Sunday, August 16, 2015

German Short Rows

I love making a project and learning a new better way to do something I don't enjoy doing. The bettering of the skill usually results in me actually enjoying it.

So when I arrived at the section of the cardigan that called for German Short rows, I looked it up on YouTube and to my delight, it was a much better way to make short rows. When finished it yields short row transitions that are indistinguishable from the rest of the knitting.

Hallelujah, am I right?!

I must tell you all that I probably will not be knitting again until the end of October/early November. Why you ask?

My last semester of nursing school begins Tuesday and I am taking a class that has a huge unit exam every other week. So in an effort to, you know, not fail, I will not be knitting much. Which means I'll have nothing to share here.

I'll be back, I'm just putting all my projects into hibernation until the class ends.

Take care, and happy knitting!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fresh Peaches


The bulk shipment of fresh peaches my sister, mom, and I ordered this spring have arrived. No, I'm not sharing with the family unless they just take one. Ha! They're so fresh and juicy and delicious...

But you came for the knitting, and not my breakfast, so I guess I'll share that too.

I've made it to the next color change although I only managed to crank out 25 more rows this week. Lost a bit of motivation but with my last semester of nursing school fast approaching on Tuesday, and a weekend with just the hubby beginning on Friday, I think I might just have enough motivation and time to crank out the rest of the sweater body. Stay tuned.


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Friday, August 7, 2015

FO: Lizzy Lou Kitty Hat

I finally finished the kitty hat. I messed up the back decreases simply because I was lazy about reading directions. I decided to just finish it in a way that wouldn't look horrible since I'm planning on making another test knit for this pattern. I did originally want to knit it correctly the first time through but once I realized the furry yarn was going to yield dramatically different results I decided to just get through and make a good prototype once I navigated through the pattern once.
Front view

Back view with sides showing buttons



Thursday, August 6, 2015

WIDN

Just hanging out trying to work on my knitting with this hooligan trying to steal a taste of my yarn every once and a while.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cardigan Update

I have been working diligently on the Blue Sand Cardigan this week. Every spare minute this week had been devoted to a stitch here, a row there.

As a result, this project has actually been going quite quickly!
Last week I had only just divided for the sleeves.
This is how far I have progressed:

Each stripe is 26 rows wide. I got to the next color change at the end of the day yesterday.
I haven't been doing any reading of my own, unfortunately. But for story time with the kids we read David Copperfield this week out of the Dickens book I got my oldest for Christmas last year.
My five year old, the one I gave the book to, impressed me that he kept interest in all except one of the stories--Bleak House--and he even asked me to read the short bibliography on Dickens at the end of the book. Bleak House moved a little too slowly and the content was a lot heavier than the other stories for him to stay interested but four out of five plus a bibliography is good enough for me!
He asked before his nap yesterday if we could start reading the stories again. He makes me so proud.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

The Results Are In

One thing I have really enjoyed with participating in our county fair for the last four years is the feedback I get after an experienced eye has scrutinized my projects. The other thing I really like is the objective affirmation that after all these years of knitting, I really am good at what I do in my free time for myself and others.
It's always disappointing when
they don't leave feedback.

This year has really humbled me in the ribbons I earned for my projects.
"Your stitches could be more even."

While the Reserve Grand Champion, Champion, and Blue ribbons on the dragon were an amazing surprise, my sewing projects yielded more surprising results.

I'm not an avid seamstress by any stretch of the imagination. I mostly devote my minimal sewing time to scrub tops to wear to work because scrubs are insanely expensive and what I make for myself would go for twice as much as solid color tops in the store. Not because of skill but because of the patterned fabric, such as Minnie and Mickey, or the super hero fabric, are a lot more when labeled as "licensed characters."

What I have a difficult time with are patterns requiring a little more skill, such as dresses (even children's dresses). "Easy" patterns still usually present a decent amount of struggle for me.

Shocked then, as you might imagine I was, when my mother in law texted me to let me know I had not only earned a blue ribbon on the baby dress I made, but also a Champion ribbon!

I thought the dress would do worst of all my sewing projects. I thought the sewing overall was sloppier, and the tension of my stitches was far too tight. It is really nice to know I was wrong about all that!
This year was my first year entering sewing projects, and I really had a boost in my self-confidence and personal perception of my sewing skills. This was a great learning experience and a great surprise.