Friday, August 06, 2010

randomness

I sat outside yesterday (in the heat, drinking hot coffee, alpaca in my hands) working on the second sleeve, watching an intense game of frisbee. Don't know why I didn't buy them that white plastic disc earlier in the summer. Who knew it would be such a time filling hit. Anyhow, about this sweater, I started it on July 19th. (Do you do that? Write down your start date? I have been doing that for years. Always love to see how long a sweater takes.) It was started while my slouchy was blocking, before photos were taken. On size 10.5 needles this thing is practically knitting itself. I plan on finishing it this weekend. Hoping to find three fantastic buttons for the finishing touch.
Oh! We made ice cream sandwiches that took us all week. Only because we made the dough and could never quite find a couple of hours to finish them off. I'll be sure to show you soon.
Hope your weekend is filled with a little or a lot of the things you love. I think I'll make more pesto.

52 comments:

Suzanne said...

Good morning, Leslie! We are similar people only my sweater dress is not knitting itself. It's going a lot faster than the alpaca sweater I did on 5s. I'm stash building right now as I try to remain monogamous with the dress. My mind wanders to the next projects though... I'm so glad to see your latest projects.

Mama Urchin said...

I like that sweater a lot but I have a lot of other knitting to catch up on before I even consider it. I found the pattern I want to make for Tristan's Christmas sweater (I give each of them a sweater every Christmas) and realized I still hadn't finished last year's!

Sarah Jane said...

How do you choose patterns? I usually peruse ravelry, but you've got so many good finds!

house on hill road said...

i love that color, leslie! i almost bought that yarn in a light apple green while in telluride, but there wasn't enough. it is so soft! that sweater is going to be comfy.

Sara said...

Pretty pretty pretty! A size 10.5 and bulky yarn sounds like my kind of project. Love those quick ones. I'm itching to cast on another project but am holding off till I finish this kicking sack. The coffee would have been traded for a nice cool iced beverage. ;) Stay cool!

Seanna Lea said...

Very nice. I love making ice cream sandwiches with super rich chocolate chip cookies. I haven't made them in ages, so I should get on that for next weekend.

Jane said...

Hi leslie! Looks like you are enjoying your last few weeks of summer! Can't wait to see this sweater finished. I knitting a baby sweater at the moment and next will be a sweater for my husband. This should be good. He can't even decide on a color.

Hilary said...

Mmm...rusty orange alpaca...that is SO PRETTY. I also try to keep track of when I start and end projects (I am really, really "detail oriented" when it comes to filling out my Ravelry project pages), usually with a note in my planner. It really bugs me when I forget. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! And I can't wait to hear about those ice cream sandwiches!

lizchatwell@yahoo.com said...

I too love the Baby Grande Alpaca! Have used it bunches for mitts and scarves but never a sweater! What a luscious indulgence! Where can I get that pattern??

Kristyn Knits said...

it's going to be so yummy! soak up every moment of backyard goodness! the moments will soon be filled with homework as the start of school approaches us like a freight train!

mle said...

That sweater is going to be so lovely!

Caffeine Girl said...

I love the color of your sweater.

Linda said...

Hot knitting! I was trying to spin alpaca in the heat and it all stuck to my hands!

MadMad said...

Do you know I JUST started writing down the dates I start something? Seriously. Just LAST night! I kid you not. I think it was a ravelry thing... I feel guilty because I never quite remember when I started something. I'm not sure it's something I actually WANT to do, though, what with my propensity for starting things and then leaving them to marinate in a corner, sometimes for a year or two... That will not look good to the ravelry police, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip on writing down start/finish dates. I will put that into practice along with noting the yarn used and needle size. Wow, that will be so organized of me since most of the time I can't find my car keys...
Love the color, always enjoy your blog space. Just wish you weren't quite so talented woman, it's frustrating me!!

emilyatheart said...

Love this color....so Autumn....I too sit outside and knit on my patio with coffee...So peaceful.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I want to knit a sweater that practically knits itself... I tried a new pesto making technique yesterday. I'm making more today. It seems we are on the same page. Enjoy your knitting and your pesto.

Renee said...

lovely knitting!
have a wonderful weekend :)

Maryse said...

Gorgeous color for your sweater! I've started writing down start dates with Ravelry of course. Before, it was very approximative. Yes, I like to know how much years it took! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I love the colour of you new knit, really good autumnal colour, sounds like it will be ready in no time. enjoy your weekend

Claire

Jessica said...

I love knitting sweaters on big needles (I'm casting one on 10.5 today myself). Your sweater looks so autumnal in that color!!

Knitting Out Loud said...

Lovely sweater!

Pesto is a lovely summer treat.

Hot tea is my afternoon drink, summer and winter.

Helga Marie said...

ok two questions:

how do you pick your next sweater?
and
how do you actually finish so much, do you only knit one project at a time, or have several WIPS going simaltaniously?

Jane@WildeThymeKnits said...

Great design and wonderful autumnal colour. looking forward to the finished garment!

Louise said...

I think I would give up altogether if I started writing the dates down - too depressing. Having said that, I am today knitting the last band on a jacket!!!! So far I LOVE it and hope it looks as good on. Will hopefully do a post about it this week.
Love the happy colour you are using!

Ally Johnston said...

I love the colour of your sweater. I have only written down start dates for a few projects, maybe because I always have multiple projects on the go and it makes it seem like I take forever to do stuff. wouldn't it be great if there were knitting fairies who could help youout with a few extra rows here and there.

karen said...

your new sweater is looking great, i love the cable pattern in it

AJ said...

Ice cream sandwiches are a definite cure all against the summer heat. Can't wait to see your finished sweater. I never used to pay attention to the details until I started organizing my Rav page. I like to keep details on how long I spent on my projects too. (More like procrastinate.)

From All Stitched Up said...

I've got lots of All Stitched Up knitting right now but I'm seriously thinking about the tea leaves cardigan for myself. Our favorite thing here this weekend is just relaxing.

stitching under oaks said...

If buying my kids a frisbee will get me some knitting time, I'm off to purchase one! Love that color, it's perfect for heading out of summer into autumn. Enjoy the last weeks of summer.

Jenny Bennett said...

Did you buy the pattern in a shop? I got onto the link, but didn't see that I could buy it online. I would love to knit this! Beautiful!!

astoriaAnn said...

Gorgeous sweater!

Best buttons I've ever found were handmade by knitter / spinner / jewelry maker:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/robinmarie

If you don't see buttons, ask. (I'm not connected to this business at all -- I just really loved her buttons!)

ColorSlut said...

Ice cream sammies on a hot day are so nice! Coffee and hot knitting on a hot day! LOVE IT!

Larissa said...

Love the shape of your sweater. And that pumpkin color is perfect for fall. I need to go dust off our frisbee - the only problem is keeping the dogs away from the frisbee long enough for the kiddos to have a chance to play!

Nantucket Dreams said...

that is dedication my dear, to your knitting and to coffee!!! it has been too hot for both! mmmmm pesto! mmmmm ice cream sandwiches!

Clarice said...

I wish I could knit a sweater in a month. It usually takes me at least 3 months--I'm really slow. Something to aspire to I guess!

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