If I hurry, I can show the sweaters I knit in October before we get to December!
The first one you've already seen in progress - the modified Shalom with the handspun yoke that I made for my sister.
The yarn below the waist is called Mauch Chunky by Kraemer Yarns. It is scratchier than I would usually tolerate, but it matched the handspun so perfectly that I had no choice. My sister says she likes it and it fits. She's in Yuma and I'm here, so I never have to find out if she really means it.
The second sweater was the super secret one. It was for L's birthday and she reads my blog sometimes, so I couldn't post it until she had it. Of course, she's had it since November 8th, but I'm finally putting it up now.
The pattern was improvised with help from the Barbara Walker top-down book. The yarn is Cascade Pastanza, which is 50% wool, 50% llama. It is soft and reaaallly warm. I started out with three skeins of hand-paint - 2 gray, 1 blue. Then I used a skein of light gray for the neck and to separate the yoke stripes and then I needed 3 skeins of black for the sleeves and body.
L was very happy with it and it will be handy this winter when it gets really cold in Montreal. I can highly recommend the yarn - it is nice to work with and it would be perfect for warm hats or mittens.
My new theory is if I stick to one or two projects per post, writing them will be quicker and it won't take me so long between them. Are you buying it? Guess we'll see.
Had a very nice Thanksgiving. Was really good to have L home for a few days. She ran herself ragged trying to see everyone and also write TWO papers. I'll be glad when she's back here in a few weeks and she can have a real break.
While she's gone, I have major Christmas shopping to do. A and M put the lights on the house today, but we haven't tackled the tree yet. Gotta get this place looking right and then the holiday spirit can creep on in.