Wednesday, May 18, 2016

This Time I'm Serious

I won't feel like real knitter until I make a sweater that I can wear. I've tried a few times and the results were disastrous. Last week, I read a post (and I am so sorry that I can't remember who's blog it was on) singing the praises of Harvest. It is a Tin Can Knits sweater designed for the rank beginner.
So, I cast on this weekend using a Cascade 220 heathered pink. So far, so good. I know it's ridiculous to start a warm sweater in May, but I have to take advantage of my current inspiration. Wish me luck!

And I started a great book: Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh. I read an older book of hers recently, Baker Towers, and loved it! The New York Times gave Heat & Light a glowing review, and I had a coupon for Barnes and Noble:

I'm about 80 pages into it, and I am completely immersed in this contemporary story about Baker Towers, the Pennsylvania mining town featured in the earlier book. It is set around the issue of fracking and how that affects various members of the community. It's a much more ambitious novel than Baker Towers and so far Haigh is pulling it off.

I'll be joining up with Ginny for Yarn Along.

17 comments:

  1. I am SOOOOO with you on that sweater thing. I consider myself a decent knitter but I have yet to make THE sweater. I even bought the Craftsy class on how to fit a sweater to your measurements and still can't get it right.

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  2. Knitting sweaters in summer is great! I always do it. I have knit for decades and only recently been able to knit a sweater that sort of works, with my last effort being the only one I would claim I actually got right. You can do this. If not, I will mail you some cocktails to ease the pain (if you like cocktails, that is!). Xoxo Andrea @ This Knitted Life

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  3. Tin Can patterns are great, so good luck! I enjoyed Baker Towers also.

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  4. I feel the same way regarding sweaters, and have yet to finish one still! I think it makes sense to start now, if you take your time with it you'll be ready by fall!

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  5. I know what you mean. It is hard to feel like a REAL knitter if you dont knit a sweater from time to time. But Im trying to expunge that feeling. Is that the right word?
    who cares ? Im so picky about buying sweaters, its no wonder I rarely knit them.
    BUT YOU GO! I cant wait to see your beautiful knit sweater

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  6. Good luck with your sweater.

    The book sounds interesting. Being from PA originally (and maybe going back), fracking is definitely on my radar.

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  7. I've never knit a sweater and still feel like a knitter... Well, I did make a small child's sweater once - just for the fun of it. But then went back to my shawls and scarves - things I really enjoy knitting. I just bought that book! I got it for my husband, but I think I'm going to try and read it also. The subject matter interests me...

    Linda in VA

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  8. loved that book!! and I hope your cardigan delivers in what you wish of it!!

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  9. Good luck with your sweater knitting :)

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  10. Good luck, I'm sure you will be fine. Love that pink and I knit sweaters all year as it takes me quite a while!

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  11. You will do great with your sweater! I agree about not feeling like a knitter until you have made one. I have the yarn and needles for a project, just have to finish some WIPS! We should still catch up and knit sometime :)

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  12. Good luck with the cardi...you certainly picked a great colour!!! Must get those books....keep seeing people refer to them. They are now officially on 'the list'! Thanks.

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  13. The minute I saw that gorgeous color yarn I had to visit read this post. I agree that it is hard to feel like a knitter until you have made a sweater. I successfully made my first sweater and then made a disastrous vest for my mom so I know how you feel. I remade a different vest this past winter with much better results, but I am still a hesitant sweater/vest knitter. Good luck with making something wearable with that beautiful yarn.

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  14. Good luck! Will be watching your progress. I have knit a couple of sweaters (toddler size when my son was young)...for me I think the problem is that I get bored with such a large project. I'm thinking of trying again but making sure I have something else (socks? shawl?) on the needles when I do so. I want to read Baker Towers and now will add Heat & Light onto my list.

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  15. you were right about Ann Tyler...and Digging. Blech. I'm not even going to bother finishing it. :( Off to find some of these you're recommending!!!

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  16. Thank you for the book suggestions, it looks great. I may have brought up the Tin Can Knits Harvest sweater, I recently bought yarn for it but I have two in front of it to make first. You are a very talented knitter and even though I have made many, many sweaters, your knitting far surpasses mine.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  17. I finally have a sweater that I love to wear that I knit. It's the best feeling. It has taken some time to find, "the one". but it has me all excited to make another. I like the looks of your pattern. Looks like a winner to me!

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