Posts Tagged 'sweater'

Hey there!

It’s been awhile.

I have been knitting, but I just haven’t gotten around to blogging about it.  It seems like it’s a motivation thing: I’ve had other things to focus on, things that stressed (read: depressed) me to the point where I could think of nothing else.  Now that I’m doing better, stress-wise, I can refocus myself on my knitting.  The upside of being bipolar is that depression is usually followed by mild mania, which I’m capitalizing on.  I’m churning through Christy at a fantastic rate.  I have the back and both sleeves done, and the left front 75% done.  I even blocked and seamed the pieces that I finished.  I’m really enjoying the Rowan 4-ply soft I’m using for this sweater, and it’s led to a bit of a new-found obsession with Rowan yarn.  I scored some Rowan Wool Cotton from a destash, and have been hunting for a pattern to use with it (I only got ~500 yards worth).  I may try to find a few more skeins of it, so I have enough for a sweater.

I had a great time at GenCon, and have basically no pictures to prove it.  🙂  Trust me when I say, it was awesome fun!  I also attended a new LARP last weekend, Threads, which was also fun.  One key benefit of joining a new LARP campaign is that I get to shop for more costuming.  I play a Japanese character, and have been stalking verious unfinished (cheaper) kimono for a formal costume for next game.  I figure that I still know how to sew well enough to finish a kimono, right?

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The results of a stash-pocalypse

I’ve been going a little crazy the past month, stash-wise.  I have been snapping up various yarns (mostly sock) from others’ sell/trade pages on Ravelry.


(just 3 examples, but there are more)

It’s funny, because at the beginning of the month I downloaded my stash spreadsheet and discovered that I have about 7,000 yards of yarn.  I know that most people have stashes significantly bigger than that, so I felt good about myself.  Then there were all these sock yarns available for sale/trade, and I also put some of my stuff up for destash, so the yarn has been pouring in.  To top it off, yesterday was one of my friend’s birthday, and she asked me to accompany her to a LYS, where her fiance resignedly cheerfully bought her lots of yarn.  She is a fairly new knitter, so I’ve been tutoring her.  While at said yarn store, I saw that they had some Kathmandu DK for sale, 40% off.  That made it $4.20 a skein.  Buying commenced.  It is rare for me to buy yarn without a project in mind, but sometimes I just can’t resist.  Well, that’s not exactly true.  I did have a vague idea for a project when I bought the yarn.  Currently, I plan on making the Seeded Cables Cardigan from Sensual Knits.  That’s right, it’s a very complicated cabled cardigan, and it also is full of errata.  I just love the way it looks, though, and I think this yarn is perfect for it, so I’m going to ignore all those time that I said “I hate cables.”  I’m sure it will be fine.  I’m going to live in denial land, where it is always sunny and cables are wonderful.

Aren’t zippers supposed to open on both ends?

I happily sewed the zipper into Joie de Vivre two days ago, and was mostly pleased with the results.  However, I discovered a small hitch (after it was all sewn in, of course).  Observe.

This is the bottom of the zipper.  Notice that metal stop, immediately below the zipper?  Yeah.  It’s one piece, not two.  This means that the zipper does not open on the bottom.  Not ideal.  I’m really not sure how I managed to find a zipper like that, let alone sew it into my sweater.  So, tomorrow I’m going to get a new zipper, and make sure that it’s one that opens on both ends.

Gymnastics.

I continue to be pleased with my new(ish) blocking aid, Knitter’s Blocks.  An unfortunate side effect of being able to make a blocking surface whatever size/shape I want it to be is not having anywhere to put it once it is pinned.  Enter the downstairs bathroom.

It is a very small bathroom, but the sink it is mostly big enough to hold Joie de Vivre, with a few 3D modifications.  There is an added benefit: the cats can’t get in.  Oh, yes, I do use Stephen King books to hold down key areas.  They are thick and heavy, and provide that touch of horror that all my sweaters need.

I checked on the sweater this morning, and it is dry.  Tonight, there will be zipper.

A pile of progress.

Sort of.  My sweater is in that “pile of knitting” phase, where it’s just starting to get annoying to maneuver it around on your lap.


(yes, it is blurry, but so was I this morning when I took this)

See?  It’s a pretty good-looking sweater, and really quite easy.  So far it’s looking like I’ll have more than enough yarn, which is good.

Setbacks.

It’s been a week an a half of setbacks. First, I decided to continue my venezia break, mostly because I discovered an error I made, ripped it out, re-knit it, then discovered anew how long it was going to take. Additionally, I ran out of yarn for the shrug I was working on, and don’t have the money to buy another skein yet. I was done with these things. Once that decision was made, I cast on for the lovely Pink Sundae camisole from Sensual Knits. I had the appropriate weight yarn, in the appropriate color. For some reason, though, I decided to knit a size that does not fit me.


(check out the weird puckering)

It is bulgy in the back, because, well, I just don’t have the tits to fill it out. So I have to undo the 3 needle bind-off and rip back to the end of the lace pattern, then add some hefty decreases. It fits well enough in the torso that I’m not going to rip it all out, though I thought about it. After a day of sulking, I decided that I would make something that I will finish/fit/be nice-looking/have enough yarn for. I am a greed gus, and managed to get 3 skeins of the most recent Sundara Seasons club yarn, color Candied Chrome. I cast on for Joie de Vivre, a cardigan from Sensual Knits.

Candied Chrome

Yes. I know I have lots of cardigans, but I plan to put a zipper in this one! So far, so good. It appears to be the correct size and everything.

Birthdays are for awesome.

My birthday was actually last week, but I haven’t had time to properly enjoy it until now. This week is annual state inspection at my workplace, and everyone has been consumed with it. This means way, way less time for knitting and blogging. Now that my books have been successfully audited, I can discuss knitting things again.

I got various gift certificates for yarn places (pictures forthcoming), but the some of the best things I got were gadgets/books. Check this out:

This is a set of super-cool blocking…blocks. They are made out of some cool foam sort of stuff covered with carpet, and they interlock to form pretty much whatever shape you need. It’s really cool, and has the added benefit of being water-resistant which makes stuff dry faster. Here’s an action shot.

This is the second Venezia sleeve blocking on two of the blocks.   I’m really pleased.  I also got a number of books, namely Favorite Socks (Interweave Knits compliation), and Sensual Knits.  Let me just say up front that while both books are cool, Sensual Knits is spectacular.  I think there are 3 or 4 patterns in the book that I do not want to make.  It’s ridiculous.  I have already ordered some yarn to make one of the tank top patterns, and have been looking for yarn for one of the dresses.  I’m stoked.  There’s been good progress on the Venezia Sweater (as evidenced by picture), and I’ve started the body of the sweater.  Once I get it done, my master plan is to work on one of the dresses.  Yay knit dresses!


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Venezia Sweater
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