At Long Last….

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I did it! I finished my sweater - in one year - but it is finished none-the-less. I will probably wear it every single day for a year now. It is cozy and warm. It isn't without a flaw here and there, like the entire hood is completely inside out, but with the addition of a pom-pom it looks perfectly adorable, in my opinion, and then no do-overs required.

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Before I forget there is a link I've been meaning to share. Picking up stitches can be tricky and each time I have to do it I realize I've completely forgotten how to do it, this video perfectly lays it out (for me). The photos above are when I was working on picking up stitches for my sleeves. I had to do it again when I was working on my hood and finishing up the collar. I am not going to lie to you, I'm pretty into the finished product.

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So I did end up finishing the hood later with a pom-pom and I love it so much more, but I love the elf effect it has on me.

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I couldn't comfortably stand in the yard while Shane took some pictures of me, I'm far to shy for that, so I grabbed my chicken to keep me company. Meet Octopus Pie - named after Gussy's pronunciation of Optimus Prime as a tyke.

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So the hood, I flipped it so you could see the side that is (I think) actually supposed to be the visible part. I honestly like the way it looks though. Others may not be into the "character" (that is what I'll be calling it from here on out).

The pattern for this sweater I found on Ravelry and it is called the Weekend Hoodie. You can see my progress if you look back at this post and this post. And I don't honestly think there is much else to say. I'm beaming - and now for a few more photos...and I'm out (wearing my sweater of course).

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Happy Knits!

New Sweater – Knit in the Round

New Sweater

I'm starting another sweater, I tore out the sweater for my sweet husband - that will be a project for later...

I started my sweater a few days ago and pulled the entire thing out last night. I decided on a hoodie of sorts. I didn't want to deal with a zipper though, so I'm knitting a pullover hoodie. The pattern I picked I found on Ravelry. The sweater is called the Weekend Hoodie, unfortunately not a free pattern, but one that looked pretty much spot on. I love having a hood on my sweaters, it is a definite bonus on windy/chilly spring days. I decided to start with a sweater for myself, maybe that is  selfish, but I haven't made a single thing for myself yet so I suppose it is high time!

I ran into problems right from the get-go, you'd think after all of the knitting in the round I do, I would have it figured out, but I definitely didn't! The second row was the reason for pulling my entire sweater apart. When I say entire sweater - I was on row 12 ish...so not really that far, but when you cast on 220 stitches it feels like a LOT. I started over after figuring this out....

Flat Knitting:

  • garter: knit every row
  • stockinette: knit 1 row, purl 1 row
  • reverse stockinette: purl 1 row, knit 1 row

Round Knitting:

  • garter: knit 1 round, purl 1 round - this is where I went wrong. I was just knitting, knitting, knitting...not making a very appealing bottom to my sweater.
  • stockinette: knit knit knit every row
  • reverse stockinette: purl purl purl

I mean, it makes perfect sense when you think really hard about it, problem is I wasn't thinking very hard about it.

Before I sign off I should tell you about my delicious yarn choice. I keep going back and forth between whether or not I like it enough to wear that sweater as much as I ought to once it is complete. I think today I'm pretty into it. It is a Cascade Yarn - Lana Bambu. It is 79% Wool and 21% Viscose from Bamboo.

I'm taking a sweater class to complete this project. I cast on 220 stitches on my brand spankin' new Addi needles (size 6) and I've moved onto the Addi lace needles (sharper points) in size 7 and I'm going for it. The pattern is knit rows 1-3, p3, k1 on row 4 and start over knitting again. I think the pattern will be pretty fun when it gets taller, I'll keep you posted.

Oh and I'm going to make a video of how to switch to a new ball of yarn as soon as I need to do so. If you missed the ball winder and swift video and you feel like throwing up, you should check it out.

Happy Knitting!

Project Tote and Sweater Progress

Knitting Tote Outside

I really scored this weekend at a yard sale. I nabbed up a cute little knitting tote or project tote. I don't know what they are officially called I just know that all of the inspirational knitters in my life have them and mine was $1.00!

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It came at the perfect time since I've been spending a lot of time knitting out in the sunshine.

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I like to sit on our back deck and soak up some Vitamin D while I work on Shane's sweater, watch my kids and chickens play, and watch my garden grow. The problem I was running into was that my ball of yarn seemed to fall off the table and somehow target a pile of chicken poo, which doesn't tend to have a very good outcome. This is no longer a problem! I can keep my ball of yarn in the knitting tote, poo free!

Starting Noro

I've made some progress on the sweater I'm working on. I'm using chunky Noro Yarn - that I'm completely in love with. It is great to work with and self-striping and the colors are great! I started off using size 6 needles at the bottom. The first piece I'm working on is the back. I think I cast on 99 stitches and I used size 6 needles for 6 rows of 99 sts in stocking stitch or stockinette stitch (which is just knitting one row and purling back on the other side). After those six rows the pattern tells me to switch to size 10 needles and work 16 + inches. I thought I loved the look of this pattern on Ravelry when I was admiring a photo of someone's completed project, but once I visited the pattern on Yarn Forward I wasn't as impressed. I decided today that a stripey colorful version will look much different. I can always fall back on myself as the owner of the sweater if all else fails.

Sweater Progress Noro In Tote Stripey Noro

One thing that I have thought of, is since this pattern is having me do the front independently from the back the stripes most likely won't match up, but I don't think I care and who knows, maybe I'll get lucky. The cable stitching near on the armholes will also prove to be very tricky, as I have no idea how to work with cable needles. I will learn I suppose! And I realize that might be a matching nightmare also - again I don't think I care. I just wanted this first sweater to be a fun, toasty, colorful sweater and I'm prepared for the imperfection that comes with it. I think the Noro yarn will make up for it.

Pouty Model Yogurt Pop Yummy Sweater

My little model wasn't thrilled with me, he was just trying to enjoy his frozen yogurt pop.

More to come soon on the sweater, just knitting my "spare" time away.

Happy Knitting!

Dropped Stitch & Pretty Needle Holder

So when I was making August's knitted roll hat, my first hat, I dropped a stitch and didn't know what I would do. I was thinking I ought to just call it quits for the night and start again tomorrow, or possibly go into the yarn shop in town and see if they could help me. But, then I remembered that I could check on You Tube for some suggestions...so I did just that. The very first video that I went to did the trick, so I saved the link to share. It was so helpful that I think I've completely got it figured out now. So in hopes that I can reference this in the future and help some of you fellow knitters I wanted to share.

I also wanted to show off some kind of bad photos of something really sweet my sister made for me for Christmas. As a brand new knitter - I knew these 'needle holders' existed but I didn't know what I wanted, so I asked her to make me one. She came up with this...

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This treasure definitely serves its purpose, but if I could change a couple of things...I'd probably put some batting in the back and 'how was a girl to know she'd soon have circular needles needing storage?'. Otherwise I don't know what on earth I'd do without this gem. My sister that made this is this little sweetie. I'm sure she'd take orders and she'll be revamping her pattern, she doesn't knit so she needs some tips, and I didn't have many to give at that point, but as my collection of needles, double pointed needles, crochet hooks, and circular needles grows I'll be needing a companion holder.

Some other good knitting nooks I've been informed of since I started this fun endeavor are Ravelry, Knitting Help, and the Yarn Harlot. I'm sure there are so many more out there...and I'll mention them as they come along. Ravelry is my fav, it is like Facebook for knitters and crocheters. I heart it!

Happy Knitting! Oh and don't let dropping a stitch discourage you - you can forge through!