Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Flashback


Remember this red sweater? Last summer when we were in Virginia, I started a red swingy garter stitch sweater. I wasn't happy with it despite the fact that I had only had a few inches of the sleeve to go before I finished the entire sweater! After a brief timeout, I frogged the whole sweater. This delighted the kiddos, since I had the largest yarn ball when I was done. With renewed intentions, I brought the yarn with me again this time. I had decided to just knit an Annabel sweater.

As soon as I finished the last bit of knitting on my Leaves of Grass blanket and had even woven in the ends, I cast on for my reclaimed sweater. It is such lovely yarn, and it deserved a lovely sweater that I would actually wear. I still am unsure about the style for my figure. I could have done an offset front like my original sweater, but I decided to just follow the pattern as written. I have some buttons from Jenny the Potter, which I bought last year at Maryland Sheep and Wool, that I think they will be perfect. I am working on the body of the sweater now. It does knit up quickly.

I finished Sweet Tooth this week and have started back in on The Sandcastle Girls. I enjoyed Sweet Tooth, although I had the ending figured out quite early in the reading. I am only about a third of the way through The Sandcastle Girls and am already captivated. The story is about multiple generations within a family in Massachusetts and their stories over the years. They have Armenian roots and the tale flashes between a young woman from Boston working in Syria with her father and the man she meets there, to her grand-daughter in modern day America. It is quite good thus far. I also finished my audiobook, which was another Chris Bohjalian book, Before You Know Kindness. This one was the tale of a family and the trauma that occurs when lies, varied lifestyles and love intermingle. It was an interesting read full of complex characters and issues. Next up for my ears is Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Too early to tell with this book. More about it next week.

So, for those of you knitting along with Ginny, how was your week? Any new knitting or reading? Have you ever frogged a completed project? Were you happy with the one? Do tell.

12 comments:

  1. I have frogged many a project and reknit it into something else. It has to be done sometimes. I love that you are excited about your new to you sweater!! Yay for reclaiming.

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  2. can't go wrong with an annabel!! love the color! I really liked Sweet Tooth---I really didn't see the ending coming. (I'm pretty naive!) Saving CeeCee was a fun little read!

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  3. Oh that sweater is lovely! And the red is gorgeous! I am a big fan of red.

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  4. that red will be great with an annebel. ok, so did i miss a post about the leaves of grass shawl/blanket?? is it finished??

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  5. The red is beautiful - quite right to reuse the yarn! And I love leaves of grass, I am a bit of a Jared flood fan...

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  6. I glad that you were brave enough to reclaim the yarn and turn it into something else.

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  7. i think you will love annabel, it is my most wearable sweater! i have undone projects, it doesn't bother me, but it makes my husband nearly cry ;)

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  8. i love that garter stitch swingy one, but i'm also not sure if i could work it. annabel is much more sensible. ahhh symmetry!

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  9. wow. good for you!!! the frogging was always too depressing for me. I think it's why I never became a good knitter. ; )
    XO
    C

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  10. What a smart red! Lovely! Better to frog and make something lovely than have a sweater you don't wear, eh?

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  11. I have several projects I almost completed, and then just decided I don't like it or lost any motivation to complete it. But I have only frogged one project so far. It was finished but I decided I'd call it a practice piece, so then I felt better about frogging it ;)

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  12. I really love that color! Hope it turns out this time so you can wear it. Too beautiful not to be used.

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