Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Oak Leaf Knitting has Begun

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This is the front or maybe the back. The front and back are the same, so I'm knitting them at the same time, although not on the same needle. Whichever this is, the other side of the sweater only has the ribbing completed.

All the swatching paid off. I'm totally happy with the yarn, the color, and the gauge.

Altogether there are 28 oak leaf/acorn motifs - 8 on each sleeve, 6 on the front and 6 on the back. This is not going to be a fast project. I'm wondering how often to post a progress picture. Any thoughts on that?

Pattern: Herbstlied (Autumn Song) from New Style of Heirloom Knitting. I call it the Acorn Sweater.

Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes, 100% wool.

Color: Firecracker heather

Needles: Options #5.

Gauge: 5.5 stitches/inch, 8.4 rows/inch in pattern

Click on the label Herbstlied at the end of this post to see all posts on this blog mentioning Herbstlied.

Pat asked for more detail on the ribbing. Here's a close up shot.

It's a fairly common lace ribbing that I've seen in other places.
Multiple of 4 stitches, 4 rows
Row 1: (WS) k2, p2
Row 2: (RS) k2tog, yo, p2
Row 3: (WS) K2, p2
Row 4: (RS) yo, slip 1, knit 1, psso, p2

Destruction Picture of the Day

This is the second largest oak tree almost ready to topple into the street and be dragged away.

I'm hanging out the front window taking this. Those are Tulip Tree leaves hanging down between me and the chain saw guy. The Tulip Tree isn't coming down.

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