Wednesday, January 24, 2007

UFOs and Monkeys

I'm finishing the watermelon cardigan. It is not exciting me terribly, but I need to get it done. Small unfinished objects are easier to ignore. Large ones are a monkey on my back, nagging at my soul until I finish them. This cardigan has been eating away at me very slowly, for a year.

It is almost done. As you can see, the pieces have been finished. I need to block them, then sew them up. The pattern was from Better Homes and Gardens Knit It! Magazine and it called for Fun fur at the neckline. I am very over fun fur, so it will get a few rows of garter to match the border edge. The pattern also calls for ties at the front. I am going to try for a zipper. It is pretty heavy, so I think a secure closing makes more sense.
I finished the pieces late last night and this morning was Knotty Knitters, and I am still procrastinating with starting the Anemoi Mittens, so I started a pair of socks. I know, I know. Wanna hear about the socks?
I am making Monkey, by Cookie. Very cool pattern so far. So logical, so straightforward. Lace that makes sense. Isn't that nice? The yarn is Tofutsies, by SWTC. It is superwash wool, cotton, soysilk, and chitin, which is made from shrimp and crab shells, and is naturally antibacterial. It is the most fun combo of colors. The sock thus far is sort of half blue/purple and half green/pink. Not a sock for the color-challenged. I also bought this yarn in black/grey/white. That I am saving for project spectrum.
I've got to start the mittens. It starts with a tubular cast-on. Why? I don't know. I had to look that up in Vogue Knitting. That is how far I've gotten. I really want to make them. Really I do. Really.


Pat said...

That is the exact place all my sweaters stall....finishing details - BLAH! It looks like a really nice sweater though - worth the work for sure.
The Tofutsies sure has an interesting mix of fibers - (shrimp and crab shells?? cool) I want to make monkey socks too.

tiennie said...

I've never seen that Tofutsies yarn before. Will be looking forward to seeing your Monkey all knitted up with them.

Jean S said...

The sox look fun. How many pairs of sox do you think you have knitted so far? I love mine!