There hasn’t been a lot of knitting going on around here; few stitches here, an occasional row there were all I had time for. Since I’ve been working in fingering weight yarn progress has been nearly unnoticeable for way too long! I needed a quick gratifying project – in other words: bulky yarn, large needles,simple pattern and for me! I had a single skein of Knit Picks Robin’s Nest Wool of the Andes, size 13 circular needles, and the Dolores Park Cowl pattern to jump off of (although I started larger for a looser cowl so the pattern is essentially cast on 72 stitches and knit (plus 5 rows of seed stitch to start and finish)). Just right to get me motivated. Ezra’s pullover (or this post) is coming along!
I’m making good progress! Just a little more then I’ll shape the shoulders and the back will be done. We’ve been having some gorgeous fall weather so we’ve been trying to take advantage of it: going on hikes, hanging as much laundry as I can process out in the sun, cleaning out the pig pen, prepping the compost bin for the worms come spring, trimming the goats’ hooves….a million and one things to before the snow is here to stay. That doesn’t leave much time for knitting (much less getting those dishes done). But I find that once dinner (and the dance party) is over, and I read the boys a book, or five, everyone settles down and I can get my knitting out. One by one the boys drift off to sleep and I tell myself “just one more row then I’ll go to bed….just one more row.”
I had just finished binding off Noah’s sweater (well more of a vest really) when Ezra asked me, in a rather injured tone, when I was going to knit him something. So I asked him what he had in mind. A shirt, he replied. So I pulled up some patterns on ravelry (of course) showing him a few that I thought might fit what he had in mind. No! he said not like that. Oh.
Of course! How silly of me to suggest those other patterns. This one is so very much Ezra.
A while back struggling_along came across a yard sale with a box of free yarn. Being the kind husband that he is he picked it up for me. This black is one of them. And it’s exactly what I needed. I did a swatch and now here is the beginning of the back.
I have a feeling there will be a lot of sweater knitting this winter. In less than a week we went from summer to fall:
How did the boys feel about it?
There was much rejoicing, and a box full of Christmas ornaments were found and hung up!
While I’m not crazy about the recent weather it does have it’s perks:
Once again we got snow just in time for the holidays (8-9 inches). Thanksgiving was gorgeous; the photos don’t do justice but I was limited on time while feeding the animals- had to get the turkey in the oven!
Once that was taken care of I had a little time to make a bit of progress on my pullover (it’s the oatmeal pullover by Jane Richmond). Such a gratifying knit- simple pattern and it’s knitting up fast thanks to the bulky baby alpaca (oh my does it feel nice!). Good thing too, with three little ones to create handmade gifts for this year.