts for my sister. I stuck some sock yarn in her Christmas stocking with the promise of a new pair of socks, but by mutual agreements we decided instead on mitts. These are Hedgerow Mitts.
I had made a decision several weeks ago to sell my spinning wheel. I even went as far as to put an ad on the local website for the spinning guild. I admit that I was motivated a little bit by my inability to spin the yarn I really wanted and I know, as Kathryn has so wisely pointed out that I probably need to give it some more time. But I was also moved by consideration of time. It seems that I have so many interests that compete for my time – knitting, spinning, quilting and digital scrapbooking (to say nothing of the time it takes to train for the half marathon). Sometimes I look at people who are a little more "concentrated" on one craft and envy them a little. I feel so torn with my time. On the positive side, I am almost never bored! Thankfully I have had no bites on my ad and I think I will have it taken down.
And, speaking of quilting, I finished the top on a project that several of my friends and I have been working on. We all did the same pattern, but in our own individual fabrics. I chose a palette of Asian fabrics and was a little apprehensive that the "country" feel of the pattern would not be a good match, but I am pleased with the results.
One of my goals this year is to work on my machine quilting skills. I have a stack of tops that will never be finished in my lifetime if I don't learn to machine quilt and finish them!