Monday, February 08, 2016

i don't wanna work, just wanna bangoutasweater all day

Has this title already been used? Anyone? Everyone?
I forced myself not to touch this in lieu of work today. I am so close to finished with my Stopover #bangoutasweater. It has been ridiculously speedy. I mean, I have not been timing myself, as others have, but  I remember now, this is why I used to like to knit these scandanavian sweaters- which is what I called them before I learned the so much cooler sounding lopapeysa.  Which gets yousome stares if not said to a knitter.  
Anyway, my progress here, since joining the arms to the body,  was aided by YarnyOldKim  mentioning of Broadchurch- a British detective story.
I am here to tell you, two binge-watched seasons later, it is A-1 knitting fare- a gripping plot, excellent characters, surprise murderers. Though at times I found myself frozen in suspense-- or in  the effort to unwrap their accents inside my head. The seaside Dorset setting is rather fabulous too.
As we speak now, I am halfway between what you are seeing up top, and the collar. I'm adding a little something extra, a 4th contrast color to get my Frank Stella #stellover  hues all in there. It just felt wrong to leave out the beige, and anyway, this is an exercise in stretching myself by using a color I disdain (beige) and a color I like but normally don't use much in my knitting, the Light Red Heather which is sort of a pinky coral red. 
I am clearly embracing it. I found myself frosting the cupcakes for Zoe's birthday party yesterday with Light Red Heather Lopi buttercream. No one complained.
1) I've discovered that you rarely get a complaint when you offer up anything covered in homemade butter cream. I am an unreliable baker but I whip up one hell of a buttercream and 2) Four year olds and cupcakes? Complaints unlikely.  It was as noisy and cheerful as it looks. Four. Years. Old!


8 comments:

margene said...

Can she really be four!? Stopover has given knitters everywhere a much needed desire to knit up a storm. Go, go, go, Gale!

Judy's Chickens said...

Thanks for the Broadchurch rec! We are slowly becoming snowed-in here in Nashville and my husband is home from work. We are going to binge watch Broadchurch and drink more coffee. I can't stand beige either AND I grew up knitting Scandinavian sweaters with Lopi bought from Penny Straker's yarn shop in Padnaram, South Dartmouth, MA, my hometown. I enjoy your blog. Couldn't Bang out a Sweater, but I enjoy watching others do it!

Vicki Knitorious said...

FOUR!! That's crazy. Happy Birthday Zoe! Mmmm, those cupcakes look SO GOOD.

Carole Julius said...

I'm almost finished with sleeve 2, can't wait to join it all together and do the colorwork. What are you doing with the collar?

Kym said...

Nearly, nearly, nearly ready to join it all up and begin the yoke. Can't wait! Love your colors -- just divine. Loved Broadchurch season 1; haven't tuned in to season 2 yet. (It wasn't available yet when I finished season 1.) The birthday party looked WONDERFUL! Fun and colorful and joyous. Ah, four. . .

Ellen Bloom said...

So glad to see you embracing the hot colors! Can't wait to see your Stopover! Yummmm..buttercream.

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Beautiful Stopover! You're probably done as I write this. What did you do with the neckline treatment?
Lopi buttercream: Sounds fuzzy!

Drew Watts said...

Wow, those cupcake look fabulous. The bright colors and the sprinkle toppers are making them more interesting. I am drooling over these cupcakes. I also attended a birthday party last week at some domestic event space and loved the cake and cupcakes there. Actually I am fond of eating cupcakes!!