Saturday, September 29, 2007

Lucy Done!

I finished my Lucy in the Sky sweater yesterday by sewing on the buttons. I was so excited to have it finished, I immediately wore it out to a luncheon I was attending. Of course no one at the table was the least bit crafty and they looked at me oddly when I started to talk about knitting. Hmmm. Okay. No knitters here. So I knew it was time to get home and brag shamelessly about my new FO.

I started this last spring with Cascade 220. Ran out of steam after finishing most of the body and getting the sleeves cast on. Picked it up in August and got fired up to finish. So I did.

I knit the sleeves on two circs, and don't like how they turned out. They have a line up the side--the gap between the circs--that didn't block out and has me a little irked, but I still love the sweater. I won't knit sleeves like that again. Any suggestions?

The best part of knitting these bottom up sweaters, is that once you join the sleeves, it is nothing but decreasing--so every row goes a little faster. When I got it done I went to my favorite button shop, my mom's sewing room, where she has jars and jars and boxes of buttons, old and new. I found these very old pearl buttons--and decided to try a new technique in sewing them on, by backing them with really small, clear buttons. It worked great, and made the sewing easier and the buttons feel so much more secure and stable. I'll use that method again.

I am so pleased with my new sweater, I have cast on another, and I have two more that I am going to cast on in the next few weeks. I think I am going to try to finish all three before Christmas. Maybe mixing up the knitting a little will keep each project interesting enough to see them through.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Almost Lucy

I slogged through the sleeves about a week or so ago, got the whole kit and kaboodle joined together and am getting so close to finishing this sweater that just the very whiff of finishing has been motivation enough to really keep the needles moving. I've been dragging it everywhere--to the carpool, little guy's therapy, in front of All My Kids--anytime I can get a row or so done.

Of course the joy of knitting a bottom up sweater is that it is all decreases from here on out, baby. Nothing but decreases.

And the other joy? Not much finishing. Join the underarm stitches, weave in the ends, and then block it. As for buttons, I haven't any yet. I'm off to NYC in a couple of weeks and since I'm staying in the garment district, I thought I might shop for buttons there. Any recommendations???

I've been waffling about what to do next, trying to find that perfect Fall project when I saw Luanna here in the Berroco newsletter. It was love at first sight. I'd found my Fall sweater to get my needles happily clicking again. But I hit a snag when I couldn't find a color in Softwist that made me want to click the order button. Nor did I want to add yet another pile of yarn to my bulging stash. I've got yarn for a Bristow, a Knitty Thermal, and countless other sweaters--shoehorning in another 19 skeins? I had to draw a line.

Then this morning, as I was once again avoiding work and drooling over this pattern, I remembered a yarn I had in my stash that I bought a year or so ago on eBay. It is this lovely heathered Cascade 220.
Oh, yeah, I had my Luanna! But then I did a little math (gads I hate math) and realized I was two skeins short. Curses! But a quick check on the web and a few frantic emails later, I had two skeins from Chris at Alpaca Direct.

So now I have even more motivation to get Lucy done so I can get swatching Luanna. Hey, what is this I have about knitting "L" sweaters. Next time I'm thinking of making a little hop in the alphabet and going to N, as in Neiman.