Saturday, March 31, 2012

Gauge Issues

The first knit through of my plain jane, super simple summer top is finished. The neck isn't finished or the ends sewn in because this is going to be ripped out at some point because it doesn't fit. All is not lost though because now I know what to change for the next try.

What went wrong on this sweater:
1) My gague is off. On the swatch, I measured 2 sts per inch. On the actual sweater it was closer to 1 1/2 sts. When your sts are this big, 1/2 a stitch adds up to a lot of inches too big!!
2) It is way too big
3) It is too short
4) The neck opening is too big (this relates to the incorrect gauge)
Sounds like just about everything doesn't it!

What I learned from this sweater:
1) I like the colours that I put together
2) I don't mind knitting with 15mm needles
3) 4 skeins of Super 10 cotton will knit an extra large top
4) The next version will have some waist shaping
5) Determining your gauge with large needles and stretchy knitted fabric is difficult and the best way to determine the actual size is to take the time to take your work off the needle and measure it.

Version 2 is in the works. It's smaller. I checked 3 times :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Cleaning Knitting Challenge Wrap Up - Part 2

These are the final pictures of our completed projects.

This knitter had a very busy month and finished the most of all of us! She earned the most points every week for the amount of knitting and the techniques she did. Amanda is the winner of our challenge! Take a look at the projects she finished this month.

The pink sweater she is wearing, the felted bag over her shoulder, a knee high sock, the afghan (it is crocheted), 2 fair isle Christmas balls, a pair of mittens,a shawl, a pair of socks....

and another summer top! (I think the only thing she didn't knit this month was a hat!)

Thanks to all the Knitters who took part in our challenge. It was so much fun to see everyone's progress each week. You all did such amazing knitting!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Cleaning Knitting Challenge Wraps Up-Part 1

For the month of March, we have been having a fun time finishing up old projects. Along the way we have found the oldest projects that we still had on the needles, the most out of date project and got creative when we reinvented projects that were about to be ripped out into something totally different. I will show you those pictures in a few days. For right now, here are some of the projects that were finished during our challenge. There are more finished projects that I will show you tomorrow.

A purple February Lady sweater, a Lopi cowl, a summer top and a double knitting cowl.

This Fair Isle sweater was found in a thrift store partly knit. It is Briggs and Little wool with a whale pattern that I just love. Once this knitter figured out where the first knitter left off she finished the sweater and it fits her perfectly!

This wonderful ribbed sweater had a couple of "pattern issues" that had to be worked out but the sweater turned out great!

This cute summer sweater is lucky that it got finished. This knitter knew that she would be close to having enough yarn to knit this sweater and even adding in the stripes she ran out of the main colour. Luckily, she was able to find more yarn in the same dye lot (what are the chances of that) in England!! Once the yarn arrived, it took many tries (seven if I remember correctly) to get the raglan decreases to work out but she stuck with it until the sweater fit perfectly!

Some more finished projects, a really cute baby sweater, socks, stranded pillow and an afghan in a really fun pattern that I am thinking about knitting now.

Great knitting ladies!! More finished project pictures tomorrow!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Look what I found in the freezer!

This bag of Lopi wool was given to me a while ago by someone who was destashing. Like all "new to me" wool, it went downstairs to have a little stay in the freezer just in case any moths had decided they liked this wool too. I forgot about it. What a nice surprise to find it this morning. It was like receiving it for the first time all over again!

These balls will now go live with the rest of my Lopi stash until it gets knit into this sweater.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Granny Squares

Before yesterday, my crochet skills were pretty limited. Well, they still are but now I can somewhat read a crochet pattern, understand the charts, count my chain sts and make double crochet sts properly. Before I just kind of made up my own sts. I would wrap the hook, pull it through some sts, wrap it again and pull it through a stitch or two. I am not really sure what I was doing; a single, double, half double, treble.... (see, first reason why knitting is easier - knits and purls - that's it). But I did have lots of fun making these granny squares and there may even be an afghan in my future.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

February Lady Sweater

This is the next project in my long list of unfinished projects.

Originally started three years ago, this sweater got set aside so I could start a blanket (which I finished!) but then for some reason didn't get picked up again. It wasn't until I saw another knitter starting a February Lady Sweater for herself that I even thought about mine again.

So here it is, I finished the garter st cuff on the right sleeve yesterday so all it needs is a left sleeve and a few inches added to the body. My goal, to wear it Saturday.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

We Found It!

Part of last week's Spring Cleaning Challenge was to search for our most out of date unfinished project. We found it!

Thanks to Sarah for sharing her sweater with us! She cast on for this sweater a few years ago using an acrylic yarn in a bright shade of coral. The pattern is a wonderful sampler of lace, bobbles and another textured stitch that we decided looked like Christmas trees! The sweater is very well knit and the pattern would be a wonderful skill building exercise for a new knitter since it does contain so many techniques. The yarn isn't all that bad either if you like the colour orange and you are looking for something machine washable then this acrylic would be for you. Somehow though when it is all put together - orange acrylic with bobbles and textured bumps that of course land right across the chest - just didn't seem to work and actually had one knitter in tears from laughing so hard!

Thanks for being a good sport Sarah!!

Next week's challenge is to recyle an old project that is ready to be thrown away or ripped out and turn it into something other than what it was originally to be. Maybe we will see this sweater front return next week as a purse or a pillow cover

Monday, March 12, 2012

My Oldest UFO

I showed you a picture of my oldest UFO last week. It is a baby blanket that I had hoped to give to my cousin as a baby gift...21 years ago!

All three panels are knit but they are not joined together and I am assuming that the pattern must have called for a boarder to be added. This was one of my first projects and the knitting isn't all that bad. Only one accidental yarn over and only a few loose sts here and there.

Since I have held onto it all these years, I am going to try my best to find some blue or white baby yarn and finish it off. Then I will put it away again until my daughter needs a baby blanket for her babies and I will have a special blanket ready to give to her.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Poncho Progress

Well, so much for a quick project to finish! I have been working on ponchos for the last few days and have managed to finish the smaller one but I am still knitting away on the larger one. Somehow I thought since it was a child's size it would knit up a lot faster. The fact that it is knit from the top down increasing 4 sts every other round should have been a clue, lol!

Everyday I look at it and think I am almost there just a couple of more inches. Finally, I think I really am at the point were it really does just need another 2" and it will be finished. Hopefully tonight.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


As I was looking through all of my UFOs, I thought that I would grab somehting that would be quick to finish up so that I could move it from the UFO pile to the finished pile. I decided to work on theses two ponchos.

The small one in front just needs to be sewn together and it is done. But the botton edge does roll and the neck opening looks big. There is lots of yarn left over so I think I will add some extra rows to the bottom so it lays flat and then find someone that it will fit. The little girl that is was originally intended for is now WAY too big for this poncho!

The darker blue poncho is only partly knit. It has all the live sts on a waste yarn. The challenge with this project is that I'm not sure what size needle I had been using and I don't have a clue which pattern I was knitting from. What I do know is that it is being knit top down, with 2 yo increases at the center front and back every other row. It shouldn't be too difficult to continue on. I am going to leave my waste yarn in and use it as a life line until I am sure I have the right needle size and I have the pattern back on track.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Week 2 of the Spring Cleaning Challenge

Tonight we get to see what projects everyone decided to work on this past week and how much they were able to knit. I was able to knit more than I had expected so I am feeling very good about my progress.

This week's theme is the oldest unfinished project. I can't wait to see them all and hear the stories behind them! Here is a sneak peak of mine.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Yarn Shopping Yesterday......

New yarn pictures today! These are some of the new Classic Wool colours I brought home. I am thinking of a mitered square afghan.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Meeting My Goal!

One of the guidelines in the Wildflower Wool Spring Cleaning Challenge is to set weekly goals for your knitting. (If you meet your goal, that gets you a point and if you do any of the techniques off the point sheet - Kitchener Stitch, three needle bind off, blocking, Garter Stitch, magic loop etc. you add to your point total. The more points you receive the better your chance of winning one of the prizes at the end of the month!)

Since I knew that this week was going to be busy and not leave me with much knitting time until Friday, I kept my goal realistic. I wanted to have half a sleeve (10.5")knit by Monday night. I am already at 12". Being ahead of schedule is a great feeling!!

Lol, on second thought, it doesn't really seem right to say I am ahead of schedule when this sweater was to be a Christmas gift!