Auntie Ann Knits

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Four Finished Objects and a Knee

Does that sound like the opening to a bad joke, or what? "Four FOs walked into a bar, see . . . .

Kyoto 1

Kyoto V-neck Cable Shell by Zukii Design.

The last will be first because I love it so much. I think this is the best thing I've knitted so far.

I love this sweater. It’s for my DD, and I might have to make one for myself as well. She fell in love with the pattern at Stitches West 08 and, although she knits, this is still beyond her. I wish the pattern had charts, but other than that it is well written and very detailed.

No mods, except for doing short-row shoulders and a three-needle bind-off instead of binding off and seaming per the pattern instructions. I guess I do have one small quibble there -- in this size the front shoulders are reduced down to 12 stitches and the back shoulders are reduced down to 9 stitches, plus a small back neck treatment that adds just enough room to pick up the three stitches to make up the difference, but it never tells you to do that. Overall, though, I'm very pleased with this pattern.

Berroco Comfort was recommended by the store for its washability and range of colors so that’s what we went with, although what I was really after was a cotton blend. The yarn was splitty to work with so I had to use a cable needle, even though these are only 4-stitch cables and normally I wouldn’t use a cable needle for those. Other than the splittiness it was very nice to work with.

Shedir for Lisa
Shedir cables

Lisa's Shedir

My neighbor Lisa is currently struggling through breast cancer treatment. This Shedir is for her. It's in Rowan Calmer. Yes, it's almost the exact same color as the February Baby Sweaters I'm making. I never said originality was my strong suit.

When I gave it to her we got to chatting and mostly as a joke I mentioned to her the Knitty pattern for knitted prostheses. She has some cashmere, she tells me, and she might want some! I'm standing by to knit Tit Bits for her if she wants. Lisa has a great sense of humor and a wonderful family and a whole bunch of support. If you'd like to add your good thoughts for her, please do.

Galaxy socks

Gauge kicks my butt, again.

As in, I measured my gauge at 9 spi and the first sock came out huge. Over the course of things my gauge changed to 8 spi. I ended up frogging it back to the toe and re-knitting it.

However, all is now well and mom says that they fit. Interesting flashing with this yarn, which is what it’s designed to do. As long as mom likes them, which she does.

The yarn is Regia Galaxy, color Jupiter Blue. They are based on the
Riverbed Master Pattern by Cat Bordhi.

Carina's Feb Baby Sweater
Carina's button

Carina's February Baby Sweater

Look, I already told you I'm not very original, and that I was making two February Baby Sweaters for two baby girls. Here's the second one. It is just like the first one, but a bit longer in the body and arms. I think I love the buttons (from JoAnn’s) even more than the buttons on the first one, which I also love.

When I told the new parents that the buttons aren't functional but have snaps underneath, they were ecstatic. It's a happy synchronicity that lack of foresight in planning buttonholes can lead to contented parents, that's all I can say. EZ's pattern tells you to make buttonholes every 8 garter ridges, but it doesn't tell you this until the yoke is completely done. Yeah, I'm not much of a one for "read the whole pattern before you begin." Now you know.

Now, as to the knee part of the bad joke -- the punch line is that I had knee surgery May 19th. I have a picture of my post-operative knee, but I'm not sure how to post it so that those of you who are squeamish don't have to see it. I'm not even sure I want people on Flickr to accidentally be subjected to it. Not that it's that bad, the wounds are closed already, but not everyone would want to see my leg with five holes punched in it plus an incision, so I don't think it's going up.

I tore my left knee up while skiing in February, and it took until May for the surgeon to find the time in his schedule for me. Not that it was that bad, mind you, but it sure cut down on the exercise. Maybe that accounts for the stream of FOs. And some of the flab.

Now it's fixed, so it's sort of an FO, too. I had meniscus repair and ACL reconstruction, so there's sewing and a couple of screws inside my left leg now. I still have a long way to go with physical therapy and must wear a big honking brace on my left leg until 6 weeks post-op. My friend Barb came over every day the first week to help take care of me so that DH wouldn't have to take off work. Isn't she a sweetie?

Clearly I need to knit her something.


  • Everything looks great! We must be kindred spirits in the colors department, seriously. I should post my light purple baby top sometime.

    By Blogger Unknown, at Sunday, June 01, 2008 5:52:00 PM  

  • The Cable Shell is so lovely & looks great on your daughter. Can you let me know where you purchase the pattern as I will love to knit one. Thanks.

    By Blogger Ann, at Monday, June 02, 2008 1:56:00 AM  

  • What a gorgeous top! You really did a fabulous job on it, and the other items are great too.

    Hope the knee heals quickly.

    By Blogger Renee, at Monday, June 02, 2008 9:26:00 AM  

  • All your finished objects are wonderful. I LOVE the shell. Your daughter looks like a professional model in it :) Very nice!

    Sorry to hear about your knee. Hope you'll have a very speedy recovery :)

    By Blogger hakucho, at Wednesday, June 04, 2008 12:06:00 PM  

  • I love the top and the color is perfect. What a nice thing to do for you neighbor. I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

    By Blogger Angelika, at Wednesday, June 04, 2008 4:17:00 PM  

  • I'm glad to hear your knee surgery went well and yes, your friend Barb is indeed a good friend! As are you; what a lovely hat you knit for your neighbor. I'll be keeping her in my thoughts and sending good vibes her way.

    Your daughter is beautiful and that lovely top looks stunning on her. Clearly, red is a very good color for her (although I suspect she looks good in any color).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, June 06, 2008 3:30:00 PM  

  • Wow Annie - they are ALL gorgeous! I am impressed you've had that much time to knit. I've had such a bad year...everything has turned out the oddest of shapes. A babyhat that would fit on a beanie baby. A sweater that turned out 10" too wide - and I swear I did a swatch! I guess I need knee surgery to get my mojo back!

    By Blogger Lisa Thornquist, at Friday, June 06, 2008 4:56:00 PM  

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