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Monday, November 19, 2007

This is the sweater that never ends ...

It just goes on and on and on.

I'm not sure if I just have less times these days, or if I've become a slower knitter, or if this pattern is just total time suckage. But I seem to be going nowhere fast on the trapeze jacket.

The shawl collar is done, and I'm past the short row sleeve caps. (I'm not so good at short rows. Maybe because I'm not a sock knitter. I'm confident that I'm doing them wrong.)

An uninspired progress shot, for you perusal:

Here is what's irritating about this pattern. It's sort of the worst of all worlds -- the ribbing of the body is boring, but it's NOT mindless. It grows gradually from 1 by 1, to 1 by 2, to 1 by 3 ribbing, at seemingly random intervals. So you have to look at the piece frequently; you can't simply zone out and become captivated by Grey's Anatomy. (Then again, the show's become too over-the-top, implausible and maudlin lately anyway.)

So while I'm typically very loyal to my projects, I had to stray. I used my Morehouse Merino from Rhinebeck to knit up Pepperknit's darling Bainbridge Scarf. I gave it to my dear friend at her bachelorette party because, well, I think it's more useful and less humiliating than typical bachelorette party presents.

And speaking of weddings, which I always seem to be these days, here's one of the engagement pictures that our good friend Julia took for us. No, he didn't toss me off the Promenade.


Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

What an adorable engagement photo! Love your dress--perfect for black and white.

Yay for making a Bainbridge! That is definitely not your typical wedding shower gift :)

7:36 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Oh my gosh - that is such a fabulous engagement photo!!

8:39 PM  
Anonymous christa said...

oh, that photo is darling! it's enough to make you BELIEVE in LOVE!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

Whoa! I missed a post somewhere - Congratulations!!
The picture of you two is wonderful - it says it all.

But oh no - the Trapeze jacket is next on my list - aahhhh. I was thinking it looked mindles...

And I couldn't agree with this more: (Then again, the show's become too over-the-top, implausible and maudlin lately anyway.)

3:07 AM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

or perhaps that it looked mindlesS


3:08 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

That is such an adorable picture of you two! You both look so happy!

7:44 AM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

I agree that for a project to be satisfying and mindless there can't be random directions, like the ones you mention. Then it's just tedious...LOVE the pic of the two of you, wow!!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Oh, but the trapeze jacket looks like it's almost done! And if you need to make perfect short rows, look no further than Misocrafty's tutorial. No holes, guaranteed :)

8:35 AM  
Blogger Kaet said...

the jacket looks great, and i love the scarf! your engagement photo is really adorable- you both look so happy! (i am glad i am not the only one getting a teeny bit annoyed by greys- it seems like every character is annoying me, except miranda!)

9:50 AM  
Blogger Carrieoke said...

That photo is adorable! You look so pretty, and you both look so happy. Yay!

Grey's is gonna get better. IT HAS TO.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

You guys look adorable in that photo - so happy! Mmm a morehouse merino scarf, nice and soft and warn - lovely.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your engagement picture ~ how fun and unique! Love the black and white and your dress is stunning!

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

What, you didn't make your friend tie that lovely scarf around the relevant part of a stripper's anatomy? (I know. The Wool Gods are striking me DEAD, fear not.)
And while I'm making inappropriate comments, I can't get over how your tush remains petite-looking in a pose that would have mine taking up 2/3rds of the frame.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I adore your engagement photo! I can't help but smile when I see it! :)

6:15 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

awww. . .soooo romantic. . .

7:16 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

you two are so freaking cute! you look like one of those debeers commercials that always make me teary eyed:)

how is the wedding planning going?

11:06 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

That is an awesome engagement photo!

That scarf is the perfect bachelorette gift. Much better than negligees and lacy type stuff you only wear once if that.

11:22 PM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

love that photo!! so cute. and i hear you with the somewhat mindless knits - it's tough!! but that jacket is too cute, so push on! ;-)

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Great picture!!

1:59 PM  
Blogger Jennifa said...

Love the engagement picture!

4:10 PM  
Blogger Karen Olson said...

Fantastic picture!

and I like that little purple scarf, too.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

That is such a cute picture of you guys!

Ugh, that's not good news about the Trapeze Jacket. I've always thought it was a beautiful sweater.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That is a gorgeous photo!

And I agree about the bachlorette gifts, I just do not want to give battery operated gifts!

9:27 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

What a great picture! So much personality shines through.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

Love, love, love the photo! You look so happy. Never-ending sweaters are so annoying. I've had a sweater done except for the edging for what seems like eternity. In my case, it was caused by paralyzing indecisiveness- applied icord? turned hem? that old standby, ribbing?? What's a girl to do but just start something else? :)

2:29 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

You two exude so much happiness in that photo, wonderful! Good luck with the never-ending sweater.

11:10 PM  

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