Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Back to the Sweatshirt Sweater


Could it be? Is that? Yes, that's my mum's sweater, back from hibernation! I got the rest of the yarn I need for this and I am cruising through the yoke shaping now. It feels a little weird to be back to work on this after being focused on Xmas knitting for the past couple weeks, but I'd really like to get this done soon.

My goal is to have this sweater done for mum this week, and plow through the rest of the body of my own Xmas Sweater (which should really only take a day or two) so I have time to wear it this year. Then I want to finish the Reindeer Pullover since that has the farthest to travel, and I want to make sure that little has lots of time to wear it while it fits.

It feels like a lot, but I should still have plenty of time. My goal is to get a lot of knitting done this week, and then I'm hoping to get a lot of cookie baking and movie watching in over the weekend. So much cheer! So little time! Less than three weeks left!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Making My Xmas Sweater!


I haven't shared this year's Xmas Sweater with you all yet, and I wanted to get a WIP post in before I finished it. I haven't actually finished a xmas sweater on time yet-last year's was supposed to be Drift, but that didn't work out. If you'll recall, I scored this yarn at the Scandinavian bazaar last month, so I'm limited to the four skeins that were in the bag.

I knew because I had a limited amount of yarn that I had to go top-down, and I knew I wanted a circular yoke with some slipped stitches. I used Leah's Filled With Secrets pattern to get my yoke and sleeve numbers, but this sweater is going to be much more fitted.

I finished the yoke last week, and then I did the sleeves because I wanted to make sure I got elbow-length sleeves and could still make the body as long as possible. This week I'll be starting my final skein, and the sweater should be done soon!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Knitting Xmas


Xmas knit number 1 is going well-I feel like I should be done the back by now, but I know that colorwork goes faster than plain one-color stockinette (for whatever reason), and I should be able to finish up the sweater back tonight. Then it's on to xmas knits 2 and 3, which should hopefully go quickly as well. (Xmas knit number 2 is going to have some fiddly parts, but I think I'll be okay.)

My Xmas Sweater has a full yoke and I've divided for the sleeves, and exactly half of my yarn has been used up, so I'm sitting pretty good there. I wasn't ever too worried about that one (I know I haven't shared it with you yet, and I will remedy that, but it's a cropped, half-sleeved pullover in bulky yarn, of course it wasn't going to be a problem.)

I have my Christmas carol concert on Sunday, and once that's done I have to hit the ground running to plan all the cheer I want to fit in this year. (2016 was rough, We need a lot of cheer this season.) There's movies to watch and cookies to bake and I don't know if three weeks is going to be enough, quite frankly.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Filling Up With Secrets


You guys. Look at how delightful that yarn looks. This stuff is so soft, I can't even describe it. I hadn't worked with Kenzie before deciding to use it for my Filled With Secrets sweater (this is a bad course of action kids, don't follow my example-you should always get to know a yarn before making a garment-sized commitment) but I am so glad that I went with it. I'm definitely doing a before and after post on how this yarn blocks-as amazing and cushy as it is now, it blooms so freaking magnificently.

Clearly I did not get the yoke done before Thanksgiving, but I've only got a few more rounds before I divide the sleeves, and then the rest of the body should shoot along just fine. It's really not a slow knit at all, I'm mostly distracted by trying to keep myself focused on gift knitting in the evenings. As much as I'd like to have this done NOWNOWNOW, the KAL goes until January 9, so I have plenty of time, and I definitely have to get my gift knitting (and my Xmas Sweater!) done first.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

The Start of Xmas Knitting


Since I had a four day weekend for Thanksgiving, I planned to do a lot of xmas knitting. But I'm not fantastic at holding myself accountable, and I only got most of a sweater front done. But look at how cute it is! I'm hoping another solid evening of knitting on this finishes the front, and then the back and sleeves should fly along.

We ended up actually going out and doing quite a bit over the weekend. Friday Anemone came down from the city and we went shopping, Saturday we set up our tree and I met up with a couple of ladies from my choir to work on a special music trio, and Sunday I ended up hanging out at a friend's house all day. So for all that running around I picked up Audrey in Unst, which I actually cast on for a year ago, and put away after 10 rows.

My plan going forward is to keep banging out my Filled With Secrets and my Xmas Sweater during my lunch breaks, and use evenings to power through my remaining xmas knits. I've got the rest of this baby sweater, a toddler sweater, and another secret thing, and I think it'll all work out splendidly.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sweater Knitting and Gift Planning


When I ran out of yarn on my mum's sweater, I quickly came up with a very clever plan for the rest of the knitting season. I immediately cast on for both my Filled With Secrets and started going to town on the yoke.

I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw the pictures of the sample. It's so cozy, roomy, and comfortable, and I couldn't wait to have one of my own to snuggle up in. I decided to knit mine in Kenzie held double, and boy, is it worth it. I've been rubbing the blocked swatches over my face for a week now-it puffs up and blooms so delightfully, and the fiber blend is such a treat.

I'm hoping to get most of the yoke on this done today, and then over the long weekend I'm going to start banging out some xmas knitting. I've got just three xmas projects, and they should all be pretty quick (please don't remind me how fiddly and time-consuming duplicate stitch can be, I'm on a fiber high right now), and if I even just get one project done (come on, it's a four-day weekend, I can get more than one done) I'll be in a good place for the rest of the year.

(I'm also laboring under the delusion that I can finish another sweater for myself for xmas on top of everything else, but in my defense, it's a bulky sweater, and the yoke is half done already.)

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Monday, November 21, 2016

I Lost at Yarn Chicken


This weekend I went to town on my mum's sweater, and I got the body done and the sleeves joined. Sunday morning I looked at what was done so far and I had the niggling feeling that I wasn't going to have enough yarn. But sometimes you have that feeling and there turns out to be exactly enough yarn, so I kept going.

There wasn't enough yarn. Not by a longshot. I've got about half the yoke left, and that tiny little tail is all the yarn I've got left. So I've ordered more, and while I wait for it to get here, I'll work on my Filled With Secrets for the Early Check In KAL, and we have a four day weekend for Thanksgiving this week, so I'll have time to get started on xmas knitting, and it'll all be fine.

And before long I'll have the rest of the yarn I need, and my mum will finally have a finished sweater. Hopefully before xmas.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Snowy Knitting


I woke up this morning to a couple inches of beautiful, wet snow, and a winter wind. We're supposed to end up with 4-6 inches by the end of the day, and I can tell you that all I really want to do right now is cuddle up and knit.

I started the pocket for my mum's sweater yesterday, and I've been making pretty good time on it. I'd like to get a bunch done during my lunch break today, because there's the big fall concert at the high school tonight, and I'd like to be back to plain knitting in the round for that.

It's so hard to believe that xmas is just a little over a month away-I've got several sweaters planned for myself that I was hoping to get to work on, but I'm going to have to start gift knitting really soon. Fortunately, I don't have too much planned for this year, but I don't like having put everything off this late either!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Yarn Along


Oh my goodness, is that a picture of something OTHER than the blue shawl?? It is!! Shawlzilla came off the needles on Monday evening, and that is a tremendous weight off my shoulders. It still needs a blocking, and I need to find a couple of hours to do that, but the actual knitting is done and I'm pleased as punch.

Now I'm back to work on my mum's sweater, and boy, does it feel good to be knitting with worsted weight again. I also took a little break last week to whip up a quick hat-I'll have more details and modeled shots later, but I really just needed a cheerful yarn in a great pattern by one of my favorite knitters, and it really did the trick to help get me through last week.

I've got two books on the go right now: I got Evergreen Falls from the library a couple of weeks ago, and it's been really enjoyable so far-I have a big stack of other library books out right now, so hopefully I'll be able to finish this one this weekend. On my Kindle app on my phone, I'm working through Black Swan, White Raven. This is the third one of this anthology series that I've read, and I love them all to pieces.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Weekending


I hope you all had a restorative weekend. Friday and Sunday I went shopping with my mum, and it was awesome to just get out of the house for a bit. Saturday I had a friend come over for knitting and watching Food Network, and that was definitely what I needed this weekend.

As you can see, the blue shawl is still moving along. I had to wash two big loads of dog blankets yesterday, so I brought them to the laundromat and hung out with shawlzilla for a couple hours. The border is now over 75% done, and I'm hoping I can get this ready to block by midweek. I'm feeling a hat kick coming on, I need to swatch for the Early Check In KAL, finish my mum's sweater, and, oh yeah, start xmas knitting.

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