A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

November 16, 2004


What's better than a huge bag of Manos del Uruguay? A huge free bag of Manos del Uruguay!

I'm starting the Big Sack sweater by Jenna Wilson from Stitch 'n Bitch. I'm knitting it for the shop. I plan on teaching a class on it. It seems like a good first sweater--big gauge, no shaping--plus it's a good introduction to cables. I'm knitting it in the round. It's nice to knit a sweater that I a) don't have to pay for and b) don't have to worry about fit or sizing.

Thanks so much for all the nice comments on Paula. The sweater is terribly easy to knit. So easy that it was kind of boring, which is why it got put aside for so long. But I got remotivated when I thought about how pretty it would be and how much I really wanted to wear it. It also helped to have a whole day out (Saturday), hanging out with Molly, to work on seaming it all up. It made the finishing a lot more fun to do it in good company.

The ribbon I used is 2 inch wide double-faced satin. The pattern calls for 1.5 inch wide ribbon. But I knew this was the right color ribbon and it didn't come in a 1.5 inch width. I plan on putting some Fray-Check on the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying. I'm sure I'll find it in the attic before I die. I also decided against sewing the ribbon on to the sweater. The ribbon, I think, is dry clean only. The sweater isn't. So for now at least I'm just pinning the ribbon to the sweater. We'll see how it goes.