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!

Ball Winder and Swift Video

Today we decided to embark upon our very first video adventure on Mama Loves Knitting. I had a request way back in the day, when I showed off my new swift and ball winder, upon its much anticipated arrival in the mail, to make a video of how to use them. I make cakes quite frequently and am happy to be able to do it without having to make a trip to the yarn shop with two little boys. I think you'll see why it is much easier for my "assistants" to "assist" at home as opposed to in a cramped yarn shop when you watch our video.

Making Yarn Cake

I hope it doesn't make you vomit.

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Christmas Knits

We draw names in our family...which is the very best thing ever! Nobody really NEEDS anything, but by drawing names everyone gets a little special something on Christmas morning. Part of our family lives very far from us, so really, the best present, would just be togetherness on Christmas. Since that cannot always happen like we'd wish...we pick names and share gifts. My favorites are handmade.

August Winding Making Yarn Cakes Making Progress

Yellow Hank Yellow Cake

My little August picked his Grandpa's name for Christmas. Since he is three he painted a beautiful watercolor for him and Mama 'helped' him knit a Green Bay Packers hat. He played his role - he made the hanks of yarn into yarn cakes. He loves using that swift and ball winder. Usually, if we avoid a nasty tangle, it is helpful. Grandpa Jeff really loves the Green Bay Packers as a Wisconsin Native I suppose that is more of a responsibility.

Spinning Green Green Duty Green Cake

The yarns were such vibrant colors I wasn't sure how I would like them together, and I guess when you love the packers - you'll love a bright green and bright yellow hat.

Under the Tree Sweet Little Gift

I made it the good old fashioned ribbed way - just the way I like hats and I used the same yarn that I love. It is Shepard's Wool and so soft! I recently heard that it pills up when you wash it, so far I haven't washed any of it, so I am not speaking from experience, just from the word around the yarn shop. Simon and Gus's hats are holding up really well and I suppose they are nearly a year old now, still soft as ever and in really great shape.

I cast on 96 stitches for this hat, just to be sure it would be big enough, and it fit on Shane's head, so it ought to be big enough, no offense love. I just k2, p2 the whole way around until it was big enough. I even used Grandpa Dave aka Santa as a model/tester.

Santa Oh Santa

If it makes Santa happy it ought to make anyone happy. Maybe Grandpa Jeff will send us  a photo of himself in the hat? Merry Christmas Dad!

Cookies

Swift and Ball Winder

New Swift

I decided to take the plunge. I don't mind visiting my favorite local knitting shops to convert my hanks to something more easy to work with. But, since I order yarn online quite frequently I decided I wanted to have the means to make my very own yarn cakes whenever I darn well please! Don't get me wrong I adore the winder that I used to take complete advantage of, but this made a lot more sense to me. So I got myself a pretty pine swift and got myself a ball winder to go along with it. My kids are having more fun with it than me. The swift attached nicely to my yarn cubby and we just put the ball winder on the little table from our store.

Watch Out Yarn Making Cake Action Winder

It is very easy to move around so it doesn't get in the way, it is easy to store the swift and winder away whenever we want to, but oh so nice to be able to take them out whenever the need arises. This little guy takes his yarn cakes very seriously!

Spinning Swift with Yarn Speedy Swift

In case some of you might not know what the heck this all means you untie a hank of yarn and open it up around a swift (they come in an array of different sizes and styles). You find the ends and pull one of them over to a ball winder (or just use your fingers).

Ball Winder

You just turn the crank on the ball winder and the swift spins about while the yarn winds up really nicely. I like to make pretty little cakes and that is precisely what this ball winder will make for you.

Yarn Cake

Mmm that is a delicious looking cake! I'm going to use this cake to start my sweater! It is in the very very beginning stages...pretty exciting! Wish me luck.

Happy Knitting!