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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Sleeve

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I finished the neck band of Dexter (that's all three bands done if you're counting), and I've begun my first sleeve.  I used three skeins of yarn to knit the body and bands, but I didn't use any of the skeins completely.  I've divided each of the leftovers in half for Sleeve 1 and Sleeve 2.  Now I'm knitting from these little mini balls and alternating them so the sleeves match the body of the sweater.  Once I run out of the mini balls, I'll start knitting from a fourth skein, but I won't worry about alternating.  Both lower sleeves will be knit from the same ball.  I know it sounds a little OCD, but it does make a difference in how well the skeins blend in the finished sweater, which is important for hand dyed yarns.  My biggest problem with this sweater right now is that the little mini balls keep rolling away.  Once they roll away, the fuzzy rescue team goes into action and then I'm climbing around under furniture and removing Max and Logan before I can retrieve my yarn.  Good times.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Loopy Academy, Sophomore Year, Semester Two, Yarn

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I've started knitting on my Loopy Academy projects!  This is my multicolored yarn with a solid/tonal yarn project.  The yarns are Madelinetosh Pashmina.  Cove is my multicolored yarn in all it's blue and green and murky glory.  (Clearly, my love for Cove is showing no signs of letting up after all these years.)  My solid/tonal color is Undergrowth, a medium blue green.  I'm using these to knit Drachenfels, but I'm only using these two colors instead of three, as the pattern is written.

I didn't realize it when I chose the pattern, but the stitch pattern that gives you the little dots in this project is the same one used in the Carson Throw.  Drachenfels only uses one repeat periodically, so you only get one row of dots, where the Carson Throw uses multiple repeats, but the technique is the same.  I just thought it was funny that I'm working two unrelated patterns with the same stitch pattern.

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Monday, February 08, 2016

The Carson Throw

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Over the weekend I added Color 2 and Color 3 to my Carson Throw.  I'm a little past the point of where I'm supposed to be for the Eat.Sleep.Knit. knitalong for February (it's a seven or eight month project), so I'll probably just let the project hibernate until March.  You can just see the spots of Color 3 at the edge of the throw right now, but Color 3 is the one that will be used the most.  It's on the greener side of the blue greens I chose for this blanket, but I'm looking forward to seeing more of it as the throw progresses.

Like I said, I'll be working on this for months, but that gives me time in between to work on Loopy Academy and other projects!  I've already begun my first Loopy Academy project for this spring.  I'll show it to you tomorrow!

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Dexter

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I've finished knitting the body of my pink Dexter and I've gotten the front bands done!  I've just got the neck band and sleeves to go.  Also, in case you've ever wondered what blocking is for, this picture is a great example.  All the curling and twisting and general wonkiness you see here will disappear with a good blocking.

I'm really enjoying this yarn (Madelintosh Dandelion) and I think it's going to make a very nice, lightweight cardigan.  I'm playing with the idea of making it 3/4 sleeved instead of long sleeved, but I haven't decided yet.  Maybe I'll decide over the weekend.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Enjoy the Superbowl if you're into that kind of thing.  I'm looking forward to the commercials.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Carson Throw

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Monday was the start day for the Carson Throw knit-a-long through EatSleepKnit, so I cast on and started knitting in circles!  My throw looks kind of like a beret for a small garbage can right now.  I'm almost to the point where I'll switch to Color 2 (so exciting!) and then the texture will start shortly after that.  I'm very excited about the texture, even though I know that the rounds will be getting longer and longer. 

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Two More Bethioua Tops

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Since I'm loving the Bethioua tops I've made, I've made two more!  This first one is the same fabric as my first gray one, Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey, only in Dark Teal.  I loved the feel of the first one so much, I knew I wanted another!  This fabric is kind of funny to work with.  It's super soft and drapey, which is why it feels so great to wear, but that makes it a bit challenging to sew.  If I just take my time and am patient though, it all works out.
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The second one I made is Stretch Rayon Bamboo French Terry in a Smokey Blue color.  It has the loops of French Terry on the back side, but the front looks like a regular knit.  It is also super soft and drapey, but it was a little easier to work with than the jersey.  The pattern directions say to go up a size if you use fleece or French Terry, but I decided not to because this rayon French Terry is just a medium weight and the pattern is kind of oversized anyway.  I haven't worn it yet, so if that choice backfires on me, I'll let you know!

I did all the sewing with my serger, except for the hems, which were serged, turned under and then topstitched with a double needle.  This gives me five of these tops and this also completes my winter sewing.  I'm going to be sewing spring and summer things now, which (in addition to pajama pants for Loopy Academy) means some Moss Skirts.  Knowing me, there will probably also be a Wiksten Tank or two, or maybe I'll surprise everyone, and find a new warm weather top pattern!

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Dexter

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I'm working right along on my Dexter cardigan.  I've made it to the lower texture band, which is just a little bit above the lower ribbing.  I'm hoping to get this finished in the next couple of weeks because I want to get to work on my Loopy Academy projects as soon as I can.  Last semester was my first time doing both the knitting and the sewing semesters, and I kind of waited until the last minute to finish the sewing.  I don't want to do that again!

On a completely unrelated note, Happy Groundhog Day!

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