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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Finished!

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Last night I finished knitting the second sleeve of my Seashore pullover!  I had to make 3/4 length sleeves because I didn’t have quite enough pink yarn to make full length sleeves, according to the scale.  I like 3/4 length sleeves though and they’re really useful in our climate here in north Texas.  I’ve obviously got plenty of ends to weave in over the next few days, two buttons to sew on, and a major blocking job, but the knitting is finished!

I should probably get this sweater completely finished before I cast on for the next one, shouldn’t I?  I’m not sure if I will or not though...

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Monday, August 31, 2015

One Down!

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I’ve completed my first sock!  This is such a great stitch pattern to pick up and put down and work on in bits and spurts, it just zips by!  I did a Fish Lips Kiss heel on this instead of the traditional heel flap in the pattern, and I have no idea how I did it, but I got bullseye stripes on the heel.  I’m not expecting those on the second heel but I’m highly amused at how this first heel worked out.

As you can see, I’ve started the second sock and I’m just past the ribbing.  Hopefully the second sock will work up just as quickly as this first one did.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Socks

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A couple of weeks ago I showed you the beginnings of a new pair of socks.  That has been frogged.  I just wasn’t loving the yarn and stitch pattern combination.  I love the colors in the yarn, but it isn’t really knitting up well in the patterns I’ve tried with it (I’ve tried three).  It’s in a time out for now.

In the meantime, I started another pair of socks, this time in a more subdued color way.  The yarn is Malabrigo Sock in Lotus and the pattern is Hermione’s Everyday Socks.  I’ve done this pattern before and enjoyed it and I knew it would work on this much more subdued color way.  This is the first time I’ve used this yarn and I’m enjoying it.  It knits quickly with no snagging or splitting and feels good in my hands.  I’ve been using more Malabrigo in the last year and I’ve liked everything I’ve done with it.  I’ve also loved the colors.  The Lotus is pretty and it’s interesting, but it hasn’t grabbed me by the throat the way Aguas and English Rose have.  That’s probably a good thing because I don’t need three or four garments in each of their colors!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Spinning!

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I’ve finally finished my third bobbin of Rook-y (that’s the color way)!  This is eight ounces of singles of BFL/Tussah silk fiber.  I’ve got to let the twist in this last bobbing set so that it’s easier to ply them.  When a singles is freshly spun, the twist is active.  This means if it pull some of it off the bobbin, it will twist back on itself quickly.  If I let the singles sit for a bit, the twist becomes less active and when I pull it off the bobbin, it will either not do much of anything, or it will twist back on itself much more slowly.  If I had spun all three bobbins quickly, the twist would be similar and I wouldn’t have to let them set a bit.  Since I took my time spinning these bobbins, the first two bobbins have inactive twist, while the last bobbin is still active.  If I try to ply them right now, it won’t be easy because of the one active twist bobbin.  I’ll let the twist set for a week or so before I start plying and then it will all be much easier.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

More Pajama Pants!

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I made another pair of Margot pajama pants over the weekend!  This was another piece of fabric I had in my stash that I loved, but it had no real purpose.  The print is river rocks, but they’re kind of a taupe color with blue and purple accents.  (Maybe they’re river rocks on another planet?)  This time around I skipped the drawstring entirely and just did an elastic waist.  I did add a tiny bow to the front so I can tell the difference between the front and the back when I’m putting them on.  (Unfortunately, this is more of a problem for me than I care to admit.  Getting dressed is tough sometimes.)  Tiny bows are not distracting to Max and he didn’t wake me up last night by attacking my pajamas.
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I think I’m out of pajama fabrics in the stash right now, but I definitely want to make some of these in flannel for this fall and winter.  The pattern is super easy and they fit really nicely.  Honestly, I’m thinking about making a pair in linen as real pants, not pajamas!  The pattern comes from this book if you’re curious.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Just Knitting Away

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I did get the body of my pullover finished over the weekend!  I haven’t woven in a single yarn end, but I’ll do that at the end.  (This isn’t blocked yet either , I got it off the needles and tossed it onto Fifi.  It will hang straighter after blocking.)  Now I’m on to sleeves.  Stripy, stripy sleeves!

I’m hoping to get this sweater done quickly because I’m already planning the sweater I’ll knit next.  Do you do that?  Start planning your next project before you’re quite finished with your current project?

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Stripes!

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I’ve gotten a lot done on my Seashore pullover since you last saw it!  I’m past the striping section on the body and working on the lower body in the English Rose color.  Since this is hand dyed yarn, I’m alternating skeins, switching every round.  I didn’t alternate skeins within the stripes, but I alternated them from stripe to stripe.

I’m to the point where I need measure my work because there is a split hem on this sweater, almost a shirt tail hem.  I’m hoping to get the body all knitted this weekend.  I might not get all the ends woven in, but I’m hoping to get the knitting done for this section at least.

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