I made my friend, co-worker and roommate Steve a hat. It is with Jared Flood's yarn Shelter.
I am kind of wishing I had chosen different, less neutral colors. But I'm not gonna let that bug me. This will be a utilitarian knit.
I have been spinning too! I'm spinning 4oz of falkland wool in the colorway Sunshine, Grass and Ewe from the Etsy shop At Knits End Yarns.
I'm spinning it a little thicker than usual, plying on the fly and I'm getting super smooshy. Like "ZOMG THIS IS SOFT!" kind of smooshy. I'm almost 2 oz in and I love it. I can't wait to start knitting with it. What? I have no idea, probably just enough for a large, bulky hat.
You might notice this looks a lot like my Ugly Sweater, same color and to the untrained eye, similar gauge. I was knitting it at my table the other day while wearing the Ugly Sweater and more than one person stopped to ask if I was knitting the sweater I was wearing. I blew everyone's mind.
I am wearing an ugly sweater. It's true, it's ugly. It was home made by me and even I cannot appreciate the homemade awesomeness.
- Let's start at the neckline. It took me 5 minutes of fussing to make the neckline look this good. I really needed some ribbing. Or better shaping. Better shaping would include a lower front and a higher back.
- How about the extra room in the bust? It gives me some kind of saggy boob syndrome that I do not suffer from. I'm wearing a brand new, super lift-y bra. You wouldn't know it from this sweater, but they are practically in my chin.
- The arms are too short and too wide.
- Those acrylic buttons do not belong.
It is also a little looser in general than I would like. I am going to try swatching again on size 7s. I think I could use the color work practice as well as I might like the fabric tightened up a little, especially on the solid color sections.
Now here is a question, I might need to recover the yarn from my swatch. Do I cut the ends to make it easier to knit a new swatch or leave the swatches attached so I can rip them all out in a continuous strand?
Our current cruise is keeping up a blog and you can find it here on the Kutztown webpage.
I brought with me an entire box of Knit Picks: Wool of the Andes to try knitting a Of Hallows and Horcruxes sweater on this cruise. All of my Christmas knitting is done, so why not spend the next two months knitting something for me? I'm working on it as a knit a long with a few friends of mine.
I started a swatch for the color worked yoke and ran across some issues. The sweater is knit flat, but I found on row 6 that the two yarns I needed were on opposite sides of the swatch. I fixed it with some finagling, but came across a similar problem later. So I made a comment on the pattern page asking about it and the designer answered without answering my question at all.
Last night I sat down with grid paper and mapped it out and it is impossible to do without cutting and re-attaching the yarn. So I added an extra solid color row to fix this at row 9. I think that this will work out much better as I have planned to modify the sweater into a circular yoke instead of the raglan style yoke in the original and this gives me another solid color row that makes evenly spacing my increases easier.
Other modifications I have planned are to forgo the cabled button band and use an I-cord edging and probably sew in a zipper.
Now if I can successfully complete a swatch and get some kind of gauge I'm happy with. I'm feeling like the size 8 needles are producing a more open fabric than I'm liking. I am probably knitting ridiculously loose thanks to trying to keep even tension in the color work. I wonder if my gauge will change from the color pattern to the solid pattern. I might have to knit both into the swatch.