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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Grandson sweater - another work in progress

I started this sweater last fall as a Christmas present for my grandson, who was three years old at the time (he turned four in April of this year). By the time I had the body done, I realized that it would fit a six year old, and that my shoulder was acting up. (I had frozen shoulder, adhesive capsulitis, about 10 years ago. It took three years to heal, and I could not knit that entire time. Since then, I have to ration my knitting time, and realize that I cannot push on through a major project.)
So, I put it aside for a year. Now is the time! I have not been knitting all summer and if I am careful, I should be able to finish this sweater for this year's Christmas. I have the body done, so two sleeves and the yoke to do.
I love the Addi needles that I am working with - so smooth and fast with absolutely no catching at the joins between needles and cable. The yarn is Lanett Babyull Superwash by SandesGarn. I bought it online from Ram Wools Yarn Co-op in Winnipeg, and was so impressed with the service. It is nice to buy Canadian when buying online:-)

Body of the sweater done, and one sleeve started.

I am following the instructions exactly, and I did do a swatch first, but when you are working over 232 stitches in the round, it is too easy for your actual finished gauge to differ. I am just glad that it is big, rather than the reverse. My actual measurements for the body as I have knitted it are 82 cm, not 76 as indicated. So that is about 2 inches bigger.

Detail of the Nordic border at the bottom of the body.

Here is the pattern, top left. I am making it is more subtle colours and without as much pattern.

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