Monday, January 07, 2008

Getting Back to Normal

Back to school today. It wasn't too bad, and I did get to start the day with a phone call from my running partner saying that it was raining outside. Yay! I won't mention that I didn't run a single day during vacation, so I've plenty of rest already. Russ made me a fantastic cup of coffee from some beans that he bought in Lincoln. We discovered a little coffee shop not far from where his parents live, and they had wonderful organic coffee. He bought me a bag of it while he was there last week. It's called Cultiva, and it is wonderful.

I finished my niece's sweater last night. It was the "Trinity" pattern by Kim Hargreaves from my Treasury of Rowan Handknits that I bought this summer for 12 bucks. It was really by the skin of my teeth. I was knitting the trim as I went, and was down to just a couple yards of yarn.



I don't know why I took so long to finish it. It wasn't difficult, although I didn't exactly enjoy doing the increases in the sleeves while I was knitting the trinity stitch. I'm very happy with the finished product though and am anxious to see how my little niece looks in it.


I seemed to have had some trouble with the color. I'll blame our gloomy weather this week. The last photo shows the color most accurately. The pattern actually calls for Rowan demin yarn, which is shrinkable, but I used some pink Rowan Handknit Cotton and it worked fine. I prefer wool yarn overall, but this was fun to use to this project.

13 comments:

marit said...

What a beautiful sweater! Your niece will look adorable!

Tracy said...

GORGEOUS sweater!! Your did a fab job on that, and the color is perfection. Your niece will look a treat in it! Happy week ((HUGS))

Wool Winder said...

That's a gorgeous sweater! That much detail is time consuming and eats up a lot of yarn too. Glad you had enough to finish. Beautiful!

TheBlackSheep said...

Nice sweater! Really nice. I know someone I could do that for (see hyperactive niece from my last post). She's a girly-girl and would love that.

Now I think I might have to buy that book. Hmmm....

*whispers* rain is not a reason not to go running *runs* (I personally love to run in the rain, but am not "allowed" to do it anymore)

Knittings Nice! said...

What a sweet sweater....really nice stitch definition.

mari said...

Very cute sweater.
Such a pretty pink. Very girly.

Karen said...

WOW! that is gorgeous!!

monica said...

That sweater is absolutley beautiful. I am sure your niece will love it.

dogquilter said...

what a wonderful job you did, the sweater is divine. i wish i could knit like that!

Rani said...

Gasp! It's gorgeous! It will be an heirloom!

Mimi said...

Your niece's sweater is so pretty! Lovely design and so well knitted!
Good that you had enough yarn.

Janice said...

What a beautiful sweater!!! Your niece will love it and look adorable, I am sure!!

sue said...

Your niece's sweater is absolutely beautiful. I will have to find a copy of that book now, always another pattern I want to add to the list.