keeping on

has been along time since I’ve posted.  Greenhouse doing great. lettuce fabulous.  geraniums have been overgrown and clipped back and propagated two more pots for friends and neighbors. eaten the first of the broccoli and see my garlic is starting to sprout in their beds.  Winter has had plenty of cold, lots of rain (for Arizona) and now we’re having delightfully warm temps.

and I’ve been knitting.  Socks for the most part.  Have discovered Cascades Pacific, a wool/acrylic mix.  Same weight and colors as Cherub Aran (which has been my sock choice). Find the Pacific is warmer and will chafe less under my hiking boots.  Since it’s the same colors as the Cherub Aran and has no nylon, am using the latter yarn for the heals and toes and to differentiate one from the other, am doing the heals and toes in Cherub Aran RED.

Knit the sweater below out of Beracco’s Remix.  This is all recycled yarn, a mix of cotton, acrylic, nylon, linen and silk.  Started out using the measurements from another pattern and then figured out the gauge with this yarn.  Picked up several balls of this in different colors during sale days at the yarn shop and was starting with a yellowish color. Since only had 2 balls of the yellow and wasn’t sure how much was needed to do this sweater, went to this color as I had 4 balls of this.  The sweater took a little more than two.  It’s a little short for my taste but not too short for summer.  Obviously the ends still need to be woven in.  Wanted to check it before finishing in case I needed to  frog it!

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Gauge is 3.5 stitches/inch on #10 needles.  Cast on 60 for the top and knit down 6” then began slight increases for armhole, ending at 7.5” by adding an inch on either side.  Decided that 7.5” (pattern) wasn’t going to be enough for me, so went back to the top and added another inch in garter, bound off for the neck, then kept on going to do the back.  at 8” joined front to back and continued in a loose stockinet stitch.  When knitting at my usual tension find back and forth is 3.5 but in the round its 4, so had to consciously knit loose to keep the gauge.  at 22” switched to garter to finish; this matched the top and keeps the lower edge from curling.

Will not start another in the yellow, but will make that more of a tank rather than shell and may also go to a larger needle for a looser stitch.

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