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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Finally, Completely Finished

Bentley cardigan 
I finished the knitting on my Bentley Cardigan ages ago, but I hadn't blocked it and finished the button and buttonhole bands.  Now I have!  I used some leftover Liberty of London Tana Lawn scraps for the facings and I love how they look!
Bentley cardigan
For the button band I just sewed in the facing and then sewed the buttons through all the layers.  For the buttonhole band, I sewed in buttonholes to match where the knitted ones were and then sewed in the facing.  I used gray thread so it wouldn't show through a buttonhole from the front (it's not as dark as it looks in the photo).  I'm not completely sure it was necessary, I might have been able to use white.
Bentley cardigan
I'm thrilled with how my finished cardigan looks and I love the little floral surprise on the inside!  Next time I might be brave enough to do machine stitched buttonholes through both the facing and the knitted band.  I'm definitely going to be doing this again!


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Thursday, December 07, 2017

So I Started Something New

Norderney pullover 
Instead of being responsible and working on my poor, neglected Meditative Blanket, I cast on for a new sweater.  This is Norderney, a loose pullover with a cable pattern down the middle front.  I'm using Valley Yarns Northfield in Tranquil Blue (it's a robin's egg blue, not as bright as it photographed).  I've knit the back down to the underarm level and I'm almost there on the front, then they'll be joined and the body will be knit in the round.  I've already woven in a bunch of ends because they (and the provisional cast on tails) were driving me nuts.  I'm through the worst of the chaos at this point - it isn't a hard pattern, there's just a lot going on at the very first, but New Project Momentum helps in getting past that.

At this stage of the year, with everything that's going on, I'll be blogging sporadically.  I just don't have blog fodder for four or five posts a week, so I'll pop in when I have something to show.  I'll resume regular blogging at some point after New Year's Day.  I know everyone else is super busy at this time of year as well, so just pop by and say hi when you can!

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Monday, December 04, 2017

Lightweight Pullover - Finished!

Lightweight pullover 
I finished my Lightweight Pullover this past weekend and I even had time to block it!  I really only blocked the neck and the lower hem.  I think I finished it just in time because except for today (which might involve wearing shorts), it's supposed to get cold this week.

I knit this in Squoosh Fiberarts Rapture in Planet 9.  The yarn is soft and feels great.  It reminds me of Madelinetosh Pashmina and Dream in Color Smooshy With Cashmere.  It will feel great in this design, even up against my neck.  (I'm funny about things close to my neck.)  I cast on for a bigger size neck, worked it in ribbing instead of stockinette, and used larger needles to make it loose and slouchy.  I adjusted the stitch count during the raglan increase section to get back on track for my size and I didn't increase the sleeve stitches to where the pattern said because I wanted a narrower sleeve.  Other than that, I knit it exactly as the pattern directed.  Once I was through making all my changes (thank heavens I took good notes), it was easy and straight forward knitting.

The question now is what do I knit next?  It's December and I kind of like having everything wrapped up and starting fresh on new projects next year, so the most sensible thing for me to do is to work on my poor neglected Meditative Blanket.  Obviously that's not getting finished this year but I bet I could get a lot done on it if I work on it exclusively for the rest of this month.

I'm thinking about casting on another sweater.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Sleeve Is Born

Lightweight pullover 
I've finished the body of my Lightweight Pullover and I've started the first sleeve.  Thank goodness I kept good notes since I adjusted the stitch count on the sleeves because I wanted a slimmer sleeve than the pattern called for, but I had completely forgotten doing that.  When I went to pick up stitches, I obviously didn't have as many stitches as called for and I thought at first I'd messed up.  Once I saw my note, I sort of remembered changing things.  Thank you KnitCompanion for having a way to leave notes for myself since I apparently have the memory of a squirrel.  The kind of squirrel that fell out of the tree in the middle of a hail storm and landed on its head.  That squirrel.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Finished My Fade!

Find your fade 
I finished my (first) Find Your Fade!  It will not be my last.  I didn't really block it, I just spread it out over towels, patted it into shape and sprayed it with the water bottle.  It is huge.  If I had blocked it hard and really opened up the lace it would happily cover a small family of eight and keep them nice and cozy this winter.
Find your fade
This was so much fun to knit!  Seven colors in one project and easy, TV friendly knitting made this fun.  I was able to do this one completely from stash, but it didn't use any of the yarns completely.  I might use the leftovers and make a faded Hitchhiker.  I could also use some of the yarns to make footie socks (you haven't seen any of those around here in a while, have you?)  I haven't decided what to do just yet, and I probably won't decide for a while.  I'm just going to snuggle into my new shawl!
Find your fade
I want to do another one in greens.  Maybe next year?

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Still Knitting

Lightweight pullover 
I've been knitting on my Lightweight Pullover lately.  I think I'm about to start the lower ribbing, but I'm going to try it on today and double check that.  There's nothing at all complicated about this pullover, so it's been perfect to knit on during the post turkey coma and the weekend after it. 

This is my fourth quarter KAL project for ESK and it has to be finished by Christmas day.  At this point, I think I'm doing fine on time, but I don't want to get cocky.  I don't want to spend Christmas Eve finishing sleeves (hey, that rhymes!)

OK, I'm off to find some caffeine.  If stupid rhymes are amusing me, I definitely need caffeine.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

My Thanksgiving Dress

Thanksgiving Moneta 
I made myself a Moneta dress for Thanksgiving!  Being the second Moneta I've made, this one went together even faster than the first, and the first was pretty fast.  I used the 3/4 length sleeve again because this is November and even if we've got the A/C on here, I feel better about myself as a person if I'm dressed season appropriately.  It's supposed to be in the high 60's on Thanksgiving here so I think the dress will be perfect!
Thanksgiving Moneta
I used another Art Gallery Fabrics Knit from Hawthorne Threads to make the dress.  I know I've said it before, but I love their knits!  As long as they keep coming out with such pretty prints, I'll keep sewing with them.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving if you're celebrating this week!

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