Sunday, August 30, 2015

Checking in

Hi. Hope you're having a great week.

I'm managing a row or two of knitting once in a while. The Baby Surprise Sweater is as much fun and I remembered.

My favorite line at a confusing part of the pattern?

"Work will start to look very odd, indeed, but trust me, and PRESS ON."

Her emphasis.

And you do have to trust the pattern. At this point in time, I have no idea which part of the sweater I'm knitting. I could figure it out, but where would be the fun in that.

I'm currently on row 33. (At least the way I count the rows. Ms. Zimmerman wrote in paragraphs, not numbered rows.) The pile of knitting looks like this:

Not a great photo, but you can get an idea of the blop of knitting it is.

I grabbed some yarn from Wallyworld. It's OK for acrylic, but it's still a little squeaky. I need to touch lots of blue. The stripes are more fun if the contrast is greater than these colors.

I'm going to go visit my favorite blogs while I have a minute. Hope to talk to you soon.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Have you ever made a Zimmermann Baby Surprise Sweater?

I'm starting to knit again. Nothing big. No lace. I am thinking about making another Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Surprise Sweater. Talk about a fun, no stress project.

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Sport Weight in the past. My needles were US size 5. It's one of those projects that takes a very small amount of yarn so it's fun to gather up all the little odd balls. Start stripes early and often and see if you can guess where they end up in the sweater.

The sweater is knit in one piece and only has two seams. The fun comes from having absolutely no idea what part of the sweater you're knitting from one row to the next. I also have trouble remembering how to fold the think once the knitting is done and I've made several of them.

Here's a few step by step pictures.

I notice that Schoolhouse Press has published a version of the pattern that's written out row by row. For a great time, knit Elizabeth's original version. She's a character if you haven't read her books.

Working too much. I've only knit 1 1/2 dishcloths in the last few weeks. My second batch of cranes is patiently waiting for me to get my act together.

Talk to you soon.