WIP Wednesday – Cat Sweater #2

 

You can say a lot of things about Professor Meow but one thing is certain…He’s a happy fellow!

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I started with this back this time around.  It’s now done and I’ve moved on to the front!  It should be ready for assembly soon, assuming I don’t get distracted by a new project. (What the Fade?  I’m talking about you! August 31st is a long way off…I bet I can finish this by then.  **Knock on Wood**)

Happy Hump Day!  :)


 

FO – Cat Sweater

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My first cat sweater is finished!  My actual cat is stunned by the awesomeness of his likeness.  Or he’s been possessed.  It could go either way at this point.

The pattern is called Professor Meow and I followed it, more or less.  My gauge was different so size adjustments were made.  And my one addition, the paw print on the back.

I made this one for my sister.  I’m making one for myself next.  It’s going to be identical.  I really don’t know what came over me.  It’s one thing to send crazy text messages about knitting us identical sweaters.  It’s another story entirely, to actually do it.

It’s just one of those things I couldn’t resist.  I’m still excited for it.  I thought my gusto for the project may have died about this point but I’ve cast mine on already, progress is being made!

I am making one change — needle size.  Instead of knitting the next size up, I’m going up in needle size.  I think it’s going to work out purrrrfectly!


 

Smooth Sailing

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Professor Meow has hit the halfway point, according to plan.  I’ve probably just jinxed myself saying that.  So far, so good though.

I could complain about the intarsia, but really…

It looks worse than it really is.

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The front is blocking and I’ve cast on the back piece.  I am going to veer off course though.  I can’t leave well enough alone.  It’s only going to be a moment. (fingers crossed)

The back, as written, is plain.  I’m going to add a little intarsia paw print.  I saw it on Ravelry and knew I had to steal the idea.  It’s barely a change at all.  It’s still just 16.5 monochromatic inches of stockinette stitch with no shaping.  I feel good that I’m not going to invoke the law of unintended consequences with this one.

That leaves me with nothing to complain about except purling.  I’m not even worked up about that.  I’ve got the week off work!  Funny how that changes things!  I’m looking forward to a creative & crafty week!

 

Professor Meow, the First

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Thursday

Just like April showers bring May flowers, a flurry of finishes is always followed by a cast on cornucopia!  First up…Professor Meow!  As you might guess from the name, it’s a cat sweater!

Turns out the phrase ‘cat sweater’ is a bit of a Rorschach test.  Most people have assumed I mean a sweater for a cat.

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Friday

In reality, it’s a sweater with a cat on it.   And it’s another bulky knit so it’s going quickly.

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Saturday

I’m making good progress!

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Sunday

I might even get to the face today!!

WIP Wednesday Round Up

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Last time we talked about the sweater currently on the needles, it was having some trouble.  Happy to report I fixed the problem and was making good progress.  WAS.

Sadly, I encountered a fatal flaw.  The knitting is perfect.  This problem is a dumbass mistake.  I picked the wrong size to knit.  My size fell between two pattern sizes.  I decided to knit the larger one.  Except, when it comes to bulky yarn, a too big sweater can be a very poor choice.  I have enough bulk of my own.  I don’t need my clothes to add bulk.  And that’s what bulky sweaters do, especially if they’re a size too big.

Ooopps.  To the frog pond we go.

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Factor in the new box of yarn being delivered tomorrow, perfectly timed, just in advance of the three day weekend, containing yarn for the next sweater…this poor sweater had no chance.

I can’t wait!  I’m planning not just one, but TWO new sweaters with this new box of yarn.

Cat Sweaters!

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How am I supposed to resist that?  Especially when my sister agreed to a day of twinning, if I made sweaters for both of us.  I can’t wait!  I’m okay with being a crazy cat lady.  I’ll proudly declare it while knitting my cat sweater.   It’s not like I created the stereotype.  I promise to represent crazy knitting cat ladies everywhere properly!

Of course, I needed a new project in the interim.  I’m always ready to cast on!  This time, in a surprise twist, I cast on a new shawl. (<-not really a surprise)

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The yarn is KnitPicks Chroma Fingering, so it goes without saying, the colors are much better than my late night cell pic represents.  The pattern is Vee Vee by Mariana Martins.  It’s a triangle shawl that uses short rows to created a series of Vs in asymmetric rows.  With the Chroma, I think it’s going to look fabulous!

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Rocky is just glad I’m distracted from cat sweaters at the moment!  He’s trying to avoid the topic entirely!

Happy WIP Wednesday!  Hope you’re equally as excited about your impending weekend!

D’oh! (a sweater update)


Last week, I promised a sweater update.

Today, I’ve got one.

It’s not good news.

There is going to be a frogging.

Even worse, there’s going to be a frogging because I’m a dumbass.  I avoided writing this all weekend, hoping I’d come up with a positive spin for the situation.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to candy coat a stupid decision based on ‘alternative facts’.

It is a teachable moment though, so that’s the saving of grace of it.  Maybe you won’t make the same stupid choice I did.

So what happened?  Because this doesn’t look so bad…


Well, halfway through the body, just to make sure I was on the right track, I checked gauge on my progress.  It was off (or so I thought).

I didn’t panic, I just changed direction a little bit.  My gauge was off by just the right amount, in just the right direction, I could switch to the larger size and keep going.

No Problems!

Except, I totally had problems.  Did I measure too close to the needle?  Did I not measure on a flat surface?  Did I measure with a tape measure and not a rigid ruler?  Did I just flat out miscount?  Maybe all of the above?

Whatever the case, I rushed to judgement with poor data because, in fact, now that my sweater body is on waste yarn waiting for the sleeves, I have discovered my gauge to be spot on.

I’ve let cooler heads prevail on the frogging.  There’s no way around it though.  I’ve gotta pull out about half of what I’ve done so far. It’s a very bulky fabric, 2.5 sts/in on size 13 needles.  As is, it’s huge.  A bulky gauge sweater with extra bulk is not a good idea.  If I’m not going to wear it, no sense in moving forward.

A-frogging I will go!  It’s going to be pain, each stitch needs to be delicately relieved of its position with pencil roving.  There’s no hastily ripping out with this one.

It’ll take time but I’ll get there and it’ll be worth it, getting it right.  Still though, there’s a special spot in the time out corner just for this sweater.

That’s what I get for thinking a sweater on size 13 needles would be a no-brainer that went quickly!

D’oh!

Spontaneous Stash Enhancement

Ever set out for the vet’s office to pick up cat meds but somehow wind up in an a yarn store buying armfuls of rainbows?  No?  Me either…until yesterday, that is!

Don’t worry, the cat still got his meds.  I’m not sure there’s a cure for this though:

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After that, I decided to continue along the scenic route to my next destination.  That happened to be the coast highway, which happened to take me two blocks from a yarn store.  I told myself I’d stop if parking was available.  Quaint coastal town, Saturday afternoon with big surf and almost no rain?  I knew for sure, I was just wasting my time cruising down Main St.

Except this happened!!!

Clearly, Elizabeth Zimmerman’s ghost was watching over me and knew, this is exactly what I needed!  There was rock star parking and a lovely rack of Noro’s Rainbow Rolls just inside the door!

I’ve had my eye on this yarn since Noro released it 18 months ago.  This was the first time I’ve come across it in a shop!  It’s an unspun pencil roving.  Which, it turns out, is some of the best icelandic yarn, Plutolopi.

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Which, I happened to stock up on, during my Icelandic Adventure.

I’ve used some of it to make this sweater:  image_medium2

This was my first steeked sweater.  It’s okay.  I still wear it.  It has some warts though.  I was never happy with the hook and eyes closures.  And the crochet edge wobbles a bit.  I never got the tension quite right.  It’s amazing how one little detail can fuck up all that amazing knitting.  Oh well.  I still wear it.  I just wish it was more polished.  So…

I’ve been dreaming of a striped Plutolopi sweater ever since.  I had plenty of colors, I certainly didn’t NEED any Noro.  I only (lowercase) needed it.  It’s gonna be amazing!  I can’t wait!! There will be no buyer’s remorse today…or any day there’s a Rainbow Roll involved!!

I should probably finish my other pencil roving sweater first.  It’s literally at the bottom of the pile, it’s been so long since I touched it.

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Size 13 needles…once I excavate it from the pile, it should go quick.  in theory.

Sooooo much yarn, so little time!  It makes me miss my first apartment in San Francisco.  There was a giant claw foot tub!  I’d love to pile my stash in a claw foot tub…you know, just for fun.  Yeah…you know!

The point is:  a renewed sense of urgency has struck my sweater knitting elbow…maybe I’ll have a sweater update for you soon!