Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Yarn Along - The 2015 Iknitarod Begins

Now to try to catch up with the Iknitarod.  I hate these rushed posts, but I don't know what else to do at this point.  I am beat!  Hopefully things will settle down.  HAHAHA!!!  Kentucky shearing starts tomorrow, so our sheep are soon on the list.  Seems odd following so quickly after all that snow and cold weather.  Whew!

I love skeins of yarn way more than balls of yarn so I'd left Maisie's yarn in skeins until the very last day.  This was the big rain that turned into the big snow.  

20's got me ready to go.  We picked the feed sack bag because it's big enough for all the big balls of fat yarn, but also because it features sheep feed, Maisie's second favorite thing in life after Cheerios :-).

The pattern I chose is the Hitch Pullover from the Fall Interweave Knits.

I cast on Saturday afternoon sitting out in the snow, toasty warm in the bright sun.

With plenty of good help.  My mascot this year is a tiny pink eared lamb from my kitchen collection.

I'm knitting both sleeves at the same time so I don't run the risk of knitting the first one tighter/looser than the second and having them not match.  I started with double pointed needles, but ended up switching to magic loop when I gave a new needle (Addi Natura) a try and loved them.  My typical slow start, but so far, so good and Maisie is behaving herself so far as well ;-).  

What am I reading/listening to?  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  This was one recommended a few weeks ago and I have loved it and only have about 45 minutes left and I'm going to be sad when it's done.  Highly recommend!

Joining in with Ginny and the Iknitarod.


MarmePurl said...

Awesome pattern. I'd love to be sitting there with you knitting in that bright warm sun. What a sight!

karen said...

look at you in the sun with at hat! brr, lovely basket of wooly goodness in the first photo :)

Benita Story said...

Great start on the Maisie sweater and I hope it is easier to work with than Maisie herself. ;) Also, I love the pattern you have chosen. I looked up the book you are reading and it is now on my Wish List at Amazon. Thank you for that!!!

Michelle said...

Hurray for Magic Loop, cooperative Maisie, and supportive Combie!

Mrs Shoes said...

I love the word play - Iknitarod.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Mush on! Looks like you are off to a good start, doing both sleeves at once will help assure they are both the same length.

Lisa Smith said...

I am in awe of your knitting abilities! You must have found a way to pack more than 24 hours in each day! The cable sleeves are lovely. Oh Comby . . . . bless his heart! He loves you so.

Wish I was there knitting with you too! (Okay if I join you, MarmePurl?)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Knit away! That should be a lovely sweater:)

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

Like this pattern way better that the one you first spoke of, with a cabled yoke. Have knitted with Everything but the Magic Loop and I always knit 2 sleeves at the same time...except on the gansey's and always wonder if they'll be even! With lots of pattern you can at least keep count. This is going to be a beautiful sweater...mush, Sara, mush!

Alice said...

I see the lantern:-)
Love the pattern you chose. It looks like you!!
Enjoy the ride!

sophy0075 said...

I think Comby is your mascot!

Alas, "Life" is getting in the way of my Ikniterod participation. The rest of you will be in Nome and I'll be lucky to be a few miles outside of Fairbanks - or is it Anchorage?

Anonymous said...

And you're off!!! I l.o.v.e. the Hitch Pullover, and already have it in my Favorites on Ravelry. I can't wait to follow along with this one! *hugs* :)


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