Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Sweaters, Scarves and Socks

This week, I have made some progress on my Grandpa Cardigan.  I spent a few days dreading picking up the stitches for the sleeve. I decided that this just needs to be done, or else I just have a vest.  I picked up the sleeves, and started working the short rows.  Then, I realized..... this is a pretty cool way of constructing the sleeve.  

Currently, I am at a point of having a few more rows of back and forth wraps and turns.  Then, I start to work the sleeves in the round and extend the length of it.  I am a bit worried about having enough yarn.  I have 1 new skein currently on the sleeve, 1 skein reserved for the next sleeve, and another skein that is about 10% used.  After completing this sleeve, I will decide if I need to order another skein.  I still have to knit the buttonband / collar.  I have heard that it eats up a lot of yarn.  Yikes.  

Here is my progress so far.

I need to finish this sweater by the 18th for Rhinebeck.  I also have a new project that I have started.  A scarf.  I know I'm crazy.  LOL.  And the scarf is slated to be completed by the 18th as well.  The scarf is for a friend who picked the pattern and the yarn.  He requested an ombré colorway, and liked blue and purple.

So, I ordered Schoppel Wolle Reggae Ombré yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool.  I ordered it on Friday, and it arrived at my door on Monday. Woohoo!!!  

I started knitting last night, and completed about 10 inches. 

The intended recipient loves it.  However, we decided to order more skeins of yarn.  Initially, I ordered 4 skeins, for a scarf that is 8 x 70 inches.  My gauge is a little tight, and I decided to make the scarf 9 inches wide in order to make the scarf warmer.  I refuse to knit a skinny scarf for a man.  He is also a few inches over 6 feet tall, which means the minimum should be 70 inches.  5 skeins should bring me to 69 inches at this gauge, but 6 skeins creates a scarf about 82 inches in length.  I think that will be perfect.  And, now I have free shipping from JBW, so that's even better.

Speaking of shipping from yarn companies..... The Loopy Ewe is awesome.  I ordered this yarn on Saturday morning, and it got delivered on Monday.  Whoa!!!  
I have been having an obsession with self striping sock yarn, and I just had to get my hands on some.  I went to the Loopy Ewe website, and realized that I had a credit for $15.  Woohoo!!!!  

I ordered Biscotte & Cie Felix self striping yarn in Gazania B.  Bright pink, yellow, and purple.  I can't wait to see how it knits up. I plan on doing toe up socks with and afterthought heel.  Socktober, here I come.  

I also received some Knitter's Pride sock needles from my Jimmy Beans Wool order.  I'm so happy with my needles.

Startitis is tempting me to cast on, but I really need to finish this sweater. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Grandpa Cardigan

I'm so happy to say that I completed the body of my sweater today. Woohoooo!! 

This specific pattern introduced the tubular bindoff. 

It took about 5 steps for each pair of stitches. This added up to about 1 and a half hours. Although it took a long time, it was worth it. The result is stretchy and the look is finished and professional. 

Here is the completely bound off sweater body.

Now, it's time to attach the sleeves, and add the button band. I have about 3 skeins of yarn left. I'm hoping that it is enough. We shall see.  

Happy Knitting everyone!!! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hexipuff Madness - Week 37

This week, I completed 8 grey hexipuffs. (I apologize for posting a day late.  Yesterday was crazy) 

This brings my total for the 2014 KAL to 176.  I am 45.83% complete with the hexipuffs I need to make for the year.

Overall, I am 26.67% complete with the entire blanket, which will be big enough to cover my full-sized bed.

I must admit, I haven't made a whole lot of progress on hexipuffs, because I have been focusing my at-home knitting time on my Grandpa Sweater that I am hoping to complete by Rhinebeck. So, these hexipuffs were mostly made on the train ride to work.  I have been working so late, that I get a car service home, and it's hard to see at night.  So, there goes one potential hexipuff that I could have knit... down the tubes.  

I intend to catch up on these while I binge watch TV.  Scandal is premiering this Thursday, and I still need to see some of last season's episodes.  I know, I should hang my head in shame.  LOL. 

Happy Knitting!  I'm looking forward to sharing my sweater progress on WIP Wednesday.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday - JOJI Fall KAL Update

Today is Wednesday, so I decided to post an update on my Work in Progress.  The Grandpa Cardigan.  I am aiming to have it completed in time for Rhinebeck on October 18th.  This gives me about a month to complete it.  I am not trying to be sewing on buttons at the last minute. I just don't roll like that anymore.  I am more mature now, and more in control of managing my knitting time.

My days are spent knitting my sweater in the early afternoon before work.  During my transit time, I work on hexipuffs.  Knitting 2 different projects during the day is the only way I can see that they will ever get done.  

Here is my sweater.  I made it past the second waist shaping decrease row.  I have a few more rows to go before I start the increasing, and then complete the rest of the body.  This is the 5th skein attached (I think).  I may have lost count, but I feel like I will have enough to complete my sweater.  I'm actually looking forward to starting the sleeves, because there is this short row sleeve technique that I am excited to try.  I love it when a pattern challenges me to do new things.  

So, without further adieu, here is my sweater. I love it.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hexipuff Madness - Week 36

This week, my Hexipuffs took a little trip to the Stitch and Pitch game at Citi Field. 
Spending time with my friends at the game was so much fun. 

The Mets didn't score at all, but I was able to knit 6 hexipuffs in total and get these souvenirs. 

I even posed with the iconic Jackie Robinson exhibit. 

And to add even more excitement to the day, I gave myself a New York Mets Manicure. 

Altogether, I knit 11 hexipuffs this week. 

This brings my total for the KAL to 168.  
I am 43.75% to my yearly goal, and 25.91% complete with the whole blanket. 

I still have 216 hexipuffs to complete in 105 days. Yikes!!!! 

Hexipuff Madness - Week 35

This week, I completed 14 hexipuffs.

 This brings my total to 157 for the year.  

I'm 40.88% to my goal for the KAL. I'm 24.86% complete with the whole blanket.


Hexipuff Madness - Week 34

This week, I only managed to knit 6 hexipuffs.

This brings my total for the year to 143. I'm 37.24% to my goal. I have so much more to go.