WIP Wednesday – RBG Squid Ink Fade

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Now that’s it’s finally on the needles, I’m making good progress on my latest sweater.  Of course, any notion of following a pattern was quickly laughed off.  I mean, I could try but it wouldn’t work out.   I started off with a peacock fade but now I’ve decided to go darker with it…a squid ink fade, if you will.

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I started with Idunn, a Knitty pattern by Ragga Eirikisdottir.  Initially, I thought, I’ll just knit this sweater as is.  The yoke details could pass as an RBG collar no doubt.   Ultimately though, I’ve decided to knit the sweater in plain stockinette with no colorwork in the yoke.  I’ll add my RBG collar details after I’ve finished the knitting via duplicate stitch.  It’s an unconventional approach…but that’s definitely the way I roll.

I’ve finished my first color and ‘faded’ into my second color.  I’m knitting top down, in the round, with the intention of steeking and adding a zipper.  I’m just about to divide the sleeves off.

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That’ll be a big help!  Right now, it’s just sort of a big blob.  I feel like it’s too big, despite all the math & gauge working out.  Fingers crossed that good news awaits on the other side of the sleeve divide.

I’m also working on a few new cross stitch designs for Valentine’s Day, so I’ve updated my cross stitch gallery with a new page for 2019!

I’m really looking forward to growing my collection this year!  My idea book is overflowing and I’ve finally found my stride, post-holidays.  Stay tuned for much productivity!


 

Sweater Complications

Sweaters are complicated beasts!  Anyone who’s ever tried to knit their own sweater knows this.  There are many phases and emotions involved.  Finally, I think all of my sweater pains have been addressed sufficiently and are coming to happy resolutions.

The big one is this…

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I have officially reclaimed my needles & notions.  This sweater is no more.  It’s been a work in progress since June but I’m over it.  It’s a duplicate of this sweater, that I finished in the spring…

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I love this sweater.  I wear it all the time.  It’s almost perfect.   Almost!  It’s so close.  There’s just one thing that has stopped it from being perfect.  Unfortunately, much of it’s charm, also, comes from this not perfect part…the yarn, Pluto-Lopi, the Icelandic unspun pencil roving.

It’s delicate.  It’s not fragile.  The fabric is quite sturdy but I’ve managed to rub it thread bare in the armpits already.  img_1829

I’ve got spots on both arms and both sides, where pilling and rubbing have nearly eliminated the loose unspun fibers.  Hope is not lost for this sweater.  I’m embracing it’s wabi sabi and patching it.  I don’t have any of the matching yarn left but I’ve got plenty of the Noro I used for the stripes.  I’m down with funny duplicate stitch patches in my armpits.

The Noro yarn is a thicker anyhow, more fiber in the problem areas is exactly what this sweater needs.   I’m happy to keep patching it as needed.  I might even love it more as the armpit patches continue to develop and take over.  It’s a lightweight sweater, both in mass and in wearing, and yet it is incredibly warm.  It fits perfect.  It matches everything in my closet.  It’s only 8 months old…there’s no chance I’m ready to retire it yet.

But, I don’t need two sweaters like that.  So, Plutolopi sweater #2 has been halted.  I understand why this yarn is commonly held double now.  That’ll definitely help with future sweaters, maybe even held double with Einband, the Icelandic lace weight yarn.

And, with that big bag of guilt officially retired, I can, legit, think about an RBG inspired sweater!  I’ve been saying it’s going to happen since Christmas but with two sweaters on the needles, I just couldn’t bring myself to start a third.    I’ve finally got a clean sweater slate because, oh yeah..I finished the sweater I’ve been working on for Mom!

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It’s WestKnit’s Outer Space, another favorite of mine.  The yarn is an assortment of Lopi & Lettlopi.  Yes, I have a thing for Icelandic yarn.  At this point, it’ll be no surprise that my RBG inspired sweater is going to be Lettlopi.

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I spent at least two days, last spring, futzing with variations of this palate to find a fun peacock fade.  I had the sweater all planned out.  It was going to be lovely side to side number that faded from light at the cuffs to dark in the center.  I knit the whole thing…in my mind.  I had high hopes.  Somehow that all got derailed though.

Turns out, I was just waiting for the right idea.  RBG Peacock Fade…Hello 2019!  Let’s do this!    (right after I spend two more days futzing with colors again…)

It really is happening this time!  I’m ready for a new sweater!  It’s a new year.  The moons have all aligned.  I’ve cleared out all the 2018 knitting baggage.  It’s on…


 

Happy Christmas!

 

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Here’s my adorable little nephew Marcus visiting Santa and wearing his special Christmas sweater!

I love it! Despite being very different people, my sister and I do share a sense of humor!    I just wanted cute nephew pics…this is above and beyond though, cracks me up every time.

Now to brainstorm ideas for next year’s naughty sweater??

I’m also thinking about what to cast on for Christmas.  It’s an annual tradition for me to start a sweater on Christmas Day.  This year I think the theme is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  There are two new patterns on Ravelry that are super:  The Knitorious RBG by Park Williams, and Dissent by Andrea Rangel.  Of course, I can’t do anything the simple way and just follow a pattern but I love the idea.   An RBG-inspired collar can be inserted onto any sweater!  Step one:  Stash Dive.   I should have enough lopi to make this happen!

Stay tuned next week for progress pics, hopefully I’ll have some!   And hopefully a year in review post.  It doesn’t seem like it right now, but I got a lot of knitting done this year!

Happy Christmas from my family to yours!  Hope you all have a great long weekend and Christmas!


 

Sweater Weather

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Once I got beyond the sleeve divide, yesterday, it was smooth sailing.  I made it through the body of my nephew sweater no problem.  When I got the bottom, I added another feature, designed to aid in long term wearability.

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A split hem.  Hopefully this will allow little man to wear it longer.  I’m also going to extend the sleeves, so they can be rolled up and then unrolled as he grows.  Hopefully he’ll get to wear this one into the new year.   Fingers crossed!

Of course, it’s time to knit all the sweaters!  Sweater weather is the best.  I’ve got a holiday sweater in mind and he’s definitely going to need a grandpa sweater for the winter.  Maybe something with elbow patches.  I love a good elbow patch.

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For Throwback Thursday, I submit this photo of my favorite elbow patch sweater (taken 20 years ago next week, on my 21st birthday)!  You can’t see them, but rest assured, they were the perfect leather patches, soft and just the right color.  I loved this sweater…a lot.  I lost it at a blizzard party a few months after later.  I didn’t knit it, but still, I was saddened by it’s loss.  It was a great sweater.

Here’s another sweater with an interesting use of leather.  I spied it while watching Kingpin, the second best bowling movie of all time.  I’m undecided on whether it’s a great sweater but there is no doubt, it’s got an interesting construction.

 

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It’s got the leather panels down the front.  They evoke a certain time period, which is what they’re going for.  This is supposed to be a scene from the 70’s.  That’s not the interesting construction though.  Those cable bands are what caught my eye.  I think, they’re an appliqué, sewn on after the fact.  The band looks rather stiff.  The sweater shows folds from movement but the band is solid.

The close shot really confirms it for me.  You can see the base sweater and the cable band are distinct from each other.  The usual tension you’d see at the cable row is non-existent.  You get a clear look at the band too.  It’s not even really cable knit.  It’s two pieces twisted together and then sewn on.

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That is an interesting design choice.  Why would they do that?  Would a hand knitter do that?  No, I don’t think a hand knitter would.   I think it must be a decision based on industrial production.  I can’t imagine it’s a feature of design.  I’m going to assume it’s a feature of convenience.  What else could it be?

The longer I look at this one, the closer I get to declaring it a great sweater.  It certainly makes me think I should be checking goodwill for sweaters more often.  This would be a great vintage find!  Perhaps I’ve found my afternoon adventure…


 

 

All the WIPS Wednesday

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Remember this sweater?  I started it waaaay back in June.  At the time,  I wondered, ‘which can I do faster…get a job or knit a sweater?’   It’s now September and I’ve done neither, so the debate rages on…

I found out, last night, I did not get the job and, that’s okay.  It wasn’t a great fit.  It was a really good practice interview though.  I’ll be dialed in when the next one comes.  Plus, now there’s still time to knit a sweater!  It probably won’t be mine but this little nephew sweater is rapidly coming to a conclusion…

The pattern is Newborn Vertebrae, with KnitPicks ‘Hawaiian Shirt’ Felici self striping yarn.  It’s the cutest darn thing!  I’ll be finishing it ASAP!  Turns out babies grow quick and I want him to get plenty of wear out of this sweater.  I got this picture of the newborn size socks I made him…

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Time for new socks too!  So much knitting, so little time between growth spurts!  Of course, there’s non-baby knitting too…

Nothing motivates me like nearly losing my free time to work.  After all the recent interruptions, it’s been especially nice this week getting yarn into my hands again.  I think, my annoyance at the Wonder Woman wrap has subsided and I’ve decided to press forward on it.

I’m starting to remember what set me off in the first place.  It’s a garter stitch pattern, which one typically assumes to be all knit stitches.  Well, You know what they say about assumptions.  Turns out, in order to maintain the stripes properly, a portion of this pattern is the oft-forgotten all purl garter stitch.  m*$@F*$^er.  I was so pissed when I got there.  There was a lot of cursing that day.  To say I did it begrudgingly was an understatement.  And there’s no way around it, in order to construct the iconic stacked WW, it has to be done.  It was immediately following that section, the project went into the timeout corner.

I mean, c’mon…all purl garter stitch???  Who does that?  Clearly not me.  UGH.  I’m never in the mood for all purl garter stitch.  NO.  Never.  I’ve finished working that portion of the pattern.  It’s done so hopefully, I’ll get over it mentally, too.  :) Maybe it won’t be as disastrous as I thought last week.  The yarn is an amazing 50 silk/50 merino blend and the colors perfect together, even if they aren’t classic Wonder Woman.  Or I could just put it back in the timeout corner!  I want to finish my Dragon Fade Match & Move.  I’m getting really close now!

FO Friday…Here I come!!


 

It was fun while it lasted.

Procrastiknitting in full force!  I worked on the dragon tail fade yesterday (it still looks the same though.)  Then, I started a new nephew sweater.

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It’s a Newborn Vertebrae, in KnitPicks Felici.  It’s the cutest little sweater and for once, my loosey goosey gauge is going to benefit me.  The Vertebrae series of patterns spans from newborn size all the way up to adult.  It’s a really cute ‘frontless’ cardigan with raglan shaping.

The newborn size is actually too small for my nephew.  It’s a 0-3 month sort of size but my little buddy, at six weeks old is easily fitting into a 3 month onesie.  My plan is to knit the newborn size (aka the free size of the pattern) and hope my loose gauge gives something closer to a 6-9 month sweater.  It should be perfect for the cooling fall weather.

I think it’s going to work out.  Gauge should be 7 sts/in,  I’m about 6 sts/in, giving me a slightly larger FO.  It’s almost like I planned it!

Procrastiknitting is in full force!  I worked on the dragon tail fade yesterday too (it still looks the same though.)  Might as well procrastiblog a bit more too!  Here’s my latest cross stitch project…

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MoviePass has really put the FUN in funemployment.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a subscription service that offers one basic movie ticket, per day for the low monthly fee of $9.95.  No Imax or 3D, which was perfect because I don’t like those enhancements.

I joined at the beginning of the year and promptly started seeing movies.  It was awesome.  I saw almost every Oscar nominated film…I’m talking all the down ballot movies too.  I only missed Blade Runner and Roman J. Esq.  It was certainly the most interested I’ve ever been in the Oscars.

Over time though, MoviePass has eroded it’s service.  Turns out their business model sucks.  Today, that same $9.95 buys you 3 movie tickets per month, you can only see a movie once and only movies that they happen to be offering on any given day (aka the shittiest movies out).

After getting significant enjoyment out of my MoviePass, I was finally fed up with their horrible treatment of customers so I quit.  Now that my MoviePass time has come to an end, I miss the good old days already.  It was only a few months ago but it was a great reminder of how much I like going to the theater.

I saw Oscar nominated films.  I saw big budget action flicks.  I saw a boatload of documentaries.  I even got to see a special anniversary showing of the Dark Crystal and a director Q&A of the documetary ‘The King’.   Of course, I also saw some shit.  MoviePass was financial permission to enjoy seeing shit though.

The company is still in business but by all accounts they won’t last long.  So I had to memorialize my fond MoviePass memories in cross stitch.  I haven’t decided exactly how to finish the bottom.  Perhaps simply “it was fun while it lasted.”

While I decide, here’s a run down of what I saw.   As far as I’m concerned, Call Me By Your Name was robbed at the Oscars.  It’s an absolutely gorgeous movie about a sweet and touching love story.  If you have the chance, I highly recommend seeing it.  And now, here’s the full list…

The Best of the Bunch:  Call Me By Your Name (4x), I, Tonya (3x), Thor: Ragnarok, Dark Crystal, Isle of Dogs (2x), RBG, Sorry to Bother You, 3 Identical Strangers

The Really Good Ones:  Lady Bird, Darkest Hour, The Post, Get Out, Coco, Jumanji, Faces Places, Love, Simon, The Party, A Quiet Place, Deadpool 2, Filmworker, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, Hearts Beat Loud, Eating Animals, Incredibles 2, Whitney, The Cakemaker, 8th Grade, Love, Cecil, Blindspotting, Miseducation of Cameron Post, Blackklansman, Skate Kitchen, Puzzle, The Meg

The Just Ok:  Downsizing, 3 Billboards in Ebbing, Mo, Proud Mary, Dunkirk, Winchester, Molly’s Game, Black Panther, Thoroughbreds, Game Night, Final Portrait, Kings, Lives Well Lived, Bad Samaritan, Avengers, Ready Player One, Always at the Carlyle, House of Tomorrow, Solo, Hotel Artemis, Ocean’s 8, American Animals, Jurassic Park, The King, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, The Misandrists, Ant-man and the Wasp, Hotel Transylvania, Generation Wealth, McQueen, Dark Money, Leave No Trace, Support the Girls, Happytime Murders

Why Did I Bother With These:  Greatest Showman, Pitch Perfect 3, Shape of Water, Annihilation, Wrinkle in Time, Tomb Raider, Death of Stalin, Journey’s End, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, Overboard, Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean Michel-Basquiat, Mountain, Heredity, Gauguin, Mamma Mia 2, Mission Impossible Fallout, Nico, 1988, Mile 22

I Left Early:  Super Trooper 2 (turns out this was NOT Super Bad 2, d’oh), Life of the Party (actually had to google to remember what this one was, at least I was able to block it from my mind!), Action Point

The Absolute Worst:  Phantom Thread

I hated Phantom Thread, it’s terribleness is unrivaled.  UGH.  I can’t believe this was someone’s vision?!?  If I can save even one person from wasting two hours on that shit, it was worth for me to sit through it.

And so, now that I’ve procrastiblogged.  I really have no excuse.  I should go do some job interview prep!  UGH!


 

Gang’s All Here

For a minute there, I was heading towards monogamous knitting.  I’m not sure what came over me but I’m feeling much better now.  I’ve got WIPs everywhere I look!  Finally!  and they’re all lovely.  Nobody is misbehaving.  It’s a small slice of happy place, in a world going mad.


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My honeycomb baby blanket is nearing completion (so is the baby!!  Wooo!  Any day now…I think some baby leg warmers will hit the needles next.  Chubby baby legs in cute stripes?  Yes, Please!)


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My sweater is nearing the sleeve divide!  I joked when I cast this on, what can I do faster…knit a sweater or get a job.  It’s that time, work needs to become a daily reality for me, soon.  It’s not really a joke anymore…in the meantime, it’s sleeve divide Thursday here at FogKnits HQ!  No one’s paying me for it, but I’ll certainly feel productive.


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My Hitchhiker still has a long way to go…plenty of knitting in public left here!  Between World Cup knitting and summer blockbuster movie knitting, I’ve got plenty of excuses to knit in public.  This will definitely be ready for Halloween!


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And my newest cast on is making delightful progress. It’s the Pebble Beach shawl, in a yarn my Mom dyed for me.  I’ve cast it on and frogged this yarn a couple times.  I think I’ve finally found the winning combination though!  Third times the charm!


Yes, this is a big pile of happy place.  Beautiful colors and textures.  Yarn from Mom.  A little knit along with a friend.  Hours of calming work thinking about my hopes and dreams for my new Nephew.  A new sweater means no trip to the mall, no spending money on fast fashion (which is, surely, giving money to the wrong people).  The benefits of knitting are truly immeasurable.  I appreciate it more everyday.