Friday, March 16, 2018

Finished: Easy A-long

I finally got pictures of my finished Easy A-long sweater, and I'm so thrilled with it! I really love these colors together, and I'm so pleased with how the stripes and colorblocking worked out.

I knit the cropped version, and after doing the bottom ribbing in pink, I striped four rows of green with two rows of pink for the rest of the body. I finished the neckline in the pink, and then kept the sleeves pink except for the cuffs. I'm really pleased with the result.

It had been starting to warm up this week, but we're supposed to get more snow and ice today, so I'm sure I'll get several more chances to wear this before spring finally does arrive.

Ravelry Page: Easy A-long
Pattern: Easy A by Kat Riddell
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Eco + "Wild Rose Heather" and "Lake Chelan Heather"

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Final Sleeve

The final skein (hopefully!) for this new sweater pattern arrived on Monday, so I've been trying to work through the second sleeve. It's going pretty well so far, and as long as I don't get sick or tired or distracted I very well might have this sweater done by the weekend.

This sweater has been on the needles since September (I last blogged it in October, yikes!). It hibernated for a bit over the winter, but over the past couple of months I definitely wanted to get it finished. This is exactly the kind of sweater I want more of in my wardrobe, and I really can't wait to be able to start wearing it.

The pattern for this is pretty much all written up - I have a few more details to add in, but the meat of it is done, and I'm planning to get it to my editor this week. In a perfect world, I'd be able to release it before my knitting retreat (eight more days!), but if not, it'll still be out by the end of the month.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Cropping Along

In a fit of especially inspired productivity this weekend, I finished my Audrey in Unst (blocking now, buttons tonight), and I got the second sleeve cap done on my new sweater sample (now to wait for the last skein of yarn to come in the mail). I also managed to divide the sleeves from the body on my Intense TPCT.

I would like to get this top finished before my knitting retreat as well, but my sample is my top priority, so once that last skein gets here I'll be setting this top aside again.

Linking up with Crafting On

Friday, March 9, 2018

Something That's Not Sleeves

I've had these two skeins of Cascade Heritage Paints in my stash for a couple of years now. I grabbed them when the yarn store in town closed (it wasn't very big, and it wasn't open very much so I never really shopped there, but it was still nice to know we had one). I really loved the loud colors, and even though I had no clue what I'd ever be able to knit them into, I brought them home with me.

Last month during the play I thought about knitting these up into a cowl, and I started it during production week, and it wasn't really grabbing me. Then I remembered my TPCT, and how much I love it, and how good it looks on me. The only drawback with my original TPCT is that it's just an inch or two too short to wear with my high-waisted jeans and get away with it at work. But it's easy enough to add that length in, and so I ripped out what I'd knit of the cowl so far and started on a new crop top.

It doesn't look like much right now, because all the yoke stitches are still bunched up together, but I'm only two rounds away from dividing the sleeves from the body, and then it will start to look like something pretty quickly.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Stuck on Sleeve Island

I'm trying to cruise along on my Audrey in Unst despite being stranded on sleeve island. I finished the first sleeve over the weekend and I'm almost finished the short row shaping for the second sleeve cap. I've been working on these short rows for two days now, and it feels like I should have finished by now, but apparently fingering-weight sleeve caps take longer than worsted-weight ones. Funny, that.

In two weeks I'll be going to my knitting retreat - I missed last year because of scheduling conflicts, so I'm especially excited to be able to go again this year. I'm hoping to have this sweater finished, and I'm working on another sweater (that's also currently on sleeve island) that I'd like to have finished as well. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

New Pattern: McKee

McKee is a light but cozy pair of legwarmers, perfect for layering over leggings and tights or under jeans on especially cold days. Featuring an interesting texture and cable panel, McKee is both a warm basic layer and a fun accessory to dress up an outfit.

McKee is worked in the round from the bottom up. The pattern includes both charts and written instructions for the texture and cable panel.

Finished Measurements: 9 (11, 13, 15)in/23 (28, 33, 38)cm circumference and 13in/33cm long, to fit with 3-5in/7.5-12.5cm of negative ease around widest part of calf

Requires: 150 (165, 180, 195)yds/135 (150, 165, 180)m

McKee is now available on Ravelry and is automatically $1 off through Sunday, March 11th!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Knitting in Unst

Today is the last day of the Easy A-long, and I managed to get my sweater finished on time! It's currently blocking and I'm hoping to get good pictures taken of it this weekend. Since that sweater is off the needles, I'm focusing most of my attention on this long-languishing Audrey in Unst sweater.

I started this back in January 2016 and after getting most of the lower body done, I pretty much ignored it. I picked it up earlier this month because I wanted something smaller than my Easy A to work on during the play, and between that and working on it all day on Saturday, I have everything done except the sleeves.

I don't love leaving projects sitting around like that for long periods (despite the fact that I do it ALL THE TIME), but there's something nice about having most of a sweater done after only a couple weeks. I'm not super stoked to be on sleeve island, but I'm really looking forward to this sweater and I know it will get a lot of wear!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ticking Down

Well, I didn't finish this sweater. I've still got about half a sleeve - which is really only another hour or two of knitting - and the side seams to go. Saturday was a show choir day, and since I haven't seen any of the area groups perform yet, I was really glad I spent the day at the high school watching them. There's a bunch of great programs this season, although I am especially partial to my brother's group.

Yesterday afternoon we went to see Black Panther, and it was one of the greatest movie experiences of my life. I enjoyed every second of it, and while I was hesitant to leave the house again after being gone all day Saturday, I'm really glad I got to see it in theaters.

There's just a couple more days left in the Easy A-long in my Ravelry Group! Sweaters have to be finished by 11:59pm on Wednesday, but I'll give everyone through the weekend to post in the FO thread.

Linking up with Crafting On

Friday, February 23, 2018

Nearing the Finish

As evidenced by the barest start of a sleeve up there, I haven't had much time for knitting the past couple days. A big chunk of Wednesday evening was spent sweeping and vacuuming the kitchen after an unfortunate incident involving a glass bowl and gravity, and last night I agreed to go to the town's photography group meeting to be their model for some portrait lighting practice. So. Not a whole lot of knitting going on.

This weekend we're supposed to get quite a bit of snow and ice. Tomorrow is supposed to be a big show choir day at the high school, so we'll see how the weather affects that. Otherwise, my plans involve catching up on figure skating and finishing this sweater!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The End of a Play, and Reaching the End of a Sweater

I'm back! I wasn't planning on being absent from the blog, but I got so busy with the play that I decided I needed to stop worrying about some things for the weekend. The play went so well, I am so pleased with the show we put on, and I am so proud to have been a part of such a great cast and production. As much as I love doing theater, I'm glad to have a bit of a break before the summer musical starts.

In between naps and rehearsals and performances, I managed to finish the back to my Easy A, get the shoulders seamed, applied the i-cord collar, and knit all of the first sleeve. With a whole week left in the Easy A-long, I'm right on schedule.