December 11, 2005

Christmas Part Two

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If you're newer to reading my blog (meaning, within the past 8 months or so) you may not even recognize this sweater. It's my oldest UFO.

I cast on for this on January 1, 2004 -- almost 2 years ago. I have a history of working on this sweater in fits. I'll pick it up for a few weeks and finish a piece, then leave it be for 10 months. I'm not sure why, it just isn't able to keep my constant attention.

On Friday I decided I should finish it for Christmas. All that's left are 2 sleeves, a neckband, and the seaming. The front and back have already been blocked (that explains why the body looks so different from the sleeve I propped on top of it.

I'm trying something new and doing 2 sleeves at once. So far I like it. My biggest beef with doing 2 at once is dealing with the extra ends, but I stuck both balls in a ziploc to keep them from rolling around each other and that's made all the difference. Each time I finish a row I give the bag a half-turn and it's completely detangled.

You may notice the sleeve has a bit of navy at the bottom of it. That's the way the pattern was written but I wasn't sure I wanted to do it. Now that it's done I'm really glad I did. The Araucania looks so nice with the added color in there at the bottom. It even got me thinking that striping Araucania for another sweater would be really nice. For now though my focus is on finishing this sweater.

Where have I been?

End of year is my work's most busy time -- leaving me almost no knitting time during the week. Since I'm not fond of those "I'm here but really busy" posts you'll only see a few more posts from me until the 20th (my last day of work for the year!). I am here though (and I'm fine) -- just busy and trying to tie up all those loose ends so I can take time off without worrying too much about what's going on while I'm off.

December 11, 2005 in Cabled and Ribbed Sweater | Permalink | Comments (17)

January 08, 2005

I Did It!

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Next week's goal -- a completed back!

January 8, 2005 in Cabled and Ribbed Sweater | Permalink | Comments (4)

November 09, 2004

Green Cables

2 balls/900 yards/5 FOs


front done
click for the full frontal shot*

I like this project more and more. I'm a few inches up the back now too, but since it's just 2x2 ribbing I'll spare you the shot. The sleeves are supposed to be a single panel of the cable (as opposed to the 3 that's on the front) flanked by 2x2 ribbing. I've been considering making the sleeves just ribbing. What do you think?

poll closed! thanks for voting!


* imagine the riff raff that'll encourage

November 9, 2004 in Cabled and Ribbed Sweater | Permalink | Comments (11)

March 01, 2004

Pictures and Progress

Well, it has been about a week since I've posted about progress on any of my projects. I spent alot of last week going thru knitting withdrawal while working on the bedroom and knitting room. I didn't get done as much as I had hoped, but the electrical is 95% done and some of the insulation. Old houses come with so many surprises. My guess is it will be a few more months before it's totally done.

Rogue

I finished the back and just started the armhole shaping on the front:

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I did make a mistake though. Can you see that I started the cabling at the neckline? Well, I didn't have any stitch markers when I started it and the V goes out at an angle - the right side goes out more than the left. So I need to rip out that center portion and work it up again.

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I also have made some good progress on this one as well:

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I've just started the special cable that goes center front just below the neckback. It sets up the cables to split out nicely into 2x2 ribbing. I think I'm about 5 inches shy of finishing the front.

And finally, would it be a Monday here without a new project?

Tricot

I was so inspired by the new issue of MagKnits that I cast on for Tricot. I've been looking for something transitional to get me to the warm weather and this felt like the right choice. It's done up in Lion Brand Cotton-Ease so it was cheap too. 35 bucks and I think I have an extra skein or 2 as well. I'm doing a totally different colorway though:

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I'm thinking about doing a white chain or 2 down each arm or maybe where the 2 colors meet on the body (kinda like piping). I'm also considering putting a number on the back of it. But I'll wait until it's done and do it as an applique or duplicate stitch if I decide I want to try it.

With all these projects I may need to get another knitting bag. Kerstin's blog yesterday inspired me to do a Target run tonight.

Oh yeah....and since it's Monday I'll see some of you at Perkfection!

March 1, 2004 in Cabled and Ribbed Sweater, Rogue | Permalink | Comments (1)

February 04, 2004

Progress!

I finally remembered to bring home my card reader yesterday so I can show you some pics. I'm really happy with the progress I've made lately. In fact, it seems that I've become more productive since I added Rogue to the list :)

Speaking of Rogue, here's where she is right now:

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I'm using Lamb's Pride Top of the Lamb which is a single ply wool. Can you see the lines along the right side of the knit stitches? I've been reading about it and learned that single ply yarn can cause that. I've also read that after a couple of washings it should relax. I hope so. While it's not horrible it gives the fabric more of a texture than I'd like.

As for the Cabled & Ribbed sweater, I've been switching between it and Rogue:

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I'm about 6-8 inches from completing the front!

As far as baby stuff goes, thanks to all of you who sent me suggestions. I'm going to look for something acrylic or cotton/acrylic so it's both easy care and lighter weight. Christine - I love the whirly baby hat! While I don't think I'm going to make up hats for these 2 late spring babies I've bookmarked it for colder weather births. I love the swirl pattern the hat made on top.

February 4, 2004 in Cabled and Ribbed Sweater, Rogue | Permalink | Comments (3)

January 20, 2004

I Must Make This

Rachael found this gem a couple of nights ago and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. OH....MY....GOD. Isn't it gorgeous? I bought the pattern yesterday. Now I know how Gollum felt...my precious ;)

I absolutely LOVE the attention to detail. Look how the cable V's in the bottom of the neck opening, and how the side gussets decorate the side seams. Just gorgeous. Amber is thinking about a knit along. I think it's a must!

Now, to decide on the yarn and color. I have no idea right now. It takes 1824 so there are alot of choices. Any suggestions?

Cabled & Ribbed Update

Did another half repeat. It's coming along well:

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Tonight I'm meeting a friend for some knitting and chatting so I should make some more good progress

January 20, 2004 in Cabled and Ribbed Sweater | Permalink | Comments (2)

January 19, 2004

Monday Morning Blues

Alright, my first weekday post. Um, this is tough. I already get up at 5 or 5:30 in the morning. We're gonna have to figure this one out, because I am NOT getting up at 4 am!

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It was great! I met about 10 or 12 fellow knitters - all different levels. In fact, one attended just to learn how to knit yesterday. By the end she had a couple of inches of garter stitch, knew how to purl, and was going to try some ribbing. Pretty fast learner, huh?

Cabled & Ribbed Update

I got another half a repeat done. Yes, I said I wanted a whole repeat, but there was a fair amount of socializing going on and I didn't want to miss out. I'll have to try to make up for it during the week. I started hank 2 of 9 yesterday, so that is something.

Speaking of a new hank - I rolled my first center-pull ball yesterday. Yes, hardly forging new territory but it was my little accomplishment for the day. If you haven't tried to do this you really have to - so much nicer to not have this ball rolling around everywhere (especially for those of us with kitties!).

Here's how I did mine:

Take an old medicine bottle (about 3-5 inches tall). Take the end of the yarn and cap it inside the bottle. Now, roll the yarn around the bottle. That's it! More of the yarn will go toward the center rather than the ends but that's good because it will let the skein sit flat rather than being almost round. See - easy, right?

January 19, 2004 in Cabled and Ribbed Sweater | Permalink | Comments (5)

January 18, 2004

Stitch n Bitch Sunday

Today's my first PhillyKnitter's SnB. I'm really looking forward to meeting alot of new knitters. The weather could have been more cooperative - it snowed last night but turned to rain today. So everything's a slushy mess. Yuk. Can't think of anything better to do on a day like today than stay in and knit :)

Cabled & Ribbed sweater

I got done a half a repeat yesterday - about 16 rows. I do love how variant the Araucania is - I think you can see it in the pic. Hope to get a full repeat done today. Right now I'm about a third of the way finished with the back.

January 18, 2004 in Cabled and Ribbed Sweater | Permalink | Comments (1)