Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WIP Wednesday

I swatched a lot yesterday, and finally decided to just knit the sweater (Vinelle, link here) on size 6's, even though my gauge was still only "close." That's right. I knit so much looser when knitting flat that I had to go down 2 needle sizes to "almost" get the right gauge. I could have gone down to a size 5, I think, but I didn't on principle.

Needless to say, after knitting for hours I may as well recycle the same pictures from yesterday because I have the exact same amount of knitting done for today.

Well that's not true; now I have two swatches.
I did get a little further on the lace repeat, though.
I am exactly 5 rows further than yesterday.
So that's the progress on the sweater. As I'm knitting with this yarn, I'm realizing that it looks terrible on my skin tone, so I think -depending on how it turns out- I might give it to my niece who is both smaller than I am and darker. If it fits me properly at the end, I might just over dye it. Which would be a shame because it really is a beautiful color.

At any rate, it's not all I'm working on today. I think I'm going to devote a lot of today to making this:
This is from a book I found in a thrift store. The book is from the 70's and this was in the "beginner knitting projects" section, which I find kind of funny because there is quite a bit of shaping and sewing involved.
I paid 75 cents for this book, and it's pretty awesome. If only for the differences between how books were written then and how they are now. I love reading old knitting books.
Anyways, I'm knitting "Pussy Cat" out of Lion Brand Wool-Ease and it's going to be a Christmas present for some lucky little kid in my family. (Or unlucky, depending on my sewing job.)
I really hope I can finish it today. I mean, if I knit Susan B. Anderson's little fairy in one day then I can certainly knit a garter stitch cat in one day. Right?
I have quite a pile of Christmas gifts laying around the house and am realizing I shouldn't have cast on a new sweater for myself right now...
I'm kind of scared that half the people I knit for won't even appreciate it. Does anyone else feel that way? This is the year where I find out who is knit-worthy, so it's kind of worrisome to me.

Anyways, that's it for today. Wish me luck on finishing the Kitty. The last thing I need is another half-finished project sitting around the house!

Check out more WIPS at the Tami's Amis blog


  1. Good luck with Kitty! He's very cute.

    I've concluded that none of DH's family are knitworthy, so I just save myself the time and effort and get them gift cards instead.

  2. Have fun with the kitty! I love old school knitting / craft books.

  3. really cute cat, hope it turns out. That sweater is very beautiful pattern!


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