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June 8, 2010

From Susan — First Blush

Filed under: Alexandria — lv2knit @ 8:04 pm

Well, as I said, I voted on Alexandria

It seemed like more of a summer sweater and therefore more timely, though with the yarn I’ve chosen, it is really a winter wear.   The knitting is going extremely slowly…partly because I had to grapple with size and gauge for a while.  Don’t we all? 

So far, I am slogging along.  The fronts and back are knitted together so that always makes it seem slower.  What I really am looking forward to are the sleeves:  you pick up around the armhole and knit around using short rows, before knitting the sleeves from the top down in the round.  It’s a technique I have not yet tried.

PS: Sally and I received a message from Betsy Hershberg, the designer of the beaded necklaces we just made:

“I am the designer of this necklace and I’m so glad you both enjoyed knitting it!  And you both did a fabulous job – both with the knitting AND the picture taking.  Just wanted to let you know that the kits are now available (as of 6/8/10) on the Just Our Yarn website:  I admit that we didn’t anticipate the immediate popularity of the kit, but lots of gorgeous color ways are now available online. There is also a direct link to the kit on my website at  Thanks so much for the great post!  Much appreciated.”

Thanks, Betsy!!!


  1. This is just beautiful! I would love to knit that sometime! I have never done short row sleeves either. That sounds like a fun new challenge!

    Comment by Christina Bieloh — June 8, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

  2. I think you will like working the sleeves that way. It is my favorite way to do it!

    Comment by Kim — June 8, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

  3. Lovely! Please post pictures when you get to the short-row sleeve technique, seems like a cool way to insert a sleeve.

    Comment by Wendy O'C — June 9, 2010 @ 9:24 am

  4. What a lovely slog! 🙂

    Comment by Kym — June 9, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

  5. Thanks to your speedy knitting and photographing of the “Just Your Necklace”, I have already bagged myself a kit. They’re already selling out of some colourways. You should get commission!!

    Comment by Ros — June 9, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

  6. It really looks lovely. Can’t wait to see your finished sweater.

    Comment by Ruth — June 9, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

  7. The cardigan is stunning. My hands are getting itchy eventhough I am not ready to start another sweater. I’ve only done one sweater with short rowing sleeve caps. I liked the technique but did not have a pattern to know exactly how many stitches to work before short rowing. I had to figure the arm scye three times before getting the shaping I liked. I will be watching to see your tips and what short rowing technique you like best. Thanks for your informational blog!

    Comment by Jane — June 10, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

  8. I have been inspired by pictures on this website to start my own Kauni cardigan. Gayle of Gayle’s Yarns Hooks & Needles is, indeed, fabulousness personified in every way. Thank you for the inspiration and the information.

    Comment by victoria — June 10, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

  9. This sweater is going to be so sweet – the simplicity of the color and just enough texture for interest. Very nice!

    Comment by twinsetellen — June 10, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  10. I was at my local yarn store, getting a circular needle to work on my SECOND Wild Apple Bohus (which I am executing per very helpful advice found here) when I heard a woman ask for The Great American Afghan pattern. She was partway through the project and had lost her pattern! She was soooooo happy that they had it. I could just hear the relief in her voice.

    I turned the customer and the salesperson on to your website. I tried to put into words how much this website has meant to me over the years but couldn’t really convey it.

    I don’t really know any other knitters. Before the days of the internet, I just struggled to solve all my own problems. I kept stalling out. The pleasure/frustration/boredom differential was all out of balance, and I dropped the hobby. Now that I have resources like this one, I really can tackle just about any project. Challenges are fun, not draining.

    Anyway, thank you for maintaining this website, and for helping knitters everywhere. This website was one of the ones that helped me rediscover my long dormant love of knitting.

    Comment by victoria — June 14, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

  11. Happy birthday, Suzie. Have a lovely day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Shelley — June 15, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

  12. How do I find the patterns for your sweaters, especially Alexandria’s cardigan.

    Also I am trying to locate a pattern for a cabled pullover sweater which has the #329180 0525e31a85257a.jpeg associated with it. It was shown in a lovely turquoise and is heavily cabled. Does it sound familar to anyone. If so, could you please steer me inthe right direction. I would love to knit it. Many thanks

    Comment by Beverly Snowdon — August 2, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

  13. I am starting Alexandria … I LOVE yours in white! I am struggling with what size and noticed that you mentioned it also. Could you email me with a little assistance? This will be my 2nd major project and I hate the thought of making it the wrong size.


    Comment by Judy — February 18, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

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