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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Gloves

Three Oaks 
I've finished the first glove to the point where I'm ready to knit fingers!  I decided to put the stitches on scrap yarn (to hold them) and knit the second glove to that point before beginning fingers.  This way I can knit fingers on the right and left glove together, so they're the same size.  On fingerless mitts, I always do the thumbs last, after everything else, so it makes sense (to me) to work the fingers together, at the end.

I'm hoping to get started on my other two Loopy Academy knitting projects this week.  I've got the yarn wound and patterns picked!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

It is Finished!

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I finished with just wisps of yarn left, but I finished my Toujours!  The sleeves are elbow length, which means I won't spend all day pushing them out of the way.  (That's the way they're designed in the pattern.)  The pattern is Toujours and while it was easy to knit, you do need to commit to stockinette before knitting it, because it's a big, boxy sweater with a smaller gauge.  I knit it in Malabrigo Arroyo in English Rose, alternating skeins.

I think this will be great with skinny jeans or leggings and this morning, I think it might actually get cool enough to wear it at some point this fall!

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Friday, September 23, 2016

I Did It!

Toujours 
 I got the first sleeve finished!  I did have to use a tiny bit of yarn from the second sleeve's portion to finish the bind off, but the amount I used was a lot less than the three grams I could have used.  Now I just have to knit the second sleeve, weave in eleventy million ends, sew on some buttons, block it and it's finished!

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Playing Yarn Chicken

Toujours 
I've been working on Toujours and that's all I'm going to be working on until I finish it or run out of yarn.  After finishing the body, I divided the remaining yarn in half for the sleeves.  I had forgotten the neckband though, so I knit that first with the yarn I'm using for the first sleeve (it used 6 grams).  I'm now working on the first sleeve, watching my tiny balls of yarn (I'm alternating to blend colors) get tinier and tinier.  I'm less than halfway down the sleeves right now (they're short because the body of the sweater is so big and boxy), but I have no idea if I'm going to have enough yarn to finish.  I can take 3 grams of yarn from the other sleeve to finish this one, but I don't know if that's going to be enough.

I might have enough yarn to just squeak by.  I really have no idea.  So I'm just going to keep knitting until I'm finished or I run out of yarn.  It's very exciting!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Toujours

Toujours 
I finished the body of Toujours last night!  I've divided the remaining yarn in half for the sleeves, but then I realized I needed to knit the neck band first, so that wasn't too well thought out.  I think I should also note here that this sweater looks really strange on Fifi.  Strange enough that right after I took this picture, I popped it on over my workout clothes because I thought I might be frogging it and starting over.  Fortunately, it looks fine on me.  I think it has something to do with Fifi not having full shoulders or arms.  It's kind of a big, boxy shape and it needs arms.  I think it's going to look great with skinny jeans or leggings once it's all finished and blocked.  The body (being so big and boxy) felt like it took a while to knit, but I don't think the sleeves will take too long.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Seventh Weaving Project

Seventh weaving project 
I mostly got my loom warped over the weekend for my Seventh Weaving Project.  This is another scarf, and at this point, it will be the last scarf for a bit.  (I know, I've said that before, but this time I mean it - my next weaving project will be Not A Scarf.)  I'm using Madelinetosh Tosh Sock again in the Optic colorway for both warp and weft.  This is the first time I've used the same yarn color for the warp and the weft in a project.
Seventh weaving project
And just in case you were wondering how I mostly warped my loom?  I got the warp wound on the back beam but I haven't threaded it through the holes of the heddle (its only through the slots) and I haven't tied it to the front beam.  That's mostly warped.  Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go haul Max out of the kitchen sink.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

And Then There Was A Thumb!

Three oaks 
I've made it past the thumb gusset on my first Three Oaks glove!  My next big event will be putting the pinky stitches on a holder.  (If you look at the back of your hand with your fingers together, you can see that your pinky actually separates from your palm about 1/2 an inch or so lower than the other fingers.  In order for the gloves to fit, the pinkies have to start lower too.)  Then I'll be on to the other fingers.  I think I'll wait until I've knit the second glove to do the thumbs though.  Thumbs are always last and I see no reason to change that.

Have a great weekend!

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