Well, lots of knitting has been underway. I'm to the point where I seperate the sleeves from the body on my moms v-neck sweater. I am excited to finish this! It will be my first adult sweater! No seams, just straight knitting. The wool looks so lovely too. I just love how good wool looks knitted up. So many times I am amazed at how much I enjoy knitting!
Yesterday, as I was cleaning up our bedroom, I stumbled across the Vogue knitting magazine (fall 04) that I bought while we were in Georgia. I think I only looked through it once when I first bought it. Anyway, as I was looking at the patterns I saw this.
I LOVE this and want so badly to make it my next project. Here's the bad news: the yarn is cashmere and runs $45.00 a skein. You need to hold three strands of yarn together throughout the coat which amounts to 23 skeins needed. Way too out of my price range. I spent most of my internet time yesterday devoted to looking for appropriate substitute yarns with only one or two possibilities at the end. Both are wool/acrylic blends. I don't know. I have so many projects already (five unfinished, three of those not even started) going that I feel bad trying to start another. Besides Christmas is coming and I need to save our pennies for that. Sigh. Maybe in another five or six months I can start on it for next winter.
Besides that, I've also decided that I want to knit sweaters for my two kids. Brave, yes. For us, its like the curse of the love/boyfriend sweater. This undertaking will take lots of planning and good yarn. My boy does not like wool (I'm hoping he'll grow out of that) and my daughter is so rough on her clothes. So I need something durable and machine washable (please let me not resort to synthetics!). I also have a design, the problem is; its in my head! I really have no experience writing my own patterns except for one easter vest that came out a little too tight on Aaron (my son). Shaping and sizing intimidate me and I am SO bad at math. So, I am venturing out to the library to look through some knitting pattern books there to see if I can find something that will make me happy. If not, then I may have to consider giving designing another go. Even though I'm thinking my idea is brilliant, and I'm sure I'm gonna come across it or something even better somewhere in a book or mag, it has happened before!