Off to a little later of a start this year… but Kris’s 2009 Anniversary sweater is officially CAST ON! Now I just have to get it ready for him to wear by our seventh wedding anniversary date of January 5th! (The good news is that I took off the week after Christmas, so I should get some extra time padded in there to make some progress!)
I had a number of sweaters that I wanted to knit for him this year. There have been a number of good looking mens’ patterns published in recent days, and I had some trouble choosing one. Kris really liked them all, so he wasn’t offering too much insight… although he did tell me which yarn he wanted, which in turn, helped me decide on the pattern because of the weight and yardage of the yarn in the stash.
It doesn’t look like much now, but I do hope that with some more time and effort it will resemble the Woven Bands Pullover from the Winter 2008 Interweave Knits magazine. I am using some of the yarn that I bought at this past year’s Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival; it is from a mill in New York state called Finger Lakes Soft Wool. I had a darker blue (you may recall my purchases back in May) so, I was a little surprised that Kris chose this light blue. I am glad he did though, and it really shows off the linen stitch detail in the sleeve. This pullover is knit from side-to-side starting with the sleeve. It is my first time knitting any garment this way, so I hope it works out!
This is the third anniversary sweater that I am making for Kris, and the fifth sweater overall. I love knitting for him… he even wears them to work and tells people that I made it, so that makes me feel good! (especially since we work together and people will say “oooh, I saw Kris’s sweater!“) If I really got on the ball, I could probably make two more sweaters for him this year so that he could have one for each year of our marriage! now wouldn’t that be fancy?
…and the new Jane Ellison Queensland Collection (Book 9) may be the best place to start! there are some REALLY great mens’ patterns in there! My favorite of all is “Beck” with the cable stitch and the zipper neck. Other favorites: “Ansley“, “Hank“, “Tom“… okay seriously, I just like them ALL. You have to just click on the link to see them.