It’s been a while since my last update. But here is my Bog Jacket update. I still love knitting with Rowan’s British Sheep Breed’s yarn (for those of you who haven’t read previous posts, this is the Mid-Brown Jacob). Still love knitting with it even after 140 rows of 140 garter stitch, stitches.
Yes, I had to rip out owing to a terrible math error. Well, it wasn’t the math that was wrong, it was that ever fickle mistress, gauge. I thought I was knitting at 4.5 sts to the inch (or at least that was what the swatch measured — another reason not to really trust a swatch!) and the sweater became more of 3 stitches to the inch. So it was humungous. So I started again.
Yesterday I reached the sleeve portion where I cast on an additional 7″ so I could get a full sleeve. I plan on adding a ribbed cuff on the inside. I’m also using Meg Swansen’s trick of adding a few short rows to make the cuff of the sleeve a bit narrower. I was so excited to get to this point and then realized…I’m only half way. I know, I know…half way done or half way more…cup half empty, cup half full. I get it. Regardless, I’m forging ahead, so excited to introduce a new color.
Yes, excited to move forward. However, my arms, legs, and back are a crowing a bit. You see, Michael and I have been working on the garden. We have a back yard that left a lot to be desired. It was basically covered in a thin layer of asphalt. We wanted a garden.
So after digging up a lot of the asfalt, hiring someone to haul it away, pay to dump it, flowers, soil, digging up rocks (none of the boarder rocks you see were purchased, they were either here or dug up from the ground (read: easy shoveling), Pea gravel (60 bags of pea gravel…do you know how heavy that is? Each bag carried to its content’s location, cut open and poured out) we have come to this.
But it is all worth it. To have outdoor space, in the city. To have herbs to cook with and fresh lettuce to pick for salads…it’s all worth it.
The boys all love their back yard too!!!
You should come over for a bar-b-que.