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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Shifting

Find your fade 
I've barely begun the fourth color (Color D) in my Find Your Fade.  I'm just finishing up the fade from Color C to Color D at this point and this is also the color that bridges from the pink/red violet tones to blue tones, so it's kind of a big deal in how my fade works.  The yarn is Madelinetosh Twist Light in Video Baby.  Since my yarns for this project came from stash, I've got all different yarns from different dyers and different fibers, but I think in the end it will all work together.  I'm really wanting to knit another one of these in greens/blue greens at some point and if I do that, I'll have to buy yarn.  Maybe I'll be more consistent in my yarns for that one.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Fading

Find your fade 
I'm into my third color for my Find Your Fade!  This is Dream in Color Jilly in Dream On!  I'm thinking I would like a sweater out of this.  I'm loving the colors.  The knitting is simple, and while the rows are getting longer and longer, it's still moving pretty quickly.  It helps that I'm excited to see the next color and how it looks.  I'm going to have to wind some more yarn later today!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Knitting is Finished

Bentley cardigan 
I've finished the knitting on my Bentley cardigan.  It's still got a ways to go though.  Before I can call it completely finished, I've got to do a few more things:

  • Weave in the ends
  • Make button loops for the cuffs (that's why there's way too much yarn hanging off each sleeve)
  • Block the sweater
  • Prepare the button bands
  • Finish the button bands
  • Sew on the buttons
I've decided to add fabric reinforcement to the button and button hole bands and while theoretically I know what I'm doing, I've never actually done it.  I have some store bought cardigans that have petersham reinforced button bands, but as I was looking around the Internet for tutorials, I found one that mentioned using fabric.  I think some of my Liberty Tana Lawn scraps would make gorgeous button bands, so that's what I'm planning to use.

I've got a lot to do before this is finished, but it feels good to have the knitting part finished.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Another Pair of Footie Socks

Footie socks 
I've started another pair of footie socks.  At this point, I think I've said everything I have to say about this pattern.  I love it.  It's fast.  You should try it.

The yarn this time is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in Rosebud. 

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A New Wrap!

Find your fade 
I've started my Find Your Fade wrap!  Since I finished my Canal Grande wrap, I got to start my Find Your Fade and I've already made it to the second color!  I'm using the third color order I showed a few weeks ago.  That one was actually arranged by Caleb.  When I told him the blog had liked his the best, he replied, "Of course they did."  Not too modest, but he's a lot of fun!

So far it's going well and I'm enjoying the knitting.  I think the fact that it changes colors so many times throughout is going to make it a very fun project!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Canal Grande Wrap Finished!

Canal Grande wrap 
My Canal Grande scrap wrap is all finished!  It's blocked, the ends are woven in, and it's ready to toss around my shoulders!  This was a great stash buster for using little partial balls of yarn leftover from socks and other projects.  I used 365 grams of fingering weight yarn by knitting this (figuring on an approximate average of about 400 yards per 100 grams, that's 1,460 yards).  Blocked, it measured 22 inches by 87 inches, but it bounced back a few inches lengthwise after I unpinned it.  It's still a great size for wrapping around a jacket or coat.

I enjoyed knitting this and I'm really happy with the finished wrap.  The only issue I had with it was my own inability to count, but I found that if I'd count stitches on wrong side rows, I could stay on track.

I could definitely see myself making this again at some point, when the leftovers start piling up!

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Monday, October 09, 2017

One Sleeve and Lot of Strings

Bentley cardigan 
I've finally finished the first sleeve of my Bentley Cardigan.  I was at a point where I needed to try it on to figure out where I was on the sleeve, but in order to try it on, I had to put the sleeve stitches on a holder so I wouldn't drop any stitches (I knit sleeves on my nine inch circulars).  I knew this would take a few minutes and I just hadn't taken the time.  I finally sat down and did it, made some notes on how much more knitting the sleeve needed and finished the sleeve.  I now have notes and round numbers for the second sleeve, so that one should move much faster.

At some point I'm going to have to address the yarn ends on this project.  I really don't see that happening before I knit the second sleeve, but I will have to start weaving ends in eventually.  I'm really close to finishing this sweater, but for some reason it feels like it's farther from being done than it is.  Do you ever have a project like that, where it seems bigger in your head than it is in reality?

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