Making progress on my Harvest Cardigan! It’s hard to make out in this photo (a better photo would have included cleaning the kitchen….it’s a thing….), but, I’ve passed the point where I divide for the sleeves! Yes!
I decided to knit the sleeves before the body. If I have enough yarn, I might like to lengthen the body of the sweater. It just seemed like a good way to make sure I wouldn’t be playing yarn chicken when completing the sleeves. So, I spent January 1st trying to figure out how I could knit 2 sleeves at a time. I KNEW it could be done, but it did take a couple of times re-threading stitches back onto waste yarn to get it right. Sometimes I think I’d be smart to just knit something EXACTLY the way the pattern is written. Maybe someday….
I got the Harvest cardigan cast-on (here’s the “official” project page). YES! The photo above is the progress I had made since casting on December 22nd up to yesterday morning.
Here’s the progress of yesterday (about 16 rows of new progress). I did a lot of “waiting” knitting. Waiting for hubby’s colonoscopy to be completed. Waiting for the tire shop to determine and fix my leaking tire problems. Waiting for the laundry to wash/dry. I’m not complaining. If I can get this much knitting done by waiting…..SIGN ME UP!!! 😉
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?
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!!!!
I just wanted to share my latest obsession…..knitting Fair Isle (or colorwork) projects. It started out innocent enough. Tin Can Knits was having a knit-a-long for the Strange Brew Sweater. It looked like a great pattern to help feed my “need to design” instinct. AND. It had a great concept of “swatching” usable hats and cowls to test for gauge (what a concept!). Since I LOVE to knit hats and cowls, I decided that would be a fantastic way to get some Christmas gifts knit up. Plus, it would be a good way to use up a lot of the yarn stash! So I purchased the pattern, printed out the hat pattern and graphs, pulled out yarn and quickly finished up hat #1 (the purple/gray hat above)!
Then, I found a self-striping yarn and started hat#2. I was so pleased with my gift knitting idea. They were knitting up so quickly I would certainly have LOTS of gifts by the time Christmas rolled around! I had convinced myself, I would just follow the Sweater Knit-a-long and get color/pattern inspiration for my hats & cowls. I’d maybe try knitting a sweater AFTER Christmas! See how my sweater phobia goes right out the window? As the knit-a-long start loomed closer, I had an idea (actually a complete mental breakdown really), I would knit a sweater for my grand-nephew (with a matching Fair Isle hat of course, AND, you might as well make matching hats for his mom and dad too). It would be a good way to test out whole sweater concept. Being that it’s a toddler size sweater, it should knit up fairly quick…..right?
That’s how I ended up knitting another sweater! It’s just 2 months until Christmas and for those who don’t receive a hat or cowl from me…..this might be the reason…..
Wa-a-a-a-a-a-ay back in June, I mentioned I had started knitting on this shrug sweater (this post, if you want to read about it). It was going pretty good too. Right up to the point where I realized I should get my act together if I was going to have anything ready for craft fairs this fall. Here’s the post where I talk about starting projects in January……I crack myself up sometimes!
So from June to September that shrug has grown from cast-on to about 7 inches in length. Not bad, right? EXCEPT, I calculated it should be about 28 inches in length total. If it took me over 3 months to get 7 inches and I need another 21 inches (it’s a dreaded story problem y’all….), won’t that take me another 9 months just to get the length? That doesn’t even include the sleeves and finishing…..This is why I have sweater phobia!
When I first learned to knit as a 9 (or 10?) year old kid, (way back in the 70s….), my mother found a boat-neck garter stitch sweater for me to learn to knit on. Not a dish cloth or scarf or something easy to start on. Nope. A sweater. To be fair though, that’s all my mother ever knit was sweaters. Not hats, scarves, mittens, dishcloths or anything else…..just sweaters.
I knit on that sweater for what seemed FOREVER! When it was FINALLY finished (and I’m SURE I wasn’t the one who finally finished it), it was too small for me, so my sister wore the sweater! I concluded knitting just took too long, so I learned how to sew (which I LOVED, but that’s another story). The sweater incident caused me to never pick up knitting needles again until 2006 when I taught myself how to knit dishcloths (I also realized there was MUCH more to knit instead of sweaters).
In a strange twist of fate, I’ve recently been knitting dishcloths (my favorite dishcloth is The Almost Lost Dishcloth ) . Kind of ironic that I would abandon the item that took me away from knitting and return to the item that brought me back!
Well, there’s the (very fuzzy/sideways photo of) progress on the Temperature Blanket. I’m over a month behind on this one. April and May were BRUTAL on my crafting. I basically was lucky if I could sit down and get part of a row in. I’m catching up now though. I’m figuring that once I get through April’s temperatures, I’ll be finishing this blanket. It will be about 6 feet in length by then. That should be plenty long enough.
My Chocolate and Pink Socks are also suffering from very little progress. I’ve basically knit just a few rounds beyond the waste yarn of the “heel”. And. No matter how much I knit on them, they don’t seem to get any length beyond that waste yarn. I’m not sure where those stitches go, but it’s definitely not onto the length of those darn socks! And. NOW, I remember why I don’t like to knit socks!
I almost forgot I had started this Red Lady Kina mentioned in this post. I found it hiding in the back of the closet. It apparently does not want to be finished. I haven’t even gotten to the point where I can divide for the sleeves. I KNEW there was a reason I had a sweater phobia!
Speaking of sweaters, I started this shrug-type sweater. It’s Lion brand yarn’s fault. They are the ones that kept sending me emails of cute shrug-type sweaters. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. I had to start a new sweater. I couldn’t even remember I had this sweater phobia thing.
So, that’s where we are today. PLENTY of projects to work on! What’s your WIPs look like? Got any fun projects you’re working on?