I'm crazy about the whole idea of top down sweaters. I'm working on a cardigan from Knitting Pure & Simple right now (the $9 sweater) and it's just cool. It just seems easier than anything else I've ever tried. If I can cobble together the time to actually read Barbara Walker's book I know I can figure out how to make top down sweaters for everyone. I haven't had time to do more than skim the book, so in the meantime, I ordered a bunch of Knitting Pure & Simple patterns from Jimmy Bean's.
I know I'm throwing myself completely off schedule with the Christmas gift knitting, but I can't help myself. And it's going really fast. Lookit
Yeah, the yarn is pooling, but I don't mind, I kind of like it. If I convince myself that I can part with this when it's complete, gift it to my sister, then I'm not really that far off track. Yeah, that's it. This is a gift. Crap. She reads the blog, now I'll really have to give it to her. And my SIL will want one too. This sweater could end up being the next poncho in my life.
For those of you who don't know the poncho story. I made a poncho for my friend Fritz's (MFF) grand-daughter.
Cute, right? It was easy and I really liked the way it turned out. I thought, I'll make another one for my niece. When I gave it to her for her birthday, my other nieces all decided they wanted one too. The fun pattern turned into a knitting death march as I made boring stockinette ponchos for little girls. One after the other. I don't know when I'll be able to stand even looking at another poncho. I'm hoping that the top down sweaters don't end up being my new poncho.
I was going to try to go to knit night tonight, but last night I got a call from the Superintendent of schools. My son's face when he heard me say, "hello Superintendent Lester, how are you?" was classic. I'm going to have to investigate what he thinks he could have done (during summer break no less) that would cause a call from the head of the school distrist, but imagine his relief when he realized that the call had nothing to do with him. Anyway, they are looking for someone to sit on a 4 member steering committee who is known in the community (?!?) and my name "kept coming up". So I agreed, but this means going to some meetings this week. I'm very flattered that they've asked. Do you think I can knit in committee meetings?