Friday, May 31, 2013

Love Your Library: May Wrap-Up

This is the progress on my Devan cardigan for my son. I lost a bit of motivation halfway through the month so I only just started the back last night.

It would be finished if I didn't have kids.... Hahaha, I wouldn't have made it if I didn't have kids... ah well. It will be done soon.



Previous LYL posts:

January Goals
January Wrap-up
February Goals
February Wrap-up
March Goals 

April Goals
April Wrap-up/May goals

Fixed the Peurperium

This is what it looked like the first time I finished it last week:

So this week I frogged the sleeves and now it looks less like a hockey jersey and more what I was envisioning:

Plus, now there's no longer two similar but contrasting shades of turquoise on it, which was the main motivation for fixing the sleeves. (I think it's hard to tell in the photo. Trust me on that one.)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A LYL WIP

I realized that, as we near the end of the month, I need to make more progress on my Love Your Library project for the goal I set for this month.
Behold, the Devan sweater.

I'm using the recommended DGB confetti and the accent yarn is Caron Simply Soft in chocolate. I'm going to do my very best to have all the pieces done by Friday but that may be wishful thinking.

I've also been knitting both the legs for the bear at the same time... Check back around 8 (Central, US) if you want to see a photo.

I also made the blog a little easier on the eyes this week and started my own weekly posts as a way to celebrate my 100th post... Some things I've been meaning to do for a while but didn't have time to figure it out.
I haven't been reading much for myself, although I introduced The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein to my two year old and even he decided to "read" it to me. Needless to say he loved it.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Yarn Review Monday 1: Cascade 220

What is YRM: I honestly believe there are good things and bad things about every type of yarn, no matter how much you save or how much you break the bank. 

This is for the lay-knitter, not professionals. This is for people like me who might not necessarily be fiber experts despite being a crocheter or knitter for a long time, but need an honest opinion about yarn before they dive into a project with it.

Back in November 2012, I bought two skeins of Cascade 220 sport weight yarn to use in a Christmas gift for a family friend.
The yarn:
100% Peruvian wool
Color: #4002, Jet.
50g (1.75oz) skein=150 meters (164 yards)

The project: Nina scarf (beading omitted) from Knitting in the Details by Louisa Harding


Top of photo most true to original yarn color



Why I like this yarn: Feels good on the fingers to knit with and the scarf felt light but warm. Had a nice hang after the scarf was finished and blocked. I also did not have any problems with it tangling in the skein, which I know is a problem for some brands of yarn.

What I didn't like: It split really easily, especially on a purl row. This really slowed me down but it is not something that would deter me from buying it again.

Affordability:  I spent $5.25 on each of the gray skeins shown above. I still have a ton of it left, I would say about one full skein between the two. The scarf is designed so that the flowers are oriented correctly on both halves so it is knit in two pieces and then connected with  3-needle cast off. I thought I used more of the first skein than I actually did, and used the second skein for the second half of the scarf. I think this was a fantastic purchase. There was a lot left over and for $5.25 I think it was a steal.

Where you can get it: I bought mine at Knitter's Palette. The company also has a website, Cascade Yarns.



Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this or asked to review this yarn by any store or the company itself, Cascade Yarns. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Post of Few Words

The projects...
Puerperium with my own loon design

Need a Hug Bear with ears on
That's all for this week!

Monday, May 20, 2013

100th post: Yarn Review Mondays

I'm going to start a yarn review here. The last time I was yarn shopping at my LYS one of the customers was discussing yarn with the shop owner, and being very snooty about fiber content, brands, etc. I honestly believe there are good things and bad things about every type of yarn, no matter how much you save or how much you break the bank.

This is for the lay-knitter, not professionals. This is for people like me who might not necessarily be fiber experts despite being a crocheter or knitter for a long time, but need an honest opinion about yarn before they dive into a project with it. There will be a link below for each review I do too, so it is easy to find the ones you're looking for.

This is not going to be a weekly event but when I do a review, it will be on Mondays.
Stay tuned!
Click on the icon below for a complete list of reviews:

Yarn Reviews:
Bernat Boa ( Eyelash yarn; "unofficial" yarn review)
Berroco Vintage (TM) Chunky
Caron Simply Soft Solids and Simply Soft Light
Cascade 220 Sport Weight
Deborah Norville's Serenity Chunky Sprinkles
DGB Confetti
Fisherman's Wool by Lion Brand
Paton's Classic Wool
Plymouth Yarns Galway (TM) Worsted
Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Little Loon-y

Hopefully I'll have an FO for this later on, but I've been working on my first Puerperium sweater and since it was designed to be embellished, I knit some loons on it. Loons as a design have been floating around in my head for a while.

My final drawings:

How it looks:


You'll have to wait till Wednesday for a WIP photo.
Happy knitting!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New Yarn and Sweaters

Well, I treated myself to a very expensive mother's day gift on Friday. I haven't even started to feel any guilt given the fact that I haven't told my husband yet, but we don't generally give each other gifts unless it's Christmas so its okay, right? Feast your eyes on my newest yarn/pattern library splurge!

I actually have four skeins of the gray Angora Merino yarn but the other skeins are propping up my book. The yarn is for this sweater, which I discussed wanting to knit in this post.
Every time I've gone into my LYS they have been sold out of this book. So the trip HAD to be successful if they had the book, right?

Yes. That is my first skein of malabrigo.


The bear for my first son. The parts I have done are stuffed and besides the ears, it is assembled. I really love how he's turning out!


And his Devan cardigan is coming along too. I started the right front panel yesterday:

And as for reading, I don't think I've opened my book up once this week. Ugh! >.<
  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Works in Progress

I've been rather devoted to the Devan cardigan this week and I am proud to say that I have the left panel and a sleeve totally finished. I have been very slowly sewing a skirt and I've been thinking now that I would like to knit some lace edging for the bottom of it rather than buy it, so pattern suggestions would be much appreciated.
Of course the picture was taken before the sleeve was finished.


And I'm still reading Silas Marner.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Wisconsin Spring


Catch The Moment
I'm throwing a curve ball and doing a post entirely unrelated to crafting. We got covered in snow last Thursday which is funny because it was May 2 and we live in the northern hemisphere, so it should be spring.

It was pretty much gone by Saturday but the damage was bad... We lost power for almost 24 hours on Thursday and our trees are still hurting from the damage.




After it all melted:


The damage:


I was at work Wednesday night so I was very worried about coming home to a tree on top of our shed-- or worse-- on our garage. We got lucky though; the big branches missed those structures entirely:


It was a group effort to clean up. Luckily I have excellent help:

We are going to be having some epic bonfires this summer!

 And a church bake sale combined with Saturday's fishing opener makes for a deadly combination:

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Catch The Moment

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Another Bear

Keeping it short and sweet again this week! And you all say, "Whew!"
Making progress on my son's bear. It will be a birthday present for his third birthday this summer. I love the way it's turning out and he keeps stealing the pieces out of my bag to run around the house hugging it.

Also, see my Love Your Library post for May. You can read about my project goals and how last month's knitting went for me.
Reading Silas Marner: Weaver of Raveloe since I read about it in a YA post and thought it sounded interesting. So far it does not disappoint.
  

Love Your Library Updates

I'm combining my April wrap up and May goals into one post.

So for my April wrap-up:
  • I've set aside the plum colored coat that always goes wrong. Not indefinitely, although I don't plan on picking it up again until I have a daughter one day, so... It's in a time out for at least a few years.
  • I was able to make progress on my Devan cardi. The left front panel is complete and I started on one of the sleeves.
  • I had a library FO! I had the photos up on my April goals post but I hadn't added the snaps yet so now it's official.
  • One out of two FOs this month from the library is not bad, especially since I've had a heck of a time finding knitting time so far this year. My finished projects for 2013 are definitely lacking.



And now my May goals:

  • Finish the cardigan. I mean it this time. I finally had an FO from my library patterns last month and it felt really good. I really need to step up my game and the cardigan is very do- able!



Previous LYL posts:

January Goals
January Wrap-up
February Goals
February Wrap-up
March Goals 

April Goals