Other projects

A designer friend came to visit for dinner last Friday and we got into a show and tell session.  The upshot is that she is taking a bunch of samples to a children’s store for sale, in the hopes that I can fund my charity habits with the proceeds.  Since that (my design buddy put in an order, basically)  has been the major distraction keeping me from the KAL, and since I see that Inky has come clean with her neck scarf, I shall post a couple of my samples for grins.

My first attempt at a cloche hat. Not bad.

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WIP Wednesday: What’s On the Needles Besides a Behemoth Sweater Named Avocet B

Inky: Quick note about what’s on my needles.

1. My Bonfire Shawl Collar Cowl – Raverly pattern here:

I am using Abstract Fiber’s Soprano, Bonfire colorway.

I did a temporary sewing to check how the buttons made of nut wood? will look. Am anxious to finish.

As for my Avocet B, I’m up to the decreases on the right front. The pattern is not compelling enough to want me to knit it till I drop. And of course life intervenes a lot. 🙂

Maybe This Will Help

Inky: I found this link on Knitty.com about blocking. It makes sense, I guess.

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATdiyknitter.html

Bamboo vs Aluminum

ninnawe:  As I suspected, my gauge on aluminum needles is sightly tighter than on bamboo.  I used a bamboo circular needle to knit the back of the KAL, then switched to two sets of aluminum straight needles to knit the fronts.

The decreases are coming along fine, and they match the back of the sweater.  But the two fronts do not meet at the center.  It is good that this is a cardigan.

I may have to do a bit of blocking on this sweater before I sew the pieces together.   As I posted previously, I have very little experience with knitting pieces and sewing them together.  Is blocking a normal procedure before pieces are assembled?  This yarn is 100% washable wool, so I think it will block nicely.

Advice, anyone?

Up in arms!

Repeat readers might remember that I was concerned about ending up with a garment that does not fit well, despite several attempts at swatching and sessions of de-knitting the back of the Avocet B.  Well, I finally determined that I am the size that I am and forged ahead with the cast on that I did the first time.  One’s first instinct is best on tests.

I did the decreases and increases on the back, and it is evident that they are actually shaping the sweater, which is great, despite my misgivings that I probably will not supply equal and opposite shaping as I wear it.  My progress has gone on to the arm shaping, and I hope to finish this weekend with the back…… Someone hold me to it.  Please.  Two birthday parties for grown kiddies intervene, along with the commensurate temptations by cake, junk food, etc. which will, of course, hamper even more my equals and opposites.

Up to the arms.

up in arms!

Checking In

ninnawe:  I walked into my living room this morning to sit and knit for a while, and surveyed the knitting landscape before me.  I have several projects on the needles, so a picture of my knitting area seemed appropriate.  It is either a cacophony of riotus color, punctuated by notions, yarn and needles, or it is an assortment of knitter’s junk.  I love it.

It is organized, really.  But, keeping it this way removes the temptation for my husband to encroach on my side of the sofa.  No way he’s going to sit anywhere near this stuff … hehe.

So, I am well into the fronts of the sweater now.  The right side is on the gold needles, the left side on the silver.  I knit a decrease row, then the 1-1/2 inches to the next decrease (in my case that is 11 rows).  Then I do the same thing on the other side.  Back and forth … back and forth … keeping notes all the while.   But, this assures me the pieces will indeed be mirror images of each other.

I do hope the color looks good on me.  It is pink with a vengeance.

WIP Wednesday – A Knitting Course!

Inky: I am so proud of myself. I just signed up for a hat designing course on Craftsy.com with Stephanie Japel. It’s called “Knitting Hats Four Ways.

Even though I design and sell felted hats part-time for a living, I felt I wanted to explore how and why a hat is constructed just so.

Stephanie Japel is a well-known knitting designer. Here is her bio:

She has appeared in a number of books and publications including Big Girl Knits, Stitch N Bitch Nation, KnitGrrl, Knit Wit, Not Another Teen Knitting Book, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knit.1, and Vogue Knitting Magazine.

She has designed patterns for Stitch Diva Studios, the yarn companies Southwest Trading Company, JCA Reynolds, Artful Yarns, Tilli Tomas, and for Mission Falls.

She is lively, entertaining, easy to follow, and I am learning hat construction from the bottom up lol.

If you get a chance, Craftsy.com has quite a few KnitLab courses to explore with previews. This is my first course, but it won’t be my last. I love learning new things, especially when it involves yarn and sticks.

PS: I’m still working on my Avocet B Cardigan – after several misfires, I am like a silver bullet, headed in the right direction – nothing can stop me now. Except maybe a good cup of coffee. lol. Here are my latest pictures of the WIP project:

 

 

 

 

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