Friday, January 30, 2015

Revere House Jacket

On January 15th of last year, I wound the wool for this project. I knit one sleeve, knit half of the second, and set it aside. Never to look at it again... until now!
I finished the back rather quickly, but once I set it down to photograph it I noticed that the second ball of yarn I joined-though the same dye lot- was much lighter than the first. As a result the wasit-shaping area is much much lighter than the rest of the sweater. Luckily, I don't mind at all. A lot of people would rip back, but I'm really just looking forward to wearing this thing.
I shared it with my knitting group to ask if they would rip back, and I got an overwhelming no. Most people thought I meant to do it that way, actually! Either way, I will continue knitting because it is so soft and will be so warm! And when do I ever look at my back anyway? Never. Let it bug people who are behind me at the bank if it must bug someone.

Anywho. The pattern is Revere House the yarn is Malabrigo Twist in Sealing Wax. OH! And this yarn is the WORST yarn I have ever bought in terms of knots. I had one skein that was knotted like 4 times, and two parts were just broken and left like that without the courtesy of a knot. Like, one strand was perhaps one yard long. Seriously???? It was pretty awful. If I had bought this yarn more recently (like, I think I bought it in 2012) and had the receipt I would have complained and sent it back. But then again I'm lazy so maybe not.
Ha.
Happy knitting everyone!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Finished Objects

1) Swatch Cap
Knitted out of Miss Babs Yowza Whatta Skein, I made this in anticipation for a sweater that will soon come to be.

2) Raglan Sweater

Knitted out of Canon Baby Soft Acrylic on size 4 needles.





Finished.

I didn't share that I was pregnant here on the blog. I knew that pregnancy loss early on was a possibility, not from experience but from others. But I did cast on a baby blanket. I did complete the blanket, and I did have a miscarriage. For some reason I had the urge to share the blanket and the bad news with the knitting group I follow on Facebook. This is what I put:



"It is done. Both the blanket, and the pregnancy.
I don't know why, but I couldn't abandon this project even after I knew that we weren't having a baby in September after all. Something compelled me to work on it: its complex cables allowing me to forget myself and its simple wrong side rows giving me comfort. This is, after all, the one and only tangible thing this baby ever had. (Would have had.)
It's actually undoubtedly the most beautiful thing I have made to date. I found this article on miscarriage, and it really helped me.
http://thesnapmom.com/knitting-miscarriage-journey-frogging/
Thank you to everybody who prayed for me the last time I posted. I know that your prayers were answered, because at heart what we were all praying for was a healthy baby. This one wasn't that healthy baby. In the knitting analogy, perhaps I had cast on too few stitches or too many. The stitch repeat was not working, and the design elements did not line up.... Frogging is sometimes a necessity."

The support I received was overwhelming. Over 300 people liked the post, and almost 200 commented. Many words of understanding, of prayer, of experience, and love. I was grateful to have people. These knitters, who understood. And because I now have this beautiful finished object, I would be lying if I kept it secret here on the blog. My ravelry project page link is here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/grandmastatus/baby-tree-of-life-throw

Don't worry about me. Still knitting.



Sunday, November 30, 2014

FO: K2P2 hat

I knitted the EXACT SAME HAT as I made in 2012.
Same brand of yarn and same size needles; the only difference is the color of yarn.
This one is going to be an xmas present for my fiance's daughter.
As I'm sure you can tell, I STILL haven't perfected the pom-pom.
 Excuse the fact that I look INSANE in this picture.......
Hopefully the weird pom pom is outdone by the fact that it is a hat which is warm.
But we won't know til December 26th.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Archie's Second Sweater

My poor dog.
Doesn't it just look like he's saying "Mom please don't embarrass me like this!"
Lol

It's obviously not done, but hopefully will be soon. I will have to pick up the stitches at the top and knit some more ribbing because I want it to be more turtleneck-y, and then I will knit down for some sleeves to cover a bit of his tremendously long legs.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Pics of the Seamless Saddle Shoulder Sweater




Now that I've completed Randy's sweater, I am working on a sweater for the dog.
Archie's sweater is nearly done. I just have some seaming to do. You know how much everyone dislikes seaming!
Should have pics of the dog in his new sweater soon! His old one fits like a little tiny vest. Poor dog truly outgrew it.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Randy's Sweater

Once the body and sleeves were combined, this sweater began to fly along.

There it is. My very first saddle shoulder sweater. Ends woven in and armpits grafted. If only my model would wake up so he could try it on....

Close up of the shoulders from the front:


And the back:
I really think this design was too much work and I doubt I will make another saddle-shoulder sweater again any time soon. MAYBE with cables up the sleeves and shoulders, then I could see it being worth it. But plain? No point at all, and I'd be better off sticking to Raglan.
I can tell you one thing though, when I tried it on Randy earlier today it was very flattering on him, because of the shoulders being squared off. I really wish he would wake up!
My ravelry page is here.
Lots more progress pics. :)
Happy knitting! Time for me to knit a matching sweater for the dog, now. haha