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.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

WIP Wednesday on a Thursday

I completely forgot to post this yesterday!

Since I obviously didn't have enough socks on the needles, I've cast on a new pair! I needed a new pair for my July socks anyway, and I've wanted to knit another pair of Monkey Socks for awhile, so it all worked out :) I'm knitting the no-purl version, toe-up. Only just started, but am already reminded why I enjoyed the pattern so much the first time around :)

That said, my other socks (the ones on the 9" circs) are slowly coming along. I've passed the heel and am half-way through the foot. I'm getting the hang of the small circ, but I'll never be a huge fan... in fact, I may knit the second sock magic loop instead (or I may get stubborn and keep going as I started... we'll see).

I've been knitting quite a bit on my "Symmetry in Motion" pullover, but am still just 1/3 of the way through the body. Not entirely sure what I was thinking - knitting a lace-weight pullover for Stashdash! It is taking forever... but will give my meterage a huge bump if I actually do finish. We'll see... I haven't given up yet - there's still more than a month left of Stashdash.
I think I'll like the end result though :) The shoulders are a bit bulky, but that can hopefully be fixed during blocking.

But since I got a bit frustrated by how S-L-O-W the progress was, I decided to ask Mixi if she wanted me to knit something for Nora for the winter. Fortunately she did, so over the weekend I got to cast on for Tincanknit's "Raindrops" sweater and am enjoying the knit so much! This shouldn't take me long at all :-D
The sizing is 2-4yrs which seems like a bit of a large gap to me, but I figure that if Nora can't fit it this winter, it'll come in handy for next year... and I can always knit her another sweater for this year ;)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Two FO

I have two new finished object since last week :)

I managed to finish the Swirl Tee over the weekend :) There were a surprisingly high number of errors in the pattern, and despite getting gauge, mine ended up being more of a tunic rather than a t-shirt, so I'm starting to wonder if my size was ever tested. I don't mind terribly though - I'm quite fond of tunics, and I love the fit of this one :)
I actually haven't blocked it yet... For one thing, I was too eager to wear it, for another, I'm slightly worried that blocking it will make it grow too much as it's slightly loose-fitting as it is, and I wanted to wear it at least once first - just in case. But I'll be blocking it tonight, so fingers crossed.

My second finished object is another pair of socks. I bought this yarn while in New Zealand, and absolute love it! I used less than half the skein for this pair, so now I'm wondering what to do with the rest, because it's gorgeous and soft and yummy :D
The pattern is "Whirlpool Socks" by Laura Nelkin.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Back into Spinning!

I never got around to posting last week, so I've got a ton of stuff to share with you today :)

Inspired by the PrairieGirls Knit and Spin podcast, I decided to give my 9" circs another chance - taking their advice to do the cast-on and ribbing on magic loop and then not switching to the 9" until I reach the plain knitting part. It certainly did make it a lot easier, but I'm still not a huge fan. It just doesn't seem to go as fast as with magic loop and is a lot more fiddly. I think part of it may be that the 9" circ is too large(!!!) for my small leg, so I should really go down to an 8" in order to prevent having to move the stitches around all the time (one of the PrairieGirls mentioned that as being a challenge as well)... not sure I'm going to go out and buy one just to test the theory though. As it is, I'm going to keep at it for a full pair of socks to give it a proper shot... and then we'll see if that's the only pair ever I knit like that ;)

Perhaps that's why I also felt the need to cast on another pair of socks for the June challenge ;) I finished these in just 6 days! I think that's a personal record :) The yarn was a gift from Lars and the pattern is Cookie A's Wanida (with the FLK heel substituted in). Very potato-chippy indeed :) I never did learn the pattern off by heart, but it was extremely easy to read, so a quick knit regardless.

This weekend I FINALLY finished the Professor McGonagall blanket. Casting off took me nearly 2 hours! But so worth it in the end. It's knit in acrylic yarn, and probably at a looser gauge than it should have been, but I don't care - I love it! :D

And finally, I'm back into spinning :) Mum and Dad had bought me some lovely rainbow coloured corridale from New Zealand, but I'd kept telling myself that I had to finish my current spinning project before I could start it. This weekend I finally accepted that just wasn't going to happen anytime soon, and that I should let that stop me from playing with some nice, new fiber, so I sat down at the wheel and went nuts! It's the first time I've been back at the wheel for quite awhile, and the beginning of the yarn is accordingly lumpy, but the fiber was so much fun to play with, that I just couldn't let it go, and got it all spun and plied up in just 3 days! (I wonder how many calories you burn from that kind of spinning! ;) ). It's the first time I've ever done anything close to that amount of spinning on my wheel, and I've come to the conclusion that I really love it :-D I am SO grateful to Mum's friend for gifting it to me :-) :-) :-)

The fiber went from this

... to this...

... to this! (plied with commercial yarn to make the yardage stretch - a tip from the lovely Laura of the KnitGirllls Podcast (lalaknits on instagram))
Forgot to take a photo of it all skeined up after its bath, but I ended up with 137 grams and 155 meters :-) Now to decide what to knit with it!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Finishing all the things!

Stashdash started last Friday, so now I'm finishing all the things!!!

First thing I finished was the second security blanket for Nora, as I wanted to bring that along with me when I saw Mixi on Saturday. Of course I then promptly forgot everything about it, so it's still lying at home. *sigh* Ah well, she'll get it this weekend instead.

Second up was the "Imagine When" shawl. Just goes to show how big a difference the right pattern makes, as I finished this in just 2 weeks! Played a nice little game of yarn chicken near the end too, but came out of it victoriously, with just 8 meters left! It's still blocking, but I think I'm going to love it :) It's a merino-cashmere blend and SO soft :)

Sunday I finished my May socks. They only needed a bit more ribbing and binding off, so that was a quick FO :) Of course, I finished it on a day where it was above 25C, making Lars laugh at my awesome timing ;)

... then work began again, and I could no longer finish an item a day, so the next finished item wasn't ready until yesterday when I finally finished the Film Reel Cardigan for Rosa! It's currently blocking so hopefully the weather will remain warm enough that I can give it to her on Saturday :)
I love the little pocketses :)