Monday, February 11, 2019

Oh Sh*t she still Knits.

Sorry for the crass title, but I live for a bad rhyme and a knit joke.

Anyways, lookee here some finished knits!



A few years ago I knit a Gramps sweater for a coworker of my husband's who has always been so supportive of him. And well she was having baby 2 and knowing that her kid actually wore it he asked if I'd consider knitting the family something else. He was originally thinking a replacement sweater for the eldest since he had grown out of the original and the new little would get it, but I thought, why not something new for both.



Seemed like a great idea at the time. I chose patterns I had knit before (practical) and gave myself a reasonable size and timeline for both.

Shamefacedly 5 months later I am finally finishing them. My knitting mojo was hit or miss 2018 and honestly, I've just been so tired mentally and physically at the end of the day. I basically wait for everyone to go to sleep (not that anyone asks much of me) and then shut down. And in all fairness, I have been enjoying other hobbies as well.



Okay I just have to say the Navy is heathered and it still caused me all kinds of eyesight problems. I dropped stitches that I didn't find until AFTER I bound off the body. I dropped stitches yet again during short row collar shaping and could not figure out how to fix it so I had to tink back hundreds and hundreds of stitches over a week. Then literally 3 rows from binding off brand new knitters pride needles I purchased for this project "snapped" (the line from the needle) and I dropped a buttload of stitches and had to keep from screaming in the middle of the night. It was a journey. One I do not plan on taking for a while. So people do me a favor and slow your roll with the babies.

I've already cast on my next project another sweater for a grown person. A new to me pattern, so I have to really think but who cares, the yarn is a blue gray so I can SEE my stitches (insert cackling laughter here).

I also still have a pair of man socks I need to finish. I'm trying a higher cast on this time. How many rows do you guys usually make for your man sock legs? I think I did 70 but it seems short? Oh well, it is what it is now.

All the best,

Ellen


15 comments:

  1. Cute sweaters.

    I do 68 rows for Steve's socks, but he is a fairly short-legged man. Neither one of us is particularly tall.

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  2. Great finishes. And it doesn't matter how long it takes, as long as you enjoy it!

    For man socks, I don't go by rows, but inches. I usually do Dave's between 6 and 8 inches long depending on how I'm feeling about giant man socks at the time.

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  3. LOVE the Gramps cardigan! Your title made me LOL and when I read about the dropped stitches, I said, "Oh sh*t."

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  4. Adorable cardis! Dark colors are tough on my eyes, too. I usually knit between 8-9 inches for the leg portion of man socks. I hope all goes well for the new pattern.

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  5. Ah these are lovely. I do like dark colours but yes unless you can knit without looking it is a bit of a bind on the eyes.

    Mitzi

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  6. How nice they turned out! And they don't tell the horror stories of the 'oops!' moments!

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  7. Nice cardis! Those dark colors are a PITA to knit with, I think. I make the man socks about 75 rows, sometimes 80.

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  8. Wow, is this proof of life or something? Lovely knits both! And dare I say you would be able to see the navy better if you weren't hanging out in bars all the time? LOLOLOLOL!!! Wait, did I say that?

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  9. Ellen
    Those sweaters are a treasure!!! I cannot knit with dark yarn very often. I have the same issues. Just don't see the stitches well and make too many unforced errors...as they say in Tennis!

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  10. Oh, my heart!!! Those are fabulous. Well done, you!

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  11. Nice work on the sweaters, and you deserve lots of extra points for the navy sweater. I think I'd have ripped out or maybe even chopped it up in frustration! Will be anxious to see the new sweater pattern, too. For you, I hope?

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  12. beautiful!! Love the sweaters and the swear word in the title!! I knew you were knitting, by the way.

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  13. I love them and no one will ever even notice an error, they are beautiful and will be cherished. I also love a good swear word, sometimes nothing else works!

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  14. The sweaters are adorable and they look perfect. I've heard such good things about that pattern. I really must try it!

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