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FINALLY! My first sweater, AND first FO of 2008!

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Pattern: Tangled Yoke Cardigan by Eunny Jang, Interweave Knits Fall 2007
Needes
: US4, US3, and US0 Addi Turbo Circs
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish DK in Moss
Mods: See below

I did a lot of mods on this cardigan. I probably shouldn’t have since it was mh first sweater and really needed to understand sweater construction before changing things up, but you live and learn, right? The first thing I did was add length to the body, about 2 inches (next time I will spread out the length along the lower half instead of adding it to the top or bottom). I started out by including the faux seam stitch, and at a later point decided I didn’t want it so I left it out of the sleeves, but then was too lazy once I got back to the body to actually go back and reknit that one stitch, so I left it. I don’t think it made a difference in the way the cardi looks, so its all good.

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I also added length to the sleeves – too much length. Here’s where my ignorance in sweater construction came in – I didn’t realize that I should be
measuring from wrist to under the arms…instead I measures from my shoulder, so when I attached the sleeves the were about 3 inches too long! I went back and removed the 3 inches and bound off where I liked the sleeve length. I think I would have died if I have to reknit the sleeves a third time! Another mod to the sleeves was that I shortened the ribbing section. I really like the way they look after all those changes.

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The yarn ended up working pretty well, although I think its a bit on the heavy side. Its very warm and cozy, and I love that its a superwash. However, I think several washing would cause the cabled yoke portion to felt too much (is that good or bad??) so I’ll probably end up hand washing it. After it was all finished I thought the cardi was a bit big, so I stuck it in the washer and dryer, and it did shrink slightly which worked out really really well. I think its just the right fit now!

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Overall, I’m really happy with the knit. I wore it as soon as it was finished, and know it will be a staple of my wardrobe! My first sweater was a success – yay me!!

I was wondering when it would happen – I burned out on December 22nd, and couldn’t knit for others anymore. I wanted to make my mom and dad something else, I even had plans on what those were going to be, but I crapped out. Instead I picked up my BFF socks, and worked the heel and started the foot portion, then realized that it was too big. I could knit it all the way and just deal with large socks, but I really love the yarn and pattern so I want to make them just right. Here’s what they look like so far:

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I love them, but they are just too big so I think I’m gonna rip and go one size down. Plus I’m experimenting on the short row heel and this one had too many wraps, making the heel a bit droopy. These are taking me forever!!

I’ve also been working on the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. I finished up the sleeves and added several inches to the body. Last night I attached the sleeves, so its moving right along!

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I stopped by one of my favorite LYS’s on Boxing Day, and I was fortunate enough to walk into a 50% off ALL YARN sale! So needless to say I spent some moolah. Here’s what I picked up:

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Claudia’s Handpainted Yarn in Peony

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Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Olive

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And the big haul was 8 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed in Rage. I’ve been itching to knit with this stuff, especially after I’ve heard people that knit with it for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan and say that it knits like a dream. Now, what should I knit with it? I was thinking either the Boatneck Bluebell Sweater or Textured Tunic with Side Buttons in Fitted Knits (ravelry links!), or the Central Park Hoodie. Any suggestions?

I started Christmas gifts last night. I can’t say who these are for in case s/he checks this blog, but I started the Broad Street Mittens last night using Sandnes Garn Lanett in 4520, which is their darker pink.

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I started with US2 Double Points, and the ribbing fits over my wrist, even if it looks small in the photo (it looks small in real person too!). My gauge is off by 2 stitches per inch, so I think I’m going to swatch it on US3’s again tonight (I swatched last night and my gauge wasn’t right either, but I could have been too tired)…I think I’ll swatch an entire 4 inches. I never knit that big of a swatch but I guess I should.

I’m still working on the sleeves for the Tangled Yoke. I blocked the lower half of the body, and I’m going to have to re-block it the top part of it is way wider than the ribbing, which is causing the top portion to be waaaay too big. We’ll see how it goes. I may need to rip back and reknit a portion of the stockinette…however, the ribbing fits perfectly.

I’m also working on the BFF socks, but as I’m trying to get some knitting done for Christmas those may hibernate for a little bit. 🙂

It’s a warm Sunday here in Dallas, too warm actually. I’m ready for some chilly weather. This is the time of year that I like to open some windows, letting the chilly air seep in, and curl up on the couch watching football all day. I’ll add that a blissful day would include some knitting or reading, or both. But, alas, that blissful day is still a few weeks away as it feels like its 75 degrees outside. Beautiful weather yes, but not exactly what I’m craving.

I started the sleeves on the Tangled Yoke, again. I decided that I wanted the cardgian to have full sleeves instead of 3/4’s. I got the point where I really didn’t want to look at this WIP because the task of re-knitting the sleeves was just so not what I had in mind for fun knitting. Instead I went on a LYS run and got yarn to knit the Composed Mitts, and knit those in a few days. I had to come back to it sooner than later because I’m dying to get to the cables in the cardigan. Here’s an updated photo on the sleeves:

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I decided to knit only 60 rounds of the ribbing instead of the pattern stated 72 for several reasons:

  1. I love the ribbing but wanted it only 1/2 way up my arm, not 3/4.
  2. I was worried about the sleeves still being too large so I thought I could switch to smaller needles earlier (but I didn’t end up needing to do this)
  3. Ok, yes, I was getting tired of knitting it, so there. Plus I wanted to be able to read while I was knitting these, and I make waaaay too many mistakes whilst ribbing and reading.

They are coming along nicely, especially now that I’m in the stockinette portion. The pattern calls for casting on 61 stitches, then increasing throughout until reaching 85 stitches. Instead I cast on 53 and will be increasing more vigorously to get to the 85 needed to add the sleeves to the body. I’m also thinking I might make the collar a bit wider, or not so high, although I’ll figure this out when I get there. Still have the cables to go!

I also cast on for the BFF socks by Cookie. I’m using Ashabee’s Fiber Oasis wool sock yarn in Plum Crazy – you can find her Etsy’s shop here. I started with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Cherries Jubilee, but the cables were getting lost in the varying colors in the yarn, so I switched to a semi-solid. I’m in love with the colors of this yarn!

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I’m also knitting these for the Ravelry group SockKnitters Anonymous and their Sockdown: Ravelry! Knitting Challenge. I’m jumping in late and I’m not officially in the KAL, but I’m still going to follow is because I think its a great way to get me into the sock knitting groove. I just can’t help myself with all those amazing sock yarns out there. I think I’ll always have socks going as a WIP from here on out.

On a non-knitting note, here’s some kitty p0rn:

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So I’ve decided to go ahead and RIP back the sleeves that I was working on for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. I really want long sleeves on that one, so I’ve suppressed the desire to continue knitting on the sleeves I already have and have cast on for narrower ones. What I decided to so is to cast on fewer stitches, but increase more often throughout. I’m a bit worried that this might make the sleeves wide up top, so what I might do it cast on the number of stitches stated in the pattern onto smaller needles and work a few inches or so to see if that fits the same. if so, smaller needles it is.

I’ve finished the body for Lelah! As I spent the weekend contemplating what I was going to do with the Tangled Yoke Cardigan, I went ahead and tackled Lelah, which had been on the back burner for about a month. I had become disenchanted with Lelah as I had to rip back the entire bust portion of the garment – the fit was all wrong for my bust size and I came to the conclusion that I had to add short rows to make the fit right. Given that I had never worked short rows before, I was going to have to do some research and experimenting. There are several different ways to work short rows, and after trying this version, I settled on the Japanese version, as for me it was the most invisible. The other aspect of this that was a bit daunting was that I was working in the round, and most tutorials only describe how to work short rows on straight needles. Once I get a final pic of Lelah posted I’ll describe in detail how I worked the short rows…Anyway, here’s Lelah blocking:

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I’ve also made some progress on the Baby Cable Rib Socks. First socks ever, so I’ve had some growing pains with them. I think I’m going to work the second sock toe up to see which method I prefer. Eventually I will probably work socks on magic loop. The sock is slightly big, but I think I’m going to give them to my mom anyway as she really loves the colorway. I detest it, and only realized this after I started knitting with it. Even though I’m completely in love with bright colors, I’ve discovered that for my feet I like warm colors, like this. Anyway, here’s a pic of my progress so far.

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I stopped by my LYS store The Shabby Sheep on Saturday, mainly to get some advice on the Tangled Yoke but of course I can’t leave a yarn store without purchasing some yarn! The holidays are coming up – and I’ve decided to knit a few gifts. So I decided to pick up some yarn for the Composed Mitts in Interweave Knits Fall 2007. I decided on Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool:

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I also purchased some yarn for a surprise gift for a family member…I can’t say what its for or who its for, but here’s some yummy Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton:

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Ok, here’s the deal. I’ve been working on the sleeves for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan for a few weeks and here’s what’s happening:

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Here’s a closer look:

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Waaaay to big for my liking. So here’s where I need my fellow knitters advice…

Should I frog the sleeves and start all over, and cast on fewer stitches? Or should I keep the sleeves I’ve knitted so far, but make them three-quarter sleeves instead? Here’s what they would look like on moi three-quarter length:

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I know its a preference thing, but I’m a bit undecided…so persuade me!

I am completely and deliriously in LOVE with the bag!

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Pattern: Brea Bag by Berroco
Needles: Addi Turbo Size 9US 24″ Circulars
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Cardinal, little over 3 hanks
Notions: Handle – from my LYS; Button and lining – from Joann’s

Isn’t it cute? I mean, isn’t it just so adorable?! I seriously didn’t think I would love this bag this much, but as soon as I finished it I transferred all my stuff from my other purse into it and immediately wore it out in public. I think I might make one for my sis as well as she would totally love it…Christmas gifts?? I was a bit perturned that I had to use 3 hanks instead of the pattern-stated 2, but like the gal at my LYS store said, I can use whatever yarn is leftover to make a hat. Or something. Absolutely. Love. It.

Also an update on the Tangled Yoke – I’ve knit the majority of the body and I’m working on the sleeves right now. I decided to teach myself something new and knit 2 sleeves at once on a large circ using this technique. This is my first sweather and therefore the first sleeves I have ever knit. Having read some people’s irritation at knitting sleeves (I’m guessing it’s because you have to knit two of them!), I decided my first ones should be knit together. Plus I just love learning new techniques!

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Did you notice my wandering gauge in the body? I’m very frustrated by this, and the only thing I can do without ripping out all that work is to chalk it up to this being my first sweater and just deal. Maybe once I’ve blocked the piece it won’t look so bad. Or is it my imagination? It doesn’t look so bad in the picture!

I’m going to go a bit backwards from the title of my post, so please bear with me…

 

First off, I have to post this…an update from Ravelry:

Found you!

  • You signed up on August 3, 2007
  • You are #22905 on the list.
  • 4793 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 13430 people are behind you in line.
  • 49% of the list has been invited so far

It seriously feels like just last month I was back 11,000 peeps…they must be adding a s**t load of people daily! I made myself hold back in checking on a somewhat daily basis, so I was surprised to see I was so much closer. Come on Ravelry!

 

I have been so busy lately, with work and other personal stuff. I went to Austin City Limits on September 14-16, and had a blast. Here are some pics:

 

My friend Sarah and I (I’m on the right):

 

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One of the few good pics I got of a band close-up…This is M.I.A.; she had a ton of people come up on stage with her, which was soooo kick ass:

 

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During The Arcade Fire…it was HOT, and Arcade Fire rocked as usual:

 

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It took me two full days to recover from 3 days of music, vodka, sweat, and sun. And I’ll do it all over again!

I have to post this funny pic of my cat Jacks. I found him laid up under a blanket taking a nap, he woke up right before I took the picture:

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Now onto knitting…

 

I am still working on several projects. Lelah has been frogged back and I’m just starting to knit the top portion back up and will be adding short rows in the bust. I’m also working on the Brea Bag – I’ve got both the front and back knit up, and almost finished with the gussett but I ran out of yarn! :-/ So I need to head over to my LYS to purchase another hank. I followed the pattern to a tee and my gauge was spot on, so I’m a bit irritated that I ran out of yarn. I thought the pattern would have given a bit more leeway as far as yardage is concerned, or called for 3 hanks instead of 2. Anyway, I digress…

 

I also started knitting the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. This is my first cardigan so this is a learning experience for me. So far so good:

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There is one FO to post about! I finished my Stripped Bamboo Handle Bag…I’m very happy with it!

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Pattern: Striped Bamboo Circular Bag – Adapted from Chinese Charm Bag in Stitch ‘N Bitch by Debbie Stoller
Needles: Addi Turbo Size 10 1/2US 24″ Circulars
Yarn: Sensations BeautifulYarn, 1 ball each in Light Blue, Fuschia, and Green
Finished Size: 12″ high x 13″ wide

Here’s the problem with it:

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Agh!!! I’m thinking I might switch out the handles…they are a bit big aren’t they? I mean I know its a great security measure to have where no one else but me can get into the bag, but that is a bit overboard!

So I’ve been knitting, but I’ve been so busy with work travel and labor day weekend lakehouse bash…and there’s more travel to come! I love my job but sometimes its hard to be away from home for several days at a time. I will definitely take my knitting with me next week – along with a few books! 🙂

Ok, so here’s what I’ve been up to with my knitting. I finished Lelah, but I’ve got issues with it…

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I love, love, love the top, but here are my issues: The pattern calls for a a set of decreases right after finishing up the lace pattern. I opted not to do them fearing that the bust would not be large enough, and instead added decreases in after I knitted up to the fullness of the bust. This actually turned out ok, however I’m not completely happy with the waist line – I feel like I may have to sinch the waist with the ribbon that goes through the eyelets and that it will look funny. The other problem I’m having is this: there is too much knitted in the back. I have ample bosom, so without shaping there is just too much fabric riding up in the back. Soooo my plan in to frog back all the way to right after the lace, knit the decrease round, then add short rows to the top portion. I’ve never knit short rows before, but I have found several tutorials that were very helpful. I think I’m going to use the Japanese sort row method, and since I’m knitting in the round it will be a bit of a challenge….I think. If anyone has suggestions I’m open to them!

I am very close to finishing the Brea Bag. I’ve knit and blocked both the front and back panels, and am currently knitting the gusset. This was my first cable project, so I learned a new technique in addition to surgery on fixing boo boos on cabled stitches. That was fun let me tell you! I also picked up a leather strap and a button from one of my LYS’s PassionKnit. I love the strap, but will be returning the button – it just doesn’t look right.

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We’ll see how the crochet portion of this goes – I’m pretty new to it, but I have my trusty Happy Hooker as a reference!

I also started swatching for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. I didn’t get the needed gauge with US 3 circs, so I’m gonna swatch today with 4’s to see how close I am. I have the yarn (Knit Picks Swish DK in Moss) and am ready to go!!

Ok, so I know I said I would only buy yarn for one project per pay period, but how could I NOT attend my LYS’s sale??!! I picked up some awesome yarn to add to my stash from The Shabby Sheep, and have projects for almost all of the yarn I purchased. Here are some sneak peaks:

For Sizzle I picked up Debbie Bliss Cathay in a navy hue at 40% off:

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For a cotton version of Lelah, I picked up some Rowan Calmer in pink, again at 40% off:

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I also picked up some Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran in Black – approximately 750 yards but I’m not sure what I’m gonna do with it. I couldn’t pass it up – it was 60% off and there was enough to make a good sized top (I’m thinking something short sleeved or a tank, maybe Lotus Blossom). I also couldn’t leave without buying some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky in plum and magenta – they were only $3 a ball! I’m thinking I’ll use them to make several Convertible Mittens found in the new Knit.1 magazine as Christmas gifts.

And last but not least, I also found Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora at PassionKnit – and picked up 14 balls which I think I’ll use to make the Minimalist Cardigan or Slanted Knit Pullover.

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AND OMG I almost forgot about the Lorna Laces Shepard’s Wool Sock Yarn I purchased from Jimmy Bean’s Wool website. It’s their limited edition color for September – Cherries Jubilee. Look how purty:

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That’s it for today…Knit on!!

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