Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Same old, same old

I don't have too interesting a WIP Wednesday post today, as I've been knitting on exactly the same things as last week. However, that just makes the progress extra obvious, so I'll post photos anyway.

The simple ribbed socks - I've just finished the first one, and am ready to cast on for number two.

Looks like I get about half a repeat done a week on the Feather and Fan scarf. I'm still not quite half-way, but at least I haven't neglected it completely either.

I've knit another 4 hexagons (or starfish) for the Polygon blanket. I'm going to start out with three of each colour, and then decide from there how much larger I want to make it.

And finally, I've done a bit of knitting on the Paradise Cardigan. I decided to just go head with the sleeves, and have managed two more stripes there. Not that much, but I've actually deliberately put this aside to focus on my obligation knitting, so I don't feel too badly about that.
(The colours are WAY off! My camera really doesn't like the lighter red!)

... and as always I have a TON of other things I want to cast on ASAP. I want to get the socks and (most of) the scarf out of the way before casting on anything new though... we'll see how long that lasts.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Starfish

This has been a knitting-heavy week, and I've got a lot of knitting done on several different projects.

First of all, I frogged the socks I'd cast on last week. I didn't care for how the yarn and pattern worked together, and found myself procrastinating from picking it back up. Not worth it. Instead I cast on a simple pair of ribbed socks, and it's coming along much better :-)
They look a tad small despite being my usual 64sts socks. I'm thinking that's probably just because of the ribbing, but should probably try them on before I get to the heel, to see if I'm knitting for myself, or making a pair for someone else ;-)

I've gotten a bit more done on the Feather-and-fan scarf I started last week. It's exactly as boring to knit as I'd feared, but thanks to the gorgeousness of the yarn, I don't mind too much. Still, I need to get a move on if I want to finish this by Liz' birthday. Although I know she'll understand if it's a tad late.

The hexagons for the polygon blanket is coming along nicely and I've knit 10 so far :-) Still haven't decided how big I'm going to make the blanket - for now I'm just enjoying the knitting. Each hexagon takes me about an hour to knit.

Finally, I decided I didn't have enough projects on the needles already, so I cast on the Paradise Cardigan by Kristen TenDyke. I'm adding stripes as I didn't have enough of either colour, but really wanted to use this yarn ;)
I've separated for the sleeves and am trying to make up my mind whether I want to continue with the body, or take a page out of Jasmin Knitmore's book and knit the sleeves first, while the body is still relatively small and manageable. I think I'll do one more stripe and then decide :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Catching up again!

Haven't done a WIP Wednesday post in awhile, so it's about time :)

Despite a bit of a delay, I managed to finish my September socks in time for me to gift them to Liz when I visted her last weekend. She'd asked for long socks to keep her calves warm in winter-time. I didn't quite make them knee-length, but definitely longer than any other socks I've knit so far. They were knit toe-up with a heel-flap. That's the first time I've succesfully performed a toe-up heel-flap, but it went perfectly! No clue what's gone wrong the other times, but this is heaps easier than a heel-flap top-down (no pesky stitches to pick up! ;) )
The pattern is Kyma by Tammy Bailey which is a really satisfying pattern to knit, and definitely something I'll knit again.

Since the beginning of September, I've happily cast on three new things and am swatching for a fourth. Obviously I needed something new after all the finishing of Stashdash ;)

First cast on is a pair of socks. I needed some easy travel-knitting and socks tend to be my go-to in that regard.
I never got very far though (and might even frog them - not quite sure I like how the yarn and pattern work together), as Liz commissioned a Feather-and-Fan scarf in some beautiful yarn we found at the craft fair. I cast that on the same evening, and it's coming along nicely :-)
Slightly boring to knit, unfortunately, but it's turning out so lovely I don't mind much. In fact, I'm even contemplating making a similar one for myself, as it's so nice and wide, it might turn into a shawl rather than a scarf.

Finally I've joined the Polygon craze and found the perfect yarn for it at the craft fair. I've only knit one hexagon so far, but I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with this one :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Catching up!

I've been on vacation for the past few weeks, so have a LOT of knitting to show off this week... mostly socks though. They tend to make the best travel-knitting.

I finished the Striped Beach Sweater three or four weeks ago. It's been blocked and just needs ends woven in and the buttons sewn in. I'm still thinking which colour buttons to use, as I have 3 different contenders (all red, all blue, one each of red, green, blue and black - am leaning towards the latter). Doesn't matter too much just yet - looks like Nora won't be able to wear it until NEXT winter at the earliest.

I knit and frogged a complete sock. Awhile back, I bought the "New Directions in Sock Knitting" book, and wanted to knit my way through that. I found some yarn I thought would work nicely for the "Vanishing Point" socks and cast on for that just prior to my last WIP post. Despite a really fiddly start, and a lot of purling, I really liked the way it was turning out... until we got to the grafting. Grafting takes FOREVER, and here I had about 130 stitches to graft! Ah well, I made the best of it, but when I ran out of yarn 30 stitches before the end, I decided to try on the sock before adding more yarn for the rest.
I'm glad I did. The sock makes for a fun knit, because the construction's so unusual, but when push came to shove, I didn't care much for neither the look nor the fit of the sock itself.

So I frogged it! And immediately reused the yarn for a much simpler sock pattern, which shows off the yarn nicely and is coming along much faster

While on vacation I finished two pairs of socks (the Rose City Rollers and a pair of plain vanilla) and started a third (the Kyrma). It's coming along nicely, but I've lengthened the leg significantly so is taking a lot longer than usual. That's fine - I just have to finish by September 23rd, as they're meant as a gift for a friend of mine :)

Once I've finished those socks I'll have no more obligation knitting for awhile, so I want to cast on something new... perhaps one of the sweaters I've been meaning to knit for myself for awhile :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Stashdash goal reached!

Since it's August, I've cast on my August ankle socks for the "Just One More Row 12 in 2016" challenge. I've finally jumped on the Rose City Rollers bandwagon, and am knitting these for Lizziey. The first one took just 3 days to knit, so I fully expect to be done with the second one today or tomorrow.

I've finished StashDash!!! This weekend I performed sweater surgery on my Spring Showers cardigan, and lengthened the sleeves, so they're now FINALLY exactly as long as I'd like them! I cut off the cuffs (as the ribbing was plenty long as it was), added the extra length in plain stockinette and then grafted the two parts together again. I'm very pleased with the result - you can't see the graft at all! And once I've blocked them, the 'fresh' stockinette should be invisible too :)
With that, I reached 7188km! Booyah!

Lastly I've gotten a little bit of work done on the Striped Beach Sweater, so it now has one sleeve! I reeeeeally want to finish that this week too, so I can give it to Nora when I see her on Saturday, but we'll see how that goes. It also depends on whether or not I have suitable buttons, or if I have to go shopping for those first.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Owl Milo

Still going strong with the toddler sweaters :-) I finished the body of the Striped Beach Sweater last week, but for some reason ALWAYS procrastinate when it comes to picking up stitches for sleeves :-P They shouldn't take long to finish once I get going on them though.

Sorry about the photo - I didn't realize how blurry it was until I uploaded it to Picasa.

This next sweater vest didn't even have time to be a WIP! I cast on the Milo Friday afternoon and finished yesterday morning. Such a quick and fun knit! I decided to go for the Owl cables, and added eyes. Really love the way it turned out, even if I did have a minor knitting attack, as I couldn't read the pattern and knit almost an entire own past the point where I should have switched to garter! Ah well, ribbit, ribbit.

And finally, I have a HO :) I finished the first 9" sock... and decided I am NOT going to knit the second on 9" circs as well. I've tried it, and it's alright, but I enjoy normal magic looping SO much more. And since I knit purely for the enjoyment of it, it seems counterintuitive to not just stick with what I like best :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Project Sweater Chest

I completely forgot to take photos of my works in progress last week, and a WIP post without photos is kinda dull, so this week you get twice the amount of progress! :-)

I've gone kinda nuts with knitting baby/toddler sweaters. Some of these will go to Nora, others will just go in my gift pile for when somebody has a baby next.

First of all, I finished the Raindrops sweater by tincanknits :)
Not quite as crazy with this pattern as some of the others - the neckline and sleeves seemed quite tight - but I hope it'll fit Nora well regardless. I knit the size 2-4yr size, so it may be awhile yet before she can wear it.

Next I cast on the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I've wanted to knit this in ages to see just how the magic worked and finally got my hands on the pattern. I wasn't disappointed - it was a fun and quick knit and pure brilliance in how it all came together as it went from this...
... to this...
I had gotten hold of the original newsletter version which is just the general gist rather than row-by-row instructions, which meant I did have to make certain assumptions along the way, but I think it turned out lovely regardless. I can definitely see myself knitting more of these. I do understand why other knitters mention the sleeves being short, though. I'll probably use some of the suggested modifications to lengthen the sleeves a bit next time. I knit the 1-year size, and it took me about 3 days from start to (almost) finished (still haven't sewn in the buttons).

And since by this time I'd accepted that I was firmly on a toddler-sweater-knitting kick, I immediately turned around and cast on the Striped Beach Sweater by Nikki van der Car. This is the 5th sweater I've knit by her, and I've loved them all :) I'm knitting the 2T size so it'll hopefully fit Nora come winter.

But since July is drawing to an end I've also focused on (finally) getting my July socks done for the "Just One More Row 12 in 16" challenge. Toe-up, no-purl monkey socks for a friend of mine. I didn't have quite enough yarn, so ended up making the cuff ribbing black instead. I hope she'll like them.