Friday, March 02, 2007

New Sweater and Stuff

Yes, I know it has been a while since I wrote on my blog. Things have been tough recently, More pain and fatigue than usual. This time especially in my hands. I allowed this to get me depressed, as I prejected like a crazy person , envisioning me not able to knit or groom my dogs and before long I was imagining being unable to move, being bedridden and thinking of ways I could end my pathettic bed ridden life! It doesn't do to let your inamgination free! I am sure this wasn't helped by John being in the USA and me running into that evil bitch I told you about last September. How I didn't pick up my sticks and beat her silly with them I don't know, but I didn't. I walked away(or hobbled away) with dignity. At least she had the good grace to keep her eyes on the floor, unable to look at me. So that brought on some obessive anger for a few days. Somewhere or other I recall reading that when one is confronted by such anger, the best thing to do was to pray that the object of your anger to receive all you wish to receive. I balked at the idea but realised it was me that suffered from the rage I felt so I prayed that she find peace. It works. Not perfectly but it does. Whenever I think of her, I just 'bless' her. And sometimes I manage to think that before I think of running her down.... I used 3 different colours of a 2/15 merino, cashmere, silk mix(50%, 25% and 25%). Knittied on tension 4* on the SR 830 fine gauge. 36sts and 68 rows to 10cm(4ins). I sewed the sleeves onto the body instead of joining on the machine. It was much easier! I'll leave you to guess which type of stich pattern I used.
1x1 rib neckband, joined on machine and then folded to inside and sewn down.
This is a close up of the pattern I used. My own creation, very simple.


mad angel said...

Hi, Colin.

I had a feeling you were going through a bad patch, so nipped over here aagain this morning, specifically to leave a new message. As a person whose imagination also takes her to worst case scenario visions on a frighteningly regular basis, you have my sympathy, and as many positive vibes as I can muster. I've been told over and over again that recognizing your negative patterns and tendencies is halfway to beating them, but every day is a new challenge and epiphanal moments just don't come along when most needed. [sigh]

Now, I have no idea what pattern you used in that pullover, but with your color choices, even though it's flat stockinette, it LOOKS 3D. Really very beautiful and so nicely done.

One of these days I really have to learn to do more with my knitting machine than strips of fabric. (Brother 930. I have no good place to set it up at the moment, and when I did have a place, the machine had me completely flummoxed. Paula + Machines of any kind = You might want to think twice about that combo...)

How are the pups? Are you soon to be a proud grandpa again?

Again, hope you really are feeling better now. Good thoughts have been going your way any how, during the silent time. (I wish I had written sooner) Please take good care of yourself!


Mae said...

Colin, beautiful work as ever. Keep on expending your energy into creating
beautiful garments. You inspire everyone.

Nad said...

I knew that you were a prolific knitter and wondered what was happening
with you. I even thought you might be working on some complex intarsia
pattern. I am sorry to hear about the bout with depression, but hope
that you are better.

Lovely sweater... as usual. I have to say that I prefer to attach my
sleeves on the KM - much easier for me.
Great job and hope to see some of the intarsia work that you were
thinking about.

Anonymous said...

Hi Colin,

Another beautifully done sweater. I love the color combination and the
stitch design.

I'm glad you are feeling a bit better and able to get back on your machines.
Don't let the idiots of this world get you into a funk. They aren't worth
it. Ileen

Barb said...

Another beautiful sweater Collin.

Anonymous said...

Just lovely--but I hope you'll tell us which pattern you used, because I
can't guess!:) --Pat & Paws

Heather said...

Hi Colin,

Love the sweater, excellent job as usual!

Would the stitch used be Slip ?

Hope you are feeling better.