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!)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Week 46

I decided to knit another Baaa-ble hat :-D I gave the other one away as a gift, and have been wanting one myself ever since. It's been getting cold lately, and I've recently started wearing hats on my way to work again, so I figured it was about time :-) It's such a quick knit - only took me three evenings to finish and ready to block. It was finally dry enough to wear yesterday, and I love it! It's so much warmer than my other hats (since this was both yarn held double and knit at a tighter gauge) and actually covers my ears!
This was my first attempt at making a pompom which turned out to be a lot easier than expected.

Aside from that, I've been working solely on a Christmas present for my brother-in-law. He overheard me asking Morfar if he'd like a knitted sweater for Christmas, and quickly jumped in, "If that's an open offer, I'd like one too!" As he's always impossible to find gifts for, I jumped at the opportunity. He asked for a cardigan hoodie, which was pretty much impossible to find a pattern for on Ravelry :-P In the end, I had to modify a pattern as I could only find suitable ones with female shaping. Oh well, easy enough to remove the waist shaping and add ease... hopefully :-P I have to use the biggest size as it is, and then increase further to add extra ease. We'll see how it goes.
I have gotten quite a bit further since taking this photo, but I was in a middle of a row when I remembered I needed to take a new one, and it basically just looked like a big black blob, so this will have to do for now.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Week 44

Last week, Jordan sent me an email asking me if I could pleeeeeeease knit/crochet a pig for him... apparently in his and his sisters' mind, auntie Ria can crochet anything! What's a doting auntie to do? Fortunately Ravelry had a ton of free pig patterns, so I quickly found one that suited both of us and got working. Two days later I'd finished the pig and was actually really chuffed with how it turned out!
... that same evening Jordan sent me another message, asking me if I had time to finish another one by the time we'd see each other the following day... see above re. auntie can do anything. This time I had to let him down though. Perhaps I could have managed, but it'd be a struggle, so I promised to make him one for his next visit instead.

Thursday I was out with some colleagues for a work event, and as we started the evening off at a cocktail bar, I thought it was the perfect chance to get some work done on my current pair of socks. Alas, I didn't think to count the stitches before starting, and thus didn't realize that I hadn't yet finished all the increases for the foot, but just started knitting straight... it wasn't until I picked it back up again two days later that I realized the sock was looking awfully small, and realized I was missing 4 stitches!

Last night I swatched for a cardigan for Peter, my brother-in-law. He asked for a black hoodie made out of thin yarn. Unfortunately Ravelry was very thin on patterns for cardigans for males that fit those parameters, so I found one for females instead that (otherwise) fit the bill nicely, and will adapt it to be unisex. As far as I can see, I just need to add a bit of extra ease and drop the waste-shaping, and it'll be fine. Peter approved of it, anyway. I'm looking forward to getting started... even if I am fully expecting the miles and miles of stockinette to get boring after awhile. Like I wrote on Instagram - that's how much I love my BIL 😉

Finally, I've been working on my Chromatic pullover. It's a bit slow going, but I love the way it's turning out, so I don't mind too much. Another 15 stripes or so, and the body should be finished... unless I decide to add on a bit more length... I think I'll try it on again in 15 stripes' time and decide then.