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 :)