Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Seed Stitch Sweater

I finished the front piece of my sweater and blocked it this week. I love large gauge, chunky sweaters. They just fly off the needles and the instant gratification is intensified because it's a sweater.

The size doesn't concern me as much either since it blocked so nicely. I'm also really liking the color gradient in this yarn. The seed stitch is a good fit for it I think. I've already started the back of the sweater.

I used most of my free time this week knitting. So far the crew in Arthur Gordon Pym is still alive and kicking, and met a tribe of Arctic natives that they are sharing cultures with. That's all I read this week.

Until next week, happy knitting!
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Couple New Projects

I finished the lamb toy on Monday this week! He's looking fat and ready for a new home. I casted on for a sweater. I was given 4 skeins (approx. 1200 yds) of yarn for Christmas and I decided to make myself a sweater. The pattern I chose is a simple seed stitch pattern.

I'm a little skeptical that it will fit me. The cast on edge is only 38 stitches for my size. I measured myself twice to make sure I was starting the correct size and I'm using a size 11 needle instead of the size 10 that the pattern calls for and it still looks like it might be small. Ugh. But I'm giving it a chance.
The length of this concerns me...

I also purchased sweater yarn to start a cabled sweater for my husband. This will be a Christmas gift this year. (Starting that early so I have enough time to make it!) I will be getting that in the mail sometime in the next couple weeks.
I am still reading The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allen Poe. Terrible things are about to start happening to the crew again. They're in the Arctic circle and with a crew suffering from scurvy and other illnesses, and a storm brewing, I don't anticipate many survivors in the next couple chapters.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

FO: Lamb

I finished the lamb toy for the next baby due among my co-workers.

I didn't make the feet as wide as the pattern called for, since the first one turned out very wide. The yarn didn't shape the way the pattern was written. I also omitted the black line that makes the feet look more like hooves.

He's my first finished project of the year!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sneak Peek of the Footless Sheep

All he needs is feet!


I love the way he's turning out! Stay tuned for an FO post!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Itty Bitty Sheep

I cast on for a toy sheep on Saturday. It is a free Susan B. Anderson pattern from her book, "Itty Bitty Knits."

It's looking a little funny at the moment.

He still needs ears, fluff on his head, and his legs. I've also been working on the baby sweater I've shared before, although the sheep is for a baby due on Valentine's Day so I'm finishing him first. Still reading The Narrative of Sir Arthur Gordon Pym by Poe. Although I'm at a spot now where nothing is really happening so I haven't read too much this week.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Avoiding Stagnation

I didn't get much time to knit this week, and I definitely didn't read. Where does this time go and why can't I be a kid again so I can kill my days reading? Alright, I'm done whining.

I did add 22 rows, which is about an inch. And while an inch doesn't sound like much, if I multiply 22 rows by 65 stitches, I actually did 1430 stitches this week. Which sounds way more impressive than an inch!

I don't have many projects planned for the year. I have two baby gifts to make, one of which is in the photo above. I plan to make a cabled sweater for my husband this year, steek it, and put a zipper, but I've got a bit of research to do before I begin that. Otherwise, not many projects. My big goal this year is not knitting related. I'm going to learn how to play treble clef on cello. I've attempted to before and haven't been successful but if you never challenge yourself, you get stuck in a rut and mentally it's hard to get out.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

More Baby Gifts

I casted on for the Little Jockey Wrap yesterday for another baby gift, which will go to another expectant co-worker. It is actually the second time I've started one of these sweaters but the first time I tried it, I was trying to make it larger than the pattern is written and did not have enough of my chosen yarn. I ended up frogging that one. This time I'm following the pattern.

I am working my way through "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket," by Edgar Allen Poe. It is the only novel he wrote. It is very interesting and tragic. The main character stows away on a ship his friend is employed on. Eventually there is a mutiny and a shipwreck and they find themselves, at one point, on a ship that is about to capsize, surrounded by sharks, and starving from lack of food and water. The things they come up with on order to survive become very extreme, the more desperate they become. When I actually find time to read, it is very gripping.

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