Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Theoretical Knitting

I can't believe I completely forgot to post that I finished my Musical Fingerless gloves! :-) I am REALLY happy with how they turned out, and am looking forward to gifting them to Liz :-)

While searching for colourwork patterns to practice my fair isle (which is how I found the gloves above). I came across an awesome cowl that seemed waaaaay out of my reach at the time. However, the idea stuck and I finally decided just to go for it.

The idea is to make a "My Favourite Things" cowl - so rather than being an actual pattern, it's more of a "recipe" with ideas of how to combine several different colourwork designs to make an amazingly colourful cowl that's incredibly personal to boot.

I loved it! And have been spending much of the past two weeks looking up (or even designing) patterns I wanted to add. This past weekend I finally decided to start, and though my tension still needs a LOT of work, I'm absolutely loving the way it's turning out :-) Granted, there are places where I wish I'd chosen a different colour-combo (and there are bound to be more as I go along), but I'm trying not to let my inner perfectionist get the better of me and just run with it. Once I start allowing myself to second guess my choices, I'd get choice paralysis and never get anything done!
Patterns so far:
-- Hearts
-- Jumping dogs (although they really didn't end up looking much like dogs! :-P Afterwards I found a much better dog-pattern elsewhere - go figure)
-- A rainbow (wish I'd done something else first - the blue in the rainbow gets mixed up with the blue in the sky below).
-- Keyboard
-- Swirls
-- New York Skyline
-- A train

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Starfish and Octopus

I've gotten a LOT of crafting done this past week, as Liz and I spent most of our time chatting and knitting during my visit. Love it :)

I managed another 6 starfish for the Polygon Blanket. With the ones Mum has knit, this means I only have another 4 full-sized hexagons to knit!! Weeee!! Suddenly the end is a lot closer in sight than I'd thought. They are getting slightly boring to knit though, so I'll be glad when they're all done. Fortunately I love how the colours look together, so I'm sure the finished project will be awesome.

I also worked fairly concentrated on the Musical gloves, and finished the first one except for the thumb! It's a bit tight to get on but fits well once on. I can't quite decide if they've turned out nice enough that I'd want to gift them to Liz... I'll probably wait and see how they look after they've been blocked. They've been a lot of fun (if time consuming!) to knit though, so I'm definitely up for some more colourwork - although I think I'll move up to a larger circumference for my next project.

Finally Nina wrote me over the weekend to ask if I'd crochet an octopus for some friends of hers. Of course I agreed, and finished him last night!
He's a fairly quick project, but the tentacles are tedious... which is also why this octopus only has 7 arms instead of 8 ;-)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Elphaba

Remember last week I mentioned that I'd been doing some swatching? Well, one of the swatches turned out so PERFECTLY that I've pretty much been knitting nothing else ever since. That's right, the Doodler hasn't seen a stitch of progress since last time (of course it doesn't help that next step is to pick up 300+ stitches - something I ALWAYS procrastinate on), instead I've been knitting like a fiend on the Elphaba pullover for myself in some gorgeous brown Rowan Fine Yarn that Inese gave me when we last met.

I'm just finishing up the bust darts and getting ready to do the waist decreases, and am loving both how it looks and how it feels :-) Brown never used to be my colour, but I think this one suits me just fine, so hopefully the sweater will be a success and I get to wear it all the time :)
I wasn't going to alternate skeins, as I rather liked the way the yarn was pooling... until I stopped increasing for the sleeves, and it became too predictable. So now I'm alternating skeins after all - occasionally knitting two rounds in one skein just to mix it up a bit ;)

I found a few mathematical errors in the pattern (if 2" at 7 rounds/" corresponds to 14 rounds, then 4.5" at the same gauge doesn't correspond to 16 rounds!), but otherwise it's nice and clear and easy to follow. So yeah... have basically wanted to knit nothing else.

It's NOT a grab-and-go project however - I need to try it on frequently to see how much more to increase or decrease, and with the two skeins it gets fiddly to have in a bag - so for my purse knitting I've returned to the hexagons for the Polygon blanket by tincanknits.
I need a total of 60 full hexagons (and then an as of yet unknown number of half hexagons to even out the edges) and so far I've knit 30 and Mum (who's kindly offered to knit some of them for me :) ) has knit an additional 6-8 or so - so we're getting there :)

Finally I've been knitting just a bit on my musical fingerless gloves. They're not as fun a knit as I'd hoped (due to the small circumference I think, as I had a much better time of it when I was knitting colourwork hats), but if they're to count for the colourwork KAL I have to finish them by May 1st. Probably won't happen, but I'm gonna give it my best shot.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WIP Wednesday - The Doodler

I've been pretty monogamous with my knitting this past week. The Doodler has taken over all my knitting mojo, and even though there are a ton of other things I ought to be knitting (i.e. the two items I have that are on a deadline), it just hasn't happened :-P Instead I just finished clue 2 of the Doodler last night and am loving the way it looks :-)
... I did also swatch for two new projects though. We'll see how that goes :-)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Infinite Butterfly

Week before last, I knit pretty much exclusively on my butterfly shawl, as I had gotten to the point where I was so close to being done that I could almost taste it! A few dedicated evenings, and I knew I'd be able to get it done and blocked in time for this week's WIP Wednesday post!

... and I was right :-) As expected, I did run out of the Helix yarn from Infinite Twist, but I was right in assuming that a few black stripes wouldn't matter at all. I'm ridiculously pleased with how it turned out - both colour and size - and will love wearing it. It's definitely more a wrap than a scarf (has a wingspan of more than 2 meters), and will come in very handy.

I finished one shawl and cast another one on :) I've been wanting to knit Stephen West's The Doodler for quite awhile, and last week I finally got my hands on some suitable yarn :) I'm slightly less than halfway through clue 1 and am enjoying it greatly :) Not entirely sure about my colour choice yet... we'll see what happens when I add in the third (red).

Thanks to the 2 Knit Lit Chicks podcast I signed up for their colourwork KAL and immediately cast on the "Musical" fingerless gloves. They're a bit more of a hassle to knit than I had expected, due to the magic loop (it's a bit tricky to keep the tension right as I start each new row), but I think I'm getting the hang of it. But funny that it might actually be easier to do fair isle on a larger project than a small one!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Finished all the things!

Somehow I've gotten a ton of knitting done this past week, so lots of cool things to show you this time :-)

First, some better photos of the Path to Wonderland shawl and the Penstripes scarf... just because I'm so happy with how they both turned out!



Next, I came across a test-knit I just HAD to sign up for: A Minion Easter Egg!!! What's not to like? Besides, it only took me an evening from start to finish :D Kinda fiddly in places (the eye especially), but I still enjoyed knitting it. The pattern was written for DPNs, but I very quickly moved to magic looping on a circular instead. Guess I have to just accept that I'm NOT a fan of DPNs. They have their uses, I'm sure, but mostly I'm a circ girl all the way :)

But I digress, the pattern originally called for worsted weight yarn, but fortunately the designer didn't mind what yarn we used, so I could use up more of my minion fingering yarn (I have now knit four minions in various sizes out of this yarn... and there's still more left!)
I really want to try to adapt it for crochet, so may have to play around with that a bit when I get some free time :)

Then Mixi asked me to crochet an octopus for my nephew-to-be. They've been all over the Danish news lately, as being really good for premature babies, so Mixi figured they'd work for newborns as well. I'd actually mostly finished this last week, but wanted to wait and not share it until I'd given it to her :)
Took me just three evenings, so again a very quick project. I'm not completely satisfied with how his face turned out (he looks so worried!), but I figure that's more for the adults anyway, and my nephew won't care either way ;)

With all those finished objects out of the way, I've had time to knit a bit more on some of my works in progress. The Zigzagular socks by Susie White has seen quite a bit of love, and I'm almost done with the first sock now!

I've managed to get a number of hexagons done for the Polygon Blanket, and have even finally taken the time to calculate how many I'll need in total (60 full plus several half-hexagons... I'm currently at 25 (not all made it to the photo), so still have QUITE a ways to go).
My goal of finishing this by Easter is starting to look rather unrealistic, but that's okay... it was just an arbitrary goal anyway.

And finally, I spent most of the weekend knitting on my Butterfly shawl, so it is now decidedly too large for any sort of decent photos! I've finished 24 colour changes out of 30, so I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel now :) I'm still playing yarn chicken with the coloured yarn, but actually don't mind too much if I have to switch to black for the last few stripes - I think that'd give a really nice effect. We'll see what happens.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Finally finished something!

Never got around to taking photos of my knitting last week, so I've got a not just one but TWO finished objects to show off this week!

This past weekend I finished both the "Path to Wonderland" testknit and the "Penstripes" scarf for Dad - weaved in ends and all. Still not quite sure what I think of the colour combination of the shawl (although it's definitely growing on me... I think I like it :) ), but LOVE how Penstripes turned out :) I see Dad on Friday, so will try to remember to bring it for him then.
(Both are still blocking, so this is the best shot I could get of both for now. I hope to get day-light photos soon though)