My will was weak

My will was weak, I started some new knitting projects and not just one, but three new projects. On the plus side I did just finish my Downeast sweater.

Yes! I finished it! It hasn’t been washed or photographed, that will all come this weekend, but I did finish it. I also did get started on working on the follow your arrow shawl again. Granted it is back on the back burner, but I plan to make myself work on it a little bit each day. That hasn’t happened since this past weekend, but I’m trying and that is what matters right?

Now on to the new projects and I will go ahead and apologize in advance for the poor quality of pictures, they are from my phone (that’s how most of my WIP’s are photographed). First up is the Nachfalter:

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I started this yesterday and I have been zooming through the baby cables, I am over halfway finished with that section. I started this for the Top Tanks and Tees KAL (TTTKAL), I am also double dipping this with the stockinette zombies summer tops KAL. If you want to join the TTTKAL you can sign up here and if you want to join the stockinette zombies go here (the stockinette zombies is run through their ravelry group so you will need to join their group to participate). TTTKAL runs until the end of May, but the stockinette zombies runs until the end of June.

Now onto Deviate:

20140508-130902.jpgI cast on this one as a part of the Northbound Knits and Cocktail SKAL. My trillian is also a part of this SKAL (spin and knit along). This is a special SKAL because it is exclusive to those who bought the yarn or fiber dyed up by Lisa Mutch aka Northbound Knitting. The colorways were inspired by cocktails. This one end June 1st.

Now onto my Earlybird socks:

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This is a part of the Socks with Sarah KAL and is also a part of Socks with Sarah May challenge. To join in to this one you need to join Sarah’s ravelry group and then you can join the KAL. This project has been a lot of fun so far. I also just want to say that the yarn was dyed up by my friend Alicia who sometimes reads the blog (this was one of her experiments, she just dyes yarn for fun).

Later this week I will post about how my spinning is going, I know some of you were interested.

 

New Month

Well the month of WIP’s ended and then this happened:

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IMG_5060The first picture is the Grace cardigan by Jane Richmond. This is the second time I am making it, this time it is for a family friend. The yarn is Madelinetosh Merino Light colorway antique lace.

The second picture is the Lady Bat by Teresa Gregorio. The yarn is KnitPicks shine colorway robot.

The third picture is just a swatch of what will soon become a Trillian.

As you can probably guess I haven’t touched a WIP since I finished my last one in March, I still have a few left and I hope to get them off of the needles soon. The Grace needs to be finished because it is a gift. The Lady Bat was started because I am itching to start working on warm weather garments and the trillion is part of  a KAL that I will talk about in another post.

What have you been working on? Have you been neglecting any WIP’s?

The Month of WIP’s

I know I said I would post about my WIP’s on Saturday, but life got in the way so I’m just getting around to it now.

So I’m quite ashamed at the amount of WIP’s I have going right now. I try not to have more than three going at a time, with five being the max. The reason I like to have three to five WIP’s is because I like to have a shawl, a sweater, and a pair of socks on the needles at all times, if none of those are mindless then I will cast on something that is mindless. I have my reasons for starting so many at once, but there is no point to go into detail about why.

So first up I will post my sweaters, which there are three.

The Downeast sweater, which you heard about last post. Sorry for the poor quality Iphone picture again.

The Downeast sweater, which you heard about last post. Sorry for the poor quality Iphone picture again.

The rolling rock. I am almost finished with the body.

The rolling rock. I am almost finished with the body.

And this is the front panels to the Eastwood cardigan. I started this for the Holla Knits KAL.

And this is the front panels to the Eastwood cardigan. I started this for the Holla Knits KAL.

Now the socks.

The climb socks that I started because of the Journey KAL with Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook.

The climb socks that I started because of the Journey KAL with Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook. Another good thing about these socks is that they are my mindless knitting.

My inglenook socks that I started just because.

My inglenook socks that I started just because.

Now for the scarves and shawls.

The infamous helix scarf that I complain about from time to time which has been on the needles for I think three years now.

The infamous helix scarf that I complain about from time to time which has been on the needles for I think three years now.

My annis that has been on the needles since the spring of 2013.

My annis that has been on the needles since the spring of 2013.

My follow your arrow mystery KAL that got put to the side because of the Olypmics.

My follow your arrow mystery KAL that got put to the side because of the Olympics.

And my dissent shawl, which is actually finished now and I will post about it later.

And my dissent shawl, which is actually finished now and I will post about it later.

So I currently have 8 things on the needles since I finished my dissent on Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a mystery

It was truly a mystery. The color craving mystery shawl from Stephen West had me confused the whole time I was making it. As soon as I thought I had it figured out the next clue would come out and tell me I was wrong. Not until the last clue was my guess kind of right.  But overall I really enjoyed it, I liked the fact that I didn’t know what was coming next. It also gave me something to look forward to (I never looked at the spoiler thread until I was well into my clue and knew that there was nothing else that was going to happen in the clue besides what I was doing). It is definitely something that I would do again and well the shawl is something that I would have never thought to make for myself, but I love it!

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I used knitpicks stroll tonal in thunderhead (grey) and springtime (green), the blue is Zitron Trekking (XXL). I like the yarn used, it isn’t my favorite by any means, but it gets the job done and is a decent price. You can see my project page here.

Palate cleanse

Well as you saw in my last post I just finished a orange/copper wrap and as you have seen from work in progress pictures I have been working on a lot of things in browns and dark oranges, so though I may need another on going work in progress as much as a I need a hole in the foot I decided to start the Westknits mystery shawl KAL called color craving. For this project I am using a grey which is a neutral but I’m also using a vibrant blue and a vibrant green.

The blue is trekking XXL and the green is springtime tonal and the grey is thunderhead tonal from Knitpicks.

The blue is trekking XXL and the green is springtime tonal and the grey is thunderhead tonal from Knitpicks.

Along with the KAL I still have my ease, pontos, chocolate stout, and a test knit for Alicia plummer going on. Here is a picture of all of my projects that I’m working on.

This picture also shows a hat, the hat just recently got finished and was a test knit that I will post about later.

This picture also shows a hat, the hat just recently got finished and was a test knit that I will post about later.

As you can see a lot of brown and orange and if you remember besides finishing my orange Bradbury I also finished my grey grace, so basically a lot of neutrals. Doesn’t the blue and green stick out? I am still confused by the pattern so it is a good mystery, but the color change does make for a nice palate cleanser.

Do you ever find that you get in a color slump? What colors do you knit most? Are you hooked on neutrals?

Hermione Socks

I have a lot of things flying off of my needles recently and my Hermione socks are one of those things. I had been wanting to knit them for a while now and a KAL seemed to be just the thing to get me to start them. The Hermione sock KAL was hosted by knityorkcity on Kollabora.

With the socks I used some leftover sock yarn from another pair of socks I had made the yarn is poems by wisdom yarns. I really like the yarn, but my skein seemed to have a few yarn breaks where the yarn was tied together and it was a thick and thin yarn, and well the jury is still out on how I feel about thick and thin yarn. I had to modify the pattern because I decided to knit needle size US 2 and the first time I started them they were to big so instead of casting on 64 I cast on 56. I was much happier with the size of the socks after that. Working with the 56 stitches wasn’t bad I just had the split even between the two needles and when it came to working the heel I just subtracted 4 from whatever the original total was, so all in all my modifications didn’t cause me too much grief and made me a perfect pair of socks. Here my ravelry project page.

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Grace

I don’t know about you, but when I find a project (especially a knitting project) that I fall in love with I start dreaming up what I’m going to wear with it, what materials I’m going to use, and all the other things that go into the project. Well the Grace from Jane Richmond was one of those projects. From the moment I saw it in Jane’s Island book I knew I needed to make one, and not just make one but use top quality materials for it.

So first I went on the quest for yarn and as you saw in earlier posts I had found the madelintosh tosh sock in charcoal at a lys I like to frequent. But by the time I found the perfect yarn and finished up my current WIP’s it was spring time so I decided to wait and knit it in the luvinthemommyhood summer kal because what would be better than knitting up the cardigan of your dreams with the perfect yarn in a wonderful group of encouraging and friendly knitters. While waiting for the kal to begin I ended up finding the perfect buttons from AddVintage, which made everything seem so perfect or so I thought.

So with all of that hype I mean I was wanting/expecting it to come out perfect, but much to my dismay the cardigan wouldn’t stay buttoned. I was very disappointed so then I started looking into reinforced button bands which require a whole bunch of sewing mainly by hand, so I discussed it with my mom and she came up with this idea that I will show you below. It worked and it was a lot faster than sewing it, now I still have some kinks I need to work out, like making sure the ribbon is perfectly line up behind the button hole so the hole in the ribbon can be perfectly centered and making sure that both sides of the cardigan are even. But here is what I did, it was my first time and I don’t swear by it, but I will probably do it again and figured I would share so you all could decide on your own what method to use.

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So I got some heat and bond and and hem tape that were the same size as each other and the button band.

I measured out the heat and bond and the hem tape to be the exact same size as the button band.

I measured out the heat and bond and the hem tape to be the exact same size as the button band.

Then I pinned the buttons bands together evenly with the wrong sides facing away from each other.

Then I pinned the buttons bands together evenly with the wrong sides facing away from each other.

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Then I followed the directions of the heat and bond using my iron and after I had the one side of the adhesive adhered to the button band I put the ribbon down and bonded it to the cardigan. After both sides were completed I took an exacto knife and made holes through the ribbon so the buttons could go through and resewed the buttons onto the cardigan.

The wrong side of the cardigans button band, the side with buttons sewn in.

The wrong side of the cardigans button band, the side with buttons sewn in.

The side with the button hole cut it.

The side with the button hole cut it.

So here is my Grace.

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I love the madelintosh yarn it is fabulous and I love the buttons. I will have more about this cardigan and what I did with the button band in a later post.

Well I love my grace now, and it fits perfectly. The madelintosh was a dream to work with, that was the first time I had ever worked with it and it is definitely is not going to be my last considering I have some in my stash waiting to be used. You can see my project page on ravelry here.

*I just thought about this while responding to Michelle comment. When it comes to ironing the heat and bond and also when it comes to adding the hem ribbon to the button band. Sit the iron down, let it set for a few seconds, pick the iron up and move on to the next piece. DON’T push the iron or it will cause it to stretch out and the band will be longer and you may have two different size button bands.