Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Up in arms

I'm up in arms! Don't worry. There's nothing inflammatory about today's posting. I just wanted to show you the sleeve I finished over the weekend for my Early Bird Special Cardigan.

As always, I started with the sleeve. This is a Kathy Zimmerman tip and an excellent one at that. By beginning with the sleeve, you can practice the stitch pattern and check your gauge, too. I breeze through the rest of a sweater after I've completed the first sleeve. For example, I can now literally knit this stitch pattern with my eyes closed. Unfortunately, the yarn is a bit splitty so I've got to pay attention. Just as well, right?

I'm planning my next project while I'm working on this one. I want to make that Waltham Cardigan I showed you last time, the one that Kathy Zimmerman designed for the upcoming book, Knitting Plus. Anyone else up for a knit-along? I'm sure I can get Kathy to weigh in and offer advice as we go. Leave a comment here or write me offline if you'd like to participate. We'd start in mid-March after the book is released. My current plan is to (yet again) use my favorite yarn of all time, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, this time in Blue Violet. I've already got plenty in my stash so this will be a free project (ah, the joys of flawed, delusional thinking).

Let me know if you'd like to play in this KAL sandbox. I promise we'll have fun! And never get sand in our shoes either.


  1. re the sleeve:
    Gorgeous. You knitting is changing Julie.
    Maybe you can't see it, but I can. Kudos.

  2. Julie the sleeve is gorgeous - can't wait to see the sweater finished.

  3. I'd love to try to do the KAL! I've got a product releasing in April...and I might not have enough free time to knit enough to keep up, but I'm willing to give it a try if you are willing to let me!!

  4. Your Early Bird is a beautiful well-designed sweater. The use of the circular/oval motif throughout is just stunning!

    Yes! I'd love to join the Waltham sweater project. I wonder what color...

  5. I am seriously considering this. Although I'll have to see about if I can buy yarn! I'l likely be out of a job in mid march. Ah the joys of museum work in this economy!