Saturday, May 29, 2010

Janey Pullover

This was a kit I purchased at Maryland Sheep & Wool called Janey Pullover by Melissa Jean Stahl. It was knit with Vermont Organic Fiber Company ~ O-Wool ~ Balance (colorway 3017 Peridot - 3 skeins). It's 50% cotton - 50% merino. It was a fun knit. The kit came with 3 cute handmade ceramic buttons that go perfectly with the yarn. The only thing I did differently was add the grosgrain ribbon. Every morning around 5-5:30 I take our dogs for a walk at the Tupancy Links and always see ducks on this one house. Sometimes there is just one or two but most times there are several. I often wonder why this house. For some reason it always makes me smile.
Every Memorial Day Weekend there is a boat race called Figawi. Sailboats race from Hyannis to Nantucket on Saturday then race back on Monday. This is what the Nantucket boat basin looked like before the race. Pretty quiet. (Click to enlarge any photo.)
Here is what it looked like after the race. Somewhere around 250 sailboats end up here. A photo from the Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror. We had a good time watching the boats come in from the Jetties.UPDATE:
We went down to see the sailboats off this morning (Memorial Day). We're used to fog around here but this somehow seemed different. Turns out this wasn't fog at all but smoke from a number of large fires in Southern Quebec. Very, very weird!Rounding Brant Point Lighthouse you can see the masts of sailboats as they head out to Nantucket Sound.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Green Sweater

When I first heard about this sweater I knew I had to knit it. If you haven't read the article Channeling Elizabeth: Recreating a Family Heirloom by Sunday Holm in Twist Collective here it is. It tells the story of the reconstruction of the 50 year old sweater.

It was an interesting knit. The sweater contains phoney seams at the underarms, steeks, mitered shaping for neck and facings, underarm gussets, kangaroo pouch, deep dolman sleeves (more of a modified drop shoulder with a gusset), and gauntlet cuffs.

Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann's Green Sweater dissected and written by Sunday Holm
Purchased: Schoolhouse Press Pattern #13
Size: 36", 40", 44", 48" (I knit mine in size 42" but wished I'd knit it in size 40")
Needles: US #6 (4mm)
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca ~ Peat Mix (6277) 50% Alpaca 50% Wool
Pewter Clasps: Quantity 7 purchased from Schoolhouse Press
Started: 5-5-2010
Finished: 5-20-2010

Turn Sleeve Hem;Finishing (Sewed on pewter clasps)5-19-2010
Work Gauntlet Cuff
Knit Sleeves
Knit Neckline; Knit Neckline Facing

5-9-2010 & 5-10-2010
Start Neck Steek; Shape Neck Opening; Graft Shoulders (did 3-needle bind-off)5-8-2010
Start Sleeve Steeks 5-5-2010
Hem knit on one size smaller needles. Pattern called for Provisional Cast-on but I cast-on with Judy Becker's Magic Cast-on.
Did a knitted hem so I wouldn't have to sew down the them as part of finishing.