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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sleeves

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These are sleeves.  They don't look like sleeves, but that's because they're short sleeves with a provisional cast on for the hem that hasn't been turned under and sewn down.  They are sleeves though.  Sleeves for my Crown Tee which is my nupps/bobbles/popcorn project for Loopy Academy.  I had a lot of trouble deciding what to make for this project because I'm not a fan of bobbles.  Nupps are flatter and slightly less offensive, and I really like the way they are used in this pattern.

I'm using Wollmeise Pure in Dunkle Kirsche which is not photographing well at all.  It's a deep, wine red, the color of fresh cherries (the dark ones in the produce section in the summer, not the bright red kind you get on your sundae).  I will be alternating skeins even though they look identical.  I'm afraid if I don't then when I start the second skein it will be just different enough that I'll wish I had alternated.  It's easier to alternate from the start and not really need to than find out at the end that I should have alternated.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Weaving

Seventh weaving project 
I finished setting up the loom and have started weaving on my Seventh Weaving Project.  This is the first time I've used the same yarn for both warp and weft (Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Optic) and it's fun to watch the patterns emerge.  I think the speckle dyed yarns look great in weaving.  I'm about 15 inches into the scarf at this point, but now that it's going, it should move along pretty quickly.  Like I mentioned, it's fun to watch the patterns and seeing the random criss cross of the lines makes me want to weave a little longer.

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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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