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.

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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.
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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:

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:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Yarn Along

"They" certainly aren't kidding when they say time goes faster when you're an adult. Since returning to work, I've had little time to work on my projects or sit around reading. One thing I love about knitting is that after a few weeks, even a stitch here and a row there yields progress.

So, while I've made progress on my sweater, I've had no time to write up anything, especially no time to write anything worth reading, to update my sweater on here.


I'm at the second sleeve! So while I'm about 2/3 of the way through, it definitely feels like the end is in sight. The more I knit, the more motivated I am to finish. This has been such a fun, interesting project.

I'm also still reading A Tale of Two Cities and also still enjoying it immensely, despite the fact that I hardly have time to read!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The County Fair

It's that time of the year again! Today is the day I go to our fair grounds and turn in all the projects I'm submitting to the fair.

This year's projects are:
1: the Blue Sand Cardigan I made for my mother in law. It's not perfect, and cotton is a bear to hide the ends of yarn, but it's a project in really proud of. I don't expect to do fantastic on it as far as ribbons are concerned.

2: the monogrammed socks I made for my husband's birthday. Socks aren't my thing, and there is a spot where I had to decrease a few stitches just above the heel on one of the socks, so I'm not expecting anything great with this project either. I'm hoping for some good feedback though.

3: Totoro toy. I love making toys and I think he turned out cute. Not my most impressive toy but certainly a fun project that I think will do well.

4: the cupcake hat that I whipped up for the baby. I think this one will do great, in spite of the messy pom pom.

That's all for now! I'll have an update this weekend after the judging is finished.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Finished Totoro

I finished this little guy today. He turned out a bit funny looking compared to the character in the movie, but at least he's finished.




Since a Totoro is a forest spirit, I had a little fun taking some pictures in our ferns.

Project details:
I used leftover scrap yarns for this, DK and worsted weight.
The gray yarn is 100% wool. White and black yarns are 100% acrylic. Size 2 needles and size 1 needles. This produced a toy that stands approximately 5" high including the ears. I requested the English translation of the pattern from someone on Ravelry, which they happily sent the PDF file within an hour of me PM-ing my email address.

Link to original pattern here. The original is in Danish or Norwegian.