Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Knitting a Gansey Sweater

My mom got this book at our local yarn shop a couple of years ago. I started reading  it recently, and have got all inspired to knit one for someone. I think the fascination of it is that I have not made one before. The Gansey just seemed to be easier to knit then Aran sweaters! But as I read this book I find they have there own special way to make them.  

In the book there is a pattern for sample sweater you can knit. I decided it looked fun! Here is a picture of what it will look like. 


Beth Brown-Reinsel explains a part of the sweater in each chapter. Then gives you instructions for the sampler that corresponds to the chapter. 


I thought this was cool, it is the chart of the sample sweater.  


So far I have cast on,  (a new one to me) called the Channel Island cast on. Then I knit what is called the welt or the edge. Which is knit in two pieces, then knit together. It is cool because then you have a split on the side of your sweater for more ease of movement.     


Next I am knitting the plain part, she has you put initials on it. In the corner you can see it, here in the picture under the tip of the needle the purl stitches. 


Next up is the pattern part of the sweater! I can’t wait! But first I have to finish knitting the plain part!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mandy’s Sweater update........ It's Finished!

It's finished my sweater from our knit-a-long that we were doing! And I'm wearing it!
I knitted the bottom and was working the sleeves, but didn’t think I had enough yarn to knit long sleeves so I made them short. And I still had a lot left of extra yarn left over! That bugs me a bit to have some left over but not enough to knit anything else, then you just have it sitting around taking up room in your stash! I try very hard not to have any left over! My sister suggested that I make the bottom longer. So I knit the bottom until there was none left! Yea!  IMG_6685
We decided to take picture when we went for a walk! Yes, that is Kerri waiting for us! Our favorite place to take them,  it was a little gloomy out! Thank you sister for taking super pictures!      
Don’t you like the way the yarn changes color ? Here is  a close up of the cables that run up the sides and……….
IMG_6691………up over the shoulders. 
I love the cables! They help add some detail and I think some shaping to the sweater, but you do put some increasing on the sides.
The back is pretty much the same as the front.
Me and my wellies!
 If you have missed the other posts about my sweater upates you can see them here. 
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Don't Eat the Daisies


The last few months, my husband and I have been thinking of buying a very old house, the conversation usually goes back and forth because its old it will need a lot of work, but we love the character of it because its so old etc. Of course my image is that we will buy it and love it and all be happy like Doris Day. I find it ironic that I have been so influenced lately by this movie and book because I have been buying daisy fabric too, just in case we DO buy the house.


And IF we do, I am getting a dress and hat like this one. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Art of Conversation

My latest find at an antique store, the title alone got me thinking about the electronic system of communication we use today. I think this book interested me because I stll rfse 2 get txts.
 My husband pointed this chapter out for me, I can't imagine why?

The Twelve Golden Rules
1. Avoid Unnecessary Details
2. Do Not Ask Question Number Two Until Number One Has Been Answered
3. Do Not Interrupt While Another Is Speaking
4. Do Not Contradict Another, Especially When The Subject Under Discussion Is Of a Trivial Importance
5. DO Not Do All The Talking; Give Your Tired Listener A Chance
6. Be Not Continually The Hero Of Your Own Story; And, On The Other Hand, Do Not Leave Your Story Without a Hero
7. Choose Subjects Of Mutual Interest
8. Be a Good Listener
9. Make Your Speech In Harmony With Your Surroundings
10. Do Not Exaggerate
11. Indulge Occasionally In A Relevant Quotation But Do Not Garble It.
12. Cultivate Tact

Friday, April 5, 2013

Spinning Wool

I‘ve had  this wool for awhile, I spun just a little bit of it. Thought I would finish spinning it today and share it with you! Here is the spun yarn on the spool, it is super fun to watch how it will come out!    

Here is the wool unspun aren’t the colors pretty?


This is the spinning wheel we have it is called a Kromski, it’s from Poland! 
Now I just have to figure what I want to knit with it. Do you have any suggestions?
Well back to spinning!