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Lilac Haze

This latest project is made from organic cotton … Simply Cotton in the Haze Heather colorway (organic cotton from Knit Picks).  The pattern is “Summer Tee Top” by Claudia Olson, a free download on Ravelry.  After getting gauge, I reduced the CO by 28 stitches.  I don’t know if this will result in the desired 36″ size and just the right amount of negative ease … or another gift for someone else (wah! I want to wear it myself!).  Anyway, the suspense will keep me knitting, ha ha!

I actually have completed both the tweed sweater and the fuzzy scarf … EXCEPT for the finishing steps.  A tiny bit of weaving in will finish the sweater and all I have to do is bind off the scarf.  For some reason, I don’t want to take them off the needles.  Maybe I’m just not interested in wool and mohair now that the snowdrops and witch hazel are blooming!

Fuzz and Mitts

I finished the sweater, except for weaving in the openings at the base of each sleeve.  Hope to get pictures this weekend.  It depends on whether hubby (who is very busy now, during tax season) is willing to take a few snaps.

In the meantime, I also made a pair of mitts.   This is a second pass for this pattern.  In December, I ad-libbed a pair and gave them away before I even had time to model them for pictures!  Thank goodness I had made some notes.  I made another pair and I think they’re pretty cute.

I don’t think this picture does them justice.  Maybe when hubby is wielding the camera he can get a pic or two in better circumstances!  The palm is straight K1-P1 ribbing (and so is the border). As with the first pair, I used leftover yarn from a pair of socks.  I’ve started writing up the pattern and will post on the Free Patterns page when it’s ready.

We had a nice visit from one of my sisters-in-law this weekend.  She is the one who turned me on to knitting!  Dorothy brought her bag and some needles and some fabulous mohair yarn and we browsed through Ravelry until we found a nice project.  She got going on it and it was looking awesome.  I thought it would be fun to make the same project, so I looked through my stash and found a totally squishy ball of  Kidsilk Haze that was waiting for the right inspiration!  Mine won’t look as dramatic as Dorothy’s because it’s only one color and not so fuzzy.  But it’s fun that we’re both knitting on the same project at the same time!!  It’s a pattern that will go quickly.  I cast on earlier today and here’s a peek:

I think it will open up a lot with blocking.  I totally love this yarn.  It is soooooo sooooooft!  What a treat to play with it!!

Cable Ready

Time for the Fun Part!

I just tried all three pieces on (ok, well, it was kinda awkward since they’re not attached yet) and have concluded that it’s time to pull this act together.

The sleeves could be an inch too long, but the cute garter stitch cuff folds back and still looks great.  So there’s some leeway there!  The original pattern called for CO 4o for the sleeves and I thought they were too wide.  I backed off to CO 32.  This called for extra increasing to get to the final stitch count (to make the yoke work).  I should have increased every 6 rows instead of every 8.  That’s why the sleeves are long!  If I like this sweater as much as I think I will, I may use this template again.  Next time, the CO for the cuffs will be 36.

I love the weight of this yarn.  It’s City Tweed HW from Knit Picks in the Jacquard colorway.  I can tell that the sweater will feel substantial.  I bought 7 balls but it’s looking like I will use less than 6.

OK, off to make the Big Join and get started on the cable yoke!

Edit: this is from a pattern by Ann Budd.  See previous post.

Tweed on Ice

It’s an icy morning — a good time to knit!  This is going to become a cabled yoke sweater.  It’s not an original design this time.   First time for a yoke sweater, so I picked a pattern that I’ve always liked.  It’s from Ann Budd’s book The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. I couldn’t find a posted picture of the sweater so you’ll have to wait until I’m finished!

The book isn’t really a pattern book; it provides tables so that you can estimate yarn purchases and plan different kinds of sweaters after getting gauge.  But it DOES have examples of each type of sweater and there is an explicit “copycat” pattern spelled out for each of these!

I never end up copycatting completely, ha ha!  In this case, I cast on with fewer stitches for the sleeves.  Let’s see what happens with the rest of the sweater …

As you can see in this picture, I’m using two circular needles instead of DPNs for the sleeves.  I prefer DPNs over two circs because the extra dangling needles can be annoying — if not to me, then to the cat on my lap.  But I also prefer metal needles over bamboo because the tips are sharp.  I went with sharp tips this time, let the cat be cranky!

If you use this method of circular knitting and you have modular needles, did you know you only need one pair of needles in the desired size?  I don’t remember where I learned that (maybe Cat Bordhi?) but it really give flexibility when choosing your method.  The trick is to put one needle of the desired size on each circular cable.  The other needle can be a size smaller.  When you’re knitting, set it up so that the bigger needle is in the right hand (you wrap the yarn around it, which defines the gauge) and the smaller needle is in the left hand (it holds already-knit stitches, so doesn’t affect gauge).  A bonus is that the stitches slide onto the smaller needle more easily too!

I was SOOO busy over the last year or so, but I think life is settling down now.  I hope to post more often and to catch up on other blogs too …

Long Time, No See

I have been knitting … really!

Last summer, I began a cotton sweater … I finished it!  I have also made two scarves since then.  What I haven’t been doing is posting the results to the blog … sorry about that!

Here are two pictures to capture the scarves.  I don’t have any pix of the sweater yet.  There’s a reason for that … it deserves a post of its own (if time allows??!).

The above is the “Purple Petal”.  The below is a lovely scarf I made for a very sweet friend … I call it the “Artistic Drop Stitch Scarf”.

I also have an updated picture of the green “Soleil”.  Here it is, for what it’s worth!

I have been dedicated exclusively to my ESL classes for some months now and I haven’t had much spare time for knitting.  However, I think things will be shifting to a more balanced perspective soon.  This blog will hopefully reflect those changes going forward!

Busy Lady

Whew, change your career and your blog kinda goes out the window!

I’m loving my new focus on teaching English as a Second Language, but it most definitely has taken away from my knitting time … especially the time I used to take to report on my knitting activity here!

In June, I started a cotton sweater (CECE) and I’m looking forward to finishing it soon.  I don’t have a lot of pictures, but I’ve done the body and both sleeves and I’ve connected them together.  A bit of raglan reduction and some finishing and we’re done!  I look forward to having this sweater to fend off the over-air-conditioned breezes of indoors in summer!

I promise to post some pictures as soon as I have time …

Watch out!

There maybe should be an alert going off in my head or something, because I now have 4 WIPs going!

I have a toe started on a pair of socks.  I was originally going to make a really cool pattern called “Magic Mirrors” (it’s free on Ravelry, check it out!) but I decided the yarn I’ve selected doesn’t suit that pattern.  It’s another tweed and kind of nubbly.  So then I though up an ad-libbed pattern but I’m not so sure the yarn will be suited to that one either.  Sigh.  One toe, no pattern!

There is also the lace scarf, which I’m now calling “Ivy Buds”.  No progress since last picture …

OK, there’s also a scarf that’s forming from leftover Christmas yarn.  Did I mention that one yet?  It’s looking faaaaabulous!  The knitting part is ridiculously easy, but since I’m changing colors a lot, it will require some heavy weaving in.  So, slow going there too.  Here’s a picture in bad light:

Finally, I started a fun project yesterday, with inspiration from a beautiful and creative young woman who knitted in a style all her own.  It will be a blanket for charity … more on that later!!