sweater knitting

Bwahahaha I’m aliiiiive.

Sorry I skipped you November. You were a good month of healing and getting reacquainted with the Midsommer Murders mystery show on Netflix.

I’m still healing from the surgery, but things were not as bad as I thought they would be. I barely needed the harder pain killers and was just fine on IBP and Aspirin. The scar isn’t so bad either. I do have weird stretched skin that’s figuring itself out. Also my inside bits figuring out what to do with all the new space!

Projects I managed to get work done on include the Mindcraft hat…and that’s about it as far as what I had planned on doing. Most of my time in bed has been sleeping and watching tv. I realized half way through the hat ribbing that any tiny particle in the air was causing me to cough, which was INCREDIBLY painful. So I wasn’t knitting much at all the first few weeks.

I’ve returned to work part time now, since the 4th week. (Those first 3 weeks were spent sleeping and unable to sit up on my own). I spend a lot of time on the couch these days: working, knitting, eating. By Thanksgiving I’ve been able to sit up at the table for short periods of time. I’m planning by Christmas to be mostly 100%

At the suggestion of my sister in law, I’m going to investigate joining a yoga class for women who have recently given birth / had a c-section. That’s basically what happened to me. Also, I think it will get me out of the house more often!


Current knitting projects: Sweaters

I have 4 sweaters I started this year that need to be finished!

Nightingale Cardigan, Bloom Cardigan, Jonathan’s Sweater, and the sweater dress Laneway

I’m kind of tempted to completely frog the Laneway sweater dress and make it into another cardigan. I’ve been feeling I need more/new cardigans ever since fall started and I realized I haven’t gotten a new one in over two years!

Why buy when one can make! =)

 

 

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HELLO THERE!

Welcome to 2017! I’m so excited for 2016 to be over already. Some hardcore celebrities and childhood hero’s died over the last few months that melted into the holiday season…so…I dunno, not a whole lot I can say that hasn’t already been said.

But as far as feels go. Have you seen Finding Dory? ToT Yes, that’s right. Crying text emoji. Pixar working that magic again, and me crying like a pathetic broken person in front of my husband (whom’s idea it was to rent it from Amazon to begin with). Thanks dude.

And speaking of movies, we also watched The Secret Life of Pets. That’s a fun movie that could have been better if it was pg-13. And then that infamous Rogue One. Oh yes, that movie…that Star Wars movie. THE prequel we all wanted and had to suffer 3 horrifying films, and 3 horrifying remastered upchucked splice edited originals…if you don’t know how I feel about ep. 1-3 and the 90’s edition ep 4-6…NOW YOU DO! Any time I’ve ever seen A New Hope playing on cable tv they neeever play those shitty 90’s releases, so I know I’m not alone in my opinions regarding that…stuff… Continue reading Happy 2017!

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And not the stationary bicycle kind!

I now have two skeins of sizable length in which to make sizable shawls. The first being the three ply I made earlier this year in white and blues. The second is a merino of similar quantity, but in mostly pinks and purples. This second one I am Andean plying, aka chain ply, since it is all the same braid instead of individual bumps.

Now what to make?

I definitely want to make a Lingon shawl. And I definitely need to work down my Ravelry queue (ugh, I keep adding to it!). And most definitely work down my purchased pattern library in Ravelry as well as my magazines and books.

Ok ok, but really. Here’s an updated list of things I am/should be working on.

Redford Sweater

This is a pattern from Brooklyn Tweed by Julie Hoover. I’m making it with knit picks stroll tweed because…well honestly, price. If I was making this sweater for myself I wouldn’t feel bad about putting up the cash for Brooklyn Tweed yarn, but since it is for my husband, and he was very particular about the color and material, we went a bit on the cheaper side. So far I have a sleeve done. So. Much. Stockinette. OMG. But I will persevere! This sweater must be completed by May 20th for our vacation!

Gehry Wrap

So this has been on CO mode for almost 4 months. Granted I have until the end of June, but still. Master plan: knit this puppy on the 18 hour plane ride across the planet. Realistic plan: start now, have it on the needles, pray TSA doesn’t take it away from me (Chiaogoo needles are metalic with a thick red lined cable to prevent kinking).

Teasdale Shawlette

This is the April megaKAL project of the month. I already made May’s project, only #2 FO for the year #sadface. So this gives me the rest of this month and May to complete. Mostly this is a counter project to Redford so I don’t go insane with all the plain stockinette.

What have I completed recently though?

Two hats!

Ok so one is the Beeswax hat for the March megaKAL project. I gifted it to my friend Lauren for her birthday. She’s part of a group my husband became friends with last year that play the arcade game Killer Queen at our local barcade Ground Kontrol. Beeswax hat with honeycomb motif, video game about bees, perfect. XD

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Secondly is a light lacy coral hat Lacylicous, though in worsted weight yarn. This is going to be for my cousin’s wife Melaine. I just met her for the first time last weekend at my other cousin’s wedding and we definitely hit it off! She’s very sweet and really smart too!

Lacylicious

Lacylicious

All in all, I think my knitting plans for the next few months are reasonable. Goals, attainable…maybe…Redford sweater…omg…

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Officially starting on another sweater. Now I know for sure that I have some weird hangup in which I get really antsy if I’m not working on a sweater.

The pattern I’ve chosen is called Kyra Boatneck Pullover. It’s a basic lace and cable pattern from the bottom up, drop sleeves, and minimal shaping/finishing. Unfortunately the pattern is written flat and with 6′ of positive ease. I’ll have to do some calculations once I get my gauge swatch done.

In all likelihood I’m thinking of doing it with reduced ease, possibly 4″ instead of 6″, and making it in the round and then splitting at the top for arm holes and finishing. I’ve done this before with the PurlBee Lattice Top, so I’m fairly confident it will be alright. The difference here is that I will be doing sleeves or some type of sleeve, which will negate the need to decrease stitches for roundness at the shoulder.

Another major concern of the pattern is that it does not have charts. The lace/cable is written and there is a basic measurement schematic for the body and sleeves. Alas, no chart. Based on the completed projects this doesn’t seem to be a problem and many people are able to get through it without a problem.

The yarn I’ve chosen is Shepard’s Wool Worsted Super Wash in the Lilac colorway. My LYS only had three skeins in stock, but I should have enough for a decent length in the body with shortened sleeves, as I had planned on doing anyways.

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Also since I’m reducing 2 inches on the body width that will give me more yarn for length. Each skein is 250 yards, so the master plan here is to do two skeins on the body in the round, third skein will be neckline finishing. Leftovers will be allocated to the sleeves.

I’m also concerned about where the hem of the sweater will cut off at my waist and will probably do maybe 4″ of ribbing instead of what appears to only be about 2″. This modification is still up in the air though.

Besides these adjustments, I’m pretty excited to have another layer I can have over my dresses this coming winter…three days away…haha

So far my anti-pants mission has been going well. =)

Also I need to start planning for items to knit to wear in Ireland! Yep, we are definitely going next year! XD

 

 

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