I've been out to lunch apparently but I'm fine, thanks for asking. Let me get you up to date on my knitting projects because you know no matter what I do, I'm knitting!
I've got two sweater projects underway. You're not really a devout knitter unless you're knee-deep in multiple projects - just ask my friend, Maggie who routinely works on double-digit, in-process knitting projects and still yearns to start something else!
First on the list: my personal rework of Takoma, Julia Farwell-Clay's cowichan-inspired coat. I fell in love with this sweater at first sight, but after seeing completed projects and contemplating my personal girth and mighty derriere, I decided I should make a plainer version that makes the most of my figure. I used graphics software to envision the sweater modifications. I changed the color, too since I'm using gold instead of the taupe in the original design. Note that I am removing all the stripes below the armpits and the center stripes on the sleeves. This should draw the eye up to the bodice and play down my way-too-ample hips.
I've finished the sleeves and really love how it looks thus far. The lightweight chunky Cascade Eco+ brings this sweater to life and makes for a very fast knit.
But one sweater isn't enough for me. I'm also working on Ysolda Teague's Chickadee Sweater from Little Red in the City. I'm going to turn the chickadees into cardinals using duplicate stitch when I'm finished. My family is obsessed with the red birds; every time we see a pair, we're convinced that our dearly departed grandparents have come back to visit. My family will love this sweater. It will make a perfect Christmas cardigan that I can still wear all winter long, too.
I'm using Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in Moonshadow and (appropriately) Cardinal. I cruised Etsy until I found the just-right vintage red glass buttons - they're perfect! Now all I have to do is knit.
Have I told you lately how much I love making sweaters? Last week, I was at Joann Fabrics looking for buttons and came across a knitting book I really liked five years ago. The problem: all of the sweater patterns in that book were way too small for me and I didn't have a clue about upsizing. At the time, I dejectedly sighed and put the book back on the shelf. But when I came across thjs book last week, I realized there wasn't a single design that I couldn't re-engineer for my particular lumpiness. What an achievement! I know the rest of the world would never understand that I can now die a happy woman because I can make sweaters that fit, but perhaps you'll understand. It's incredibly difficult to knit flattering fashions that fit, but now I can do it with confidence.