Thursday, January 21, 2010

Knitting Explosion

My name is Jess and I have a knitting problem.
I have 3 sweaters in full swing, and I am about to start one more.
There is the Helleborus Yoke sweater from the newest issue of knitscene magazine.
It isn't often that I have to make a sweater RIGHT NOW, but this one called to me.
I happened to have an appropriate yarn just waiting in my stash so I got the pattern last Saturday while I was working and started in knitting.
I had one false start, but I'm back on track and here is the front and now I have one of the sleeves done too. I'm using size 10 needles, which is helping this become a super speedy knitting project.
The pattern is written so that you work in a circle around the yoke, so the way the sweater is emerging is really very interesting and I just want to keep knitting and knitting to see what comes next.
It's a mid-range of difficulty kind of project. I can watch tv, but I still need to look down once in a while for the cables.

The second project on the needles is a yoke sweater from an old (as in about 5 years) Dale of Norway pamphlet. The hem is finished and now I have 15 inches of solid-color stockinette to finish.
This one is going everywhere with me so the unending monotony of it doesn't drive me crazy.
It'll be good for riding in the car, or waiting to pick up the Younger Hug-a-Bug from school.

The third sweater is one that I am designing myself.
I bought the book "Here Be Wyverns" by Nancy Spies in 2003 when it came out.
This book is a treasure trove of stitch patterns that the author gathered from medieval sources like tapestries and mosaics.

I decided to make a sweater using some of the patterns and I am making rather a slow go of it.
I have two of the patterns picked out, and the first pattern is complete.
There are pockets, the facing of which is sticking up there on the right-hand side.
The next pattern that I plan to use has a long repeat (195 stitches) and I have to work myself up to actually begin it.It's a totally awesome, and not totally un-dorky pattern.
As you look at the sweater, it looks like a swirly floral pattern, but then the center back is dragons.
Actually they're Wyverns (as in Here Be Wyverns) which are defined in the book as "a two-legged dragon having wings and a barbed and knotted tail"
I hadn't heard of a Wyvern before I saw this book, and not since then either until I saw a trailer for the newest disastrous creature movie on SyFyWyvern
An ancient evil has come to feed.

This movie looks scary in more ways than one...

Anyway, that's my knitting story currently.

On a more serious note, thanks to all of you out there who visited the Craft Hope for Haiti Etsy site.
The last update I saw was that they have raised over $20,000, and that's since last Thursday.
That is a spectacular outpouring of love from the crafting community and I am proud to have been a part of it.


  1. I love that sweater pattern and the color you chose for it. And good for you for admitting your problem - that's the first step to getting help.

  2. i'm envious of your skill and speed! you are inspiring -- maybe you'll inspire me to finish my sweater in 2010!

  3. My roommate and I love your dragon patterns! How intense!!

  4. love the sweaters... I can barely do a scarf. You amaze me!

  5. Just think, before you know it you're gonna have three fantastic sweaters to strut around in - awesome!

  6. is that eco-wool because we might be making the same sweater, in the same wool... what are the odds?