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WiP Wednesday 8/22/18

I am plugging away on my Vitamin D Cardigan – I am now at the bottom sets of radial increases.

I most likely won’t get a chance to finish it before my current design-in-progress yarn arrives. But I’ll knit on it here and there I’m sure. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll have it done in time to wear it for those cooler temps (that hopefully arrive soon!) in early Fall.

I’m super excited about my new design and can’t wait to get my yarn so I can start knitting on it! It’ll be a cabled Aran pullover, and I have it pretty much all designed, except for the sleeves – I still have to get those figured out. Sweater designing like this really satisfies my ‘math’ itch – I have a whole spreadsheet set up to figure out the stitch counts for the different sizes and etc. You really have to like math, or at least tolerate it well, to be a designer!

In other, sad, news – we lost one of our beloved kitty cats last week. Minnie was 18 years old and was the first cat my husband and I adopted together after we were married. She was a wonderful kitty, and a loved member of our family. We are going to miss her terribly. ūüė¶

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WiP Wednesday

I’ve been knitting like the wind on my Celestarium this week. ¬†I’m at the last increase row between the E charts and the F charts! Yay!?

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It’s just a blob now – but I can’t wait until I can block it!!

Just 55 rows with 576 stitches each left!  (Plus the edging.) o.O

The yarn has been leaving blue dye on my hands like crazy. ¬†I really hope it doesn’t bleed too much when I block it, but I have a feeling it will. ¬†I would soak it in vinegar, but I worry that would ruin the beads. ¬†I love the dense, dark blue of this yarn, though, so I would hate it if it fades at all.

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Faberge – at about the same point as last week.

My Faberge has stalled, since I’ve been concentrating on the night sky instead. ūüôā

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Close up of beads. I’m really loving this color combo.

In other crafty news, I broke out my sewing machine yesterday and made myself an interchangeable needle case.

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The zipper was a pain in the butt, and I didn’t do that great a job with it, but it works, so I’m happy! ¬†Now my Knit Picks needles have a pretty home.

That’s what I’ve been up to – why don’t you take a gander over at Tami’s Amis to see what other folks have been up to?

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Happy Knitting!

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WiPs, a FO, and an Interview!

So, I’ve been killing time as best I can while waiting for my Master Knitter Level 2 binder to come back to me. ¬†The waiting is the hardest part, I think! ¬†What will I have to re-do? Is my vest up to snuff? Did my sock pass? … and so on and so forth.

BUT, I found a project that is doing a pretty good job of taking my mind off of it. ¬†I’ve started a Celestarium! ¬†If you haven’t seen this pattern – you have to take a gander at it.¬† It’s the night sky in a shawl – how cool is that??!!

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I’m doing mine in Dream in Color Everlasting Sock in the colorway ‘Nebula’, and I’m using several different beads including ¬†two sizes of silver lined crystal, a size 4 bead for the higher magnitude stars and a size 6 for most of the rest. ¬†I have some orange/red beads for the red giant stars like¬†Betelgeuse, and some silver lined pale blue stars for non-constellation¬†stars that I’m adding in just for kicks.

I’m past Row 57 already:

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It just looks like a blob right now. But there are constellations in there!

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This is a Pi shawl, where you start in the center and double the stitch count every so often to get a circle – which means it starts off fast, but eventually gets to be a HUGE number of stitches. ¬†I’m at the section after the 5th increase – and I have 288 stitches on the needle. ¬†I have quite a few rows until the next increase, but it will then have 576 stitches – those rows will be LONG. ¬†Other than paying attention to the¬†chart¬†to know where to put the beads and the yarnovers, it is not a difficult pattern – but it sure is fun!!

I finished a pair of socks on Tuesday, too:

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These had been on my needles for a while, and I decided it was time to finish them up. (And I needed my smaller needles for another pair of socks I’m designing!)

Pattern: Rattlesnake Creek Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: ¬†Black Trillium Fibre Studios Merilon Sock in colorway ‘Galen’
Needles:  US 2.5 and US 0
Started:  June 15, 2012
Finished:  Feb 19, 2013

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I used the smaller needles on the heel and the sole of the sock – since I didn’t like the loose density of the fabric there on the larger needles. ¬†I love this yarn – it’s so soft! ¬†And the color was perfect for these, I think.

I have another shawl on my needles now, too – a Faberge shawl. ¬†I’m doing this as a KAL with my Thursday night knit night group – so I’m anxious to see everyone’s shawls-in-progress tonight! ¬†I’m just into the slip stitch and bead portion:

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I’m doing mine in DragonFly Fibers Djinni Sock (pink) and Sanguine Gryphon Bugga (green). ¬†I’m really liking the color combo so far.

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In other news – I’ve been interviewed by¬†Deb Buckingham a.k.a.¬†Dishcloth Diva! ¬†Check out her website to see my interview. ¬†She knitted my Beginner’s Socks recently and liked the pattern – so she approached me to do an interview. ūüôā ¬†I was so flattered to be asked!

So, that’s what been going on with me! ¬†Guess I’ll go back to trying to not stalk my mailbox… ¬†ūüėČ

Happy Knitting! ¬†(and waiting…….)

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Slow Progress

I’ve been plugging away on my Master Knitter vest and report. ¬†I have my outline for the report done, I just need to start actually writing it. ¬†And the vest is fairly well planned out and the front is more than halfway done.

Front of vest.

But I’m worrying about my knit stitch prior to my cable panel. ¬†I know I’m being more critical of my work than I probably need to be, but I can see some slight enlarging of that last knit stitch.

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Can you see that the right hand knit stitch (before the cable panel) is a bit bigger? Or am I seeing things?

Very slight, but I can see it. ¬†And maybe blocking will even it out, but I’m still considering starting over. ¬†We’ll see. ¬†I’m not sure I have enough yarn to finish the front and just knit another front without ripping this one for the yarn. ¬†::sigh::

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The left cable seems better – the right hand stitch before the panel isn’t as enlarged.

We’ve been traveling quite a bit this month, so I haven’t had much knitting time. ¬†Plus we’re still working on the garage remodel, so that’s been limiting my knitting and report writing time as well.

We're at the spackling stage.  Hopefully we'll be painting soon!
We’re at the spackling stage. Hopefully we’ll be painting soon!

I wrote my book reviews, but I’m now thinking I need to add to them. ¬†As examples, I used the book reviews you see in magazines like Cast On and Interweave – and I wrote a very¬†concise and brief review that’s about a paragraph or so. ¬†But in looking on the Ravelry group for pointers I came across a book review tips page, and it sounds like I should not have been quite as concise as I was. ūüôā ¬†So, I’ll revisit those as well and tweak what I have before sending the packet in. ¬†I should be able to send everything in sometime in January, I think.

It’s actually been quite nice not having holiday knitting to have to deal with this year. ¬†But, of course, I have plenty of other stuff to deal with, so I’ve still been stressed. ¬†I’m very much looking forward to taking it easier and enjoying the holidays in the next few days.

If I don’t post before Christmas, I hope you all have a lovely holiday. ¬†May your day(s) be filled with laughter, light, and love!

Happy Knitting!

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Master Knitter Monday, and WiPs.

I’ve decided that my one button band (the seed stitch one) needs to be redone, because the first buttonhole (OF COURSE it was the first one!) disrupts the seed stitch pattern where it shouldn’t. ¬†And I didn’t notice it until a day or two ago. ¬†HOW did I not see that?? ¬†Anyhow – that will get reknitted today or tomorrow.

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Can you see that? There should be a purl in there instead of the column of knits!

I’m making good progress on the argyle sock:

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Starting on instep…

I’m not getting gauge right now, but I’m thinking it’ll block to the required gauge. ¬†If not, I’ll either make a note that pattern gauge was knowingly not¬†achieved¬†(I’m not planning on wearing it anyhow) or I’ll knit another sock. ¬†It’ll all depend on how the finished sock looks when I’m done!

My other WiP that I meant to show you last Wednesday is my Spectra that the Thursday night knit-night group is doing as a knit-a-long:

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Bad lighting – it’s hard to tell the inside colors, but they are slightly shifting. I’ll have to take a better picture next time!

I’m over halfway done – the main color is a grey Capretta from Knit Picks, and the contrast color is my own handspun – a sock weight BFL that I spun to have a long color change. ¬†This is a fun and mindless knit (once I figured out that I was doing it wrong and ripped over 30 wedges out and started over! ¬†oops!) I’ve been working on it when it’s not¬†feasible¬†to work on my Master Knitter stuff, like at knit night and other distracting places. ¬†So it’s slowly but surely getting done. ¬†ūüôā

I’m planning on writing up my vest pattern soon, probably as soon as this first (and hopefully last!) sock is done, so I can knit that up. ¬†The end of the month is looming quickly, I may not make my self-imposed deadline! ¬†But, my husband and I have started on converting our one car garage to living space, so a lot of my knitting time has been eaten up by that.

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Floor has been raised to level. We’ll put a window in where the garage door used to be.

We hope to have a new schoolroom and office plus utility closet when we’re all done. ¬†And we hope to have it all done by the end of Thanksgiving week, but we’ll see how it goes.

That’s what I have to show you this week! ¬†I hope to have a finished sock and maybe the start of a vest to show you next week!

Happy Knitting!