Thursday, February 2, 2017

Agnes Knit Along

Never having learned to limit the number of projects on which I am working at one time has sometimes been a blessing and at other times a curse.

I know that some of you know what I mean.

Here's my current list in process, in no particular order...

  • Knitting my green lace sweater - I'm down to sleeves only!
  • Knitting socks for my oldest granddaughter.  One is done.  The second one is cast on.
  • Planning and executing a masculine quilt for a charity request for church
  • Layering and quilting a small charity quilt for my LQG
  • Planning and executing a portion of a quilt for our vacancy pastor
  • Making a chair cushion for my office chair
  • Making a cushion for the cat seat in my front window
  • Knitting a pair of socks for myself
  • Sorting and organizing the church quilt patterns
  • Knitting various doll items...
  • You get the drift --
So it should be no surprise to anyone that I started a new project!

Enter the Knit Along...

My local yarn shop advertised a simple sweater Knit Along (KAL) starting yesterday.  Lord help me, I didn't NEED another project but then we know need never enters into things when something shiny
and distracting comes along.

I do love this shop!  I appreciate it so much more lately, because one of the two other shops within driving distance of my house closed last year.

Cream City Yarn is in Brookfield.  Their yarn is yummy and irresistible.  They can provide you with patterns from and put them into your library there.  It's wonderful.  So I signed up for Agnes -- the pattern below.  I do not think I'll do pockets, because I don't really need them and I know I don't particularly want focus on that area of my person!  
It was a requirement of the KAL that you purchase your yarn from CCY.  I ordered the recommended Puffin by Quince and Co, in a lovely green called Boreal.


Coincidentally the sample sweater was in Boreal.   So I know it's going to be luscious. 

The yarn is a bulky weight and we're working on a No. 11 (fairly large) needle.  At the cast-on party, I resisted drinking the wine and eating the snacks and just cast on.  I had too long a cord on my circulars but managed to do a fair imitation of the Magic Loop with what I had in my knitting bag.

After two inches of neck ribbing, I started the body of the sweater and actually had several rows of increasing for the raglan sleeves done when I left after an hour and 45 minutes, so I am hopeful that this one will be actually finished some time soon!  (Wish me luck.)

When I got home I knit a few more rows while watching the news, but I'm thinking I might frog stitch back to the ribbing because I'm not fond of the appearance of the increases I'm using.  Maybe I'm doing something wrong because I'm making holes.  Not good!!

I also didn't remember to take a photo of what I'd done thus far, but since I'm tearing it back, there's time to do that.

Additionally, I could not resist a few other skeins while I was at Cream City.  I did get a free cowl pattern with one of my choices, and I bought some very cool navy/white sock yarn.

With the nine skeins for the sweater, plus the rest of my purchases I think I added a couple thousand yards to my stash.

Just kidding!! Not mine, a random internet photo...
Sorry, I couldn't resist these either...

Knit on...

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