Saturday, September 16, 2017

Project Updates

I've finished all the pieces to the cabled sweater I've been working on since February. I am even done with that second sleeve, and put it on the blocking board today.  All I need to do is sew it on and add the collar. Should be able to finish tomorrow.

I also finished another Christmas sweater for one of my kids, and started another Flax Sweater for the last one.


So in my absence, I've been very productive! FO posts coming soon!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Yarn Review Monday 34: Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted

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: Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted

218 yards, 200 meters
100 grams, 3.3 oz 
  • 100% merino wool
  • Colorway: Caribbean sunrise in 12-24 month size,orchid in 2-4T size
The Project: Flax Sweater by Tin Can Knits

What I liked: The colors are beautiful. Generally keeps its shape and size when blocked. It is soft and squishy in the skein but light and warm when knit up. Tolerates being frogged really well and doesn't seem to pill when ripped out and re-knit. Machine washable, although these sweaters are Christmas gifts so they haven't required a good washing yet.

What I didn't like: I really can't complain at all. I ended up having to track down a second skein of the Caribbean Sunrise color to finish a sleeve on the baby's sweater which was a bit more difficult than I had expected. I ended up buying the second skein from a gracious stranger's stash on Ravelry, because that was the only place I could find it. (I originally bought it from someone having a sale on Etsy.)

Affordability:  I only had to spend $10-12 per skein, which I think is incredibly reasonable for this quality of yarn.

Rating: I think this yarn is pretty, affordable, and the colors are so vibrant (the photo does NOT do these sweaters justice). 5/5 stars. I would definitely buy this again, and probably soon.

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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.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Yarn Review Monday 33: Candy Skein Yummy Fingering

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: Candy Skein Yummy Fingering (sock weight)

463 yards, 423 meters
100 grams, 3.3 oz 
  • 75% merino wool, 25% Nylon superwash

Colors used in my project: Poppy seed (main), green bean casserole, green olive, pumpkin spice, cranberry sauce (top stitched monogram)
The Project: Dumbledore Socks from Harry Potter Unofficial Knits

What I liked: Beautiful stitch definition. The yarn is so soft and beautifully dyed. Very fun to work with. All of the colors have food related names which is kind of fun. But more importantly, the colors are absolutely stunning in person. Photographs really do not do justice to this beautiful yarn. The dyer does a lot of fun stuff, like seasonal colors, monthly colorways, and cross stitch.

What I didn't like: I really can't complain, although as wonderful as it was to work with I found it to be out of my price range. I was a little bummed out that the mini skeins were just barely enough yarn for the toe and very top stripe of the socks. So the greens on these socks are not the same. (There was enough in the mini skeins to at least have matching heels.) But after all, they are just sample skeins.

Affordability:  I bought everything in the top photo for $70 total. That was for the out-of-season (leftover) Thanksgiving themed mini skeins and one whole skein of the "Yummy fingering," and shipping and handling. I bought this yarn in January of 2015 and don't remember details. I'm sure prices have changed. One skein of Yummy Fingering is listed for $22 on the Candy Skein website. Definitely worth it though!

Rating: I think this yarn is beautiful, albeit way out of my usual budget. 5/5 stars. I would definitely buy this again when I have the chance.

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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.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Plans

I seem to be apologizing in most of my recent posts for my obvious neglect of the blog. The way things have been going, every time I pick up my needles I am immediately interrupted. No knitting, nothing to share.

I do have two Yarn Reviews in the works which I am planning to post in the next few weeks. As in, I am planning to publish one this upcoming Monday, and the next one two weeks later to help with my otherwise sparse updates. I was looking through my last of yarn reviews and realized I have actually been keeping up with my reviews when I finish my projects, but I missed one last year and I have one to write for the sweaters I made my daughters.

Hopefully this will give me enough time to finish another sleeve on the sweater I most recently steeked.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Adventures in Steeking

I did it. I cut 5 months and countless hours of knitting struggling down the middle this weekend. And it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be!

Countless YouTube videos said that as long as you used one method to anchor your stitches before you cut, you shouldn't have to worry about unraveling. I ended up using the crochet method, we've though I ended up machine sewing it later anyway since I was planning to install a zipper.

You can tell I don't crochet!
After I anchored the stitches it looked a little lumpy. All of the tutorials said to use the same color yarn to anchor the stitches as the yarn in the garment, however, I used a very obvious contrast color so that I could see the stitches easily when cutting. Since this was the first time I've ever steeked a sweater, I wanted to make sure I got it right the first time.
Then, the moment of truth, time to cut!

What I had when I was finished cutting:

Then I pinned in the zipper and ran it through the sewing machine. I only had to redo about two inches where the knitting stretched and caused the pattern to be misaligned while I was installing the zipper. Which is a huge improvement on the last project I put a zipper into!

So here it is with the zipper installed, inside view. I sewed the sides down where the sweater edges are crocheted.


All that is left is the sleeves!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sweater Progress: Flax and Severus Pullover

I apologise for the absence around here. I've been making progress on all of my projects though!

I finished the Flax sweater for my littlest a couple days ago:

The Flax for my almost 3 year old just needs sleeves finished:

And despite a long road trip last week, I didn't have much opportunity to work on my husband's sweater. However, I've still added length to it since my last post:

I really like the way it's turning out with the strip down the middle for steeking. It makes me feel less nervous about cutting it up since it looks alright (so far) if I fold the middle so the stockinette panel doesn't show. I wasn't sure how the center cables would look.

I am still working on an Elsa doll for my daughter's birthday next week:

She looks a bit like a frog at the moment, but once she's completely stuffed she should look better.

And lastly, the yarn for my boys' sweaters arrived last week! I'm pretty excited to get these started.

Have a fantastic and productive weekend, my fellow knitters!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Another Sweater

I needed some instant gratification knitting so I cast on for a Flax sweater by Tin Can Knits. It is a free pattern. I'm making one for each of my kids and due to my need for a quick project and my lack of yarn, I started with the baby.

I added the button band at the top. It is not in the pattern but since this is such a pain sweater it is very easy to change and personalize.

Until next time... Happy knitting!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Anna flip doll

I finished the flip doll I was making for my daughter. I knit the braided head separate from the rest of the doll. Once I cast on for the first body and attached the head, I decided to use the pattern as more of a guideline.


I under stuffed the body and head on the half of the doll in Anna's coronation dress but otherwise I think I did a pretty good job.

So, wonky head and body aside, enjoy the photos!




And a close up on the details:




5.10.17 Edit:
I added stuffing to her head this morning. Huge improvement.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Back Panel Finished and Other Projects

I finally finished the back panel on the sweater I'm making for my husband! I think these cables are so great, and I can't wait to cast on for the front.

I also started working on some Anna and Elsa dolls for my daughter. She quite suddenly decided last week that she "hates Mickey" and loves princesses now. Toddlers are so fickle. Hopefully she will still be just as obsessed with Frozen next month for her birthday as she is right now.

I ran out of buttons for the eyes, but I have more coming in the mail on Friday. That's all for now! (Remember to provide your blog address of you comment so I can make sure to read your most recent updates!)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Beautiful Weather

We had some beautiful weather over the weekend (65̊ -70̊ F) so I brought my knitting outside while the kids were playing. I only got through a few rows but it was so nice sitting in the sun while the kids kept themselves happy and entertained.

And the stereotype of cats getting into your knitting is no joke! I only got up for about ten minutes before I found our kitty had made herself comfortable on my sweater.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cables

Sorry for the long absence! I haven't had much time to knit but I did crank out about 25 rows on this sweater this weekend.

I was a bit intimidated to begin this project, I'll admit. I did mess up my pattern in a few different places that I ripped out and fixed individually. After I got done with five or six rows and still had a problem with how the pattern was turning out, I cut my losses and ripped down to the ribbing.

I'm so glad I did. I added stitch markers where a new section of cables start and it looks great. I also added post it markers to help me keep track of where I am in the cable pattern, which is the only reasonable way for me to tackle this. I'm officially addicted. It's so much fun to knit, and even more exciting is the fact that the front will be the exact same thing.

Since my last post, I also finished The Narrative of Sir Arthur Gordon Pym and as I suspected, the book came to a tragic end. I don't have anything else I'm currently reading at the moment.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Current Projects: Two Sweaters

I haven't shared any project updates in the last week and a half so I figured I should probably update you on my sweaters!

I finally received the yarn for my husband's sweater last Friday, but didn't cat on until a couple days ago. So, not too much to look at right now but at least I've started. The yarn is bluer than the picture shows.


As for my sweater, I'm about half way done with the back piece. I'm not sure how much free time I'll have in the next couple weeks but I'm hoping to finish before the end of the month.


Have a great weekend everyone!

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.

Linking up with Yarn Along today.

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.

Linking up with Yarn Along.

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.

Linking up with Yarn Along today.

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.

Linking up with Yarn Along.