Posted in Charts, Fair Isle, Knitting, Lace, Thoughts

Thoughts on Thursday – Chartmaking

Here’s my dilemma….I feel like I want a better way to create charts The photo above shows my current method. While it works, it’s certainly not the best. Especially  if I plan on sharing them with my blog readers. I found this chart-making site called Stitch Fiddle. I “fiddled around” and made this chart…. diamond brocade – stitch fiddle . I really liked how quickly the chart went together and how it printed up. But. I know that in order to make the best use of their service I would have to upgrade from their free service to their premium service. So here’s the questions for my readers….

  1. Does anyone use Stitch Fiddle’s premium service? What have been the pros and cons you’ve found?
  2. Does anyone use another chart-making service? What have you found that works best for you?
  3. Does anyone know of a good chart-making software?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Posted in Fair Isle, Knitting, Stranded, sweaters, Winter, WIPS

WIP Wednesday – Grand Forks Cardigan

Happy New Year everyone! Well, it’s 2019, and although I made no “resolutions”, I have declared 2019 the year of the sweater for me. Yes. I’ll still be working on my Stitch Pattern Sampler Blanket this winter ( as part of the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL). BUT. I also want to work on sweaters in 2019 too! If you’ve been around the blog for any time at all, you’ll know I THINK I can project multi-task…..not always successfully either!  😉

I also hold a pretty deep sweater phobia that started way back when I first learned to knit (if you want to read that story it’s here). A sweater phobia I am CONVINCED I can conquer! I made a HUGE step towards conquering that phobia by knitting my Harvest Cardigan in 2018! I also learned some things about sweater knitting with that project (I should maybe write a post about that sometime soon….). So, in order to continue any progress of conquering the sweater phobia, I feel I HAVE to continue to knit sweaters! It’s a MUST!

On December 25th, during a little down-time in the day, I perused my knitting books and magazines and decided this Grand Forks Pullover had a lot of the elements I wanted to knit….top-down, round-yoke, stranded colorwork, pretty. The ONLY thing that I didn’t like about it was it was a pullover. SO…..before I cast-on, I re-read an article or two on steeking (this article from Tincan Knits is really a good one!) and planned for those steek stitches.

Here’s the sweater progress (see the steek stitches?) so far. I’m pretty happy with the progress. What are you knitting in 2019? Are you conquering any knitting fears this year?

Happy Knitting!

Lori

Posted in Fair Isle, Hats, Knitting, Ramblings, WIPS

I’m Over It!

 

Here’s the current project I had been working on. It was a hat that I hoped to get finished before Christmas. Yeah! That’s not going to happen! I’m now ripping it back and re-claiming the yarn. I had 2 MAJOR failures with this project.

  1. I decided to cast-on 84 stitches to make the hat a little snugger (instead of the 96 I usually cast-on-which can be a little looser than I think they should be).
  2. I FORGOT to change needle size after the ribbing.

Now, here’s the thing….How on earth can one continue knitting (a full 9 inches of length) clear up to just beginning the crown decreases and NOT notice the hat doesn’t seem quite right? Here’s the point where I decided maybe I should try on the hat and see how it fits. AND. It’s too TIGHT! ARRRGH! And so I began the frogging process! Which also means one less Christmas gift. Maybe I should have followed my 2017 goals a little closer!

I’ve decided I’m not going to whine about this hat failure any longer (I might wine over it though…..). I’m just taking this as an omen that Christmas knitting is OVER for 2017 (there were really only 3 days left anyway) and I’m going to cast on a Harvest cardigan for me. Even with my sweater phobia (as explained in this post), I’m DETERMINED to knit a sweater! I’m going to officially proclaim 2018 the year of the sweater! We’ll see how that works out for me…….

Posted in Fair Isle, FOs, Hats, Knitting

Finished!

The hats are FINISHED! AND. Actually wrapped and ready to ship! I’m so pleased!

I decided to put pompoms on the toddler’s and mom’s hats. I used this tutorial because I was STRUGGLING to make a decent pompom.

That’s not all though…..

Remember this sweater I was working on? I was bored beyond words working on it and I KNEW I was going to have to rip this out in 2018. BUT. Then I had a revelation…..why not just bind it off and make a cowl  out of it?!?! That, my friends, is exactly what I did! HA!HA! One WIP turns to a FO! Plus. Another gift (also wrapped and ready to ship)!

I also finished this hat  awhile back (sometime in November, I think). I gifted it to a co-worker who was starting a new job with a different company. Don’t you LOVE the colors? So bright and cheery!

10 days until Christmas, I wonder what else I can get done!

Posted in Fair Isle, FOs, Hats, Knitting, Stashbuster

Just a Million Ends to Weave in…..

Even though I count these as finished (yes, that’s right, I consider them finished once the knitting is done…..), obviously I have a million ends to weave in (and block, let’s not forget blocking). I had mentioned (in this post) that I wanted to do a trio of hats for the family of the sweater owner. Preferably before Christmas. I might even make it. You know, if I keep at it and not get distracted by a new project…..

How’s your gift knitting coming along?

Posted in Fair Isle, FOs, Knitting, sweaters

Finished a Sweater!

YES! It’s finished! The toddler sweater I’ve been working on for the Strange Brew KAL over at Tin Can Knits (….and I would have linked to these, but for whatever reason, the link button and photo editing buttons aren’t working this morning…..). Now, onto a matching hat for the grand nephew. Also, matching hats for his mom and dad! The sweater only took me 18 days, so, I’m pretty confident I can get 3 hats done before Christmas (I’m so funny….)! How’s your gift knitting coming along?

 

Posted in Fair Isle, Knitting, sweaters, WIPS

Some Sweater Success!

The colors aren’t very good in this (fuzzy, weird) photo, BUT, sweater success! That’s all I needed to get over my sweater phobia…..knit a baby sweater!

See this? I’ve already knit the yoke section A and it’s decrease. Just started section B! It won’t be long and I’ll have a finished sweater (I wonder how many UFO’s I’ve said that about?)! A BIG Thank-you to Tin Can Knits for their Strange Brew pattern and KAL! I feel like I’m Ready to tackle that adult size sweater come January! Not now of course, too much gift knitting to do!!!!