My world is full of FAQs right now, as I’m making up stuff (er, drafting useful information) for our website at work.
So the knitting FAQs come naturally right now.
Now that I’ve got an excuse to comment, I’ve been meaning to ask you, have you ever adopted a women’s sweater pattern for a man? I’m knitting Cromarty (from Aran Knitting) for a friend of a friend, and I know I’m going to have to lengthen both body and sleeves. So I don’t screw up the pattern repeat on the body, I’m thinking of doing a separate cabled panel that will run horizontally (like the neckband, but at the waist and about 4 inches wide) and either sewing it on after or picking up hem stitches as I go. I’m guessing that the sleeves will be less problematic, but I’d love a word of advice from the most seasoned aran knitter I know.
I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never converted a woman’s sweater for a man. The arans I’ve knit are mostly unisex — tending toward being more flattering for men than women anyway. Does anyone else have any input on this subject?
And from Andrea:
I got my Woolcraft book in the mail yesterday, and I see that they have Marina as a cardigan. Does Scottish Collection have it as a pullover or did you alter the pattern?
The Scottish Collection does have a pattern for the pullover version of Marina, so I expended no extra brain power on this.
However, my next knitting project, I think, will involve converting a cardi to a pullover, so stay tuned!
And speaking of Marina (well we were, weren’t we?) here she is.
Excuse me for one moment.
Okay, here she is:
Hmmmmm . . . it seems to be missing something. Oh, right. I have to knit the second sleeve. I did cut open the second steek and start it last night.
Ooh! Ooh! Lookie here!
This is handpainted sock yarn in a color called coffeecup. How could I possibly resist??
Another passle o’ mousies arrived last night! Mousies from Cherilyn in Toronto, April in Los Angeles, CA, and a big package from Germany that contained mousies from Beate, Melanie, Ursula, Katrin, and Iris. Included with the mousies was a dear little tiny sock that looks like it’s knitted from Opal Royal, if I’m not mistaken.
And a present for Lucy — a little fuzzy ball that rattles that she is now besotted with!
Thank you all, from Lucy and me!
By the way, the sound file you hear when you load my blog is Howard from “Last of the Summer Wine” murmuring “Oh Marina!” followed by a sheep bleating. Classy, huh?
I’ll be at a conference all day today, so you guys carry on without me, ‘k?