Fun to hear from folks
I've gotten several emails this week from folks about Knit for Peace--thanks for responding. Since this is also a knitting blog, I might as well take a minute to talk about what's on the needles. I'm the queen of multiple projects--in my work life I have to focus on a project and get it done on deadline, so knitting is my place to free myself from deadlines and "shoulds". With that in mind (and still without a digital camera):
1. A 70th birthday cardigan in Rowan All-Season cotton--a real "gubbkofta", roughly translated as a "grampa cardigan"--soft, not too tight, v-neck, and machine washable. A handsome, flat stitch pattern:
Row 1 (rs) K4 *P1 from the back (giving you a twisted purl stitch), K4*
Row 2 - Purl all normally.
That's it--easy and handsome. The back side is pretty, and I might use it for a sweater for myself sometime.
2. A 50th birthday pullover in Cascade 220 (green) with a mosaic pattern band at the bottom in Gunga Din 3-ply (brown) and my classic for a men's pullover--cast on the body and the sleeves in the contrast color, and start knitting immediately after with the main color--just enough "dash" for most men that I know.
3. Gloves in a purple variegated yarn from Estonia that I bought at a crafts fair. My first try at actual finger gloves (as opposed to mittens) and it's not too painful since I'm using the magic loop method.
4. A shawl in Klippans Tuna Garn - the Truly Tasha shawl on the KnitNet website.
Those are the active UFO's--I don't dare open the baskets with everything else inside.