Friday, August 24, 2007

My least favorite part of knitting...

I spent over an hour last night doing what I now know is my least favorite part of knitting. It's not kitchener (I actually like that), it's not weaving in ends (somewhat relaxing), or even correcting dropped stitches.

It's picking up stitches. Like when you're doing a sweater and you have to pick up stitches around the neckline. Like what I'm doing right now with Sahara (and no, I'm not done with Sahara yet!) I spent an hour picking up stitches up one side of the neckline and *I'm* *only* *halfway* *done*. It's so fiddly - getting your needle in the right place, getting the tension just right so you can pull the yarn through without splitting it (usually requiring several tries), making sure I pick up two stitches for every three rows....UGH!!

Honestly, this is the reason Bobbi Bear is not done yet. I have to pick up stitches for his arms and I hate picking up stitches so much that The Bobbi Beast sits lanquishing in a bag in my bedroom.


Monday, August 20, 2007

The Quest has Ended

Thanks everyone for your great feedback about sweater vests. After searching high and low (and checking out your great suggestiongs), I have finally found exactly what I was looking for. It's a Norah Gaughan design from the new issue of Knitter's: Urban Vest.

I found this online this morning after having spent an hour at The Studio yesterday looking at all of their patterns and not finding anything perfect. I ended up buying a copy of "Folk Vests" because it had a pattern I *thought* would work with a bit of fiddling, but I wasn't completely happy.

Now I just have to find the time to get to Joann's or BN to buy the magazine.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Yes I'm still Knitting

Yes, I'm still alive and yes, I'm still knitting. I've just started a new job and it's been keeping me very busy. I've been able to do a bit of knitting - I'm making a bit of progress on Sahara and have a goal of completing it next week. I've also started a sock for Scott (wish me luck!) and started thinking about my next project...I'd really like to knit a vest to wear to work, but I'm not finding a lot of good vests for women. I want a v-neck sweater vest (not a cardigan) that's semi-fitted and a solid color. Any ideas?

My next post will have photos!