Sunday, November 11, 2007

Casual Cables

It only took over a year, but here it is at last -- Casual Cables! Made with about six-and-a-half skeins of Briggs & Little Regal in natural white, I believe it was. It is an adult medium, a pattern from about 15 years ago that was originally for Patons True North yarn. I started the sleeves last Saturday at work, and I finished them Thursday night. Seaming was completed Friday evening, and the sweater was soaked in wool wash, lightly blocked, and left to dry in front of the fan all night.
Since I've always had a super tough time felting Briggs & Little and I've always machine-washed-in-cold-water a B&L afghan I bought about 15 years ago, I put this in the washer on a very short delicate cycle in cold water. I didn't let it agitate hardly at all, then it soaked in the wool wash for almost an hour. After that I skipped the rinse cycle as per instructions on the bottle, and let it spin off. (Pictures always look better over here in Flickr.)
It started to rain, so I could only snap a couple of quick shots outside. Cables didn't show at all in the inside pictures. The rain only lasted a couple of hours, then it turned to this.
Our first snowfall of Winter 2007 on November 10. I took this picture this morning. It didn't amount to much, but it made the roads very slippery. We also lost power from 11:30pm til 8:30am the next morning! That's the longest we've ever had a power outage. Cell phones and internet were also out til about noontime the next day. (This didn't compare to poor Nova Knitter last weekend.) We had gone to Bridgewater and had to drive home in the mess. Good thing we have a 4x4 truck!
Much to my surprise, my best friend's brother arrived at my house today bearing gifts for hubby from my BF. I didn't know he was coming home (lives in Alberta about 40 minutes from her), so she took advantage of free delivery services. There's a nice permaplaque (still in the plastic so not a good shot) with the years the different Calgary Flames jerseys came out.

And a great big full-sized flag.

Must go back to work on a felted bag. I have one done and ready to felt, but I want to finish this other one and do them together since they're both pinks.

Local knitters, Knit Nite starts up again this Wednesday at the Liverpool SuperStore Community Room from 7-8pm. It will continue now every Wednesday, same time, same place, til the week before Christmas.

Happy knitting!


Blogger Bea said...

good thing you finished the sweater in time for the snow! It looks really good.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous pat said...

Oh Sheri - it is beautiful, esp. in natural white - the perfect yarn for showing off gorgeous cables. When you put that up in the store EVERYONE will be oooing and ahhhing for sure. Nice job on the fast finish too - sleeves AND seaming in less than a week!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Heddy said...

beautiful job on the sweater ... K will be pleased!

See you on Wednesday!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Marti said...

Are you a Flames fan then? I must admit, I have a little thing for Jerome Iginla :)

I was in the store on Saturday and saw the's quite lovely! You did an excellent job. You'll have to tell me how to do the two sleeves a time thing.

I might not be able to make it to Knit Nite on Wed., my dad might be flying in for a short visit. It'll be nice to see him, but I must say I'm quite bummed out at the prospect of not making it to Knit Nite! We shall see.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Better late than never! The sweatre looks great and the cables show up beautifully.
We lost power again from early Sunday morning until 1:30 ish! Yuck! I hate not being able to shower in the morning. I hope this is our last power outage for a long while!

9:35 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

That is a great sweater!!

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

GO FLAMES!!! Woah, this looks cool - but what's even more cool is the awesome sweater that you knit! It's fantastic, Sheri, absolutely! I so love the pattern - it looks pretty complicated, but definitely worth all the time you spent working on it! And I have to say, for that kind of cabled sweaters, natural white is just the perfect colour! It looks so cozy and warm, and the yarn shows off the pattern perfectly too! You did a fantastic job with it, congratulations!!!
Btw, this was one heck of a long power outage - how could that have happened? You must have frozen to death over night! ;(

7:12 AM  

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