Tuesday, September 13, 2016

"Still Knitting"

Oh man you guys. Dickens gets us. I'm past this chapter but I did get some great amusement out of having two chapters back to back titled "Knitting" and "Still Knitting." She's been knitting the same project for years now. We can all relate.
I am still working on the hat that I will be donating to our church fundraiser, although I was hoping I could crank out at least one hat per week but obviously that's not happened. Ugh. There's just not enough hours in a day.
Until next time, knitters!

(This week be linked to Wednesday's Yarn Along once it's available.)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Adam's Ribs Wrap

I finished this gorgeous sweater this week on Sunday. Blocked Sunday night and was wearing it by Monday. I love it so much!

Here are the details:
Pattern: Adam's Ribs Cap Sleeve Wrap by Carol Sunday
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino - 51% silk, 49% merino wool
Needles: Size 10, straight needles

I'm very proud of this sweater. I bought two shawl pins to wear with it. When blocking, the ribbing opened up and the length of the sweater grew dramatically.  It didn't stretch width-wise as much as I was hoping but it still fits great. I thought it would be much more of a challenge to knit, which is why the pattern sat in my Ravelry library for almost 3 years. Once I got the hang of the 7-row repeat it flew off the needles! I know I'll get a lot of use out of this. It is already a treasured garment and it's barely off the blocking board!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A New Hat

I cast on for a hat on Monday. I've finished my sweater, which I will share once I have some nice photos! (Click here for a sneak peek though!) The hat will donated to our church's fall festival. I'm planning to spend this month making projects to donate, de-stashing some old yarn as a result.

We are still reading Holes together, and I am still slowly making my way through A Tale of Two Cities.

See more WIPs at the weekly Yarn Along link up.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Home Stretch

I'm pretty excited you guys! I'm almost finished with my Adams Ribs sweater! I'm pretty sure this is the last skein of the project. Then I'll just have to weave ends and sew the sleeves together.

I'm still reading Holes to my oldest, and A Tale of Two Cities to myself. Ha. Pretty sure I started that book over a year ago.

I am also mentally preparing myself for beginning our homeschool year with two of the kids this year, pre-k and first grade. A little nervous but my husband and I found a curriculum that we think sounds good so the lessons are already planned and put together for me, which takes away a TON of stress.
(I'll add a link tomorrow to the weekly Yarn Along link up.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

So Close to Finishing

I'm making some great progress on my sweater. And it's fitting nicely so far, which I'm pretty excited about!

Adam's Ribs Cap Sleeve Wrap by Carol Sunday,
 Malabrigo silky wool in Raspberry

My daughter helped arrange the extra needle

I'm still reading Holes to the boys. My four year old definitely is not as invested in the story as my six year old. My six year old has been asking lately, at random points during the day, if I would read to him. That's unusual for him, so I've been excited that he is enjoying it.

Click here for more WIPs through the Yarn Along link up!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Past the Second Sleeve

I knit past the second sleeve! Sleeve construction on this sweater requires meticulous direction-following in order to keep the pattern from getting knit backwards or from getting on the wrong row. Then you cast on, knit some sort rows when new piece is attached to the sweater body, and continue on your merry way. Thanks to my problems with the first sleeve, the second came together incredibly easily.
Adam's Ribs Cap Sleeve Wrap, Malabrigo silky merino

The boys have been increasingly rowdy before bed lately, so I started reading Holes to them. My own selfish reading has been put on the back burner again. No surprise there, unfortunately.
More WIPS can be found at the link below:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ribbed Sweater Progress

Surprisingly, I've been able to work on my knitting since last week, despite being at work 5/7 days last week... Which is a lot for me!

It doesn't look impressive when it's folded up, but once you lay it out it actually looks like a sweater!

The far left side of the photo is where I just took the sleeve stitches off after I finished the short row shaping. I don't have much left now, except for the other half of that sleeve and the second front panel.

Haven't done any reading this week.
More WIPS can be found at the link below: