Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Frogging: "It's no big deal"

So, I realized that I made a mistake in reading my sweater pattern over the weekend and ended up frogging 20 rows. It was approximately half of my sweater. Half. Almost an entire skein of yarn. I was seething. My husband looks up at my from his reading and says, "If it makes you feel better, its not that big of a deal. You can redo it, can't you?" Famous last words... especially to someone with long, pointy metal objects in their hands. I lost it and said something belligerent about three days of knitting down the toilet and stormed out of the room.
Still not as far as I was when I frogged. Getting close though.

Fast forward to this week: things are going much better but I can't help thinking how far I'd be had I not read the pattern incorrectly.

My reading involves a book that was recommended to me for homeschooling by my mother in law which she said she's had great success with for teaching reading. I read through the introduction about teaching methods, how to use the book, etc. It sounds pretty fool-proof as far as the teaching portion goes, which makes me feel a lot better about this whole homeschooling thing.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Raspberry Sweater

I've been working rather enthusiastically on my sweater this week. I love the yarn, I love the pattern, I love how quickly it seems to be knitting up.

I also love the raspberry color I chose and the fact that the pattern looks much more complicated than the simple k2-p2 pattern foundation suggests. I'm knitting a small section now that prepares you for the short row shaping of the collar and sleeves.


The edge naturally takes on a scalloped look from the ribbed pattern which I think has a really nice look.

I'm pretty excited for how the rest of it shapes out. It is knit side to side rather than top to bottom or vice versa. I can't wait to finish this, even though I have a long way to go.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Another Infinity Scarf and a Couple WIPs

I received and knit up another skein of Fine Lime yarn since last week's update (This is a  100% merino worsted weight skein in the Summer Picnic color). I love that store, and for the three skeins I've bought from her I've only ever knit up one pattern with it. It's become my go-to for quick, beautiful gifts.


(My birthday was earlier in the week and the mug was a present to myself. Indulging in my nerdy side. From this store.)

It only took a couple days to knit up and block. Here is the finished infinity scarf:

My other present to myself was enough yarn to make myself a sweater. It is Malabrigo in a silk-wool blend. The color is raspberry. I cast on for this sweater with it at the beginning of the week.
I have also been working on the plum colored Parisian coat that I started, uh.....5 years ago?


This is my progress on my sweater so far. A couple inches in already for only a day of work. Ended up having to stop half way through a row as the kids were starting a mutiny. I hate leaving a project without finishing the row I'm working on.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Back on the Horse

Ugh. I picked up this project again. I have been working on the skirt since last Thursday and I have about 2" out of the 9" needed for the length.

Let's hope I can just put my nose to the grindstone and get it finished.
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Yarn Review Monday 29: Hikoo Caribou

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.

The yarn: Hikoo Caribou

50 yards, 1.76 oz; 93 yards, 83 meters
  • 100% nylon









The project: a cupcake hat of my own design





What I liked: This yarn is really soft and light. It's also incredibly warm. For such a small looking skein, the yarn goes a long way and after using it for two hats I still have enough leftover for another one if I was motivated enough to make a third one. But it looks adorable for what I needed it for. Really gave me the look I was hoping to achieve.

What I didn't like: You need to be brave enough and confident enough to essentially knit blind. There is a lot of fluff involved and since the main strand that all the fluff is attached to is the exact same color as the yarn, when you drop a stitch it disappears into the abyss. And since it is so nice and light and fluffy, when it falls off the end of your double point needle you don't notice until there is seemingly no hope of getting your stitch back.


Affordability:  I don't remember how much I paid for this skein but it was somewhere in the $7-8 range.

Rating: I love the look, but I think it's a lot of work to knit with. I pity  the beginning knitter who thinks this is a good choice of yarn. It was frustrating to work with.
3/5 stars for this yarn.


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