Hedgehog Knits

Adventures in knitting from the eastern edge of Canada.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Taking in strays

Wow, how did three weeks go by so quickly??

Today I bring you a little rescue knitting that I've been working on. One of my aunts, who is quite a good knitter, started this lace pullover for her daughter. Despite her uncertainty and lack of experience with lace charts, an employee at our LYS convinced her that she would be able to tackle this pattern. And it probably would have been alright if the pattern was at least well written.


Alas, the pattern (from a back issue of Knit 'n Style) has many errors and ambiguities, and doesn't really explain how one is supposed to alter the charts when faced with armhole decreases, neck shaping, ad sleeve increases. In the interest of getting this gift finished in a reasonable time (I think that it was originally intended as a gift for last Christmas!), I decided to take it in and work on it in my spare time (whatever that is!). It came to me with the biggest part of the knitting already done - both the front and back up to the armholes. I actually just have one sleeve cap to finish now, but it looks like I have to go track down one more ball of yarn.


It's a nice yarn to work with : Mandarin Petit by SandnesGarn. I think I counted 7 plies of cotton. It's quite soft, and about a sport weight. Makes for some fine detail on a sweater.

The other "stray" that I've taken in lately is a cute little cat who has been hanging around the house for the past six weeks or so. Molasses ("Lassie" for short) was a skinny little black thing when she first wrapped herself around my ankles as I was hanging out clothes one Saturday morning. She had no collar, and seemed very hungry, so we've been feeding her and fattening her up a little, and Nick and I intend to take her with us when we move into our own home. Which leads to the next exciting news....

We put in an offer on a house in downtown St. John's this morning, and the offer was accepted! We still have to go through home inspection, and the deal won't close for a full month. But we're well on our way to having our own home! We're very excited. After a full month of searching and viewing houses, this one, though a little bigger than we really need, seems like a place where we will be happy to put down roots. We loved it from the first minute we stepped in the door. And we'll be able to walk to work.

So, lots going on here, with precious little time for knitting. Next time though, I hope to bring you photos of the first finished Accordion jacket - almost done!!

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7 Comments:

Blogger Glenna C said...

Yayyyyy, house! And yay, kitty cat! All fabulous endeavours. Glad you are both doing well, and good for you for doing the noble rescue knitting.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous nancy said...

wooT! a kittie ! please post pictures soon of little lassie!

Congrats on the house purchase - AND being able to walk to work to! double happiness!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Peg-woolinmysoup said...

Wow, you are an angel for finishing that knit for your aunt!
A new house, maybe, and a kitten all in a few weeks. Hooray for you! Walking to work, that is a bonus in a maritime climate! I hope it all works out for you - you have been having a very nice fall, I see from the weather channel! Nothing beats the colour of fall in the East!!

5:30 PM  
Blogger Leanne said...

Congrats on the new house! Job, house, kitty, knitting - what more could you need?

6:53 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

So pleased for you - hope the house buying goes smoothly - am looking forward to meeting Lassie and glad that knitting carries on in the midst of everything :o)

4:40 AM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Congratulations on the new house! I am SO excited for you! a bit bigger? that's alright, more space for your stash,eh?
You are going to be busy busy busy! (hope you weren't completely unpacked!)
Looking forward to meeting little Lassie, and seeing the new home.
That's some very pretty knitting there and how sweet and nice are you to take it on and finish it up!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Did someone say 'knitting'? said...

A new cat is always good. :)
Congrats on the new house. Your rescued knitting looks lovely so far, but I understand how frustrating a 'not so friendly' pattern can be - I feel you sister!

12:02 AM  

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