Current Projects, Daily Life, Knitting

Look! Something Shiny!

This is basically how I feel When I see new knitting projects (It’s Finding Nemo, go look. You know you want to).

Today I’m going to show you just a few and I do emphasize few of my current works in progress (WIPs). Last time I counted, there were 33– just free information, and so you know where I’m coming from.

My current favorite is the Elizabeth Shawl which, when finished, will be my first completed lace shawl. It currently looks like this: 50%pic3

Next, we have the ever popular Beekeeper’s Quilt which requires me to make about 1,000 of these: Hexisample tardispuff

Currently, I’ve got just over 200, and have been working at them for about 8 months. Yup. Got a while to go on this one.

There’s two baby blanket projects that you can’t see yet, just know they’re baby blanket sized, and projects 🙂

An owl scarf that got started forever ago, improvised from a sock pattern. owliescarfpretty, right? It’s really almost done.. I just have to get around to finishing it, which would also free up my favorite #3 straights.

Then there’s the blankie as it’s popularly known, which hasn’t grown since the last time I posted about it, which was.. 3 (?) years ago? I’d have to go back and look to actually find out how long it’s been. sockblankie2_2014 right. looks the same.

These are just the ongoing projects. I have at least 3-4 other blankets/afghans that are in progress, a fingering weight sweater that i’ve somehow managed not to take any pictures of even though all it needs is sleeves (the pattern is Darling Emma by Joji Locatelli, by the way, whose designs I love  if you’ve never looked at her designs, GO NOW!! i’ll wait for you to come back with all of them in your to-make list), and literally at least 10-12 projects that i’ve decided aren’t working out that I need to completely frog. ugh.

Here’s my problem. Ravelry has the lovely thing called a pattern database, where all these inspiring new patterns keep popping up. Then, I look at a ball of yarn and my knitter’s brain sees it as a finished project that I still need to design. Then, as if those two weren’t enough, the Ravelry forums contain tons of people who are making even more beautiful things, and I want to

knitallthethings

whew. My goal for this year is to get my WIP pile down to 10. We’ll see how that goes. Continually casting on new projects is not helping my problem at all!

 

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Current Projects, Designing, Knitting

I need therapy after knitting “Therapi”

You guys might remember a while back I talked about working on the Therapi sweater Here.

Well, now i’ve given up, which is not something I do lightly with a project- especially one like this that i’ve put a whole lot of time, effort, and frustration into. I copied all my mods off my Ravelry Project Page and i’m going to be adding them here (probably with a little bit of commentary!) just in case anyone wants to use them (God bless you if you do) or realize this sweater will probably put you IN therapy, rather than BE therapy.

MODS for Medium Size of Therapi Sweater:

After you divide the sleeves from the yoke, the pattern does not match up!

How to make the yoke pattern transition into the body pattern after separating for the sleeves:

  • (RS) Purl 1 row, CO 3 sts under each arm (inc 6 total)
  • (WS) Knit 1 row

Body pattern changes to the following:
Row 1:k4 (p3,k3) until the last 7 sts, p3, k4
Row 2:p4 (k3,p3) until the last 7 sts, k3,p4
Rows 3&4 repeat rows 1&2
Row 5: Work as for row 2
Row 6: Work as for row 1
Rows 7&8: Repeat rows 5&6

Repeat these 8 rows

~I only knit the body for 21 inches from the underarm- it’s quite long enough, and will likely stretch with wear!

When picking up sts for the sleeves,pick up 3- they will automatically fit in the “sleeve pattern” st pattern, which should be begun immediately

-Knit Sleeve Basket weave pattern for 23 blocks (11.5 repeats), or until about 2” before desired sleeve length
{-Next Round: p around -Next Round: k around}
Repeat between { and } to create 2 garter ridges.

Work cuff:
k1,p1, around

*Just so you all know, this cuff is still way to wide to actually be tight on my wrist, or probably even my upper arm! This is the point at which I decided I didn’t want to mod anymore. I don’t even like this sweater anymore! If I was going to actually spend the time working on this, i’d say the cuff probably needs to be about 30-40% less sts than the pattern calls for

~Yardage recommendations are definitely off- at about 5 inches from the bottom of the body, and i’ve already used approximately 750 yds for the medium size.

 

Ok. So you see how much modding has gone into this one sweater that I no longer care to wear. Please notice that I didn’t even attempt to work on the collar. I’d like to say, I respect a designer’s process, and I respect that making multiple sizes is difficult, and that I have not published a multiple sized sweater pattern.

But! I do believe that when you write a pattern it should make a beautiful product in the simplest way possible. If the goal is to make an item that can be reproduced by as many people as possible, don’t make it difficult and make sure your stitch patterns at least line up! The way I wrote these mods out could just as easily have been written into the sweater pattern, and changes it so that someone who has less knitting experience would more easily be able to work this pattern up. Maybe it’s not 100% mathematically perfect, but it’s user friendly and simple.

I can not remember the last time I quit on a sweater pattern. I even re-knit (and modded, check out my Project Page) an Isis Tailcoat by knitting the following:

Lower body: 1
Body: 2
Right front: 3
Left front: 3
Collar: 1

Does that look like someone who quits on sweaters? Nope! And yet here I am.

I’m going to go engage in some yarn therapy now and dream of clear sweater patterns.

Maybe I’ll just start designing my own patterns…

 

Crochet, Current Projects

Circle of Love (Part 1)

So a couple days ago I began the Circle of Love Afghan.

As soon as I found it on Ravelry [Link], I knew I wanted to make it, so I ordered the yarn and began.

Progress so far:

 

Pretty, right? Except that I noticed my pattern is swirling counter clockwise, and the designer’s swirls clockwise.

I have absolutely no idea why this is happening.. But I guess I’m not quite as good with reading crochet patterns as I am with knitting ones!

I’ll check back in as I make more progress, I’m super excited to see what ends up happening as I get further along!

For anyone curious, the pattern can be found at Mooglyblog.com, or at the Ravelry link above!