Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Week 33

A finished item, at long last!

I finished Nina's cardigan :-) It is currently blocking and then I just need to sew in the buttons, so done in plenty of time for both Stashdash (finishes Sunday) and for when I see her next (next Thursday - eeeeeee!!!!)

I think it should fit her alright. It's a bit tight on me, but she's slimmer than I am so that should work out fine. Besides, that we pre-blocking, and I've yet to knit anything that didn't grow during blocking ;-)

The pattern is Vanadiym by Lisa Mutch with the cat from the Professor McGonagall blanket by Kristen Fanning. The yarn is CottonBaby from Gepard Garn. I'm not usually a fan of cotton as I find it too tightly spun to be all that soft, but this was definitely the exception that proved the rule. Lovely soft and pleasant to work with - didn't hurt my hands at all! I'll definitely want to knit something for myself in this yarn at some point!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Week 32

Can't believe I forgot to post yesterday! That's what I get for taking the day off work - I forget which day of the week it is ;-)

Nina's cardigan is coming along swimmingly. I've finished the cat and am well on my way to finishing the body. After that the sleeves should be a breeze as they're knit in the round with no colourwork :-D
It's my goal to finish by August 20th so I can count the yardage for stashdash... let's see if that happens :)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Week 31

I've been knitting on the exact same two things as last week, so they have both seen quite a bit of progress.

Niebling sock status - I'm now half-way through sock 4. 2.5 to go.... plus heels. Doesn't look all that much different from last week though, so no picture this time.

I had a bit of a wibble regarding Nina's cardigan over the weekend. It looked SO SMALL! It fit the measurements she'd given me, but still... A few more text messages back and forth to get new measurements and a comparison with the dress-form she left in my care later and I decided to just trust the maths. Gauge is a lying liar who lies though - my swatch gauge was 22sts/10cm, but in the cardigan it's 25sts/10cm!! So I've had to redo all my numbers.... which of course only added to the wibble. I think it's okay though... my knitting always stretches during blocking, so it should be fine.... at least I've convinced myself enough that I've decided to knit on and am now working on the cat! :)


Depending on how much the cat takes up I'll definitely need more of the light green though!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Week 30

I've been fairly monogamous this past week. I wanted to get a good head-start on the niebling socks before something else popped up (which it did yesterday), so have been knitting on those pretty exclusively up until then.

Which means that I've gotten 2 socks done (but for the heels) and am just missing the twisted rib on the third. Almost half-way through!

This past Monday I went yarn shopping for a new cardigan for Nina. I swatched that same night, and cast on for the Vanadium cardigan yesterday! I had to do copious amounts of maths though, as my gauge was off just enough that I had to go up 1.5 sizes :-P But as Nina prefers positive ease anyway, I decided to just go up the full two sizes and hope for the best!
Not much to see yet. I'm knitting this in pure cotton and hope it won't stretch too much :-P The cotton is really soft though, and much easier on my hands than usual.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Week 29

The designer who made all the cool fruit coasters put out another design for testing this past weekend. Of course I had to sign up so I could add to my collection, and fortunately she was happy to have me on again. 'Twas supposed to be another orange, but I had misplaced my orange yarn, so it ended up being either a very unripe orange or an apple instead.
Don't care - either way, I like it :-) It's currently blocking and looks a bit misshapen, but I think it'll add nicely to the collection.

I still need another 700 meters to reach my stashdash goal, so decided to finally cast on for the Exploration Station. The first 6 wedges were plain garter stitch and went really quickly, but now I've started on the brioche section... and that's going to take awhile. It's not nearly as difficult as I'd feared though... and I am childishly amused that the stitches are called "bark" and "burp" ;-D

I've also started yet another sock (Yes, this is the 5th sock currently on my needles. Yes, I could theoretically finish stashdash just by finishing off those socks. Schh! Stop making sense, you!), as Nina mentioned my nieblings might enjoy some handknit socks for the cold mornings. The colour is way off in this photo as it's actually a gradient from green to grey... but what can you do. I also have some ideas for fun decorations on the leg. We'll see how it works out. I'm knitting these with true afterthought heels, so I'll have to cut the yarn once that time comes. I need to measure it tonight, but I think I have another 10-15cm to go on the first leg.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

WIP Wednesday - week 27

I finished the first Mitered Triangle sock. It has a VERY weird construction, was VERY fiddly and looked a hot mess as I was finishing it, so I was seriously doubting that I'd want to knit the second one. However, once it was blocked and all ends woven in it suddenly looked a lot better - so now I'm back at thinking I'll probably knit the second one after all :-D
I made a mistake on the final three-needle bind-off (put WS together instead of RS which I didn't notice until after I was done), but I'll probably just call that a design feature ;-) Since I didn't actually notice it when taking these photos, it probably won't bother me much. I just have to remember to do the same for the next one ;)

As expected, I finished the Entrelac blanket last Wednesday evening. It's been blocked, all ends woven in and is now finished-finished-finished :-) Now I just need to find somebody who needs a baby blanket ;-)

Instead of casting on something new after finishing the blanket, I decided to pick the scrappy swirl tee back up. I'm now done with the body and just have the sleeves left to knit. It's REALLY colourful but I think I like it... besides, it is SO soft and comfortable to wear. I do think getting sleeves will 'ground' it a bit though... we'll see.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Elphaba is done!

My Elphaba is finished!!! I still need to weave in some ends, but for all intents and purposes, it is done! I managed to get some FO (finished objects) photos this weekend and I love it :-D Too bad it's now too warm to actually wear it ;-)

I'm also almost done with the Entrelac blanket! Just need 6 more end triangles and that's it! Could probably have managed another repeat (two tiers), but I would only just have enough yarn for that, and i didn't much feel like playing yarn-chicken, so this will have to do.

The mitered triangle socks are coming along slowly but surely. It's the weirdest construction of a sock I've ever seen and there's a TON of ends to weave in, but it's been a fun knit so far, despite having to pick up so many stitches all the time. I'm going to finish one completely and try it on before committing to knit the second sock though. If it looks really odd I might not bother. It's fun to try all these new constructions, but so far they just haven't fit as well as "normal" socks do.