Saturday, November 22, 2014

NaKniSweMo Day 22 - Sweater progress

I made some progress on the sleeves.  I completed the short rows, and have been knitting from end to end.  Once the sleeves are done, I can seam that and start the body. 

Here is a close up of the sleeve cuff.  

I have this much yarn left.  I also have a second skein of pink. 

A few hours late

I really meant to post this yesterday, but I have been busy with work, work, work. 

I have decided to rip out my hat and cast it on again, using a size 5 needle. My curly hair has won the battle. 
This is a picture of my pocketbook on my lap while I was unraveling on the train. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy. Hahahaaaa. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Projects On the Horizon

A friend of mine sent me a request for these slippers. I think they are so cute!

Her favorite color is purple, so we decided on this yarn that has Nylon in it, to make is a bit more sturdy. 

So, my list of December knitting projects is growing, and very quickly too.  I want a pair for myself as well.  

Hmmmmmm...does this count as a submission for Operation Sock Drawer? 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Baby, its Cold Outside

It's 28 degrees outside, and I'm torn between knitting my sweater and making a hat.  

I wound up the yarn, and casted on for the hat anyway. 

The name of the hat is Sand Bank  by Justyna Lorkowska. It's a slouchy cabled hat, and I intend to add a huge Pom-Pom to it.  

I used a stretchy German Twisted Cast-On, but I'm wondering if I should go up another needle size. The hair on my head is quite curly and fluffy, and I need to make sure the hat will be able to fit around it properly.  Hmmmmmmmmm

Also, to get the cable needle needed for the hat, I had to remove one of the needles from my sweater. The good thing is, I was finally able to fix the twisted back.  Now it hangs just right.  

Taking a Sock Break

I have given my sweater a time out. So, I spent my knitting time on the train with my socks. I completed the yellow and pink stripe. I love how it is matching perfectly. Woohooo!!! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

NaKniSweMo Day 17 - All I can do is Laugh

There is no such thing as perfection in knitting.  No matter how hard we try to follow a pattern correctly, something will always go wrong.  

As I separated the sleeve stitches from the body, I found that I lost 1 stitch.  I decided that when I seam the sleeve, I will fix it somehow.  
As I started this serious stockinette portion, I increased a stitch and kept on knitting it for 5 rows.  I ended up catching it, and ripping that stitch, then redistributing the tension of the yarn to make up for it.  It's still kind of loose, but I can live with it.  

So, this morning, I started on the right front of the sweater.  I completed the section, and got to the point where I had to join the left and right fronts of the sweater.  At the same time, I noticed that I had to start getting dressed for work.  But of course, as a knitter, we say "just one more row".  So, with the yarn curled up in my lap, I casted on the neck stitches, then continued to knit and connect both sides. 

I decided to hang up my sweater, then I found out why my mommy and granny always say "haste makes waste". 

Look at the back of my sweater.

The whole thing is twisted.  I have a posterior möbius midriff.  Lol!  All I can do is laugh.  

Happy knitting everyone.  I'm going to fix it, and have a better progress report tomorrow.  I promise.  Haha!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nakniswemo Day 16 Progress

Today, I completed the back upper sleeve portion. 

I also picked up stitches on the opposite side of the left sleeve.

This will become the left side of the front of the sweater.  

Does it look like a sweater yet?

One lesson that I have learned with this sweater is that having 2 sets of interchangeable needles comes in very handy.  I had to put stitches on hold.  The  back portion uses a pair of Knitpicks Interchangeables, while the front uses Chiaogoo's.