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FO: Christmas Jumper

Happy New Year to everyone!  Um, about a month late.

I had a wonderful holiday season.  I went home to Camas, Washington (near Portland, OR) for over a week and enjoyed my two weeks off from work!  I had some knitting goals set for myself while I was at home.  I kind of succeeded.  Fortunately I didn’t really plan on knitting any gifts.  I did have the dream of finishing up my Christmas sweater before Christmas.

And it got finished!

(wow, I thought this picture was in focus until I put it in this blog…)

Pattern: The Perfect Christmas Jumper by Susan Crawford

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Indigo Heather (5 skeins) and White (about 1/2 skein)

Needles: US 3

Start Date: November 14, 2014

Finish Date:  December 26, 2014

Okay, so I didn’t finish it for Christmas.  I made a valiant effort.  I stayed up until 2am a couple nights and it still didn’t happen.

I didn’t make many modifications to the sweater.  I did the front first and I cast on provisionally at the waistline and worked upwards.  I did two extra decreases for the shoulders because I wanted the puff to land at my shoulder and not hanging off them.  After finishing with the front, I picked up my live stitches at the bottom and did the ribbing down.  I wanted to be able to check the length.  I ended up making the ribbing about an inch deeper than in the pattern.  This still ended up being fairly short on me.  At least, ending closer to my hips than below them.

Working stranded colorwork flat is a bit of a pain, but you get used to it.  And it always goes pretty fast when you can see your progress on a chart.  (Must. get. to. end. of. repeat.)  I did the sleeves next and they went quickly considering the fingering weight yarn.  I went with the squared shoulders like in the original pattern.  I didn’t put in any shoulder pads.  I like the slight puff to the shoulders.

Here’s where I went off book.  My Mom has a knitting machine and I have never used it.  She doesn’t use it that much herself, as she is much more into handknitting.  I decided that since I was going to be at home and I didn’t feel like knitting a plain stockinette backed sweater in fingering weight yarn that I was going to machine knit the back.  This seemed like a marvelous idea.  I just had to get the ribbing done by December 22 when I got home.  What I didn’t anticipate was the learning curve.

Here’s the machine:

I think it’s a Brother, but I didn’t take note.

We did a gauge swatch just kind of guessing on tension.  After we decided it looked good, we had to hook up my ribbing to the machine.  Then you just zip along knitting row after row in minutes.  One problem I had was that it was difficult to measure the height of the piece while it was on the machine.  It was extremely stretched out on the machine, especially since I was using thin yarn.  I tried to just go by number of rows but the row gauge didn’t match my front piece.  And if something wasn’t aligned perfectly, a bunch of stitches could pop off the hooks and boy do they run when the piece is stretched and weighted!

I didn’t take any pictures of any of the disasters that I had.  Mostly because I was trying not to freak out and cry while they were happening.  A lot of laddering back up and getting all those stitches onto the little latch hooks used by the machine.  I learned how to do decreases and short rows on the machine.  There are seed stitch plackets at the back neck.  I tried to do these on the machine but got fatigued of manipulating the stitches while I went.  I ended up just knitting them in stockinette and afterwards dropping down and changing them to seed stitch later once the back was finished.

The knitting was probably done on Christmas, but then it took another day or so to do all the sewing up and finishing work.  And finally, my Christmas Jumper was done!

It was apparently hard to take flattering, in-focus pictures in any of our Christmas settings. We went snow-shoeing on Mount Hood a few days later and you better believe I was kicking myself for not bringing my sweater for the snowy photo opportunity!

Ultimately I am very pleased with how it turned out.  I love vintage styles but then I sometimes feel uncomfortable in them.  I felt a little like I was wearing an 80’s child’s sweater.  I just need to embrace it.  I wore it out for New Year’s Eve with a little pleated mini skirt and tights.  And now I think it will be put away until next holiday season!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  I am still working on getting rid of the last couple pounds that I gained!


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FO: Maribelle

Something’s finished!

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Mirabelle by Corrina Ferguson

Yarn: KnitWhits Freia Handpaints Ombre Lace, less than one skein.

Needles: US 6, 4.00mm

Start Date: October 27, 2014

Finish Date: November 15, 2014

The colors are really much more vibrant in real life.  The green color is very jewel-toned.  I have to figure out what color to photograph this with to make it really pop.

The pattern is very adjustable.  You just keep knitting as long as you want and then start the applied edging.  I wanted to use up as much yarn as I could.  I weighed it religiously.  I deduced that it would take about 10 grams of yarn for my edging, so I kept knitting until I got close to that.  The main problem is that I wanted to end at the same row in the pattern repeat as in the pattern.  I ended up with 12 grams of yarn left.  It would have been nice to have gotten closer, but it still ended up a pretty good size.  And now I am realizing that I should have measured how big the shawl is for you.  I have specific yarn usage counts on my Ravelry page.  The resulting shawl is asymmetrical but generally a triangle shape.

Now when I look at these pictures all I can see is one weird wonky stitch.  I don’t know what happened.  Maybe I can move the yarn around in the stitches so that it isn’t as obvious.

The stitch pattern has cables in it and I like how it creates a contrast between the lacy parts and the thicker cabled sections.  It also has a cool directional pattern to it.

It was a nice little project!  The yarn was great (if a little expensive… :)).  I am loving gradients right now.

I am now alternating working pieces of my Christmas sweater and knitting smaller projects.  I have finished the front and one sleeve of The Perfect Christmas Jumper:

I am mostly done with a Knotted Pine hat.  I am a fairly monogamous knitter but there are so many projects I want to start!  I will make myself do a second sleeve of my sweater before I get to start another small project.  I am planning on just doing the ribbing on the back piece and then using my Mom’s knitting machine for the rest of the back piece when I go home.  Fingers crossed I can finish that much of the sweater before I go home!

No knitted gifts for me this year, I think!  Are you furiously knitting gifts for all your friends?

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FO: On the Road Again

Hi all,

I feel like my life kind of went crazy for awhile, but it is calming down.  I have been knitting but somehow not being as prolific as I would prefer.  My office went through a huge move.  And then I took some random furniture home from work so I have been rearranging my apartment and stash instead of actually knitting.

I finished this one a little bit ago.

My Rav page here.

Pattern: On the Road Again by Joji Locatelli

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Piedras, a little more than 5 skeins.

Needles: 3.5mm and 5.0mm

Start Date: August 18, 2014

Finish Date: September 17, 2014

It has a detachable cowl, but I didn’t manage to get any pictures without the cowl.  And I really only got a few photos.  I wanted to get more taken at a later date, but never got the chance.  I alternated skeins throughout the whole thing.  The length feels more like tunic length, though it seems to look shorter in the photos.  I don’t think I made any alterations to the pattern at all!

I worried about how variegated the yarn was, but I think I like it anyway.  The fabric takes on a different appearance in all environments.

A month ago I went up to visit my family, and my Mom and I went to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival.  We didn’t take any classes this time, just shopped.  I bought a few items, but was pretty restrained.  We also visited with the sheep and angora bunnies.

It was a nice weekend home.  I also went because my high school volleyball team was being honored by our town’s sports hall of fame.  I had kind of dreaded it because of all my anxiety about high school.  But it ended up just being a really pleasant time seeing my old teammates.  Kind of a mini reunion.

Well, that was my little toe-dip back into blogging.  I’ve got more to show you!  In fact I need to take some FO photos this afternoon!

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FO: Medallion-Edged Shrug

Better late than never, huh?  I finished this guy last month.  I had been wanting to knit up the pattern for a while and was inspired to start by the Yarniacs‘ Colors of Fall KAL.

Rav page here.

Pattern: Medallion-Edged Shrug by Katya Frankel from knit.wear Spring 2012.

Yarn: Forbidden Woolery Pride Lace in Goldilocks.  About .7 skeins.

Needles: US 4

Start Date: June 17, 2014

Finish Date: July 24, 2014

Notes: None really!  I knit this exactly as written.  Before starting I had assumed that the lace edgings were knit at the same time as the body.  But the edgings are picked up and worked afterwards.  I guess this makes sense, but I wasn’t thinking about that.  Which means the body and sleeves were pretty mindless knitting.  Good think that the sweater is cropped!

The yarn has little sparkles in it due to the Stellina content, but it is hard to see in the pictures.  The yellow is pretty close to Misted Yellow, one of the Pantone Fall 2014 colors.  One of my favorite knitting podcasts, The Yarniacs, is doing a Colors of Fall KAL with the Pantone colors.  I decided to join in with this one.  I have a bunch of other projects in the pipeline in Pantone colors, but I don’t think that I will get to them before the end of the Knit A Long.  Also, I’ve gotten really into podcasts recently.  There is a lot of time at work where I do mindless labor and podcasts are perfect for keeping me entertained!

Not much else to say about this one!  This should be a good layering piece for most of the year here in Los Angeles.  I have more to show you soon.  I have had a lot of anxiety about almost everything in my life and for some reason that includes blogging.  It feels overwhelming beforehand when it is actually easy and fairly stress-free when you actually do it.  So I’m hoping that I’ll come to my senses and get back to a regular schedule.  I have actually been putting off posting things on Ravelry because I didn’t have the energy to blog them!  For goodness sakes!  I need to get out of my head.

See you soon!  Really, I mean it!


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FO: Chance of Showers

It’s done!

For just three skeins of yarn, it seemed like it took me a while to complete it.  But I love it.  It is the perfect weight sweater to wear in Southern California.

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Chance of Showers by Heidi Kirrmaier

Yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo in Marte, just under three skeins

Needles:US5 and US 4

Start Date: December 21, 2014

Finish Date: January 20, 2014

Mods:  I was worried about running out of yarn, so I did four repeats of the lace on the edging instead of five.  I had just like 12 grams of yarn left, so I am glad I didn’t go any further.

(Obligatory short rows picture)

I did make some modifications on the sleeves.  As written, my sleeves were huge!  I extended the stockinette portion to about three inches.  Then I decreased a bunch of stitches before starting the lace portion.  I decreased 10 stitches (to 66 stitches).  Then after two repeats of the lace, I decreased 8 more stitches.  And a row before binding off, I decreased another 4 or 6 stitches.  This created the more fitted sleeve that I was looking for.  This is in addition to going down a needle size for the lace.

I am pretty much in love with this yarn.  It is so soft and smooth and the price is not too bad either.  It is currently my new favorite yarn.

Also, my new favorite sweater!  And really well written pattern.  I just started a new sweater that has such convoluted directions that I am missing how straight forward this one was!

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FO: Entangled Vines

Another thing done!

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Entangled Vines by Alana Dakos.

Yarn: Berroco Vintage, less than 4 skeins.

Needles: US 8.

Start Date: August 18, 2013

Finish Date: Sept. 10, 2013

I knit this almost entirely as written.  I did do different button holes.  I was going to be fancy and do the “tulips” buttonhole as described by TECHknitter.  But I did it kind of sloppy and it was looking pretty crummy.  So instead I went with Joan Schroeder’s garter stitch buttonhole which is a (K2tog, yo, yo, ssk) over four stitches.  A one row buttonhole.  It was very tidy and it fit the existing buttons that I had well.  The buttons were Organic Elements coconut buttons from JoAnn’s.  I bought them years ago and was happy to use something I already had.

I am a little disappointed in the amount of gaping that I am getting between buttons.  Maybe I could have made a larger size, but maybe more buttons would do the trick.  Or just always wear it only buttoned by the top button like in the book…  The numbers for the buttonholes didn’t work out for me (on the M size) but I think the designer is not counting the stitch that remains after binding off in the counts.  For example if it said, K3, BO 4, K9, BO 4… then on the BO you slip the stitch over the next stitch 4 times and then knit 9.  You will have 10 knit stitches between buttonholes (not 9!).  (I don’t remember the actual counts).  I guess this is just a different style of writing them out, but since I was trying to do a different buttonhole threw me for a loop.

I enjoyed working with the yarn.  It was very comfy feeling and really has the feel of wool for a 50/50 wool/acrylic blend.  On a couple skeins there was a thick slub where they had joined ends together.  I should have cut it out and joined again but instead I tried to just knit over the slub.  So now I have a few spots where I had to pull a little gob of yarn to the inside of the sweater so it wasn’t visible from the outside.  I would still definitely use the yarn again.  I ordered it online, so the color isn’t quite as I imagined it, but it is still nice.  And I only used 4 skeins.  Of course I had bought 6…  I wish I had matched up my available yardage better to the project!

Sleeves were the funnest part!  How often do you get to say that?!


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FO: Toujours sweater

It’s always a risk working with variegated yarn.  Is it going to look beautiful like in the skein or like a pile of poo after knitting it up?  I decided to take my chances when knitting this sweater and I am glad that I did!

Here’s the yarn:

It’s Blue Moon Fiber Arts Victoria in Mossley Manly.  It is a sport weight, 100% polworth yarn. 

And here’s my sweater!:

(Sorry for the wrinkles, it was in my bag all day before taking pictures…)

My Rav project page here.

Start Date:  June 22, 2013

Finish Date: July 27, 2013

Pattern: Toujours by Joji Locatelli

Yarn: BMFA Victoria, about 1.7 skeins

Needles: US 4

Mods: My sport weight yarn was a little thicker than the sport weight called for in the pattern.  I liked the gauge I was getting, so I went down a size.  I followed the directions to fit a 32″ bust to get a sweater the size of the 36″.  I knew I had a little give either way though, since it is an oversized sweater.  I knit it in the round.  I alternated two skeins of yarn to control the pooling a little.  That was a little annoying because each skein was giant!  I had to carry around a huge bag for my knitting all the time.

I bought these little green buttons at Wildfiber.  I love how they look on this sweater! 

Believe it or not, I was alternating skeins on the sleeves.  It just couldn’t be helped!  I am happy with how the variegation turned out overall.  I was worried when someone (ahem, Lisa) told me that it looked like camo.  Which is about the opposite of how I want it to look!

Another sleeve shot:

So there she is.  I glad that I liked the outcome, because it felt like it took a really long time.  Maybe not that long, but considering I wasn’t working on any other projects at the same time, over a month is quite a bit of knitting!

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