Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WIP Wednesday: More coasters!

Over the past week I've knit some more fruit coasters and now have 9! They are VERY potato-chippy :-) I now have a lemon, a feijoa (although I guess it looks more like an avocado... but I know what it is), a blood-orange, a watermelon, a grape, a lime, an orange, a kiwi and an apple.
Other ideas I'm contemplating: melon (honey and/or cantaloupe), plum, green apple, tomato... oh, and Nina suggested a dragon fruit! Still trying to figure out how to do that one though, as she wants me to add the spikes! :-D

I'm SO CLOSE to being done on my Elphaba! I need to knit another 17 rounds of lace on the left sleeve, and then pick up and knit the neckline. Just in time for summer, of course ;-) But it'll give a lot of extra yardage for stashdash :-D I haven't even broken 2K yet, so I need that!

And since I was in need of some purse knitting, I cast on for a new pair of socks... a very unusual pair though! This is taken from "New Directions in Sock Knitting", and they're not knitting! Each sock is knit out of four strips (plus a heal) that are then knitted together. I've finished the first two strips for the top of the foot and am just hoping it'll be big enough as it looks kinda small... ah well, I'm sure it'll fit somebody even if it doesn't fit me.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Sock Yarn Sweater

Well! I finished all the things for stashdash within the first few days, and then have only finished one single thing since! Ah well... slow and steady's the way to go, right? ;) My goal is still to make it to 5km, but my mojo has been lacking lately, so I may have to dial it down to 3km. Fortunately I haven't committed to anything yet :)

Anyway, I finally finished the scrap yarn baby sweater I showed off last time. As mentioned, this started off it's life as a leg warmer, but I was just so utterly uninterested in finishing it that it had languished for ages. I finally realized that by an amazing stroke of luck the dimensions matched the Seamless Baby Sweater, and I was off!
Joining the body and the sleeves for the yoke was a bit of a hassle as I couldn't seem to manage all the stitches on one circular needle, so for the first 10-12 rounds after joining I used two circs until the shoulders were flexible enough to return them to just one. The rest of the sweater was a piece of cake, and though I'd been a tad worried how the various scraps (almost all Opal) would work together as I was knitting (they're all so colourful!) I ended up absolutely adoring the final sweater. Amazing how something that would be utterly ugly in an adult-sized sweater is just utterly CUTE in a baby one :D It was a quick knit and definitely something I'm likely to do again.

Apart from that, the Entrelac blanket has gotten quite a bit more love. The current dimenions are 45x45cm unblocked (but I'm expecting it to GROW!), and I hope to get another 20'ish cm in lengthwise... if I last that long :-P I love how the colours change, but the knitting in itself is fairly boring so it's slow going. But I'm pressing on, so I'll end up with a decent sized baby-blanket :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Stashdash 2017

Stashdash started this past Friday, so I finally have some finished items to show off!

First of all, my sunset Doodler. I absolutely love the way this turned out, and despite the looooooong rows near the end (almost 600 stitches!) it was a fun knit :-) Binding off was less fun though... casting off 580 stitches with an icord bindoff took 3 entire episodes of Bones! But now it's done, and I love it :-D

This past weekend I stumbled across a testknit that I just HAD to sign up for - three fruity coasters :) I knit them out of fingering weight yarn rather than worsted, so they're somewhat on the smaller side, but still large enough for most of our glasses, and even Lars thought they were cute :-) The pattern only listed the kiwi, the apple and the watermelon, but once I'd knit those three, I just HAD to try my hand at an orange as well. And really, once you have the basic shape down only the sky's the limit. I'm definitely planning on making a few more... a lemon/lime, a feijoa... have to figure out what else.
They only took 45 minutes each to knit and then another 5-10 minutes for the embroidery, so very quick gift ideas!

Finally, I finished my first pair of socks of 2017!!! I know! I was really shocked too! I think I overdid the sock knitting a bit last year, so needed a bit of a break. But now I'm back!

As for works in progress.... I'm still knitting on the Elphaba pullover and finished the first sleeve last Friday. Haven't quite gotten around to picking up stitches for the second sleeve yet, but it'll come :) Unfortunately (but logically) the sleeves pool in a very different way than the body did (which makes sense, since the circumference is so much smaller), but I figure that at least the two sleeves will pool the same way, so it should be alright.

While I was procrastinating picking up those stitches, I picked up an ooooold WIP that I haven't touched in about 6 months. I'd gone off the original idea, so repurposed the project for a seamless baby sweater where the stitchcount fortunately fit perfectly! I'm knitting this out of Opal scraps but will try to at least make the two sleeves match just a tad. I'm hoping it won't look much too crazy when it's done, but right now I actually sorta love the wild colours of it :-)

And because I didn't have enough other things to knit on (I don't even want to TRY to count my number of active WIPs right now!) I cast on for an Entrelac baby blanket. This is my first attempt at real entrelac (rather than just modular knitting) so I was quite keen to try my hand at it. It's a LOT easier than it looks, but man I'm glad I know how to knit/purl backwards, or all the turning would drive me nuts! No clue who it's for yet - I'll wait and see how it turns out ;)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WIP Wednesday

My Favourite Things cowl is on a bit of a hiatus. I still absolutely love how it's turning out, but it requires a much higher level of concentration (obviously) and after having knit on it pretty much constantly for 2 weeks, I needed a break. It hasn't been packed away in a project bag though, and I keep picking it up and admiring it, so I'm sure it won't be too long before I'm ready to pick it back up again.

Since I needed something more straight-forward I got back on knitting my Elphaba, and am now done with the main part of the body and ready for the lace section! I added 10cm to the length of the body (as I'm really not a fan of cropped tops on me any longer... I'm getting old!) and am really happy with how that turned out. The lace should add an extra 10'ish cm, so unless my gauge is a lying liar who lies it should hit right where I want it to.

Of course, reaching the lace on the Elphaba means that that is no longer mindless knitting either! So I finally stopped procrastinating and picked up the 3 billion stitches for the last part of the Doodler (okay, only 324, but still!). It was every bit as tedious as expected, and even worse, something went wrong with either my count or the patterns count, so I picked up 24 too many, and had to figure out how to decrease them back down on the first row :-/ But now it's DONE and I can continue knitting the looooong rows (now up to 452sts and counting).
I've just finished wedge 1. According to the pattern I should have enough for all 4 wedges, but we'll see... I'll keep weighing after each one, and make my decision once the 3rd one is done.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Octupus again

My WIP Wednesday post this time comes courtesy of Michala and my youngest nephew :-) Mixi sent me this photo yesterday, and it's just too good not to share ♥

My other current WIPs are in the boring can't-see-any-difference stage, so I'll just leave it at that for this week :)

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 ;-)