Monday, March 02, 2015

Frogged and restarted

2 years ago, I was at a weekend retreat with my spinning & weaving guild, and while there, I made significant progress on my first Julissa sweater.  We recently had our 3rd retreat (which means it's now a tradition!).  In the intervening years, though, I shrank (on purpose) so my original Julissa no longer fit me quite right.  So I frogged it.  Over this recent retreat weekend, I finally re-skeined and washed the yarn.  Once it dried, I cast on for another Julissa ... this time I'm doing the boat-neck version. Unfortunately, though, I don't have photos to show yet.

I also made good progress on my Saucy Librarian sweater.  Finished the seed stitch neckline, picked up about 85 million stitches, did all the raglan increases and and am now cruising on down the body. Oh! I also worked on the body of the Owls sweater. The body is finished and now it's time to start the sleeves ... which I might go do right now!

-mz

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bad case of start-itis

If you've been paying attention to that sidebar over there, you might notice that a new sweater was started recently.  This yarn ...



... is going to become this sweater ...

Saucy Librarian pattern by Amanda Jensen

It has a vintage/retro vibe to it, and I can't wait to find the perfect button(s) to add to the neckline. In the meantime, I'm sittin' ... and I'm knittin'!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

First sweater of 2015 ... done

Miranda with short sleeves, pocket, no hood. Finished yesterday, wore today. Blocking? No way, too excited to wear her!





Now I'm working on my Owls sweater while I watch a movie with the Mister.  Catch ya later!

-mz

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Quick update: Miranda

The body is finished!  Time to work on the sleeves. While I'm doing that, I'll decide whether to knit a hood (which I think I will!).






Friday, January 23, 2015

What's one more?*

So what had happened was .... One of my knitting friends at work came to ask me a yarn question. She's about to start knitting Kate Davies' Owls sweater. I've wanted to knit that one for YEARS so I thought I'd join in the knitting fun.  For an extra fun twist, though, I decided to knit it in a worsted weight yarn, rather than bulky as the pattern calls for.  A quick stash dive reminded me of this:

Elann Peruvian Highland Wool
Gauge: 19sts / 24 rows = 4 inches on 4.0 - 4.5mm (US 6-7) needles
Color 727 Spiced Wine
My job is to figure out how to knit at a completely different gauge and still get the finished size I want (approx 38" at bust).  So I will wash my swatch,  determine my gauge, do some tricksy knitting calculations, and determine what size to knit.  I think that I should be able to knit the 48-50" size in order to get the 38" size. Not sure whether I will do the back waist shaping, or skip it. I'll decide once I get to that point.

I'll report back later ... stay tuned!

-mz

* Look over there in the sidebar ( -->).  I have 4 sweaters on needles already, so what's one more on the pile? :-) I'll be one busy knitter this year!

... this has been a QuietStorm production, dahling ...