Okay, I was supposed to post this last week. I'm not sure what happened!
I went to my top down sweater knitting class on Tuesday (last week, not last night). What a great night. I admit to being a bit overwhelmed, but Stephannie (the teacher) and Cathy (the owner of the store where the class is being taught) are both wonderful.
This is the yarn that I chose. It's so beautiful! It's a malabrigo and called Pink Frost. There is quite a color variation in the yarn in the same dye lot, but I think it will be fine. I'm going to try the Simple Knitted Bodice pattern. I'm really lucky because Carrie is also making the same sweater. Her classes started before mine, so she is further along on it. So, I get to benefit from everything she has learned about the pattern before I have to do it.
I made this bag to carry some of my knitting in because I've been carrying my knitting in a plastic bag (yes, I know. Horrors!). I used the Lovely and Fabulous and Talented Monica's bag pattern. I made it longer, but I wished I'd lined it in something a bit heavier. To accomodate the embroidery design, I also put the handles on a bit wider than the pattern said, so I should have also made them longer. And can I tell you something? This is BRIGHT. So bright that my middle child loved it. So, I'm just not sure that I can use it. *sigh* I think I need to try again.
Yes, I do know this is a crappy picture. However, I knitted up this little beauty. It is called Fetching. It was really pretty easy, although I had thumb issues. Mine thumb's a little fat and doesn't look all that great. I'll finish the second one in the same way that I knit the first, but I think if I make another pair I'll make the distance from the thumb up to the end a little longer, and knit more rows on the thumb. I'd like more thumb and finger coverage.
I used the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran yarn that they recommended in the pattern, and I loved LOVED working with it. It is fabulous. I definitely want to use this yarn again.
I almost forgot! I'm also working on this Noro Scarf. The colors really are so much more vibrant than I can catch in any picture.
I kept seeing this beautiful scarf all over, and the wonderful Amy gave me the much needed encouragement to get started on it. I did start and then rip out the thing probably 12 times before I really got going on it. I had an "ah ha" moment when I was watching a You Tube video of how to knit, and she showed me what a purl stich looks like from the back side! Wow. Let me tell you, that helped me SOOO much. I'm sure that I could not have gotten through my Fetching gloves if I hand't known that little tidbit.
Now I need to get started with my sweater swatch. Well, after I get some sewing done.