Friday, January 26, 2007

Sweater Projects Found!

Yay for me! Mind you, the sweater projects were not all that I found. I also found moth larvae in one of the storage bins, along with chewed on skeins. So, instead of getting the projects organized, I spent the evening skeining and washing yarn. Fortunately the moths were in the bin that was only yarn, not projects. With a little research, I found out they are probably the larvae of the casemaking clothes moth. Fortunately they are easily killed by thorough washing the yarn and can be controlled through airing things out and exposure to the sun. Well, I know what I'll be doing this weekend....

I discovered that these particular moth larvae were illiterate as they munched quite happily on the yarn which was labelled "mothproofed" (Reynolds Paterna). I also discovered that the green dye in said Reynolds Paterna bleeds like mad when washed, which makes me very happy I didn't make the green and white ski sweater from it. I've since decided that I'll make the green and white ski sweater out of a different yarn and the Paterna will be turned into various items for The Dulaan Project, possibly including a few kids sweaters. I decided to throw out two skeins of yarn which were particularly full of eggs and had quite a bit of damage to them. One was a cream skein of Socka and the other was a ball of Dale Baby Ull, also in a cream color. None of the handspun which was in the bin was touched. Go figure.

Perhaps tomorrow I'll take a photo of the striped baby sweater that just needs a collar knitted onto it. And a small moth hole mended. I should probably find the magazine the pattern came from since I haven't a clue how to knit the collar. It was knit from sock yarn. I think it might have been from Knitters, but I'm not sure.

The Dulaan Project Knitting Plan

Every other Sunday I'm going to work on Dulaan Project knitting. That may be working on a sweater or whipping out a hat in a few hours. I had two hats knit for the project, but my nephew discovered one of them fit his head perfectly so I'm down to one hat. It *did* look quite cute on him, so I imagine that more of the same hat will look exceedingly cute on the Dulaan Project kids too.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Progress? What progress?

I still haven't found any of the sweater projects. Sigh. I have found a processor to card some of my fleeces though. Does that count? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Ok, so this weekend I'll find the sweater projects and figure out which fleeces to send off and which to keep to process myself. I could still finish one of the sweater projects this month. That's my plan!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

*Now* I've done it....

I have signed up for the Sweater A Month KAL. This will help motivate me to finish up some languishing projects. I can think of at least four adult-sized sweaters I have started, but not finished. At least one of them was started when I was working on my Master's degree, TEN YEARS AGO! eek!

Here are my sweaters, in various stages of progress:
1. Freedom Sweater from Amazing Threads (at least 4 years old). Needs sleeves knit onto it.
2. Green ski sweater--Reynolds pattern. Probably 8 years old.
3. Green cotton polo sweater. Needs to be sewn together and put in a zipper.
4. Orange tank. May need to be ripped out. I think my gauge was off. I'm in denial on this one. Technically, I believe it is a wee bit too small.
5. Sock yarn baby sweater. I think it needs a collar, cuffs and to be sewed up. It was intended for my niece at her birth. Said niece is now 3 1/2 years old.
6. Purple vest. I haven't a clue how far along this one is. I think I was halfway up the back. It's at least 8 years old.
7. Black and white Starmore sweater. Intended as a birthday present for my sister. Probably ten years old. It was beyond my abilities at the time, so I put it aside and knit her a different sweater instead. I could realistically get it done by Christmas 2008, if I kept working on it.
8. "Blueberry" sweater. Knit in a yarn called Drop Dead Gorgeous. Pullover from the bottom up, in the round. I have divided for the armholes and am working on the first sleeve now. I am making up the numbers as I go, modifying an existing pattern to fit the gauge.
9. Blue pullover. Berrocco pattern named Mary Jane(?). I can't remember what the yarn is, but I know it's not the yarn called for in the pattern. I did manage to get gauge, so it doesn't really matter. I think the back is done. I'm not even sure where this one is at the moment.

So those are the UFOs in the sweater department. At least the ones I can recall right now. To bring me up to an even dozen sweaters, I can choose from the raglan cabled sweater kit, the angora sweater kit, the flower jacket sweater kit, the Lopi sweater, the green cabled sweater and the homespun cable vest. I have the yarn and pattern for each of those. I have several additional sweaters worth of yarn, but haven't figured out what pattern to go with it yet. Lest that be a stumbling block to this whole adventure, I'll stick with the projects where yarn *and* pattern are in hand.

Now the trick will be to FIND these various projects. As you can see from the picture in my last post, my knitting room is a wee bit disorganized. I could say that it's very organized since everything is in a box or bin, I suppose. Actually, the current state of the room is even worse than in the picture. I cleaned out my computer room by moving extra boxes into my studio. Right now the empty floor space measures about 16 square feet. I'll weed out the computer junk boxes this weekend with the help of a geek friend. I really don't think I need an assortment of external modems (probably 56K modems, at that) or Zip drives.

My plan is to start out small. With the baby sweater. I can manage that by the end of January. Then I'll see about maybe seaming up that polo sweater. I'll post pictures as soon as I can find the projects.