Shelter in Place: Day 43

Shelter in Place: Day 43

I’m finally getting around to working on my sweater sleeves!  Woohoo!  Sleeve one is nearly done!

The Bay Area shelter in place order has been extended through May.  It’s safe to say, I’ll have this finished before then! Maybe even time time to start another sweater…time to start thinking about it.

Of course, it’s likely I’ll get distracted. Still making ‘Wash Your Damn Hands’ for Etsy, pizza for my nephew and I’m attempting to make a felt patch too!  I’ve got all sorts of odd ball felt scraps.  I couldn’t possibly throw them away.  So many fun distractions.  A month left to work on them all.  I’m really motivated to get stuff done…right after a quick nap!

Hope you guys are hanging in there and making the most of this continued quarantine! :)

Shelter in Place: Day 7

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Shelter in Place: Day Seven

Current Mood:  At least there’s still toilet paper.

And knitting.

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I’ve bound off the body of my sweater.  I’m still bowled over by all this green.  I love it.  I also love the simple details of this edging.  Nothing complicated just a garter stitch edge with a few slipped stitch details and a tidy i-cord bind off.   Everything lays flat naturally, no worry about blocking that shit out.  It’s perfect!

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Next up, Sleeves!  I took a little break though.  I have trouble as a monogamous knitter.  I don’t even pretend.  Plus: a week at home and no new cast on??  That’s just not right.

Pro Tip:  Keep an eye on Ravelry’s Hot Right Now list.   There have been loads of generous designers offering new, free patterns for the quarantined & locked down.  The Hot Right Now list is just like it sounds…a snapshot of what Ravelers are looking at right now.  It’s a great feature on a normal day.  It’s been even better over the last week.  It’s got high turnover, nothing stagnates.  It’s been a wide variety of designs by an even wider variety of designers.  A lot of them have even been free.

This is how I found Nancy Marchant (Brioche Queen’s) latest design, the South Beach Cowl.  It’s a Double Tuck Stitch cowl.  I’m down with brioche but I’ve never ventured into the broader tuck stitch family.   It seemed like a fun palate cleanser.

If you’re familiar with brioche, imagine a modification that works each row twice…row 1 is and since brioche already works each row twice, I guess this means we’re really passing each stitch four time to ‘work’ one row?  That sounds dreadful but it’s actually kind of fun.   Each Sl1Yo gets worked twice so when you come back to BrK (or BrP) you’ve got three strands to knit (or purl) together, instead of two.   POW!  Mind Blown!

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It’s fun to mess around with.  I’m continually amazed how many variations there are for the humble knit stitch.  That’s not what I ended up casting on though. Turns out, I don’t need that much excitement in a new project.  The swatching was fun but this cowl calls for the stitch to be done over six stitches,  sort of 4 tuck stitches and 2 ribbed stitches.  It was too uneven.  It’s like K3, P2 ribbing…my brain just can’t.  The asymmetry is more than I can handle.  I can never find a syncopated rhythm like that when I knit, so it ends up being a fight and I nope out.

Ultimately I went for a plain brioche cowl but I picked some fun colors!  It’s rejuvenated me enough to tackle at least one sleeve!

And, I found a little cross stitch suggestion I wrote down and stuffed into a pocket a couple weeks back.  I have definitely not run out of craft projects yet!

Shelter in Place: Day Three

Shelter in Place: Day Three

Current Mood: Still doubting I’ll ever get bored.  However, cabin fever is real.

Living in one room is great in the ‘I only have one room to clean’ context.  It’s not like I can go upstairs or even into another room though.  I predict a large scale furniture rearrangement project in the near future.   At least I can fake it!

Then again, with this project on the needles, I don’t look at the walls much anyhow.  Maybe I won’t even notice my stagnant scenery.  This gradient is even better than I dreamed it could be!  I am really loving these colors!!

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This sweater is a cardigan I started back in August, 2019.  It’s a collection of green, speckled, indie yarns that I impulse bought, one skein at a time, over a period of 18 months.  By limiting myself to one color, I figured I’d be able to come up with some kind of fade sweater.  Turns out, I should have been following this method all along!

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I did swatch my colors, so I had some kind of idea.  There’s a lot of ways for a sweater to go wrong, though.  I’m fading my colors from the top down in a marled style, holding two strands together and then switching one out at a time.  So far, so good!

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I’m using another sweater that I like as a guide for the length.  This is totally a lazy way to take measurements.  I approve.  I’m just beginning my bottom edging.  A few more inches and the body will be done!

Also happy to report, I remembered to put short rows up at the top so the back of my neck will get a bit more coverage.  I did a quick fitting and yes, confirmed…my short rows worked and I’m getting close to finishing the body.

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Hopefully I’ll be working on the sleeves by this weekend!  I’ve still got plenty of yarn.  Haven’t decided how I’m going to do the sleeves yet.  Maybe 3/4 sleeves.  This decision will be my excitement on Day 6.  Stay tuned, it’ll be more fun than watching potatoes grow.

 

Shelter in Place: Day One

Shelter in Place:  Day One.

Pretending as if nothing is out of the ordinary.

I’ve got enough yarn for a viral apocalypse AND a zombine apocalypse, consecutively!  I think I’ve got food and toilet paper for a few days.  Long enough that the currently empty stores in SF should have time to restock.  Hopefully.  The panic shoppers will run out of storage space momentarily.  This is still San Francisco…72 mega rolls take up a lot of space in apartments that don’t have space for a bathtub.

No, instead of dwelling on the fact that I haven’t had a bathtub for 17 years and today is the day I find myself REALLY wanting a nice hot soak, I’m focusing on optimism.   I always want more time to myself.  I like wearing pajamas all day.

This is all going to be fine.  I will read up on science shit for work.  I’ll take naps.  And then of course, there’s knitflixing and crafternooning.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  This sounds like a lovely day to me.  There will definitely be green knitting.

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My local pub is still doing take out too…fish & chips can totally happen today.

Let’s hope this calm continues.  3 Weeks is a long time.   In the meantime, come back tomorrow for Stitches West pictures.  I’ve been sitting on them but I’ve finally got plenty of time to share!

(and check out my newly updated 2020 Cross Stitch Gallery...expect more of that during this shelter in place too!)

Happy Halloween!

IMG_6610Happy Halloween from Baby Freddy Krueger!

Hello Friends!  Long time no talk, eh?  My nephew dressed as Freddy Krueger in a little sweater I made him, was too good not to share!  I’ve tried to post a couple times recently but after having such a long absence, I needed something worthy of a triumphant return.  This fits the bill.  Big time!  He’s the cutest little Freddy Krueger ever!

If you’ve been a long time reader, you might remember when I knit this sweater a couple years ago…The Baby Freddy.  I knit it well before I knew I was getting a nephew.  I hit the knitter’s jackpot though…it just happened to fit him perfectly in time for Halloween!  Wooo!

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I worked up a quick crochet hat when I saw the sweater fit so perfectly and now, he’s auntie’s little serial killer!  LOL.   The cutest little Freddy Krueger ever.  I might be biased…I think he’s cute even when he’s not wearing my hand knits.

I’ve already started thinking about next fall…maybe a little Dude sweater or a Ferris Bueller sweater vest?  I’m all about the baby sweater cosplay!

Before I get to that though, I’m doing a little knitting for myself.  It’s WestKnits fall MKAL time.  I really like this year’s design.  I’ve got two versions on the needles currently.  This means you should be hearing from me again soon.  It’s been slow going but I’m looking forward to making some good progress this weekend!

I’m loving the solid green & grey but I’m really looking forward to the brioche section with the speckled version!  Stay tuned for progress, hopefully it won’t take four months this time :)


 

Overdue Update

Well, Heeeeeelllo!

It’s been a while.  I’ve been busy.  Work, eh?  Takes up all the best hours of the day!  Never fear though…there has still been knitting!  No time to talk about knitting but still time for knitting!  I’ve finished up a bunch of projects too!

Like my Striped Esjan!  It’s awesome.  I’m glad I finally made one!  It’s inspired me to put more holes in my knitting for years now!   The ends aren’t woven and it’s not blocked yet but that has not stopped me from wearing it.  It’s an older WestKnits design.  The big swiss cheese holes have always attracted me to this shawl.  All the increases to create those holes resulted in nearly 1200 stitches in the final rows!  The bind off took an entire day but I’m super stoked to have finished it.  It’s fun to wear.

There’s also my latest nephew knit!  Another sweater for the little man…it’s just a top down raglan with a few stripes for interest.  Hopefully he’ll get plenty of cozy time from it!

The kid is growing like a weed so I had to knit this yarn up quick before he outgrew the 3 skeins I bought!  The yarn is from Swan’s Island’s ecowash collection.  Don’t be fooled by that convenient name, that also sounds like it might be better for the environment than superwash.  This yarn, while listed as washable, is not machine dryable which, for me, negates the whole purpose of being washable.  It behaves like superwash, in that it grows upon washing.  So…poooooooooh.  I should have read the label closer.  As much as I dislike superwash, it’s the way to go for kids clothes.

It’s gonna be a while before I start the next nephew sweater.  It’s going to be a Mini Sunset Highway for his first birthday.  It’s going to be incredibly adorable.  I can’t wait to see him wear it.   But for now it’s on the backburner.  I’m shelving all knitting until May.  That sounds drastic but…

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I’ve been accepted into another street fair, the Bayview Mercantile, April 28th, in San Francisco, at All Good Pizza in the Bayview neighborhood.  Let’s face it, they had me at pizza!  So, no knitting for the next couple weeks while I prep some new cross stitch hoops for the event!

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Luckily, it’s kind of addictive and I’m not upset at this self-imposed ban on knitting.  I have cross stitch ideas faster than I can stitch them so a month long cross stitch binge is just what I need!   My crafty Mom is getting in on the action too..she sent me a big package full of hand dyed aida to stitch on!  The colors are so fun!  I especially love the rainbow stripes!

I love a good pop culture reference.  I still have lots of song lyrics, movie quotes and of course, Game of Thrones quotes on the drawing board…I’m curious about what you’d like to see too!  Leave your suggestions in the comments!

Zipper Installation Time

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The knitting is done!  Woohoo!  I’ve also secured the steek, cut it and bought the zipper!  I even wove the ends in!  The only thing left to do is sew the zipper in!  Naturally, this means I’m second guessing my design decisions.

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As a pullover, this sweater fit perfect.  I like pullovers with positive ease.  Only problem…it’s a cardigan.  I like my cardigans closer to zero ease.

My first thought was to re-steek the front panels to remove an inch from each side.  That’s two more steeks though…why do twice the work, when I could just trim one front side and have an asymmetric look.  Then I thought, why cut it again at all?  What if I abandoned the zipper and went for a double breasted look?

Big decision.  I’m totally undecided.  And this weekend is Stitches West, which means no time for such focused work.  I’ve got plenty of time to sleep on it.  In the meantime, I’m still wearing it…shawl pins work just fine on sweaters too!