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Friday, May 26, 2017

Almost There!

Eyre 
I've finished both sleeves for my Eyre pullover!  I have to weave in ends on the second sleeve, knit the neckband, and block the whole thing one last time and it's finished!  According to my Ravelry project page, I started this sweater January 1.  I can't remember the last time it took me this long to knit a sweater!  I will have it completed by the end of the month though.

Usually when I finish a project I cast on for another project like it right then.  I haven't decided yet if I'm going to cast on for another sweater right away.  The third quarter KAL for ESK is for a sweater, and you get the bonus star for completing the whole thing in two weeks.  I'm going to give it a try and I've got a worsted weight, top down, raglan cardigan all picked out for my project.   I can't start it until July, but that gives me one month to knit another sweater in the meantime.  On the other hand, I can knit the Q3 KAL sweater anytime between July and the end of September, and while September isn't a good idea with school starting, that still leaves me any two week block of time in July or August.  So clearly it isn't crucial that I be ready to knit a sweater right as the sun rises on July 1.  I could also put whatever sweater I'm knitting on hold while I knit the Q3 sweater because it's basically a knitting sprint anyway - I won't be knitting much else during that time.

Obviously, I have some decisions to make.  I will figure things out this weekend and you'll find out next week!

If you're here in the US, Happy Memorial Day.  If you or your family members served in our armed forces, THANK YOU! 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spinning!

Aguas merino 
So here's something you haven't seen in a while - spinning!  I started this well over a year ago, possibly almost two years ago (the exact date is in my spinning notebook which is in the other room).  The fiber is Malabrigo Nube in Aguas.  I have eight ounces of it total.  My original plan was to spin the eight ounces of this, plus spin eight ounces each of two more colors/fibers (for a total of 24 ounces) and then make a three ply yarn - one ply of each fiber - which would be enough for a sweater.  As I was spinning this (my first bobbin), I realized I wasn't entirely sure that I still wanted to do that.  It occurred to me that I could instead spin three bobbins of the Aguas, ply those together and still have eight ounces of spun yarn in the end.  A bit of playing with the scale and some re-sorting of fiber and I was ready to go.

What you see here is the first third of my fiber.  I should get a heavy fingering weight or light sport weight yarn when this is all finished.  On the other hand, merino tends to fluff up quite a bit, so it's possible that it could be bigger.  Can you tell that I didn't sample?  Yeah, bad spinner. 

I can't remember the last time I really did any spinning and I really need to practice more.  I need to get back into the habit and be more consistent. 

I also should note that for whatever reason, Max feels that when I spin, he should be sitting on my lap (preferably on the fiber).  Never mind the treadling, that doesn't seem to bother him, he'll just curl up and go to sleep.  Since Max isn't much of a lap cat, I've been doing what I can to keep him happy!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Meandering Along

Meandering shawl 
I've gotten a few more back and forth switches on my Meandering Shawl finished.  It's too big to stretch out fully on the needles at this point and it kind of looks like a sleeve in the photo, but you're looking at the center spine of the shawl in this photo.

I think I've definitely gotten a handle on the brioche stitch (both purling and knitting in brioche) at this point and it's also going faster.  Of course the rows are getting longer too, so my times probably balance out in the end.  It also doesn't help that I periodically have to spread it out and admire the way the sparkle fluff yarn and the singles yarn are playing together.  The fabric of the brioche knitting itself is just so squeezably fluffy too!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This Weekend...

Welter 
This weekend's hat trick wasn't a hat at all - I made a cowl!  This is the Welter cowl.  I knit it in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Yaksi (60% Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Yak) in Grimm Green.  This was my first time using this yarn and it's lovely.  It's not a superwash yarn, but it's very, very soft while still having some structure and body.  I would definitely use this again.

The pattern was straight forward and easy to knit.  I cast on, knit the cowl and bound off all on Saturday.  It was a great little project that gave me a quick finished object and let me test drive a new-to-me yarn.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

A Sleeve is Born!

Eyre 
I've been working on the first sleeve of my Eyre pullover.  The pattern has long sleeves, but I've decided to make 3/4 sleeves for my own sweater.  I haven't measured yet, but I think I'm just about there.  I'll have to double check before I get too much farther.

These are knit from the top down after picking up stitches around the armscye, and while I like the way sleeves like this fit, I utterly despise working the short rows of the sleeve cap.  That, to me is the ultimate knitting torture.  Thankfully, it doesn't last too long and if I start them early enough, I can plow through the back and forth sleeve cap short row silliness in one day.  Then I switch to my 9-inch circulars and proceed with the round and round section of the sleeves.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Hat I Can Neither Spell Nor Pronounce

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I finished my hat!  It's a slouchy hat, so since the whole thing is held on only by the ribbed band, I had to be very careful blocking it.  I did get it blocked though and it does stay on properly, so now I have two hats.

The pattern is Pelagia Noctiluca from the Knitters Curiosity Cabinet, Volume 3.  Apparently the name is something from the octopus or squid families (I'm not looking at the book right now, but I seem to recall a picture of some sort of octopus looking character sitting by this pattern.)  Maybe using the Ink colorway was fitting?  The yarn is Madelinetosh Pashmina.  It was a well written pattern and the lace was easy to knit.  I worked four repeats of the main chart and I think I got just the right amount of slouch on my hat.

I hope you all have a great weekend! 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Made Another Dress!

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Yesterday I cut out a simple knit dress and since I had some time before dinner, I started sewing it together.  By dinner time it was all sewn up and hemmed!  The pattern is McCall's 6886.  I used the shortest length, the scoop neckline, and the short sleeves.  (There are two longer lengths; a crew neck and a v-neck; and both 3/4 length and full length sleeves plus a sleeveless option that can all be mixed and matched.)  It's made in a cotton/spandex (95%/5%) knit from Art Gallery Fabrics.  I have a store bought dress that's very similar to this design so I chose my size based on those measurements. I sewed it completely on my serger and hemmed the neck, sleeves, and lower edge with the coverstitch machine.

I think this will be great for Summer with a cute pair of sandals.  I'll probably make another one or two because while it looks pulled together, this kind of dress feels like pajamas!

Tomorrow there will not be a dress.  There will be something else.

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