Tuesday, November 08, 2011

A third of the way there

Aine's sweater is complete. I admit that I was nervous after reading everyone's comments last week. I began to think I was crazy for even thinking about three sweaters by the end of December. Fortunately my needles were on fire. The sweater pattern was very straight-forward. I only adjusted the body length, garter borders and sleeve length. I made the sleeves full length instead of three quarters in the hopes that she can wear it a bit longer. It was a very quick knit, although I did question my decision for full sleeves several times. The yarn was quite nice. I had used the same brand in my February Lady Sweater. It is Dream in Color Classy, and I really love the colorway. Initially I wasn't sure she would like, but I think now that she will love it.
I ordered buttons for the sweater from a store mentioned by Amanda. I selected a floral that should be jazzy enough for her six year old tastes yet still meet my need for matching. I also requested matching hair clips.

I hesitated ordering the yarn for the boys' sweaters until last week, because I was sure this formidable task of a sweater would take a bit more time. Since the yarn hasn't arrived, I cast-on a tiny doll sweater for Aine, which will match her own sweater. It doesn't have the same yoke, but it is similar and has garter edges. I know she will love having a sweater that matches her doll and cute accessories.

Even with all the knitting, I am back reading this week. My television jag is over for the moment. I finished Vinegar Hill in between knitting seasons. It was a sad book. The central family was haunted by the abuse and mistakes of previous generations. I was particularly struck with how horrific the grandfather was and how his actions affected those in each generation. I enjoyed it, but I needed a different read next. I am not sure I found it, but I started The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. In this story the young protagonist can taste the feelings and emotions of the person who made her food in the actual meal. Thus far, the feelings are her mother's and are "empty."

A better read are the books I am reading with the kiddos. We are enjoying Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees as well as Travels of Thelonious (Fog Mound). Tonight Eamon and I read half of the Thelonious book. He had not intended to read it when I selected it at the library. It has been sitting in our library book bin for a week. I mentioned he may like it, but he wasn't convinced until I opened it and began to read. Once we started he didn't want to stop. I found about this book from Amanda as well. She has a son a few months older than Eamon. He seems to share Eamon's love of comics, so I figured the book would be well received. It definitely has been.

Hopefully next week, I have a bit more to show of my knitting trifecta. I will have new yarn to show off and a finished object or two. Enjoy your knitting and thanks for stopping by Ginny's Yarn Along.

26 comments:

  1. Such a lovely sweater.

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  2. Wow, I must say, I can't beleive you finished it in one week : ) It looks so pretty. If you got that one done then I am sure you can get the other two done. Great job!

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  3. Wow!! Talk about speed knitting, way to go :) It looks lovely and I can't wait to see the next to!

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  4. Fabulous- it looks wonderful!
    I have read the Lemon Cake book too- I rather enjoyed it!

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  5. Colour is lovely - I'm sure I can see a little green in there?! Dont worry, I am the same - the list of things that I have to make before Christmas is just laughable! I am sure that you will do it! Good luck x

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  6. amazing! it looks wonderful. and i ordered buttons for that place too! lol

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  7. Beautiful sweater, can't wait to see it all done. Buttons sound really fun, she is sure to love it!

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  8. Gorgeous sweater - I absolutely love the colour :)

    I finished reading the Lemon cake book this week (so if you're enjoying it, don't read my review at the end of my post!)

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  9. beautiful, I loved knitting a tea leaves too and its become my favourite sweater. Good luck with the other two

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  10. How wonderful to already be a third complete...you can do it!
    You really are and inspiration!
    The sweater is lovely and I can't wait to see the boy's sweaters.
    xx

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  11. Wow! That sweater is amazing! Totally inspired by how fast you knit that up!

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  12. Needles on fire!!! Can you send a bit of that my way?

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  13. Such a beautiful fall color. That was quick. I think you finishing up the sweaters most likely will happen (at this rate). Plus, the size of the sweaters makes a big difference. If I knit sweaters in my house, they'd all be larger children/teen and adult which would take a much longer time. So yeah! Good for you!

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  14. WOW, it's a gorgeous sweater! Love the color!

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  15. Can I have your needles?? ;-) The sweater is gorgeous! Can't wait to see what buttons you've chosen (I love buttons). From the cover alone, I suspect my boy would love Thelonius. Sorry about all the sad reads you've had, though :-( Hopefully the lemon cake will end happily (and how could it not...come on! lemon cake?!? yum!).

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  16. Oh I love that pattern, don't you? Your sweater is lovely. I have been wanting to make another one, just because I love how clear the pattern was. Made it a pleasure to knit and go fairly quickly.

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  17. BEAUTIFUL! I need to queue that pattern. I can't wait to see those 'jazzy' buttons so please show us this sweater again all 'jazzed' up. :-)

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  18. That sweater is gorgeous. I had that same colorway in the Smooshy and I loved the way my shawl that I made with it came out.

    I didn't particularly care for "Lemon Cake" myself, but I thought it was just me. I had a lot of trouble getting into it.

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  19. Your sweater is lovely!! I cannot wait to see the buttons you chose. I a sure she will LOVE it :)

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  20. Beautiful sweater!

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  21. such gorgeous yarn, love that pattern, must try it one day, so enjoying your blog.
    good luck with the sweaters.
    x

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  22. oh how pretty, tracey is right, you are inspiring. :)

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  23. your tiny tea leaves looks fabulous!!!

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  24. Oh wow, needles on fire! Lovely cardi, I may borrow that pattern for my little girlie.
    x

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