2022: Wk of 10/30 – 11/5; Hubby Sweater Update and another Charlie Harper Bag


Finished the body and now I’m knitting the sleeves. I forgot with bottom up that the sleeves are knit separately. I’ve never knit the cuffs first. Since I also knit socks toe up, this whole starting with ribbing from the cast-on was wonky for me. But it’s done and now it’s off to the races. Even knitting two sleeves at a time, each row is only a third of the number of stitches that the body had. This will definitely be my last bottom up sweater. I hate that I have to guess what stripe to start with to achieve the desired length. Yes I’ve measured the target garment and thus in theory the sleeve should be 17″ long. But I know only too well that estimated doesn’t equal target. Ripping out the cuff and adding a stripe doesn’t really work since the stockinette stitches would be in the wrong direction. Fingers crossed I’ve estimated correctly.


This time I mean it, last photo. I made an i-cord for the stocking hanger and duplicate stitched my granddaughter’s name. May I say how much I HATE duplicate stitch. Not a labor of love, just labor!! Used leftover bed sheet material from my Covid masking making days for the stocking lining. But it’s done and winging it’s way to Indiana. My stepdaughter has already requested stockings for her and her hubby. Something to put on next year’s knitting plan.


Since I had to get out my sewing machine to make the lining for the Christmas stocking, I decided to sew the second project bag out of the Charlie Harper cardinal fabric I had. It was already cut and the interface fused to the fabric so it was a very quick sewing project. I do love these tiny bags which are perfect for a pair of socks. I may add a long strap to one bag so that I can wear it for my Florida “walking while knitting”. I already have nylon bags for this but the fabric is just so cute! Cardinals are year round birds here in Ohio. They give our dreary winters a spark of color.


I’m excited that my daughter and son-in-law will be back in Cincinnati this coming week to attend one of her high school friend’s wedding. A much happier reason for a hometown visit. It’s so weird that I’m seeing her 3 times in 4 weeks as we will stop for a day’s rest on our drive to Florida the end of the month. Normally I only get to see her twice a year; on our drive down to Florida and our drive back to Ohio. This year it’s 5 visits!! Not complaining. We will have a preholiday get together with my husband’s side Friday night and with my side on Sunday.

Hope your November is off to a wonderful start. The leaves have fallen off the trees here in Ohio. Everything looks like winter outside which fits with our coming holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Weird this year is that even most of the oak trees dropped their leaves. Maybe the drought fall we had?? We are having very unusually warm temperatures (after an unusually cold October). The air temperature feels like early summer. I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt! We cut the grass one last time. Hubby is enjoying this warm weather before heading south.

This is a year of projects (YOP12) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts.  YOP started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for six years.


24 thoughts on “2022: Wk of 10/30 – 11/5; Hubby Sweater Update and another Charlie Harper Bag

  1. The sweater will be lovely 🙂 Same here in France, unusual warm weather up to last week, with two big autumn storms that changed the temperatures back to normal. hopefully it will continue that way, the nature needs some winter !

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  2. Bottom up sweaters are a class by themselves. I depend on trying on my sweaters too often to check for fit. The Christmas stocking is sweet. Never have tried delicate stitch but have yet to meet anyone that loves it. You have a full calendar until you leave for FL. Enjoy!

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  3. The stocking is precious….she will love it! Your husband’s sweater is looking very cool. I love stripes. We still have plenty of leaves here but the storm the other night brought a lot more down. I hope you have a safe trip to Florida and enjoy your company!

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  4. I impressed you are pushing on with the bottom up jumper, I lost the plot doing one and frogged it and that didn’t even have stripes! The stocking looks great, I’ve not tried duplicate stitch. Very cute cardinals fabric on those bags.

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  5. The stocking is adorable. I’ve never done the duplicate stitch. My poor stockings are still nameless, lol. We’re having the same crazy weather in NC. Last week I had to turn on the ac, this week it’s the heat.

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  6. I haven’t knit any adult sweaters, I really like knitting baby sweaters, lol they don’t take as long and there really isn’t any problem with “sleeve island”.

    I have sewn my own bags but I have done the Japanese knot bag and not a zippered bag, maybe they are easier ;P, I really should try one. Yours looks so cute with the Cardinals!

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    1. Thanks. The bags I buy are usually drawstring and I do like them. But I also like zippered bags so nothing falls out. I don’t seem to have a problem with the yarn snagging the zipper. I haven’t mastered including pockets though.

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