Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Week 23

I've been doing a lot of finishing this past week, so have no works in progress, but 3 finished objects!

As expected I finished the Summa Shawl just a few days after my last WIP post. I played yarn chicken till the very end and ended up with less than 2 meters left of the light green yarn! Success! I can't believe how quick a knit it turned out to be, and am looking forward to seeing how it turns out once blocked. But here it is in all its unblocked glory :-)

Last week I was told that one of my coworkers is stopping later this month. I happen to know that she's a huge fan of unicorns, so decided to make one for her. The pattern was inspired by the SO FLUFFY unicorn from Despicable Me, but I decided to give it rainbow hair instead :-D It turned out really well, but was SUCH a hassle to make, that I doubt I'll make more of these. I plan to give it to my coworker this Friday and hope that she likes it.

After 1.5 years on the needles, I FINALLY finished the Skew socks. Not at all sure why they took me this long to finish. Sure, they're more complex than a "normal" sock construction, but not that bad. I like the way they look (the fit could be better, but that's my own fault as I didn't swatch ahead of time :-P) and LOVE the yarn! It's a merino-possum blend I bought in New Zealand and so lovely soft and warm! Waaaaay too warm these days, but they'll be awesome come winter.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Week 22

StashDash2018 (a podcast knitting race) started this past Friday so as usual I'm finishing All The Things! (Capitalized, so it's true now). The previous years I've signed up for the 5K event, but I'm thinking I might only do the 3K this year - we'll see.

First finished item - the wingspan made out of my Christmas yarn. It's ridiculously colourful and I love it! Don't know how much I'll actually wear it, but I had fun knitting it, and that's the important thing.

Second finished item - a pair of socks for a colleague of mine. They're nothing special, but just a simple spiral around. I finally got to give them to her yesterday and I think she liked them 🙂 Of course, it is waaaaay too hot to wear them now, but they'll keep.

Third finished item - the forest wreath cowl. My first real attempt at two-colour brioche. I like the way it looks, but am not a huge fan of the actual knitting part of brioche knitting (which is also why I stopped after just two repeats instead of the 3 the pattern suggested), so I'll probably never knit any of the larger items.

I loved the yarn I used for the forest wreath though, and as I still had quite a bit left, I decided to use that for the Summa Shawl. I cast on Sunday and have pretty much been knitting exclusively on that ever since. It's flying off the needles, and I absolutely love how it's turning out. I fully expect to finish within a few days :D

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Week 19

No finished objects this time. I'm saving up finishing projects for stashdash (starts May 25th) in the hopes I'll be able to reach 5K again :-D

That said I've made a lot of progress on a lot of WIPs :)

First, I've been working on no fewer than 3 pairs of socks! The first are just plain vanilla in a self-patterning yarn. I'd brought them along to knit on at a work event as they required little to no attention and therefore made for perfect "keep my hands busy" knitting. I'm just past the heel but am in no rush to finish as I'm putting these aside for mindless knitting.
One of my colleagues/friends saw me knitting (hard for her not to - she was sitting right next to me!) and started squeeing so much over the socks that I immediately offered to knit her a pair too (would just have offered her said socks, but her feet are quite a bit smaller than mine, so that wouldn't work). I cast those one the very next day and am about half-way through the first sock. I really like both the pattern and the yarn.
Finally, I discovered a test-knit I just had to sign up for as it called for "extremely varigated yarn", and I had just such a skein I didn't know what to do with. I cast those on and finished the first one (all the test called for) in less than a week - it was very potatochippy to see the diamonds appear! I can't quite decide what I think of the finished sock - the purl bumps make to almost too busy - but know that I definitely want to knit a no-purl version at some point.

Other than that I've been knitting on my colourful wingspan. I'm on the very last wedge and my very last colour. Definitely not sure that I'll have enough yarn to bind off with, but fortunately it's just plain black, so I should be able to find more in my stash ;) This has been put aside to finish for stashdash! :D

Since I put that aside I had to find something else to work on, so I picked the Snowmelt back up and have managed to add on another 20 rows to that. I'm half way now, and will soon increase the stitch count to 500+ stitches per row!!! :-O
(Still not a huge fan of the current colour, but I loved it in the skein so I'm sure it'll be better once the green starts to appear.)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Week 16

I never got around to posting my WIP Wednesday post last week, so this week I have a finished object that I never got to show in progress!!

Ages ago I stumbled across Heidi Bears' designs and completely fell in love with her African Flower animals. I especially kept returning to the happypotamus as being too cute for words. A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to buy the pattern, and once I did, I naturally had to cast it on right away.Well! Turned out it was a MUCH easier (not to mention quicker!!!) pattern to make than I had ever expected, and Sunday morning my darling Happy Hippo was done!
I am SO pleased with how he turned out, and can easily see myself making more of these. Even Lars was surprised by how utterly CUTE he is :-D

In other news I finished Miriam's hat. Not a big feat as I had all the knitting done last time and just needed to add the pompom :-P We are celebrating her birthday next week... of course, it is far too hot for hats now, but at least she can save it for next year.

Nina helped me sew on buttons for Peter's cardigan (THANK YOU, Nina! ♥ ) and Saturday evening I could FINALLY hand it off to him! Fortunately it fits him perfectly, and he's already asked me if I'd knit him another 7! Not entirely sure why he'd need (or WANT!) 8 identical cardigans, but I heard and appreciated the compliment all the same :-) (... and also told him I'd consider ONE... in a few years :P Hopefully by then I can convince him to chose another pattern instead)

I've also finished a small pendant with Yggdrasil for a friend of mine. It was really easy until I came to the last round which is done in crab stitch (reversed sc). I'd never tried that stitch before, and it was a hassle and a half to execute! Took almost as long time to do as all the rest of the pendant put together! Worth it though - I really like the finished result, and hope my friend will like it too :-)

As for "currently knitting", I'm still working on the wingspan made out of miniskeins, and have added 3 more colours since last time. However, I recently forgot it at Mixi's place when I went to babysit Frederik, so took a bit of an unexpected break :-P I've gotten it back now though.

During the break I picked "Snowmelt" back up (I know, I know - so many different projects on the go at once! But I'm really enjoying having NO obligation-knitting on the needles :-D ) and have just finished clue 3.
Not terribly fond of the brown colour of the gradient that I've reached now, but I'm counting on it all coming together once the green starts emerging :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

WIP Wednesday - week 14

I spent most of my Easter break knitting, so have gotten quite a lot of progress done on my various projects.

I've finished the Punk Hedgehog since last I posted, and though cute, I don't think it's something I'll make again. It was easy enough to make but a hassle and a half to finish up! seeming the parts together is always fiddly and adding all the hair took forEVER! Ah well - as long as my niece likes it, it'll have been worth it.

I needed a mindless knitting project for an Easter lunch I was going to last Thursday, and as none of my current projects really fit the bill, I decided to cast on for another Wingspan. I've knit two of these already, and really enjoy the pattern. Besides, I had 24 mini-skeins in a DK weight which would be PERFECT for this project, so why not :) I'm half-way done already as it's a great pattern for when I'm too tired/distracted to follow any of my patterns.

"Any of my patterns" is mainly the favourite things cowl. I've added a few more sections since last time and have a feeling this is going to be a recurring guest in these posts for quite awhile yet.

Finally, Miriam asked for a knitted hat for her birthday. Obviously I couldn't pass on that opportunity, so I've cast on and almost finished a lovely cabled hat for her :) I've finished the hat itself and am just missing the pompom :-) It was a super-quick knit (took me two evenings) and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Just hope it fits, but ribbing is generally very forgiving in that regard :-)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Week 13

Not one, but TWO finished objects this time! Mostly because I never got around to posting last week :-P
After finishing Morfar's cardigan I decided to take a bit of a break before returning to Peter's cardigan, and finished my Exploration Station shawl. I love the way it turned out! It's huge, the colours are so amazingly vibrant and I just love wearing it. It'll be perfect come summer when I just need something light to wear instead of a jacket (and in winter when I need something to wrap around me indoors!)

I've also finally finished the knitting on Peter's cardigan. All ends are woven in and it's been blocked, but I still need to buy and sew in buttons before I can hand it off to him.

Miriam asked if I'd make her this hedgehog. I thought it absolutely adorable, so of course said yes! I've finished the head, the body and the ears and Miriam came by last night to pick out the yarn for the hair. so it's going well.

And finally - after more than half a year in hibernation - I decided to FINALLY continue work on My Favourite Things cowl. I'd forgotten how incredibly satisfying it is to work on this cowl - it's so potato-chippy to see the patterns emerge, and though I'm not entirely happy with all my colour choices, as a whole, it works so well and looks absolutely amazing... if I get to say so myself :-D My only problem at this point is that I have FAR too many patterns I want to incorporate and far too little space left! I may have to make another once this one is done, because though time-consuming, this is probably one of my favourite knits yet.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Week 11

I have a finished item - weeee!!! :-D

Yes, I FINALLY finished the cardigan for Granddad. I finished off the button band weekend before last, and put it down to block immediately. Fortunately I already owned suitable buttons for it, so as soon as it was dry (after a quick spin in the dryer to tighten things up a bit again) I got all the ends weaved in and the buttons sewn on (still really not a fan of sewing on buttons.... *sigh*). I finished this at 7pm Thursday evening, and immediately called Granddad to ask if he was home that evening, and if I could come over to hand him his Christmas present. Fortunately he was and I could, and it fits him perfectly! ... Well, it is a little big, but he likes his sweaters loose, so that's just fine with him :-)

It was a fun knit, but I'm glad to have it over and done with. Now I just need to finish Peter's cardigan and then I'm DONE with gift knitting for awhile.

Speaking of Peter's cardigan, that one is coming along really nicely too :) I've finished one sleeve now and am well on my way on the second. They look oddly short compared to the body but fit the measurements I was given, so I'm going to trust my measurements and hope for the best. Fortunately adding a bit of length to sleeves is one of the EASIEST modifications to make post-finishing.

I did also allow myself to knit on something else though. After finishing Graddad's cardigan I felt I was due for a treat, so I picked up my Exploration Station and have finished another two sections there! I really love the way it's turning out, and can't wait to finish so I can see how big it'll get post-blocking.

Oh, I almost forgot (until I started adding photos) - I've also finished another gift-knit - the Maluka shawlette knit out of MadTosh merino light. It's so lovely soft and I can't wait to give it to my sister for her birthday :-)
Unfortunately, while it was a fun knit, I wasn't too impressed by the finished shawl. It was a LOT smaller than I had expected, and the edge rolled quite a bit. I ripped back and added a few rows of reverse stockinette which helped a lot, and blocking took care of the rest. I also added a bit of length to either side which made it into more of a shawlette and less of a handkerchief. In the end, I'm pleased with how it turned out. Hopefully Nina will be too.