First Finished Objects of 2014

As you’ve noticed, I’ve been in something of a knitting rut. There haven’t been very many finished objects coming out and I realized this the other day. I was suddenly overwhelmed by a feeling of ineptness. Like I was fighting some kind of futile uphill battle. I had several WIP around the house, but haven’t really gotten onto them and finished any. So I did just that!

First on the list, the Coolbreeze Cardigan! Yes, it is complete! I ended up going with the shorter sleeves because I think I would wear it more. I realized I always pull up the sleeves on all my sweaters and if the sleeves don’t go up to my elbow, I don’t wear them as much. I really like the look with elbow length sleeves.
I may have to re-do the button band. I know that this yarn in particular relaxes quite a bit when blocked, and I knit this sweater with that in mind. However the button band lost all it’s firmness and has a beautiful drapey quality to it, but it really doesn’t work for this cardigan in particular. Since it was knit from the top down and the increases are uniform around the yoke, there isn’t much shoulder shaping. As a result, it needs to be buttoned up to fit properly; but the button band is so relaxed, it looks like the fabric is strained. I think I will have to re-do the button band and just not wash it until I have worn it enough to create shoulder indents.
Here is the progression of progress leading up to Vogue Knitting Live!

Here is the progression of progress leading up to Vogue Knitting Live!

Second finished object of 2014! The mohair and cascade 220 scarf for my mom. if you’ve been reading, I finished a matching hat and blogged about it here. I ended up ripping out the pattern I was doing and knit a waffle stitch bias scarf. I remember looking for an easy stitch that looked difficult and the one I came up with looked difficult and WAS difficult.
I suppose it doesn’t count as a finished object yet, but I finished one of the socks I’ve been making from the yarn I dyed in Chicago. I just rounded the heel on the second one and am picking up stitches for the foot!
I used to hate making socks, they were small and you HAD to use double pointed needles, or two circulars. Now that I’ve done a few of them, I like them more and more. I actually think I might make my dad a pair for his birthday on February 15th. I have a nice green yarn that would make really nice socks. It’s thick too, so it would be warm and knit up really quick.
Hopefully this trend of finishing past WIP’s will continue! Wish me luck

The Night Before Day One

Vogue Knitting Live tomorrow morning!!! I am just a little bit excited, if you can’t tell.

I haven’t finished my Coolbreeze Sweater yet; I just have to finish the sleeves and button band. Although there was a fatal flaw in my plan to finish in time for VKL 2014… buttons. I knew, somewhere in the back of my mind, that I needed buttons to finish said sweater, but the thought never really occurred to me in real time. I never thought, “Hey, I should pick up some buttons.”

Here is a teaser to hold you over until I am actually finished!

Theoretically I could finish off the sweater without the buttons, but I like to have them right there to determine size and spacing. I am going to look around at VKL and see if there are any really cool ones. I have also been meaning to check out the button store in Toronto. Hopefully I will find some at VKL; I think it would be nice and sentimental to get them while on a trip. I am going to take it with me and maybe I can finish it off while I am there!
I had to stop knitting it last night just before bed and start packing. I still have homework to complete for my classes Friday. Luckily there is only one class I have homework for and I am going to polish that off tonight. I repeatedly tried to convince Paul that he should knit my swatches, but he kept dodging my requests. Maybe I could negotiate more on that point if I played more of the video games he’s into.
I am keeping this post brief since we have an early flight tomorrow. I will also have much more to tell you then as well!

Of Wool and Warmachine

Well I FINALLY finished Paul’s sweater!!!

It is sheer happenstance I was able to get it done this early. By lucky coincidence, I arrived in Oakville 40 minutes early for my chiropractor appointment. This had absolutely nothing to do with me conducting very poor math while calculating what time I had to leave. I went into The Wool Bin, not my usual haunt, and meandered around to kill time. LOW AND BEHOLD!! Cascade Eco Wool in chocolate brown; the exact colour I needed! I still have a skein ordered from Johanne’s, but with that skein and the leftovers of this one, I will have enough for a whole other sweater. This makes me feel much better about buying a 478-yard skein to finish off half a button band.

I may have mentioned before, Paul’s first intarsia sweater is almost complete. I ran out of yarn while working on the previously mentioned button band. Although looking at it now, I suppose, I could have made the hood a bit shorter and saved the wool there, but there is no use crying over spilled milk or huge hoods. When I decided to make Paul a sweater I asked him to look through the intarsia books and pick out one he liked, since the moose patterned sweater was out of the question.

Link to the book on Ravlery
He picked a good pattern; it was actually my second choice for him. The pattern was for a pullover, as per usual with intarsia lopi sweaters, but he wanted a cardigan… with a hood. Outrageous demands! Of course I would give it a try, this project would be full of new skills that would only add to my current knowledge base. After all is said and done…. I think it will be quite some time before I try another cardigan.

I used the same colours in Paul’s sweater that I used in my own. You only use a few yards, if that, from the ball and I still have plenty. I could probably stretch those skeins into two to three more sweaters.
As part of another little anecdote, I feel I should tell you Paul plays a strategy game called Warmachine. It is a complex mix of manually assembled pewter models, paint, statistics, dice, tokens, tape measures and at least some manner of brainpower. As my friend Megan so eloquently said, “it’s part art project, part RISK.” They occasionally have tournaments, which are played on a 4X4 foot table. For some reason or another, the tournament organizer, Captain Spud, wanted to narrow the playing fields. To show the new boundaries, he bought a skein of red yarn and cut several strands to lie across the edges. After the tournament he gave Paul the rest of the skein since he had no further use for it and knows I knit.
Instead of throwing it in with the stash yarn I decided to make him a hat. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get an entire hat from the rest of the skein, so I put a stripe in the middle with some other leftover variegated acrylic yarn I had.
And of course I had to include a pompom.
I am still working on the socks, in an unexpected twist, I am actually using the double pointed needles. I could not complete the socks without them! Hopefully, my next post will include completed socks! Well… at least completed sock!