Okay, now on to the lesson for today! Using at least a 16 inch circular needle for comfort and reduced stress on your hands and placing markers between each section, put the 25 stitches from the left front on the needle, pick up 7 stitches under the left front sleeve, one in the side 'seam', 7 stitches under the left back sleeve, put on the 54 back stitches, pick up 7 stitches under the right back sleeve, one in the side 'seam', 7 stitches under the right front sleeve, and last the 25 right front stitches on the needle. Now take a moment and double check your stitches to make sure you have the correct count in each section.
Turn and work back in pattern, working single moss stitch under the arms, as you did on the sleeves. If you used double moss stitch on the sleeves, do so on the body so they match, adjusting your stitch count as needed. Work 24 rows, the row count includes just the rows you work after putting all the stitches on the needle, not the rows you have worked flat. If you are knitting the sweater for a specific bear or bunny or person, work to the length you want minus about one inch for the bottom ribbing. We will be doing front bands after the body is finished, and you can opt not to do buttonholes if you choose. I'll cover the bottom decreases in the next lesson, as again they are designed to have the body stitches flow into the ribbing. It will be so exciting to see all the sweaters as they are finished and placed on the recipients!
Now I have some pictures to share of my other knitting projects that I've been working on. First, I finished the first of my Plaited Points socks yesterday at knitting and took a picture of it on my foot when I got home. I'm changing the pattern to knit them top down and have found several errors in the corrected chart for the main cable pattern.
I've got six peat pots in my kitchen window that have tomato seeds sprouting, one has three sprouts, four have two, and one has just one so far. I also have one of four horehound peat pots with a sprout in it, I was told they can take 4-5 weeks to sprout and they are living up to that schedule. DH and I are planning what and how we want to plant our garden this spring. We are moving towards raised beds in the garden, setting up one each year as we don't generate a lot of compost material, but we may set up one totally geared for carrots and beets this spring. That one will have equal parts of sand, peat moss, and compost in it so the roots can have plenty of soft soil to grow in. Yesterday when I was at Borders to buy a special publication on knitting, I saw Mother Earth News' 'Organic Gardening' special issue and bought it to use to show DH how these techniques are done. He hasn't done organic gardening before but wants to move that way and hasn't made raised beds before. But the idea of not having to plow the garden space every spring is very appealing to him, lol, especially since he is in his 60's now. A friend is supposed to be bringing us a cantaloupe start but we'll see if she ever makes it over here with it - she has narcolepsy and other issues and tends to fall asleep at any time and then forgets what she was doing just before hand.
DH is currently plying the second bobbin of the silver Shetland fleece he bought at Black Sheep Gathering last summer. It's looking scrumptious and if there is enough yardage it will become a cardigan for his Mom. I'm hoping to knit Harriet from 'A Fine Fleece' for her. He's also combing locks from a Romney fleece I bought at Black Sheep Gathering 2008, dark brown with silver and tan colors. He's getting really good with his spinning and enjoys it a lot. So glad he taught himself to spin so he has an indoor hobby during the nasty weather.
Time to end this post and get some other stuff done today. Hope everyone has a great weekend!