Hence Sweater – WIP #2

Hence WIP Body

My sweater is up to the front opening divide and I’m back to working in rows again.  Knitting in the round was definitely faster but switching between two skeins is a bit harder in rounds.  I’ve read in several places that when using hand dyed yarns you should alternate your skeins.  This avoids unintended color variations.  I think all my skeins look the same but there’s no dye lot.  Better safe than sorry when I’m putting this much time into it!

Since I started with rows it was easy to alternate the skeins.  When I moved into working rounds I just kept going without researching the best way to do this.  Of course once I was done with the rounds I found this blog post.  The tutorial would have come in useful but fortunately I alternated skeins at the side. I doubt anyone notices that it’s not perfectly seamless.

I am excited to know that alternating skeins is also a way to avoid color pooling.  That’s one of my biggest pet peeves with variegated yarns.  I’ll be keeping this in mind for any projects where color pooling must be avoided!

4th Quarter Hue Shift Afghan Done!

Hue Shift Afghan Q1-4 wide

Mitered squares are done!  I finished this last quarter of the hue shift afghan faster than any others.  I’m really eager to finish this off but of course there’s the seaming and that border.  Since I don’t hate myself I have been weaving in the ends along the way.  I can’t recommend this highly enough!  Can you image having 200-ish ends to weave in just when you thought you were finished?!?

Each quarter took between 30-35 hours each.  This includes weaving in all the ends and of course making mistakes.  I’m guesstimating the seaming & border will take about as much time as one of these quarters did.  That leaves me at 80% done but that’s still exciting.  I need to pick a new travel project since the blanket will be too big & heavy to carry with me!

Hence Sweater – WIP #1

Hence WIP Closeup

I’m very excited about my next garment project the Hence  sweater pattern! Show Stopper by Leading Men Fiber Arts is nice to work with and once of the least twisty or splitty yarns I’ve used.  Both things I love! Since this yarn is a “light” fingering my swatches showed that I needed to go down two needle sizes, to a size US 3 needle.  I greatly dislike when gauge is given “after blocking” but it does make sure I’m not lazy.  I blocked my swatch and I’m glad I did.   I had perfect gauge for both stitches and rows which is unheard of!

Like with my Elle Cardigan I did a lot planning. I again used  Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog to make my alterations.  This book is quickly becoming a required stable for any sweater pattern I’ll try!  I did make quite a few changes for a better fit including:

  • Shorter total length (taken from the bottom)
  • Shorter arms
  • Extra bust shaping
  • Wider shoulder strap

The math is all worked out so hopefully the hard work is done!

Raven Wing Socks – Done!

Raven Wing FO side

  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight – Winter Jewel (Nov 2013)
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 1 circulars (two at a time)
  • Pattern:  Raven Wing Socks
  • Size: Women’s Small
  • Time Spent: 33 hours
  • Dates: 3/5/2016 – 4/5/2016

First 2013 Rockin’ Sock Club pattern done!  I started backwards; this is the last pattern for that year.  I know the first pattern was my least favorite so I’ll probably end at the beginning.  Everything in between is up for grabs!

I liked a lot of things about this pattern.  The twisted cable and ribbing works well for me and looks much neater than the standard rib & cable.  It might be “cheating” because I know this is a tension problem but the results are so much nicer that I’ll stick with it.   I’m also quite happy with the colors and over all look.

Unfortunately I doubt I’ll wear these much.   Once the sock is on it’s comfortable but there is a non-stretchy point that makes it hard to get on & off over the heel/ankle.  The foot fits perfectly.  The heel is a bit too long and the ankle/leg is too small.  The heel flap is purposefully longer to accommodate the twisted stitches but I didn’t need that extra length. I did need more room at the ankle and leg and that wasn’t accommodated enough for me.  I know I have fat calves so maybe that was it.  I’ll watch that in the rest of the patterns!

Woobie Monkey – Baby Gift #1

Woobie Monkey FO

  • Yarn: Hikoo by skacel Simplicity (3.5 skeins Turkish Coffee, 0.33 skeins Sahara Sand)
  • Yarn Weight: DK
  • Needles: US Size 3 circular & DPN
  • Pattern:  Woobie Monkey
  • Time Spent: 21.5 hours
  • Dates: 3/8/2016 – 4/9/2016

Nephew #3 is on the way and of course some knitted baby gifts are a must!  My sister lives in Florida so I couldn’t quite convince myself to try for the  Reversible Celtic Baby Blanket.  I found this pattern at a local yarn shop while down in Florida and figured it was the perfect compromise.  It’s not a blanket but still something to snuggle against and who can resist a monkey head?

I did run into a couple of issues. I ran out of brown yarn and couldn’t find an exact match which I’m sad about.  Plus my face making skills are seriously lacking.  I figure it’s endearing and the baby won’t judge too much if the eyes don’t match.  It adds character right?  I just need to make sure it will survive the washing machine.  Otherwise baby toy will become cat toy!