Since my last post, there have been: a World Series run; house guests; a foreign exchange student for 3 weeks; Halloween; Thanksgiving; life; and lots of knitting. Let's do it in pictures.
First up, house guests: one of my mothers ; ), her husband, Dear Son and Hubster playing Farkle. This picture was taken on a day when there was still hope that the Cardinals might make a go of the World Series. Oh well.
Next up, Adrien came from Chartres to stay for 3 weeks. During which time we had our annual Halloween party. French kids love Halloween.
American kids love Halloween too. Here are Dear Godson, Dear Son, and mon fils Francaises.
Here is more of the crew: nieces, friends, god children, children...
Next up? Thanksgiving. But first I finished two sweaters: one for a new nephew; one for me.
Jameson's Jacket is knit from an old King Cole pattern, here on Ravelry. It's knit in Minnow Knits Merino, a superwash single-ply wool. It's lovely stuff and stitch patterns just pop in it, don't they? Of course, there's nothing like a photo to show you a mis-crossed cable, is there? Jeeez.
I knit this sweater for this red-headed Chicago baby to wear sometime on or about St. Patrick's day.
Maybe next year...
And for me?
Not that you can tell from this photo, but this is a pretty successful piece actually. Here on Ravelry, it's a swingy cardigan based on the set-in sleeve pattern in Ann Budd's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. I'll blog it more extensively another day. Suffice to say I like it and I like wearing it.
Also, in this time period, I did some finishing for the shop. That's not my favorite thing to do, so I charge an arm and a leg ($20 an hour), but there are folks who want me to do the fiddly end-of-a-sweater work for them, and I do it sometimes. This time, I finished this cardigan (do you recognize Hannah Fetig's Effortless Cardigan?) in a beautiful tomato red MadTosh -- and the finishing was extensive. Re-knit both sleeves from the shoulder and pick up and knit all of this facing. In fingering weight Pashmina. Yowza. Like 10 hours.
What I contemplated while I worked on this sweater was shaping my gray cardigan fronts to look like this schematic. Do-able I think, if I just cast on the same number as for the back and work nearly to the arm hole shaping, then cast off at a severe angle. See, I'm not happy with the cardigan fronts as I've knit them so far, and I love this shape. I'll try it out after I finish my stealth holiday knitting.