Monday, January 26, 2015

Not All Of Us Fish

Fred has discovered surf fishing. You know - the only people on the beach not in a swim suit. Not covered in sun screen. Not carrying a beach towel. Instead he's one of the guys pulling a 'homeless'  fisherman's  cart. Filled with poles, bait, lunch, tackle, lawn chairs, cutting knife and most importantly, Fred says, enthusiasm. In this photo, he's at the locks,, rather than the beach, but same idea.

In the mean time,  I started a sweater. Called the Patchwork Sweater  - original name -��! The changing colours and changing stitch pattern make it an interesting knit.  Here's how much fishing time Fred's had.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

No Knitting Here

Temperatures of 75'f, sandy beaches, lunch at the pier. Sure signs I'm not in Canada in January. Yep, Fred and are lucky enough to have friends in warm places. Friends with spare rooms.Friends who enjoy having  company. So here we are in Florida, walking the beach, and eating lunch on the pier. Not much knitting happening.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fifteen's First Finish Object

Well, I am pretty pleased with myself.  Mid January and yesterday, I wore my first, finished knitting piece of 2015.  That must be a record.
Pattern:  Self Designed.  Inspired by these two differrent pieces seen on ravelry.   This - The Ophelia Vest  and  this, the one-piece sideways vest.

Needles: 5mm for the body.  4 1/2 mm for the first and last garter sections.  This vest, knit side to side, these two garter sections form the start and finish trim.  I thought they might be more supportive knit in a smaller needle size.

Yarn:  Lettt Lopi in a pinkish colour.  Because Nicki always tells me - my green wardrobe needs a refresher.
What I did:  I knit stripes of garter ridges and Yarn Over Knit Two Together,  stockinet sections.  The garter section has 4 ridges, the stockinet section is 6 rows deep with the yarn over row being  row three.

I planned the vest to have an off-centre closing and to have no separate trims.  I thought the pattern, with its garter ridges would be trim enough  in and of itself.  And it was - along the armholes, at the bottom and everywhere except across the top of the fronts.  They didn't hold themselves in place at all.  Instead of crossing above the bust as you see the improved product doing here,
they fell below the bust. Bringing to mind the teenage bra description of 'over the shoulder boulder holder'.  Or in my case -  pebble holder.  Either way, not an attractive look.  So I added, across the top of each the left and right fronts, an inch of horizontal garter.
That seems to have done the trick.

The vest  is warm but lightweight.  It is colourful but not green.  I like it.