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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A New Sock

I cast on for a new pair of socks.  This is Twisted (which I think I began once before and then frogged for some reason), knit in Socks That Rock Lightweight in It's a Supernatural Thing.  I usually work Socks That Rock in a plain vanilla stockinette, but I'm trying something different on these.  I'm not quite sure that I'm loving this pattern with this yarn, but the farther I get, the more I'm liking it.  I'll try another inch or so and decide.  It's possible that Twisted would be happier in a more subtle colorway.

OK, it's official, over the course of writing the paragraph above, I've decided to frog and redo this into a plain vanilla stockinette pattern.  Socks That Rock tend to spiral on me (versus a true self striping), but the purl stitch background and the slipped stitch foreground are just breaking up the colors too much.  I'm glad we had this talk.  Sometimes it helps to just think something through out loud, right?  Hopefully the third time will be the charm with this pattern!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In the Forest

In the forest 
Once again, in the spring semester of Loopy Academy, we've been given the chance to do extra credit.  I decided not to do the sewing extra credit because I couldn't find something I wanted to make within the project requirements, but I am doing the knitting extra credit.  I decided to make the On the Spice Market shawl, but I'm making it in greens and blues so mine is In the Forest.  I'm using Loopy Solids and I'm using Cornflower, Pesto, Olive, Pine, Evergreen, Lake and Navy.  Cornflower is my main color.  As you can see, I've made it through the first set of stripes and I've just begun the middle, polka dot section.  (It's not really polka dots, but that's what it looks like from a distance.)

This is the same designer as Drachenfels, which I made for the solid/multicolor project earlier this semester.  As soon as I saw On the Spice Market, I knew I wanted to make it, just for the color combination possibilities!

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Carson Throw: April is Finished

Carson throw. 
I have completed April's knitting for the Carson Throw.  What you see is through Round 152 and I've just started using color 4.  If you look just at the top of the knitting, you can see that the color behind the "spokes" is more of a gray blue green, than the bright blue green of color 2 (the "spokes" are color 3).  Every time I add a new color, I'm not too sure how I feel about it at first, but then once I've done a couple of inches with it, I like it.  I know all the colors work together, it just feels strange when I add in a new one.  Now this project can sit and relax until next Sunday, when I can begin May's knitting (which I think is another 30 rounds).


Friday, April 22, 2016

The Knitting is Finished

Heathered Ruby 
I finished the knitting on my Heathered cardigan!  Of course now I have to weave in the ends, sew down the pocket linings,  and block the whole thing so it doesn't look so rumpled.  At some point, I will also need to find buttons for it, but I have several months before I'll wear it, so I have plenty of time.  I'm calling it finished (although I'll show you what it looks like when it's blocked and pretty).

This weekend I'm going to try to finish April's section of the Carson Throw and then maybe I won't feel like I have so many half finished things hanging over my head.  Of course, I'll probably start knitting my Loopy Academy Extra Credit project too!


Thursday, April 21, 2016


Yes, he's even ferocious in his sleep!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Look! More Sleeve!

Heathered ruby 
That is all.

I will be trying this on later this morning to decide how much more I have before the cuff, but I'm almost there!


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Cardigan

Heathered Ruby cardigan 
I have finished the ribbing and bound off the lower edge of my Heathered Ruby Cardigan, I have knit the pocket linings (but they aren't sewn in, neither are any of the yarn ends), and I have begun the first sleeve.  Sleeves in DK weight are much faster than sleeves in fingering weight!

I will probably spend most of the week finishing this cardigan.  I seem to have gotten too many things started at once, and I'm planning on starting my extra credit Loopy Academy project soon, plus I've got plans for Mad May (the Madelinetosh KAL in May) using ESK yarn so I can double dip for their May KAL as well.  Currently on the needles, I have this cardigan, the Carson throw, my Meditative Blanket, and Lorelai (although the last two are technically on the hook).  This means I have no socks going right now, but the idea of starting something new with everything that's going on and with everything that's fixing to start, just makes me feel a little crazy.  All this means that I need to get two or three things finished as soon as possible or it's going to get overwhelming.

I'm still looking for buttons for this cardigan, and I loved the glass button idea from Moving Mud (I actually have a shawl pin I bought from them at Maryland one year), but I'm not sure I want to make that kind of financial investment in this particular sweater.  (The buttons would cost more than half the price of the yarn and this sweater just doesn't feel like it needs buttons that special.)  I'm going to keep looking and keep playing with ideas.  I know there's something perfect out there.  I'm not going to make the bands until the very end of the knitting, and I won't need it to wear until October or November, so I've got some time to find what I'm looking for.