And now, the beauty shot!

It’s a finished object!  FO dance, FO dance!

Last night I didn’t think I would make it.  The designer called for changing back to the larger needles for the last row of the ribbing of the button band, and for the bind off.  I, sheep that I am, gave it a try.  You can guess what resulted:  a ruffle!  Not what my DH envisioned for his Christmas sweater, I can tell you!  So I tinked all those stitches, re-did the buttonholes to a tidier version, reknit the rows, and bound off.  The buttons got sewn on at 2 pm, and the picture shoot was on. (I’d have finished sooner, but DH was willing to do the winter pruning on my rose bushes, and wanted me to consult on how ruthless he should be.  Show no mercy!  Prune those bushes!)

Further news was received today about my Christmas knitting.  Dear Father-in-law called to thank us for the mittens.  He had been trying to tough it out using the snowblower without gloves, because he couldn’t get his gnarled hands into a pair.  Dad said he had been ready to drive to the cities to look for some mittens, when his gift arrived in the mail.  He reported that his hands didn’t get cold with the mittens on…could I possibly knit a second pair?  Oh, yes!   (Compare that to those ungrateful recipients of knitware we’ve all read about.)  In fact, I have 100 grams of the maroon superwash left from DH’s sweater.  Cast on time!

Knitting secret revealed

We’ve all been keeping Christmas knitting secrets.  Little knitting content has been blogged here or on others blogs.  However, today I had to fess up to what I’ve been knitting.  Up to this point, I had been sitting on the sofa, knitting away.  DH is used to seeing that, and didn’t actually see what I was knitting.

Today I reached the point where all the pieces had to be blocked.  Not only is it hard to miss that as you walk through the dining room, but also he is the architect of the blocking boards.  When I need to use both blocking boards, he knows which books to pull from the bookcase to shim under the corners of the second one (it extends out onto a card table placed at the end of the dining room table.)

So this morning, I placed in his lap the unblocked pieces of the sweater he had asked for.  The pattern is the Charcoal Ribbed Cardigan by Kate Kuckro.  I knit it in elann’s superwash chunky in maroon.  DH was very specific in his cardigan wants:  a shawl collar was #1.  He had ok’d this pattern, and chosen the yarn color.  The surprise was that he didn’t know I had begun his sweater;  he thought I was slogging away on a sweater for me.

I have high hopes of actually finishing it for Christmas, despite having a music gig tomorrow night to prepair for.  That will take part of tomorrow, and, of course, no knitting tomorrow night.  At least he knows I love him a lot!