sweaters and more

Despite the lack of posts, things are still thing happening on these fronts. There is a bit of sewing, a lot of sweater making (some big, some small), and a lot of sweater pattern buying – which is ironic given the latest thing going on – word that we are spending some time in the United Arab Emirates over the next year.

On the crafting front, we made our round of handmade teacher gifts, and I’m super happy with how they turned out. We made little bird and garden angel ornaments from the book Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wikman.030teachergift

On the knitting front. I made a second Alberta vest, this time for my Dad’s birthday. I also managed to squeak out a cardigan for my sister’s new baby…whom I had the pleasure of visiting right after she was born. Its nice to know I am knitting for a girl, and I did a little stash diving to find a cute yarn perfect for the little sunnyside cardi  from Tanis Fiber Arts. I also got to see Mia in the Puerperium Cardigan I made for Christmas, which was fun.

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In the past two months I’ve filled up my queue with sweaters, purchased the patterns and skeins up on skeins of yarn…and managed to finish my very first adult sized just for me sweater. I love the pattern, the color and the concept. I made a stupid judgement call on joining the yarn, and I can see the places in the sweater which bugs me. I also have never knitted with this type of yarn before…and I’m curious to see how it all holds up. They yarn itself is knitted strands – I have not idea what that is called, but it seems to easily snag on things. It worked out okay, but I am not sure I’d use that type of yarn again.

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So, here I sit with a queue full of sweaters and a closet full of wool. Rumor has it I may need a sweater or two for the air conditioning, but more likely…in addition to reorganizing our lives, my favorite pastime may need a major overhaul along with my Ravelry queue and list of favorites. Oy  vey!

So, this little upheaval in conjunction with the enjoyment of summer life in general is part of the reason I’ve been putting this blog (and some crafting) on the way back burner and I anticipate that will continue to be the case…at least until we get settled and figure out how life in the UAE works.

The alberta vest in all its finished glory

Drew likes it (yippe) and it appears to fit (woohoo)…and I completed my first adult garment! Of course I will have to wait until the fall to see him bust it out. I finished the vest several weeks ago, but have been slow in getting things off my camera. Truthfully I’ve been slow at many things on the crafting and blogging front. With summer here and Drew home, our whole schedule and routine was shaken up a bit. We are enjoying summer to the fullest, and my craft time has taken a back seat to swimming pools, bike rides and good old fashioned summer time family fun. I have squeaked in a bit of knitting. I am almost done with motif 6, and have about 10 repeats down on the Rock Island with a long road of lace edging ahead.

Happy Summer!

Steeks

I can’t avoid it any longer…the time for steeks is upon me. The Alberta Vest is off my needles, patiently waiting for me to take the next intimidating step. Before putting a pair of scissors to all my hard work, I figured it would be a good idea to give it a go on a test patch…enter bright scrap yarn, and the iPad with the See Eunny Knit steeking chronicles at the ready. I tired the crocheted steek, and it appears to be working. Do I dare to move onto the vest?! Oh the nerves…

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Reading (the importance of…)

I didn’t read the pattern properly, doing only one decrease row when the Alberta pattern called for many. Sadly, I only discovered this after having knit 8 inches beyond that! It was pretty painful…but, it’s been ripped back, redone and slowly I’m getting back on track.

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In other news, I started on motif 6, a smocked tassel stitch and I am itching to cast on the Rock Island lace shawl (once I figure out which color to go with).

Hope you are working on fun things.

The vest

One skein in, 8 inches down, and 6 more to go before the shoulder shaping starts. I am finally making progress on the Alberta vest by Jared Flood just in time for spring. Oy. While my timing is off, this is the perfect multitasking knitting project – easy to do two things at once when you are just knitting, knitting and knitting some more!

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Projects

Its been busy around here! And despite my lack of posting, there has been some fun action in these parts…

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I finished the Rosebud Hat by Jared Flood, tried it on and then I swooned. I loved the details in the pattern and the fullness of the cable braid and I am so glad I decided to try this project (and a slouchy hat). I’m really enjoying it, especially the soft cozy yarn. I’m certain I’ll be knitting this again.

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I provided a small assist to my friend who had it in her head to knit a pillowcase. This was her first foray into cables. Once she found something in one of my stitch books Super Stitches Knitting, we figured out the pattern, I gave her a quick lesson in how to cable and off she went to do the knitting. We reconvened sometime later, and I attached the knitted piece to some fabric and sewed a quick envelope pillowcase. I think it turned out lovely, and it’s got me thinking perhaps I’ll have to do something for my home. This month fabric-by-fabric sew along is for one of two pillow options…perhaps there is a way to integrate knitting into them.

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It’s official, I’ve started on the vest for my husband. I did a gauge swatch (a first for me) and even did it in the round a la this blog post from Jane Richmond. I’m only 1 inch into the project and already I’ve hit a few new firsts: first swatch (and in the round no less), first time doing the tubular cast on (I found this tutorial here and then also looked up the JMCO she used), the most stitches cast on for a single project, and my first time branching out of accessory/small project land. So many new things, and I haven’t even gotten into the heart of this challenge, the steeks!

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I’ve started on, and am half way through the next monthly motif. It’s a pretty herringbone lace pattern.

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And finally because I may have knitting ADD, spring on the brain and the desire to continue my obsessing over and wearing of scarves and cowls with the warming weather, I picked up some pretty green yarn (silk/merino/cashmere mix) and a pattern for a lacey little cowl.

…and meanwhile we are in the process of another project – a deck for our home complete with some replacement windows, a new window in the loft where before there was none and a fancy glass door leading out to the pending deck.

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It’s dusty, noisy and busy, and so very exciting!