Tuesday, September 20, 2011


As you can see on this GC sweater, I really made a mess of it. I think I know what I did. I started the GC without going past the turn mark so that it patterned wrong. Then, when I took a break I came back & restarted the GC, this time going past the turn mark so that it patterned correctly. I don't know how other people do their sleeves, but for me, I sit at the GC off & on during the day, increasing stitches. It takes hours & I don't do it all in one sitting. It is a tedious job & I hate doing it, but it is a must. This is a sweater for my g'son. I am trying to decide if I should rip it out & redo the whole sleeve or if I should just let it go & chalk it up to experience. I am very meticulous with my knitting & this will bother me every time I see this sweater. However, I am hating the idea of sitting for another day or two just to reknit it when I have other things on the machine that I am working on. This is going to be a 'cut & sew' neck & I want to get it finished.

 This is a sweater for the 'Afghans for Afghans' program. It is a size 8 striped raglan with a short rowed neck & grafted neckband. According to the web site, green is the favorite color of Islam. These sweaters I send off one at a time as I use non-matching dye lots of wool, or small left over cones of different colors.  They are scrappies. They must be 100% wool or another like fiber. No acrylics. The Afghans don't have hot water & they don't have washing machines so felting is not a problem. It gets very cold there & acrylics will get wet & freeze. Wool does not. If you are interested in contributing there is a link to the site on the left.

I also put up a link to the World Vision web site. They have a pattern that can be downloaded & knit for their charity. I am not a fan of this pattern & have made it known in rather rude fashion. I myself would be ashamed to offer a cold child one of these chintzy sweaters & I never use it. You may use your own pattern if you choose.