look, mom!

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I started your sweater! Back when I was first knitting Rogue, almost a year ago at this point, I took it up with me to MN when I went home for a holiday visit. She really liked the pattern, and I told her I’d knit her one, as long as she bought the yarn. I soon found a really soft (she thought my Bartlett yarn was a bit scratchy) yarn, Laines du Nord’s Dolly Maxi, on sale at Elann no less! So she bought it, and I’ve had it sitting around for a very long time now, nagging at me to knit it into a sweater for meine Mutti. One of the main reasons I was in such a rush to finish my own Rogue (aside from the fact that I wanted to, you know, wear it) was that I needed to clear it off the needles to start mom’s version. I cast on last night, making it through the point where I knit in the hem facing, and even started the pouch! Here’s a picture of what I’ve done so far:

Beginning of Mom's Rogue

And just for good measure, here’s a shot of the side cable:

Side cable on Mom's Rogue

I’m slightly worried about running out of yarn, but I think I’ll be ok. I really am loving knitting in the round again after the marathon of flat stockinette for the sleeves of my own Rogue.

This morning I started yet another knit. I’ve had some red merino tape yarn hanging out in my stash for ages that I knew I’d never use to knit anything for myself (bright red on a pale strawberry blond is just not a good combo). I first heard about the Orphan Foundation of America’s Red Scarf Project through Norma‘s blog last year, but didn’t have any time at all to knit a scarf. This year, I do, and I’m determined to turn all of this yarn into scarves for the program. If any of you dear readers (yep, all 6 of you!) are interested in doing so, as well, please do! There’s even a knitalong for it:

Red Scarf Project Button

Here’s the beginning of my contribution, a brioche-stitch (my favorite for plain scarves!) scarf knit over 15 stitches on size 10.5 needles in Schoeller Esslinger’s Sascha yarn:

Red Scarf, beginning

The yarn doesn’t yield the best stitch definition, but the brioche combined with the tape yarn makes the softest, squishiest scarf you can imagine.

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