I haven't really been posting much on here. In fact not a lot lately at all. I am currently enrolled in college and between that, work, and kids my free time is zero. I do have some really good news though; I received an email from the publisher of the book I have a design in.
I am very excited! It will be back in the publishers hand the beginning of July and shortly after I will be able to share some details with you. This has been a long wait and I hope you like what's inside!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Well the KAL is just about over and I have not succeeded in finishing 3 sweaters. I did get one done 100% Another one is 80% done and the third is about 20% done. Not too bad I suppose.
I could have been done had I not been weaving on my new loom!
I managed to finish a table runner. I ended up teaching myself how to weave as I had nobody here at the house nor any books. I did find some stuff online that I checked out about 3 weeks prior to owning the loom. I read it carefully and when I got the loom home I put the legs on and started measuring for the warp.
However, I do not have a warping board which made things tough, but in the end I managed to make this.
It started out as a scarf, but it was far too short and is now a table runner. I cut off all the fringe except 4 inches and it looks really nice actually!
My next project is another scarf, this time with a long enough warp, and I am going to do a tweed design.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
So one sweater has been finished for the Luvinthemommyhood KAL
And sweater number two (or is that three?) is moving along quite nicely.
I have chosen 5200k by Suvi Simola
I am knitting with Universal Yarn Pace in the colorway Olive.
A fingering 4 ply 75% wool - 25% Nylon blend
I made a few changes already by using a Us 5 for the collar and knitting a ribbed collar
instead of the garter it called for. Then I switched to Us 6 for the body.
I am unsure if I will make any changes to the shaping of the sweater, as the last sweater I made had no shaping and I actually preferred it to the ones that did. We will see what happens.
It's moving along quick quickly for fingering thanks to the size needles. My last fingering sweater was knit on Us 2's, which would be why it took me a year and a half !!
Tonight though I think I am going to make a change of pace, I am going to spin some wool for sweater #3 of the KAL. I am almost done, but it has been waiting patiently for me to actually sit at my Ashford and spin!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
So in the middle of my KAL I decided to tackle some Wip's that I had sitting on the sidelines.
This was the first.
These were made for a co-worker that I started this past winter. She was very pleased to see that I bit the bullet and finished them.
Another project that I am going to work on while my KAL is still ongoing is
I have one sock completed, The other I am decreasing the gusset.
I think if I keep this up I can have all my Wip's done by the end of the year!
The idea that I had was while I am spinning at home for my sweater is that I can be working on the wip's in the office in between work.
IF I am not too busy. I'm hoping for the best.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
And so here we go with a little recap of my Summer Sweater KAL
I have my handspun Acer Cardigan on the left, and my Plain & Simple Pullover on the right.
So far I am still working on some singles for the Acer. It's going a bit slow as I haven't had much time for spinning. The Pullover however is making quite the progress finally!
I'll be glad to have both of these done for fall.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I haven't exactly been the greatest blogger as of late.
But I have been a busy bee.
Well that and I stopped knitting my cardigan so I could join a KAL!
It's probably not to late to join in if you'd like.
You can go to the Ravelry group & sign up.
I was able to join in even though I had already started a sweater. But, I had to stop where I was.
The rules were that if you had already started, then you can join, but late.
I asked if I were able to join at the start with everyone else due to my disadvantage of having to scour, card, spin & set the twist on my Romney fleece. They said yes :)
So today I get to pick it back up and start knitting.
However, I am soon out of yarn and will need to wash more fleece. I figure if I alternate between knitting till I run out & making more yarn, then I will stay interested enough to finish the sweater in a timely fashion.
Unlike the other sweater I am about to show you.
A sweater that I started May 1st 2011
Life got in the way and it became something to do in between kids, life, knitting deadlines etc.
But now that I have been waiting for the KAL to get started, I actually made headway and have started on the front top. This is where I am and where I will be stopping yet again.
It's time to work on my KAL sweater now. I am hoping by fall/winter that I will have two pretty sweaters to wear.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Will I regret it?
Do I care?
Mmmm not really.
Well I can say this...
I'm spinning really consistent and I'm checking often so I'm fairly confident I'll be alright.
I'm thinking I might need to change my cast on.
I'm not so sure about it, yet I keep going, telling myself....
"It'll be fine. It'll work out"
Errmm. I'm not so sure about that.
I almost always use a specific cast on & this time I didn't.
I fear the edge might be wonky.
Will it block out?
I doubt it. UGH!!!
I really don't want to re-cast on, but I don't want to get so far then realize I wasted all that time with a crappy cast on and a horrible looking edge.
So, before I get any further than the measly 4 rows I knit already,
rip, rip, rip, rip.........
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I can't seem to get it right.
I was spinning and spinning and thought I was getting sport weight?
More of a dk/worsted.
I'm ok with that, but that means I have to change what sweater I am going to knit, again.
This is actually a good thing because what I was going to make had a lot of stockinette. I want something to keep me interested.
I have my first hank of yarn (only 188.33 yds.) and I set the twist, knit a swatch, and I got 18 sts/4" on a Us 6
That is worsted right there but I can get 20sts on a Us 5
So as long as I get gauge I can make the Acer Cardigan
I just started carding more fleece last night. I think I carded enough to get me a full spindle, then I have to keep going and going and going....
At least until I have enough yardage and then some to make this project.
Wish me luck!
Monday, May 21, 2012
The thing I like about Romney is its sheen.
This is the first time I have worked with this type of fleece before and I love it!
It's spinning up really well and I have to say that this is the most consistent I have ever been.
I'm getting a nice sport weight for my cardigan and I am very pleased with the first hank.
I have to soak it in the morning, a bit late right now, but soon as I hang it to dry I am going to count the yardage.
It will give me an idea of about how many spindles I will need to go.
I could have over filled my spindle and cranked it on there, but I didn't this time. For the next ones that I fill, I am going to make sure it's a really good fair amount.
I started this project on 5/15 and we are now on the 21st.
Normally it wouldn't take me so long to spin one hank, but I have been gone for the weekend on my motorcycle and I can't exactly take my wheel on the back of the bike. Though I bet that would be a sight to see!