Monday, July 20, 2009

I Have Returned

Wow, first of all, I would like you all to know that I am a blog-reading master.  I got home last night at 11pm and didn't begin catching up on blogs until this morning - I had almost 200 posts to read!  And I did it all - this morning, this afternoon... all day. Mainly because I'm a bum, but I'm glad I was able to catch up with everyone.

I had such a good time up at my cabin!  It is by far my favorite place to be and I have so much that I want to talk about here on the blog.  Most of it is unrelated to knitting, but I have an odd desire to document my cabin experience and this is really the only place to do it, so you're just going to have to suck it up.

Today, however, I will update you on the knitting that got done while I was gone.

I finished the back of Delain and started on the front.

I know, the front looks super wonky right now, but that's because after the bottom ribbing, you split it in three parts and work each one separately for a while to make room for the pockets.  Did I mention that Delain has pockets?  Yeah, he's a man of mystery.  I just have a few more inches to finish up on the remaining 20-stitch strip and then I can join them all back together and work until the armholes.

I worked some on the Autumn Arbor Stole as well.  At the beginning on my vacation, I was switching off days of knitting and devoting the entire day to a specific project.

However, after a few days of this, I decided to put the Autumn Arbor Stole on the back burner because it is my process piece and I was trying to get as much done on Delain as I could.  One of my brothers recently requested that I knit him a sweater and the yarn arrived while I was gone, so I knew that as soon as I got home, I would be putting Delain down and picking up what I hope to be some very enjoyable yarn.

This is Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed (85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere) in Butternut, with one skein of contrasting color (Parchment or Pulp or Paper or something like that) for the edging.

The sweater he wants is Franklin by Jane Ellison from the Queensland Collection Book 9, which is full of wonderful men's patterns.  The entire thing is knit in 2x2 ribbing, with no shaping (not even for the sleeves.)  It could be a joy to knit, or it could be... less than a joy.

Lots more about the cabin to come - none of it to do with knitting.  I'm off to swatch, glad to be back!

(Another brother just requested another pair of socks to take with him to college... I'll have to find some suitable yarn.)


  1. Good progress! Hope you took some time to just relax too.

    Silkroad! Nice!!!

  2. Welcome back! Wow - you made a TON of progress on the sweater. And I'm still in love with the shawl colors. :)

  3. Well, I'm glad I could contribute to your blog reading progress by not posting anything while you were gone.

    Also...I may know a place where you can get some good sock yarn. Let me know what you're looking for!

  4. How many siblings do you have?

  5. I'm so glad you had a good time away. I hope this brother will wear the sweater and treat it well. Unlike another brother I've heard of...

    Maybe you can think of that pattern as a giant sock? ;^)

  6. Wow, you are a master blog reader, and a prompt commenter at that! Silkroad, your brother is in for a treat! Welcome back.

  7. The color of your sweater is so nice! It's going to be great, and it looks really snuggly.

    The 2x2 ribbing will provide hours of mindless knitting - always handy when the fit hits the shan!

    Good to see you enjoyed your time away!

  8. Loving Delain. Everything about it.

    I've been gone all week and am just catching up as well. Reunited and it feels so good...