Lace but not so much

I said a little while ago that I have begun a couple of sweaters, which have lace in them but I don't think of them as lace. Knitting with heavier yarn on larger needles is harder on my hands and arms than my favored cobweb weight and small needles.

Both sweater are from Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2008 issue -- lots to like in this issue, I think. First is the Lace and Rib cardigan, which I am knitting with DK extrafine merino from Colourmart. I am knitting it on 4.0 mm needles. Love love love the color!

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The second is the Lace Coat, which I am shortening to ordinary cardigan length. I am using 2 strands of lace weight silk/wool from Colourmart. The photo is not great because the light is just so bright today, but you can get an idea of it. This is being knit on 3.5 mm needles.

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It's been more than a year since I last knit a sweater and it is kind of nice to be doing so again. Someone asked me if I always knit for myself and I have to say that usually what I knit is for me -- because I know I will like it, wear it and not be impatient for it to be finished. That said, I did agree to knit a sweater for my husband because the cardigan I knit for him 9 years ago finally wore out. Men's sweaters are a bit of a pain to me -- bigger and less interesting than women's. But he wants one and I like making him happy so he'll get one.

Tonight my book group is meeting for dinner at one of the Thai restaurants in town -- isn't it marvelous that a small town on the coast of Maine has 2 Thai restaurants? Most of us had not read or didn't like the book we had chosen for his month so we decided to  party instead -- I like a flexible book group!

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