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.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Week 8

I haven't posted one of these in AGES and therefore have quite a number of things to show off for once!

A few weeks ago, I went to a charity knitting event at church where we knitted headbands for homeless in Copenhagen. In 2 hours I finished a plain garter headband out of some deliciously soft merino yarn. Hope it was well received :-)

At that event one of the others was wearing some amazing knitted slippers which made me feel like making a pair for myself. I decided to cast on the seamless slippers I've made a few times before as they really are incredibly fast knits - just a few hours per slipper. Funnily enough, just like the previous 3 times I knit these slippers, a friend of mine spotted them as I had finished the first one, tried them on and immediately asked if I would knit her a pair too. In the end, I just gave her the ones I was knitting as they fit her better than they did me anyway ;-) So that's the fourth pair knitted and every one of them passed on to somebody else! :-D

Apart from that I've been busily working on the cardigan for Morfar. I'm still missing 2/3 of one sleeve and then the button band. Gotta be honest - I'm ready for this cardigan do be done! I still really like it, but it's slow-going and I have so many other things I want to cast on, but can't because I feel an obligation to finish this ASAP.... That sounds more negative than I mean it - I AM enjoying the knit, and love the way it's turning out. Just want to finish it already :-P

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WIP Wednesday: Week 4

Soooo.... I cast on a new pair of socks :-P Yes, I know I already have 3 pairs on my needles, but I needed something completely vanilla that I could knit on without looking for a meeting Friday, and none of the other pairs fit that bill (in fact, I need to actually look at pattern instructions for two of them and to count continuously for the last), so obviously I really had no choice ;-) I knit most of the foot at the meeting and made sure to get past the heel today (which I also needed pattern instructions for, as I was trying out a new heel) so it's ready for another meeting tomorrow.

I've done a bit of work on the Snowmelt Shawl, but not as much as last week, so I'm only about half-way through clue two. I'm not too crazy about the colours just now, but I know that'll change as soon as the green starts coming in. It's my plan to use up as much of the yarn as at all possible, so I may have to do some maths once I near the end, to see how many rows extra I can add to the pattern.

Mostly though, I've been working diligently on the cardigan for Morfar. I finished the back yesterday and did the first 3-needle bind-off with the left front. So now I just need the other front and then I can start working on the sleeves! I hope to get that far by the weekend, but we'll see.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Week 3

First, a finished object! I finished Christian's socks shortly after last WIP post as expected and gave them to him this past Monday. Fortunately they fit, and he's been wearing them ever since! I think I may need to start a new pair for him right away ;-)

Once I finished those, I've been diligently knitting on the cardigan for Morfar. It's slow-going due to all rows being pattern rows, but it's turning out just gorgeous and the yarn is lovely to work with, so I don't mind too much :) Still have quite a ways to go, but I've finished the left front and have just started on the back.

But despite all the gift-knitting I have on my needles, this past weekend I was craving a new cast on, and as I'd just bought some new needles (wanted to try some ChiaoGoos as KnitPro tips are selling out and I needed a replacement) I caved and cast on for the Snowmelt shawl. I've just finished the first clue and love the way it's knitting up. It's a very enjoyable knit and the yarn (a cotton-acrylic blend) is a lot softer to work with than I had expected, despite being a bit splitty.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Week 1

I've been taking a break from WIP posts during Christmas, which means I have a whole bunch of stuff to show off now :-)

All WIPs from last post have seen quite significant progress. I finally finished the second crocheted pig just before New Years, and it turned out just as cute as the other ones :-D. I can't wait to give it to Jordan!

I'm ALMOST done with the body of Peter's cardigan. I had him try it on at Christmas, and I only need another 10cm or so... and then of course the sleeves. It is MUCH too big for me (obviously), but fits him quite well.

Haven't done any knitting on that since Christmas though, as I wanted to get a proper start on the cardigan I'm making Morfar (my maternal grandfather). It's the Jones cardigan by Tincanknits, and I really love the way it's knitting up. It takes FOREVER though because of all the moss stitch - there are no rest rows!

Finally I've been working on Christian's socks. As they're my purse knitting and I brought them along for both Christmas and New Years they've seen quite a bit of progress as well, and I'm almost at the toe decreases of the second sock. I have another week and a bit to finish these, so there's absolutely no stress there. With as little as I'm missing, I'll probably finish later today or tomorrow.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Week 50

WIP Wednesday a day late, as I forgot to take photos yesterday :-P

I finished one crocheted pig and started another :-D After Lars saw the one I made Jordan, he told me I had to make one for my brother-in-law as well, as he apparently really loves pigs :-) So I got that done over the weekend, and then promptly started another one for Jordan, as he'd asked if I'd make him a white one as well :-P

Once I finish that one, I'll probably take a break from making any more for awhile. They're easy enough to make, but get rather fiddly when sewing the parts together.

Nina recently sent me a text message asking if I would pleeeeeeeeease knit Christian another pair of socks, as his old ones were getting worn out. Of course I couldn't say no to that, and as I already had suitable yarn, I cast on for a pair right away. The pattern is Bootstraps by Lara Neel but with a modified heel as hers included breaking yarn and grafting the heel and I really didn't feel like doing that! :-)
I should be able to finish these by Jan 15th, no sweat.

And as usual, I'm knitting on Peter's cardigan. It's slooooow progress but fortunately completely mindless knitting at the moment. I think I have another 20'ish cm to go on the body and then I get to start knitting in the round for the sleeves! Weee!!!
I in no way expect to be finished by Christmas, but that's okay. I just want to have a decent amount done so Peter can get a proper idea of what it will look like :)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Week 48

It's been a few weeks since I did a WIP Wednesday post last, so I have a LOT of things to show off this time.

First, two finished objects. I finished a pair of socks while out and about and hadn't brought something else to knit on, so I decided to cast on another Christmas bauble, because why not :-)
Socks: Dalarna by Nancy Bush. Yarn: Opal in the Drollig colourway.
Christmas Bauble by Mona Smidt.

I FINALLY returned to my Skew socks. Haven't touched them in probably 10 months partly because I had a serious case of project reconsideration going on (they're slightly too big, so I thought about ripping them out several times, but at the end of the day I like them too much... even if they are too big), partly because the design is so unique that I couldn't just pick them up at any odd time, but had to have the pattern available before casting on. Bad excuse, I know, and this past week I finally cast on the second sock and am already half-way through the heel :-)

Mostly though, I've been knitting on the cardigan for my brother-in-law. I really wanted to have it to the point where I could separate for the sleeves by last Sunday so I could get him to try it on, and decided to knit the hood as well, in order to have a better feeling for how it would fit. That was a LOT of stockinette in not a lot of time, but I made it with hours to spare! And fortunately it fits well :-) ... or at least it will after blocking makes the stitches relax a bit.
(DH commented that it currently looks more like an executioner's hood than anything else, and once that has been seen it cannot be unseen! I need to get some more length on it!)