June 30, 2010

Things at the dropped stitch household have been a bit Topsy turvey lately. My grandmother has been very ill lately and that means that I've been doing a lot of sitting and waiting. I'm not good at being patient unless I have something to do, reading, knitting, sewing...you get the idea. Last Christmas my mom had picked up my copy of Interweave Knits Winter 2009 and was flipping through it when she saw the Nora's Sweater by Pamela Powers. She held up the magazine and yelled at me across the whole family talking and the TV blaring that this is what she wanted for Christmas. Since Hubbs and I have been traveling so much this year I seem to have lost my knitting mojo.

Due to my Grammies illness I've had to sit and wait so much I had to force myself to get my knitting mojo back. Last week when I went to go stay with my grandmother I grabbed my knitting bag and the yarn that I had already bought to make the Nora Sweater for my mom. I cast on and my knitting mojo came back with major force. I finished the back yesterday and am working on the center back inset piece.

The front
(picture from Interweave Knits)

The back with the Center Back Inset
(I love the pleating)

I chose Knitpicks Swish Worsted in Cobblestone Heather.

So far I'm loving this pattern. The back was pretty boring because it was mostly just stockinete stitch, pretty brainless. But it was really great because I was able to focus on what my grandmother was saying while my hands stayed busy. It was really nice because my grandmother knits too and we were able to talk about knitting among other things. She kept saying that I'm a better knitter then she is (which I heartily disagree) and that I'm faster then she is (that part is true but I'm 50 years younger then her). We all got a good laugh when I reminded her that for Christmas last year everyone in the family got a sweater for Christmas but me. I got a pattern and yarn. When I asked her what gives, she said, "You knitter better then I do. I'm not knitting for you anymore!" Sheesh! lol She's got spunk, that's for sure!

Thankfully my grandmother is doing better now then she was last week. I'm still working on the Nora Sweater, which I'm calling the Jules Sweater for my mom. I'm hoping to finish it before Christmas. I'm still being pulled by the sewing too. Most nights it's a hard decision when I'm trying to decide what to do. I have a couple of things in the works right now and I'm sure that they will be done soon. Hopefully pictures to follow on those. Until then, I'll just keep trying to get things done and pray that my grandmother continues to get better.

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