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.

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 ;)