I really need to get this under control. Not included are spinning projects. Only one of which I want to finish so I can start a scarf for Rob before it isn’t winter any more.
B-Side cardi - Need to sew the shoulders, set in the sleeves, sew up the sleeves and then knit the buttonbands. Would be nice to have a new sweater to wear.
kitty hat – For a friend. the superwash yarn grew but a spin through the washer and dryer got it the right size again. Just needs sewing together and a face added.
Laresca – I would love to finish to wear this summer. Not sure when I’ll pick it back up though.
Longfellow shawl – not too much left to go, but I need to fix a missing YO which has been located.
Pax shawl – so many repeats across the “first row” to go. It’s pretty so far, but not interesting currently
Opposite Pole sweater – I think I’m halfway around the circle body… I love working on it. Stupid other stuff that needs to get done.
Sam socks – These are for my mom. I need to get them done before her birthday at the end of July.
Traveling socks – These take priority as I should knit my part and send them along when I get a pair in the mail. I’ve been slow on the current pair I have because of gussets.
plain stripey socks – Purse knitting. I think they’ll be knee socks. If they are I need to get to calf increases soon on the first one. I’m not concerned about when they’re done
heart attack socks – these are plain TAAT socks from a sock flat I dyed that I as using for demos at festivals. Being as I’m not doing those at this time I should work on them.
This weekend I decided it’s time to fix my Vivian sweater.
You may or may not remember that I had trouble with my needle cords separating a lot since the yarn was so heavy. I had switched needles at the sleeve join and going from wood needles to metal made my gauge larger and thus sweater not fitting right. It was my Rhinebeck sweater in 2011 so I just powered through it. Since then it’s sat in a drawer.
I now have 3 skeins that looked like this before washing them. Kinky yarn is kinky.
I’m in the process of knitting a swatch with the needles I want to use to make sure I will have a sweater that fits. After all, what’s the point of knitting a gorgeous sweater if you can’t wear it?
It’s November and once again I’m going to attempt to knit a sweater in a month for National Knit a Sweater Month (NaKniSweMo). In 2009, I attempted the Honeybee Cardigan and failed. I got pretty far, but didn’t finish until March of 2010. In 2010, I decided that I would finish a sweater and start a sweater in the month. My Camber cardigan got finished and I cast on for my Vivian. I call that a success!
This year I started the B-Side Cardigan by Laura Chau. I bought the pattern last winter when she had a holiday sale and it’s been waiting to get cast on. The yarn I’m using is Valley Yarns Superwash DK. I knit Brendan a hat out of it earlier this year and really enjoyed working with it. I picked up a sweater’s worth last December when my yarnfriends and I took our yearly pilgrimage to Webs.
My swatch, and first few rows knit.
In preparation, I swatched last weekend to check my gauge and try to get any issues worked out so I could jump right in when November 1st rolled around. When I washed my swatch it grew a lot. Lots and lots and lots. I didn’t see how many stitches I got pre-wash so I can’t tell you how much exactly. I got 18.5 sts to 4″ on US4 needles. The pattern says 24 sts to 4″. Huge difference! I did like the fabric, so I then did the math to see what size to follow.
What I did was decide what size I want, divide that by 4 inches and multiply that by how many sts per inch I was getting to see approximately how many sts to cast on. It looks something like this (46/4)x18.5 = 212.75sts to CO. The size 36″ has a cast on of 214sts, so I will be following the stitch counts and pattern directions for that. I then measured myself every place the schematic lists to see which size to follow for things like the length of the armhole, bottom ribbing, sleeve cap, etc. I’ll be using the 44″ size for that.
I only have a few rows knit so far because I was busy finishing up a gift for a friend. More on that later.
I’ve knit some things:
Stripe Study shawl:
Plain vanilla socks:
I.B. Footsie socks:
1 Skew sock:
1 mini sock for my sock blocker keychain:
I’ve spun some things:
Silk top bought atWoolbearers in NJ:
BFL purchased at the Garden State Sheep Breeders Festival in 2010:
Targhee purchased from Zarzuela’s Fibers:
Romney from a fleece purchased at the Garden State Sheep Breeders Festival in 2010:
Bamboo/sparkle and something batt from a friend at Rhinebeck on my new Bosworth Mini Walnut spindle:
Pre Massachusetts Sheep & Wool:
Silk top and some yarn waiting to get rinsed:
Custom sweater lot with a random green skein of laceweight:
And I’ve launched my shop!
There! More details will be included in future posts.. I hope you don’t mind an overview of my fiber life in photos!
Until next time…
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Two weeks ago I finished my Handspun Saroyan, blocked it and gave it to my sister who was in town for a conference.
I have to say, I’m impressed at how nicely it blocked out. Magic!
She loves it and it looks great!
Well maybe not into a bar, but perhaps I should go have a drink after getting three projects finished 5 weeks into the new year.
First up is the Green Light Special hat that I made for Brendan. I added an extra repeat at the top before starting the crown decreases by trying to match up a section of the chart. A second added repeat may may been a good idea though. Next time it gets washed, I’ll block it a bit longer. Brendan loves it and put it on his head still damp, wore it all that day and any chance he gets. All in all, I’m very pleased with my first attempt at stranded colorwork.
Pattern: Red Light Special by Jared Flood
Yarn: Valley Yarns Superwash DK in 4 colors and for the lining, I used a bit of a small sock flat that I dyed that was laying in arms reach when I cast on.
Next up is the vest that I made for my dad. I really wanted to get this done for his birthday in November, and then maybe for Chanukah in December. That didn’t work out, but he seems to like it and it fits well. I really like the yarn and am very pleased that it’s available in Chunky (Not that I’m already using it or anything.) and just recently it became available in DK weight. As for broken rib stitch, I could go for a while without using it.
Pattern: The Professor Vest by Elizabeth Morrison
Yarn: Berroco Vintage
Lastly, two weeks ago I decided that I need a hand knit neck thing. I went to my stash and the first thing that jumped out was this hanspun silky cashmerino dyed by Fluff Fibers.
It’s gorgeous and soft and about about 250yds at 16wpi. I was inspired by a shawlette that I saw and set off to make my own version. My first attempt ended up looking like underpants or some weird loin cloth, so I frogged and started again.
A Kerfuffle is born! Named by my friend Jess at knit night last week, this kerfuffle grew and grew until I finished it this week at knit night. I’m pleased and plan on giving it a light blocking at some point. There are basic notes of what I did on my Ravelry project page and perhaps I’ll write it up properly in the future. There’s something very satisfying about watching fiber turn into yarn and then into a finished item.
If you’ll excuse my strange expressions in these pictures, you’ll see how I’ve been wearing it.
For having been a Knitter with a capital “K” for 2 and a half years, I’ve come a long way. This last year has been fantastic. My local knit/crochet group has grown closer and in size. Honestly, without them I doubt I would have the courage to attempt some of the projects I’ve completed or feel like I can make anything no matter what the difficulty level.
I finished 18 knit projects in 2010. That’s 1.5 projects a month. That’s impressive!
10 pairs of socks (well.. 9.5 really)
Is that a cable in your sock or …?
Squished Socks for Elizabeth
These be walkin’ socks
February Maidens in May
It’s a mystery that they’re not fargyle!
Itty bitty sock
Classic Baltimore Congo socks
Addicting Rainbow Jaywalkers
Rhinebeck Lia cuz I’m crazy!
Shipwrecked in Noroland for the Ravelympics!
Snappy Boss’ hat
Handspun Spiral Hat
And a pair of sleeve cuffs
Coat cuff extensions
And there you have it!
Have I mentioned that I’m slowly starting do to custom dye work?
One of the ladies in my knit group acquired yarn from a friend that has sheep. We are unsure of the breed though. There were 4 skeins of a worsted-ish weight ranging from 105yds to 120yds. I was given the freedom to dye a color similar to those I’ve done recently. That would be the blue-green-teal family. This is my first time trying to get the same color on a larger lot. I’m pleased with the results.
Here they are reskeined and waiting to go home:
It looks like I’ve picked up another dye job, too! A friend of mine is knitting a Barn Raising Quilt and is looking for different colors of fingering weight yarn in smaller quantities. This is along the lines of an idea I had for dyeing small skeins for colorwork. Naturally I volunteered to work with her on colors and skein size. I’ll be doing at least 4 100yd (25g or so) skeins with a fair amount of color freedom.
I’m getting there slowly, but surely!
Some things I’ve been keeping busy with:
I started the Professor Vest for my dad’s birthday being that there was a CPW meetup in Athens, NY that day and that I gave my mom a handspun shawl for her birthday. Uhm.. Two months later it’s still on the needles. I’m at the top of the first front and am not sure why I’ve put it aside. I love the yarn (Berroco Vintage in Douglas Fir, I think) and fabric it’s making.
My Camber was completed in the beginning of November (Project page link). I decided to make a long sleeved version with a bit of the lace detail on the cuffs. It worked out perfectly with some help from Jesh. It’s quite convenient to be friends with the designer! Knit with Knit Picks Stroll in Granny Smith.
I was having a love/hate relationship with the buttons. Love them, but they just weren’t working out on this sweater. I’m in the process of taking off the buttons to change them to other smaller ones.
I started a Vivian in Berroco Vintage Chunky – colorway Dunagaree (I said I love this yarn, didn’t I?) after Thanksgiving. It’s an addictive knit and I’ve only allowed myself to knit on it here and there as a reward for making progress on something else or as a mood enhancer. Totally helped me stay sane while there were 4 children running around the house last Sunday. I’m about halfway up the sleeve. The picture only shows a little past the cuff. It looks a lot like a dinosaur foot to me.
Link to my project page
Also, there has been spindle spinning on my Jenkins Kuchulu! The batt was carded by Jesh from some silk, merino, BFL, silk sheep that I dyed along with a few other fibers. Isn’t the color just perfect?! The picture shows about half spun up. In reality, I’m about 3/4 through.
What is Rhinebeck Bingo? If you are attending the New York Sheep and Wool Festival (a.k.a. Rhinebeck), you can choose to be a square (where the players try to find you if you’re on their card) or a player (you try to find the people that chose to be squares) or both! It’s a fun way to meet people and get hugs from strangers where it’s a perfectly acceptable thing to do. Thank you Stitchy McYarnpants for organizing it! There’s also a group on Ravelry here with information and introductions of the other players.
This will be my first time participating. Here’s a little bit about how to spot me. I’ll be wearing my almost finished Rhinebeck Lia (bad picture, I know)
one day and my Central Park Hoodie
Though if by some chance it’s warmer than sweater weather, I’ll wear my Shipwreck shawl
or if it’s cooler I’ll have a dark red cabley hat on and some brownish flip-top gloves.
If I’m not hanging out at the Holiday Yarns booth 26D, I’ll be wandering around trying not to buy everything spinning on my blue top whorl drop spindle with very blue fiber. Please don’t be shy! I plan to have candy!