Lovenote Sweater update

While you’re busy choosing yarn for the MinervaKAL2020, I thought I’d show you where I am with my Love Note sweater. I had put it on hold while I finished my Noro Minerva sample, but now I have time to get back to it.

I love the better lace definition on US 9 needles, and I’ve gone back to US 10 for the body because I like the floaty quality of the stockinette that way. Yes, I did knit stockinette on the 9 for an inch or so, and didn’t like the way it felt, so there was a little more frogging.

I still don’t really know what my gauge is, but I put it on 2 circulars and tried it on, and it is a much better size than the first one! I know, do as I say, not as I do as far as gauge swatching for sweaters goes. As long as you’re willing to live with the consequences, you can do whatever you want! You could say that my first two attempts at this sweater were giant gauge swatches, themselves.

The first time I tried to get an update picture, Calvin wanted to help. There’s not enough contrast between rug and sweater, but I love this picture anyway. It was his one year anniversary with us, and he has been very charming since day one.

It’s a rainy day here, after a stretch of glorious sunshine. Today’s to do list:

  • Learn how to use Instagram Stories (don’t laugh; I’ve been resisting
  • Learn how to use Zoom on my laptop (for singing and knitting?)
  • Try sewing some masks using this tutorial (haven’t used my sewing machine in a long time, hope it’s in good form!)

What are you doing during this time of social distancing? Let’s flatten that curve!

11 responses to “Lovenote Sweater update

  1. Hi, Michele,
    Thanks for all the gorgeous pictures of your works (in-progress and completed!)
    I started your “Both Sides Now” brioche shawl, so can be quarantined for a few months … along with the other 32 projects I have on needles! But let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Stay safe and clicking!!!
    Long distance hugs,

  2. Carla Agreda

    Love this- can’t wait til you have it finished and I can get the pattern🤗

  3. I am happy to see Love Note moving orange Despondent Dyes (aka “He’s racking his ball on someone else’s leagues”) is ready set to go for Love Note once I tackle the other WIP’s I’ve stacked up as Shelter in Place projects..some small, two bigger. Need to finish a baby blanket and a cardy half done first.

    Nonetheless I am looking at all this from the glass half full..who ever would expect to have so much uninterrupted knitting time available. That said, I have no restless husband or bored kids to deal with…only little dog, Stash, who wants a breath of fresh air from time to time.

    • Love Note is so quick and fun, and orange would be quite the eye-catcher. I love Despondent Dyes color names. You should cast on despite the other WIPs because that orangey sunshine would be just the thing to chase the blues away!

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  4. Calvin is a cutie!
    I dug out some handspun and cast on Minerva last night! It’s so much fun

  5. Your Love Note is looking great, and Calvin is definitely a charmer 🙂 You have found some creative ways to stay active!

  6. Andrea Roosth

    Thank you for the excellent idea about switching needle sizes! Stay safe and keep knitting!

    • You’re welcome! Now comes the hard part: figuring out exactly how long I want it to be…and I think I need to change the neckline; I don’t want mohair ribbing right up by my neck!

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  7. I don’t really get Instagram stories, either. I don’t think I’ve ever used them on my personal insta, and the only reason there are any on my theatre company account is because some of our cast members have used them during their takeovers. They’re kind of fun, but I like the permanence of regular posts.