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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Back-ing Away, But Not Backing Off!

Sous sous

I'm working away on the back of my Sous Sous pullover.   It's moving along nicely and the other day I sat down with the pattern and counted the rest of it out.  First I figured out how many more rows in total the pattern called for, then after comparing to the total number of rows in the front, I figured out how many rows I actually needed to do and I made more notes.  I will be adding all of my notes to my project page on Ravelry, as well as here when I finish knitting this (and have confirmed that the changes I've made do work), but I'm only mathing out the first size for this.  I have no idea what changes the other two sizes will need.  

What I find extremely confusing are the projects that specifically say they knit this exactly as the pattern calls for and had no problems.  How did that work?  I love the look of the finished sweater, which is why I've kept going.  I've checked for errata and/or updates, and I have no clue how this is knit-able per the pattern.  I literally just had a thought while I was typing this and there is a Loop London group on Ravelry and they did a Sous Sous KAL.  There are just under 900 posts in the thread, but maybe the answers are somewhere in there.  I guess I know what I'll be doing this week!  

Obi

Right now I've got to go because Little Obi Dog is licking the wall.  (Why????!!?)  I'll throw in a recent picture of him just for fun before I go!

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Insomnia

Insomnia cowl

I don't actually have insomnia, but I have started knitting The Insomniac cowl!  Since finishing my socks, I needed an autopilot project for knitting while waiting or in public.  I decided not to start a new pair of socks (don't worry, the ESK Craft Along for the third quarter is Colorwork Socks - you're going to be seeing some socks soon!), so I went stash diving for both a pattern and some yarn.  I have five skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock that will work as a gradient, so when I saw this cowl, I knew it would be perfect.  The pattern calls for a 12 skein mini set, so I ended up counting the whole thing out to find the total number of rounds and math-ing it out for five colors instead.  As you can see, I started with Celedon and then faded into Cove.  I'm about ready to transition to the third color.

The pattern is written with a texture section between colors, but since I'm using fewer colors, I decided to skip the texture and just knit those rounds in stockinette like everything else.  I could have added the texture rounds between colors, but I think this will work too.

The pattern name is delivering as promised - this doesn't take a lot of brain power, even if I have to refer to all the notes I added.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Finished Socks

Hibernal socks

I finished the Hibernal Socks.  These were an easy pattern that was great for starting and stopping as life and other projects interrupted.  It's always nice to have those types of projects around!  I knit them in Yarn Love Oliver Twist in Pizazz.  The yarn was maybe a little too busy for the stitch pattern, but I'm happy with the finished socks!

Also, we have gotten SO.  MUCH.  RAIN.  That is all.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

It's a Front!

Sous sous front

I have finished the front of my Sous Sous pullover!  Sorry about the really bad photo, it was pouring rain and then Obi decided to help, by standing in what light I had.  The shoulder stitches are on holders, but I don't have holders long enough to hold them smoothly, so they look gathered.  Mickael looked at the picture this morning and thought I'd made a pair of upside down shorts.  So, yeah, bad picture.

Anyway, I am actually finished with the front.  I have kept very careful notes.  I have marked each repeat as I started it, and I'm ready to begin the back.  I think.  I'm going to read through the directions for the back again first, but I hope to cast on later today.  Wish me luck.

In the meantime, while I was working on the front, Caleb came home from spring semester, but has now gone back to summer semester and we've had a few storms.  We've been fortunate so far, especially compared to some, but I will not be sad to see the end of the spring storms (we do need the rain though).  I hope you're all safe and healthy.

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Sewing

Last month I had a cutting session and I was able to get about six projects cut out.  I've found that if I cut out a bunch of things, then I can sew them up as I have time, and even 10-15 minutes is enough to get a few things done.  I decide what order I want to sew them in (sometimes it's based on thread color, sometimes it's based on the pattern), and cut them out in reverse order, stacking the cut pieces and the patterns in a large tray I have.  Then I just carry the tray upstairs to my sewing room and get to work!

Rhapsody blouse

This is the Rhapsody Blouse from Love Notions, with the bell sleeves, sewn in Liberty Tana Lawn.  Since it's made in the lightweight Liberty cotton, I should be able to get a lot of wear out of it here, including into the fall, when I want to wear fall-looking clothes, but it's still 90 degrees outside.  This was not a difficult project to sew up, and while I haven't finished the ties yet (they're too long - I have to decide how long I want them, tie the ends in knots, and then trim the ends), it's otherwise finished.  The finished blouse is soft and comfortable, but I think it would also be nice in rayon or a lightweight linen.  (Both rayon and lawn are recommended fabrics for this pattern.)

Next up is a linen dress in some pink paisley linen from Lithuania!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

A New Sweater!

Some of you may remember a couple of years ago I attempted to knit the Sous Sous pullover.  According to project comments, there may (or may not) be errors in the pattern, and at the time I didn't have time to sort through everything that might or might not have been going on.  I ended up frogging what I had, which was most of the back, and worked on something else.  I've never been able to get the sweater out of my head though and I've decided to give it another try.

I sat down and re-read all the notes I'd made on the first attempt, and read through the project notes of those who had already knit the sweater.  The weird thing is, there are people who say there are issues with the pattern and make corrections, and people who say they knit it as directed and had no trouble at all.  Some of the latter are probably experienced knitters who are just automatically correcting things as they go because they see what the pattern should have said, but the biggest problem I see noted is that the number of repeats don't match up between the front and the back (the sweater is seamed so front and back are knit separately).  The pattern directions begin with the back and that's how I started last time, but this time around I decided to start with the front.  I'm also marking the first and last stitch of the first row of each repeat.  This will help me count repeats, but it will also help with seaming later.

Sous sous pullover

I'm knitting this in Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Fatal Attraction - a gorgeous, rich, slightly cool red.  I've just gotten to the place where the neckline splits the front, so I'll be working both halves at once as I continue.  There is shaping to the front that makes the raised hemline, but it also does the shoulder shaping, so that's why the piece is angled downwards on the sides.  I'm optimistic that I'll get this done this time, and I'm keeping copious notes, which I'll add to my project page, to either help out or confuse future knitters.  (Or so I can knit it again someday if I love it!)

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Tuesday, May 07, 2024

Finished!

Katahdin cardigan

I finished and blocked the Katahdin Cardigan!  This was a lot of knitting, but the finished cardigan is cozy and snuggly without being too heavy.  I knit it in Malabrigo Arroyo in Azules, which is a tonal blue colorway that knits up looking like Paua shell.  I used almost 2000 yards for this cardigan, but I did make a few changes from the pattern.

The pattern has waist shaping, which is usually a good idea, but in this case, with an open cardigan, I knew it wasn't going to really do any shaping, it would just pull towards the back.  Instead I added some A-line shaping instead.  I mean, if you're looking for a shaped garment, you're not going to finish it off with a huge, dramatic shawl collar and hide all that shaping, right?  So I went with the big and snuggly.  I also made the sleeve cuffs shorter than the pattern called for.  Garter stitch takes forever to get any length, and I didn't think I had the intestinal fortitude to knit cuffs as deep as the pattern calls for.  (Mine are still a couple of inches, though.)

Katahdin cardigan

The collar is definitely a commitment. It's not hard to knit, there's just a lot of different stitch patterns and the original pattern was written as a leaflet for a yarn company: they used as little paper as possible, so I found it easier to make a list of each of the steps and manually checked them off as I went.  Overall, I enjoyed knitting this, and I believe it will be nice to toss on when the weather cools off again!

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