Fiber Friday | 8.31.18

Fiber Friday | 8.31.18

Houston… we have colorwork!!

Yes, I am on the downhill portion of my Strokkur and my favorite part! I feel safe in saying that this sweater will be done next week! This despite the realization that I did too many decreases in the short-row section – I should have done NONE and did them not “as above” but “as the previous page.” All this meant that I considered ripping back 8 rows of knitting… (yeah, yuck). My option was to just drop back stitches in the decrease areas and re-knit them sans decreases. It was fiddly, but it is done. AND, yes… colorwork has started!!

Moral of the story…really read every word the pattern author writes… knit to marker means just that. I blame this entirely on Joe Biden’s amazing eulogy yesterday for distracting me!

Is it just me or have you all noticed the huge influx of new patterns on Ravelry over the past week? You’d think a new season was coming, or something… ha! It’s true, a HUGE influx of new patterns and, sadly, not all of them were anything to write home about… or link here. But, I did find some really fun things to share with you this week!

First up, a couple of non-knitting links!

If you want to show a little RESPECT today, Aretha’s funeral will be broadcast on television and online.

Next up: Crostini, 3 Ways was posted this week on he Laine blog…oh my. This might be coming to a happy hour table in my house soon!

Are you a sock knitter?

Sockturnal… think this is your typical sock? Think again… it starts in a very unique place: the heel!

Dip your toes might be too cute to put shoes on!

Intiaanisykst are sure to be a quick knit using Aran weight yarn!

Perhaps you are more of an accessory kind of knitter…

Glitch might mean malfunction, but this cowl definitely is NOT!

Enderby is most interesting!

Magnolia Hat is so cute!

So is Hari Hat!

Ysolda’s Knitworthy 5 will be out next week!

Quince’s Dune and Ridge

However, it was Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner for the sweater knitters:

Dale was the first pattern released from Quince & Co. Core Wool 2018 (also see Dune and Ridge above… these first patterns are all about gauge!)

Jane Morris by Carole Sunday

The Throwback by Andrea Mowry

Hoar Cardigan has two sleeve style options

And, finally…The Sweater Opus: Lindisfarne which is a “labor of love.” Wow!

That’s all I have for this week! See you all back here on Monday! Have a wonderful LONG weekend!

Make it Monday | 8.27.18

Make it Monday | 8.27.18

This weekend was truly the stuff of dreams. Steve had a work function, so he was gone until Sunday, which meant I did what I wanted all weekend long!

There was so much reading! I am three books away from a second cover all…. Yes, you read that correctly! I am focused and can almost taste success even if it might come down to the wire next Monday so stay tuned!

I made a Beach Hair Don’t Care headband. I knit it at a slightly tighter than recommended gauge and now I am hoping that it stretches out as I think it will with a bit of blocking. But… In case it doesn’t, a second has been started at the recommended gauge! Ha!

I finished the lace work of Tegna, which means that it is now the perfect knit… just round, and round, and round… for 15 or so inches! Haha!

I also pulled out Strokkur and made some good progress on a sleeve!

All this weekend productivity has energized my Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Happy Monday!

Fiber Friday | 8.24.18

Fiber Friday | 8.24.18

It’s a 2-fer Friday! I finished up my AC-esque tee yesterday, I also finished weaving in the ends of last years End of Summer MKAL and I love them both!

I learned so much in the construction of this tee and I absolutely want to do this again! One thing I know for sure is that I need to practice stitches! Even a simple running stitch performs differently in knit materials. I see some more stitch sampling in my future! Ha! Also, AC patterns run small… holy cow. However, a quick fix of a side gusset solved that problem. I used one of Steve’s no longer worn Old Navy tee shirts which I cut apart and put back together. The front pieces are double layer (with a white tee shirt). I love how this double layer worked! It feels so substantial and is really much nicer than just a plain old tee shirt. I think for my first try, this worked very well!

 

Now, the End of Summer Wrap…it is huge!! I used Briar Rose Fibers Joyful and it is so soft! However, I am ashamed to say that just 3 partial days of knitting were all that stood between unfinished and finished. The unique construction of this shawl is also just wonderful! And, the huge rectangle shape is so wearable! It’s pretty sad that it languished in a basket for the better part of a year, however, I think this will be in heavy rotation this fall!

How about some links?

First up, Beth Brown-Reinsel has a couple of new Gansey books out: Gansey Style Accessories and Knitting Ganseys

Churchmouse Yarns & Teas has released a new fall collection that has some really lovely pieces! Plus, they included a little bonus hat pattern that is free!

Not a sweater knitter? This week has some lovely things for you!

The Sweater Was Strong this week:

And, finally… this one is for Carole! Beach Hair Don’t Care

That is all I have for the week! See you back here on Monday!

Make It Monday | 8.20.18

Make It Monday | 8.20.18

In the ongoing reorganization of all things crafty in my house, I found several languishing projects that needed to be prioritized for finishing. Sometimes the best way to hold myself accountable is to post it here, out in the open for all to see.

This gives me the perfect opportunity to update my “Make Nine in 2018” goals. I have replaced some items from my original plan.

  1. Alabama Chanin-style t-shirt – neck and arm binding and some seam stitching are all that stand between me and a new top! A question for all you experienced Alabama Chanin girls…
    should I cut out the insides of the stars or do I leave them as they are?
  2. Laura Aylor’s End of Summer MKAL from last year…seems appropriate to finish it, right?
  3. Strokkur… sleeves and yoke to go…This would be a lovely addition to my cooler weather wardrobe, so it is moving back into the rotation!
  4. Autumn Forest – I am not to the half way point yet, but this is a nice semi-mindless and portable knit!
  5. Two more Esme Tunics… one flannel and one with bell-sleeves!
  6. Another Uniform Top
  7. Tegna is underway and I am almost done with the lace portion!

Sadly, this is not the entire list of things I have languishing but, these are the things that I have prioritized for finishing! The others I am pondering…do they stay, or do they go!

I also realize this looks like I have made nothing from my first “make nine” collage… I have made oodles of Esme Tunics and Tops… and I love them so much, they are like my uniform! So, an updated with some knits switched out for the following reasons… I foolishly put 2 items on my list that required me to spin the yarn in order to then knit. I am so out of practice with spinning and I don’t think a sweater spin is the place to work out those kinks. Consistency and all that being important in sweater knitting… so they have moved off the list to be replaced by things that I want to finish.

Last week, Karen shared some great inspiration for completing things. I am taking a page from her and setting aside time each day to work on this list until it is complete.

What are you making today? Do you have a “must finish” list before the season changes?

Zipper Tales

Zipper Tales

On Wednesday, I headed off to JoAnn’s to find a separating zipper and a “Knit Picker”, the zipper I found but the knit picker? No luck there, but I did find these needles with a latching eye. I thought they would work better, especially since I could not get this zipper.

Yesterday, I began the Zipper Undertaking on my Rock the Lobster

Step One: Determine how many loops to “pick up” on my zipper and mark my “dots” on the zipper tape. How did I determine this? I used my row gauge, which was 8 rows to the inch. **Key tip if you cannot get the above zipper – use a wing needle on your sewing machine and contrasting thread to easier see where to pick up stitches! A wing needle makes a larger hole in the zipper tape making the insertion of the darning needle much easier. I stitched on paper first to count stitches per inch and adjust stitch length so my gauge would match.

Step Two: Pick up the loops and place them on a spare knitting needle.

Step Three: Pick up the same amount of stitches plus two on the sweater (why two extra stitches? The bottom of the zipper tape when lined up with the bottom edge of my sweater was had a space of 2 stitches between the bottom and the zipper teeth, I just did the I-cord edge to continue to the bottom of the sweater edge)  and place on another knitting needle in preparation for this applied I-cord method (on step 3, I inserted the needle through a stitch on the zipper and a stitch on the cardigan.)

Step Four: Repeat the above steps on second half of the zipper. Oh, and how did I make sure the zipper was even on both sides? When I started the second half, I began with the zipper closed with both halves together. Once I had a few stitches complete, I unzipped and continued with the I-cord join.

Step Five: Cover zipper tape and steeked edges with ribbon (which I have yet to do. But, the row of picked up stitches on the zipper will make the perfect edge for stitching one side of the ribbon on.

If you click on the images, you can scroll through the gallery:

Things I learned: I thought I could mark my stitches with a dressmaker pencil, but the point of the darning needle was not sharp enough to penetrate the zipper tape. The wing needle made a nice hole, but it was impossible to see on the black zipper tape, so contrasting stitching solved that problem.

The first half went slower than the second half, but I completed both sides yesterday. Now I just need to find the perfect ribbon for the inside! I highly recommend this method of zipper installation as it gives an absolutely gorgeous finish! And, again – thank you Vicki for making this recommendation!

Now, how about a couple of links?

This is a gorgeous transitional knit!

Thinking about fall? Aine

And, finally (and free!) Verity

That is all I have for the week! Happy Friday and I will see you all back here on Monday!

Sometimes Monday | 8.13.18

Sometimes Monday | 8.13.18

Are for making.

My list today includes more Cherry Tomato Jam, some Peach Jam, and a Plum tart.

Also, that Basil infused cocktail from Friday got very high marks! I based it on this recipe. It was bright and refreshing. Changes I made: I used regular vodka (not citrus flavored) and no tonic water. Served with a twist, it was the perfect start to the weekend!

Oh, and this will be done today! Well, at least the knitting will be done! Up next, steeks and a zipper!

How was your weekend?

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