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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Some Progress, Actual Progress

Adams ribs hoodie

The last time I showed you my Adam's Ribs Hoodie was at the end of June, and I'd been working on it for about a week.  I've been slowly working on it here and there, picking it up and getting a little bit done when I can, and now I've started the hood!  I know the hood is going to take more time than I think it will (hoods always do), and I've got 27,000 yarn ends to weave in, but I feel like I'm actually on the home stretch now.  I'm planning to get the ends woven in sooner rather than later, before I get back to the hood, just for my own sanity.

Before I do that though, I'm going to finish plying my combination spin!  I can't wait to see how much yarn I have and get it washed!

Have a great weekend!  I'll probably be skeining and washing yarn!


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Some Actual Finished Projects!

Punchwork cardigan

I know it's been quiet around here for a bit, but I've actually finished a few things!  There's nothing huge going on around here, but I'm just busy enough that blogging had to get paused for a little while.  I have been knitting though and I finished my Punchwork Cardigan.  This is knit in Madelinetosh Eyre Light in Mandala.  I only used two skeins (but they're 465 yard skeins, so kind of big).  It's a super soft, little cardigan and I think it will be very wearable around here.  

Punchwork cardigan

I used a smaller button size than the pattern called for, and also fewer of them.  That was a personal taste decision.  I also stopped the yoke decreases a little early because I didn't want the neckline to be too tight, but I don't remember how early I stopped it - I was just knitting along and decided that it looked about right.

Mickael mitts

I also finished Mickael's Mitts.  These are the largest size of the Serviceberry mitts, knit in Cascade Heritage in Charcoal.  This was my first time using this yarn but it won't be the last.  I really liked the way it felt, both as I was knitting and the knitted fabric.  Plus, you can't beat the price!

I hope to get back to a more regular Tuesday and Thursday blogging schedule again.  I am still knitting almost every evening and I'm almost finished plying my combination spin, so there will be more to show you soon!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Another Pair of Mitts

Serviceberry mitts for Mickael

When I made the Serviceberry mitts for Caleb, I decided I wanted to make a pair for Mickael too.  I cast those on over the weekend and I've already finished the first mitt.  I made Caleb's in the Size 3 as she calls it in the pattern (second to largest), but because of the 2x2 rib, Mickael was able to wear them and I was able to wear them as well.  The ribbing just stretches and contracts so nicely, it fit us both.  For Mickael's mitts, I decided to go ahead and size up to the Size 4 because his hands are bigger than Caleb's, but you can see how much they draw in when they're relaxed and not pulled over a hand.  (Those are six inch double points, for scale.)  I think these would be great for gifts, when you can't measure the recipient's hand to check for size.  If you just guesstimate it, the rib will take care of the fit!

I'm knitting these in Cascade Heritage in color 5631 Charcoal.  It's a medium dark gray, lighter than Caleb's set is.  This is my first time using this yarn, but it won't be the last.  I really like it.

I've also finished plying half of my singles.  I haven't wound off any of the bobbins so I don't know what kind of yardage I have yet, but I love the look of the yarns so far.  I hope to get more plying done either today or tomorrow!


Thursday, September 09, 2021


Punchwork cardigan

There's nothing super exciting around here, nothing new and glamorous, but I have been making progress on my current projects, so that's something.  I've finished the first sleeve of my Punchwork Cardigan and I'm about halfway through the second sleeve.  I hope to get the knitting finished on this over the weekend.  (Not counting on getting the ends woven in, the whole thing blocked and the buttons sewn on by Monday, but that will happen soon.)

Teals combination spin

I also got the first bobbin plied from my combination spin and I love it!  I've got about five more to go though so I better get on it!

Have a great weekend!  Can you feel Autumn yet where you live?  We've just got a hint of it around here.  It's still hot, but it's less hot, and the temps have been dropping more at night than they were.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2021

All The Singles

Combo spinning

Back in early March I pulled out these six braids of spinning fiber.

Aqua combination spin singles

This past weekend I finished spinning the singles.  It hasn't been easy to get these spun and the spinning wheel lives in the tent now when it's downstairs, but I finally got all the singles finished.  I hope to start plying today and I can't wait to see what the yarn looks like!


Thursday, September 02, 2021

A Sleeve Is Born

Punchwork cardigan

I've finished the body of my Punchwork Cardigan.  In fact, I've also finished the neck band and the front bands!  All I have left is sleeves and I'm working on my first one now.  

I haven't sewn any ends in yet and the whole thing will need a good blocking, but I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel on this sweater.  It feels like it's taken forever, but that's not really fair.  I set it aside to work on some things for Caleb and then it had to wait while we helped him pack up and move back to school, so I probably don't have but about a month of regular knitting time on this.  I also always feel like bottom up sweaters take longer than top down, even though logically I know there's the same amount of knitting involved.

Have a great weekend!