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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Up Next...

I still haven't started the second sleeve of my Ravello (yesterday ended up being crazier than most Mondays around here), but I've been mentally planning my next sweater.

When the new year started, a new Yarnathon at ESK started as well (I'm on Team Narwool!) along with a new batch of KAL's.  The first quarter KAL is to knit something from Tin Can Knits.  They have a pretty big range of types of projects and are one of the few designers who pretty consistently design sweaters from infant sizes all the way to the larger adult sizes.  (Family sweaters anyone?)  I've been looking at their designs since the first of the year, but for the most part, they're just not my style, or I don't need whatever it is.  They're nice designs, but many of them are heavier than I need and there's not a lot of shaping to them, in general.  I had just about decided to skip this KAL (you don't have to do all or even any of them to participate in the Yarnathon), but then I took another look at the Raindrops pullover.  It's fingering weight and has an open neckline.  Then I realized I had some Madelinetosh Sock in four colors I could use together in a fade.  So, once I prewash and dry my skeins (because, Madelinetosh), then I'll be ready to cast on.
Cove, Jasper, Worn Denim, and Ink
From left to right, my colors are Cove (discontinued), Jasper (I think it's discontinued), Worn Denim (discontinued), and Ink (please, don't ever discontinue it, ever).  So it will be an homage to discontinued Madelinetosh colors, plus Ink.  I haven't figured out all the logistics of the fade and I'm going to double check sizing numbers against the Ravello pattern (because I know it fits the way I like my pullovers to fit), but I'm pretty sure it will work.

First I have to finish my second sleeve for this first Ravello of the year though!

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Progress!

Ravello 
I made more progress this weekend than I had thought I would!  I finished the body of my Ravello and I finished the first sleeve!  I haven't woven in any of the ends yet (I'll wait until I'm completely done with the knitting for that), but I only have the second sleeve and the neck edging left to work.  I hope to at least get started on the second sleeve today.  I doubt I'll finish it today, I have too many other things to do.  Responsible, adult things.

I think I've figured out my next sweater, but I'm going to have to wash my yarns first.  I'm going to do a color blend, but my yarns are all Madelinetosh, so I want to make sure they aren't going to bleed all over each other.  I'll probably be washing them in the next couple of days so they can get dry before I'm ready to cast on.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Something I Noticed...

Ravello 
I've gotten a lot of work done on the body of my Ravello.  My goal for the weekend is to finish the body and get started on the sleeves.  I should probably also decide if this is going to be a long sleeved or 3/4 sleeved sweater.

Is it just me or does this color scheme remind anyone of else of a sock monkey?  That wasn't my plan when I chose the colors, and at least it's not a ragg style yarn (the white and gray/brown plied yarn), so it doesn't scream SOCK MONKEY, but it definitely reminds me of a sock monkey.  I don't think it will keep me from wearing the sweater, or I would stop knitting it because honestly, I've always found sock monkeys kind of creepy.

Have a great weekend! 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gray

Ravello 
I've made some progress on the lower body of my latest Ravello.  I've also double checked length measurements on previous Ravellos so I don't have to try it on later.  (You'd think after knitting it three times I would have already made notes on the pattern, but no, apparently not.) 

Also, Max felt very strongly that he should be part of today's blog post.  I have no idea why, but he insisted on "helping" with the photos.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Round and Round

Granny goes large 
I've added quite a few more rounds to my big Granny Square blanket since I showed it to you last week.  I've found I can work on it while Caleb and I do History, so the blanket comes to homeschool!  Max has also discovered that it is in fact a blanket and he has begun testing its warming capabilities.  He doesn't even get upset when I turn it to work on the next side or flip it to work the next round.

I've got a few ends that I need to weave in again, so the next time I sit down with it, that's what I'll be doing.  Apparently granny squares (especially big ones) can start to twist and rotate and become not square.  (This is my first time making a granny square, so I have no first hand experience of this.)  Here's a tutorial with tips to prevent that.  I'm doing both the "Shifting Corners" and the "Turn and Turn About" techniques and my blanket lays flat and square (when I lay it down on something flat).  When I weave in ends, I've been leaving the ends from the last three rounds so I can easily figure out which corner to start in.  Going back and forth on the working side means I do have yarn ends on both sides of the blanket, but they're not hard to weave in and when the blanket is finished, it will essentially be reversible.

Working under the blanket-in-progress with all the bright, fun colors makes me happy and warm.  Since the wind chill was 2 degrees (F) here this this morning, that's a good thing!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Moving Along

Ravello 
I've gotten the sleeve stitches separated from the body, finished the red and white stripe section, and started the gray for the lower section!  At this point, all I have to do is knit.  I don't have to worry about shaping or counting rounds, I just knit around and around in gray.

Remember how I mentioned I ordered yarn for two more Ravellos?  Well it was supposed to be here on Wednesday, but it left Fort Worth (south of me) late, so I checked it Thursday morning and it was in Wichita Falls (that's northwest of me, and not at all the direction mail is supposed to go when it's coming here).  I'm wondering where it will be today.  Go home Postal Service, you're drunk!

It's a good thing I'm not desperately waiting for that yarn!  Have a great weekend!
 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Little Stars

Granny stars 
After Christmas I had a few days where I just didn't want to work on my Norderney pullover.  I really didn't want to do much of anything, but sitting still makes me fidgety.  I ran across a crocheted granny star on Pinterest and after looking over the directions, I decided I could probably handle it, so I made a few.

Then I made a few more and while I've only woven in ends on the first six, I now have a total of 24 of them.  I'm working them in #10 crochet cotton with a 1.50mm hook and they're less than 2 inches across when they're finished.  I don't have any definite plans with them, they're just cute and fun to make.  I might make a bunting out of them, but for now I'm just playing with them.

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