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[21 Mar 2011 | 11 Comments | 8,155 views]
gas station jacket, anyone?

The husband celebrated a milestone birthday this year near the beginning of February. One of those birthdays that couldn’t be acknowledged by a simple Amazon gift card or a new tie. (Does anyone still give ties? Such a lame gift) I wondered for months what to get him, and of course he kept saying he didn’t need or want anything special. I stewed for ages on what the gift would be. Dude is a tough man to buy for.

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[10 Nov 2010 | 12 Comments | 4,428 views]
reknit and renewed

I am lucky to have a husband who is good about wearing the stuff I knit for him. Winter usually finds him in at least one hand-knit, sometimes two, every day. The original green seamless hybrid I knit way back in 2006 gets more wear than anything I have knit for me. Dubbed The Sci-fi, this is the sweater he would be happy to wear forever after the robot apocalypse. Clearly, this is a man who appreciates a good hand-knit sweater.

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[4 Jan 2009 | 25 Comments | 3,225 views]

I've had it in my mind since last year to do a rundown of previous knits. I mean, you post the FO shots, you rave about how happy you were when you finished, but there's so rarely a post-knit, post-wearing review. I think I may just devote January to exactly this point. I'm busy getting the shop ready for the next boxbag update anyway, so FO's are going to be in short supply for the next few weeks.
First up, The Husband Sweater.
Out of the two sweaters I've knit for the …

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[11 Nov 2007 | 21 Comments | 2,424 views]

The first sweater I knit for The Husband was such a roaring success that I was definitely going to knit him another. He wears that first one so much that it’s challenging to get it out of rotation long enough to wash it. Enter Husband Sweater #2. It’s another Elizabeth Zimmermann, this time the seamless raglan. If I want to knit something that the Husband will actually wear, it has to be basic; clean lines, nothing too busy, no bright colours. This one fits the bill nicely.
At one point …

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[2 Nov 2007 | 20 Comments | 4,348 views]

Husband Sweater Numero Dos is coming along. The sleeves have been attached and I’m working my way up the raglan decreases. Along the way I’ve found this sweater’s nemesis though; an 8.5 pound kitten named The Keymaster. Teek is still learning what he can and can’t play with in the house. Knitting WIPs are definitely on our No list. Night before last he ate one of mum’s scarf projects so I’ve endeavoured to secure every last piece of yarn in the house before the situation gets out of hand. While …

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[29 Dec 2006 | 36 Comments | 3,949 views]

Two months to the day after I cast on, the Husband Sweater is off the needles and I love it! The fit is almost perfect. Next time I’ll make the arms shorter by an inch or so, but other than that it’s a knockout. I probably could have knit it in half the time if I hadn’t had to rip from the shoulders back to the underarms. Then I reknit one of the saddles twice; I was a perfectionist with this sweater, I wanted it to be worthy of …

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[5 Dec 2006 | 20 Comments | 3,130 views]

The goal of NaSweKniMo was to complete a 30 000 stitch sweater in under a month. While I didn’t finish the Husband sweater by the 30th of November at midnight, I came pretty close. I still haven’t finished it, but I have knit more than 30000 stitches. I didn’t work out the exact math, but I’m up over 37000.
The progress you see here has since moved backwards a little. That intarsia cross in the center wasn’t working for me; the scale was too small and due to a miscalculation, …

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[20 Nov 2006 | 14 Comments | 2,041 views]

Since I began to knit, I’ve always been fascinated with folks who can knit without looking. I was always amazed at tales of people reading and knitting, watching TV and knitting (instead of just listening), or going to the movies and knitting. I knew it wouldn’t be a tricky skill to learn, but the fear of having to rip back was always too great. Thankfully I’m over that fear now and I’m fairly confident that I can fix just about any knitting mistake. The first few times I had …

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[6 Nov 2006 | 7 Comments | 2,147 views]

The Husband sweater, although it needs a better name, is flying along. I’ve successfully avoided Sleeve Island (hey Pixie, try knitting the sleeves first. That way you don’t get stuck with a pile of almost-vests) and started the body this weekend. I’m going to try and finish it up by the end of the month, so I guess that makes me an official NaKniSweMo participant.
I know I said originally that I was going to try and design this sucker myself, but I’ve decided not to. Everytime I sat …

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[1 Nov 2006 | 20 Comments | 14,712 views]

I’ve finally started the Husband’s sweater. I cast on a sleeve Saturday and I already have one finished. I’ve knit so many socks and small gauge projects in the last few months that I forgot how fast bigger needles can be. Size 8s feel like logs, but the knitting goes like lightning.
I’ve never used a provisional cast on, but I found a great video
showing exactly how to do it. I’ve tried the one on Knitting Help before, but the last flick of her wrist is too fast to see which …