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Monday, August 20, 2018

Ravello Five

Ravello Five 
Yes, this is my fifth Ravello pullover!  I cast on this weekend and I've made it to the first stripe.  I'm going to stripe this one differently than the pattern calls for.  I'm loving the way the Hydroponic pops against the Onyx.  The little speckles and spots of other colors are so much fun!

Just in case you were wondering, I did finish the front of my  Relax pullover and it and the back are blocking.  So I haven't completely lost my mind.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Almost There

Dragonfly Relax 
I'm still knitting on the front of my Relax, but I'm almost to neck and shoulder shaping.  For some reason I was thinking neck shaping would happen sooner after the arm shaping started but that would be a pretty weird neckline.  Once I realized that I was delusional and read the actual pattern directions, I settled in for some more stockinette.  Soon.

Speaking of stockinette, the yarn for Ravello Five wasn't quite dry yesterday so I gave it another night and plan to wind it today.

Just thought I'd mention that in case you were thinking I had decided to do the responsible thing and finish the pullover I'm working on before starting another one.  Nope.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Space Mermaid

Space Mermaid 
I haven't forgotten my Space Mermaid shawl in The Quest For More Pullovers, but it's not getting a lot of attention right now.  I've worked a couple more repeats since you last saw it, but I feel like I should be farther along.  Of course I would be if I would stop knitting pullovers, but why would I do something like that?

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Look What Happened Yesterday

Onyx and Hydroponic 
Some yarn got washed!  This is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Onyx and Hydroponic.  I decided to go ahead and get it washed because it will take another day to dry and then it will be all ready whenever I decide to start a new Ravello!

(Who am I kidding, I'm totally casting on as soon as the yarn has dried and been wound!)

Onyx will be the main color and Hydroponic will be the stripes.  I will probably be adding more stripes than the pattern calls for, but I've done this before and it works.  I was actually surprised as I was washing it, that there really wasn't very much excess dye to wash out.  I expected to spend most of the day messing with the Onyx, but it only took two washes.  I washed the Hydroponic twice as well, but I think once would have been enough.  Thankfully Madelinetosh uses lots of yarn ties, so the skeins are still neatly organized.  It's almost dry now and I think it should be completely dry by tomorrow morning.

Theoretically, someone could wind yarn and cast on tomorrow. 

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Thinking...

Dragonfly front 
I've gotten a LOT done on the front of my Dragonfly Relax pullover!  I'm to the armhole area, which on the front means that I'll be doing a front neckline soon.  (Sooner than I did a back neckline at least.)

As I've been knitting all this stockinette stitch, I've been thinking.  I usually have a sweater, a shawl type thing, and something small like socks or mitts on the needles at any given time.  Right now, I have this pullover (sweater) and my Space Mermaid (shawl), but no small project.  I could cast on for a pair of footie socks, or (and this is where it gets crazy) I could cast on a second sweater, I was thinking Ravello.  Ravello isn't oversized, it's top down in the round, and it's stockinette.  I've found that I can get through the short row section in an evening and then it's smooth sailing.  I have yarn for two Ravellos upstairs and while I will need to prewash them (after the colors ran on my last one, I trust nothing!), I could get that done today, get the yarn dried and start on a Ravello later this week.  This could be about the time I'm ready to block the front and back of Relax, so this could be a good thing, right?

I mean, I've got plenty of needles, I might as well use them!

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Wiksten Tank #9

Wiksten tank 
Yes, I've made another Wiksten Tank.  This time in linen.  Same pattern and sizing as the first eight Wiksten Tanks, but since the linen is a heavier weight fabric than the lawn and rayon I've used before, I didn't do French seams.  I serged the seams and then top stitched them down in a fake flat felled style.

The fabric is from Fabrics-Store.com, it's their IL019 Signature Finish in Bleached.  I'd been looking at their linens for a while, and when they offered this one at a steep discount for a five yard cut, I bought it.  I really like it and while I'm not sure if this color is quite opaque enough for a dress, a few linen tops are always useful in Texas.  One of the reasons I started with the tank was to figure out how see through it actually is when it's being worn.  Also, basic white tanks are useful in my wardrobe.

I actually almost put the pocket on this one.  (There is a pocket in the pattern, but in the nine I've made, none have had the pocket.)  I thought it might need something extra since it's a basic, soft white tank.  I also thought about adding a bit of embroidery to it, but in the end, decided to keep it basic.  If I decide it's too plain when I wear it, I can always add embroidery later.

Have a great weekend!  I'm going to wear my new tank!

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

This is Why We Block Things

Dragonfly 
I've finished knitting the back of my Dragonfly Relax pullover and started the front.  Thanks to my notes in the pattern, I won't have to be constantly checking measurements as I knit the front.

Also, if you've ever wondered why blocking is important, this is why.  I'll be weaving in ends and blocking the back (and doing the same to the front) before seaming them together.  At this point, it's a wonky, rolled up mess.  I'll get a photo after blocking so you can see the difference!

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