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Friday, June 29, 2018

Onto the Body

Man, it's amazing how much knitting I can get done when all my time isn't spent unpacking boxes? I joined the fronts and back of my Hetty for the OAL this week, and I just started the waist decreases.

There was a part of me that was worried about knitting Hetty again this year. I don't frequently knit patterns more than once, but I really wanted a cropped version of this sweater. Fortunately enough time has passed that the knitting feels fresh and fun. I'm also knitting a different size this time - the yarn I decided to use this year is DK instead of worsted, so I did some gauge math and I'm knitting two sizes up to get something that will fit me well.

Play rehearsals continue to go well. We're at the halfway point now, having just finished the third week of rehearsals and being three weeks away from opening. It's been some long nights, but it'll all be worth it in the end, and I'm looking forward to a lazy weekend in the meantime!

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Other Side

Oh man, it feels really good to be on this side of the move. I'm not quite 100% set up yet, but I'm pretty close, and I'm really loving my new apartment so far. I still need a couple more bookshelves for my living room and another shelf and a large table for my studio, and I'm still feeling out my kitchen space to see where I want to keep things. None of my art is hung up yet, and all my jewelry is tangled up in a flowerpot waiting for me to figure out where in my bedroom it'll go, but everything is unpacked and as close to the right spot as I can get it right now, and I'm really pleased with it.

Probably not too surprisingly, I didn't get much knitting done last week, and, in fact, I misplaced most of my active WIPs during the move. It took me two days to find my OAL project underneath a pile of stuff on my counter, but once I finally unearthed it, I made quick work of the rest of the upper back and the start of the right front.

In a perfect world, I'd be coming up on the halfway point of my OAL projects, but that is clearly not the case. This week I'm back to my regular schedule, so I should be able to start banging out the rest of this sweater, and I'll probably make my dress a weekend project sometime in July.

Linking up with Crafting On

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

OAL Sweaters and Play Practice and Moving, Oh My!

Oh, look! I have part of a sweater back! What a refreshing change! I've been working on my Hetty for the OAL at music rehearsals for the summer musical, and it's pretty much the perfect project for that. Of course, it helps that it's still small and in the beginning stages and that I've knit it before.

I had a bit of a mishap on Monday night- I realized that after the first repeat, I'd been shortening the repeats by two rows, so I had to rip out a few dozen rows. I'm almost back to the point I was at before that happened now, and it's been smooth sailing since then.

My week is kind of a wreck right now, with play rehearsals every night and my move coming up on Friday. I'm probably not going to be posting on Friday or all of next week while I deal with moving and unpacking, but I promise lots of photos once everything's done!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Almost Ready

I have my swatch done for my OAL sweater, and I'm just about ready to cast on. I haven't really been getting much knitting done the past couple weeks, and I probably won't be getting too much done until after the move, but I'm hoping to get this sweater started, at least.

Tomorrow is the first night of the Shakespeare Festival. This year they're doing Richard III, and while my whole family is going with some friends on Saturday night, I've decided to go to the Thursday and Friday showings too. It's always a great show, and I need a break from packing, and sitting in the park is a perfect opportunity to bring along some knitting!

I haven't been reading too much lately, but I'm almost halfway through Beneath the Sugar Sky right now. It's an Interlibrary Loan book, and I need to get it finished soon. I already requested a renewal on it, but the new due date is creeping up on me!

My moving sale is still going on!

Linking up with Yarn Along

Monday, June 4, 2018

OAL 2018 Time

The Outfit Along started on Friday, and I'm so excited! Last year I managed a sweater, but not the dress. This year I am more hopeful, and I have quite a bit more sewing experience now. Of course, moving in the middle of the  OAL is going to throw a wrench in things, but I'm going to just forge ahead and see what happens.

For my sweater this year I'm making Hetty again. I love my full-length Hetty that I made for the OAL last year, but ever since I finished that one I've wanted a cropped one as well. I had this yarn in my stash, and it seemed to be a perfect match. I'm hoping to get my swatch done and cast on the back today.

Since I'm moving in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, I'm having a little sale to celebrate. All my patterns are currently 25% off on Ravelry with code MOVING.

Linking up with Crafting On

Friday, June 1, 2018

Me-Made May 2018 Roundup!

I finally participated in Me-Made May this year, after several years of wanting to. I didn't get photos every day, and I missed two or three days, but overall I'm really pleased with how I did! I definitely need to sew more, and I figured out a few more knits that I feel are lacking from my closet- I definitely need more light cocoons, some more linen tanks, and another Ella, probably in black. Did you all participate?