Happy Fourth of July Weekend

I finally pulled out my laptop and my camera to take some photos to share.  With working from home part of the time, my own computer is set aside and the work laptop is set up on my  table/work area at home.   To share photos  have to grab my own computer and that just seems like too much work to push everything aside.   Okay  not really too much work but just a bother.

So – the swatch I showed you in the last blog post is working on becoming a sweater at the new gauge I used and I’m liking it much better.  It has been set aside a bit as I’m working on my July Camp Loopy project – which is the Blue Grass pattern.  Here’s the start of that.

I’m loving the look of the lace – which will open up with blocking – but it is one of those patterns that’s not intuitive (at least not for me with it’s 14 row repeat) so I have to pay a bit of attention.  One good thing is if I leave out a yarn over or some other mistake, it can easily be realized in the very next row since things won’t like up correctly so that’s a good thing.  This has a long way to grow since the garter edges on each side of the lace panel get many more increases added to them.

The Go With the Flow I previously showed the start of – that got ripped back.  The single ply yarn was not a good choice  for that pattern – it made the edges look untidy and I think would have stretched way too much.  So I started a new pattern with that yarn – Sheffield Cardigan – an Amy Herzog pattern tho not one done in CustomFit.  It’s knit sideways – starting with sleeve and working across to end with other sleeve.  I’ve got one sleeve done and am working on front and back body stitches but need to get a longer needle to spread it out a bit more.

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It has a garter cuff to sleeve and a bit of texture along the top of sleeve/shoulder but is mostly miles of stockinette – my movie watching knitting.

Lastly I started (and restarted) my Yarnathon 3rd Quarterly Beaded project – Morocan Tile Wrap

I got just beyond the first two blocks and decided I needed to restart – here’s the first attempt.  The quilter in me could not live with the way the star block was charted.

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The yellow center block doesn’t line up with the edges of the red block or the blue star point sections.  So I redrafted the two charts and started again.    The star block looks so much better now.

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I did add the first row of red beads a row to early.  I drew them in the chart so they were centered in the block but when you are actually adding them to your knitting, the slip down over the stitch you are next knitting but that makes them appear to look like they are a row below where you want them. I fixed that on the second group of red squares at the top of the photo above and can live with that one row being off – in the grand scheme of things it won’t be noticed when the project is done.   I’m nearly back to the place where I was when I decided to start over.

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The warp is made up of 3 long strips that alternate the star block with the green/blue section to the left of it above.  I also changed the bead placement in the yellow block from the way it was originally designed.

A new swatch…

I decided as I was working on the speckly sweater that the gauge I was knitting it at was just too tight. Too bad I didn’t decide that sooner.

It would make a more stiff than drapey sweater and a much hotter one to wear. So I decided to start over an remake the back and part of the front I had already done. I’ll definitely get my mileage out of this yarn but this swatch, which is two needle sizes larger than what I was using will be so much nicer. And, with going up two needle sizes (to a US 9) will make the knitting go even faster so I guess that’s a bonus. So a new CustomFit pattern as been generated and I’m ready to cast on again later today.

I did not, however, put this swatch outside to dry so it was safe from the birds!

A dreary Saturday – June 20

It’s gray and raining today but I guess I shouldn’t complain too much because we probably could use the rain. It rains, it stops, it rains a bit more but at least it had stopped while the delivery person was dropping off my grocery order. I always feel bad if they have to deliver to me in the pouring rain. This time he lucked out – at least at my place.

But on this dreary day I’m planning my next sweater with these anti-dreary day colors. I saw this flower image and liked the combination of colors in it and when I saw the bottom middle yarn, that was my jumping off place for the other colors. Photos/paintings are a great place to find color combination inspiration for projects.

It will be a fade type sweater where one color sort of leads into the next and the pattern I have been wanting to make is Summer Sorrel. I don’t usually make top down sweaters but this one has been calling to me. But it’s only planning at this point because I have a few other things I want to make some progress on first

Go with the Flow is a simple, loose fitting sleeveless thing to toss on when cold. It’s done in a brioche rib stitch which is very squishy. It’s a very esy stitch but there’s going to be a few million miles (slight exaggeration) of it to knit so I need to switch off with other projects that aren’t so monotonous to knit.

This is actually an old photo but the front of this sweater looks pretty much like the back – back is done and I’m about 6 or 8″ into the front. Again, a fairly monotonous knit but I do have to remember to decrease every so many rows. I’d like to make a bit more headway on this project before July Camp Loopy starts and I switch to that project.

Here’s another image that inspired a sweater yarn combination. I’m going to call my sweater Shades of Blue when I get around to making it.

Chores await… a friend at work gave me a bag of strawberries she and her kids had picked last week so I need to go slice those up and sugar them so they are ready for some angelfood cake with strawberries over it later tonight. Good thing I remembered to add the whipped topping to the grocery order!

Dang birds!

My little sweater pieces that I blocked yesterday I set outside to dry since there was a nice little breeze.  When I went out last night to bring them in birds had pooped on not one, but two separate little pieces!

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I think that project was doomed from the start.  I had run into issues with the pattern but thought I could still make it work.  I think the issue were caused by it being translated into English and losing something/ numbers not being right in the translation.  Anyway, I saved one “clean” section of it to use as a future gauge swatch for Wollmeise yarn since I did like how the fabric looked at that gauge, and the rest is history.

So on a much brighter note – I decided to cast on a new project in some Malabrigo Rastita yarn – the color is Solis and it’s just a gorgeous color.  The pattern is called Go With The Flow and it’s a really basic, no sleeves, no seams, pull on when you have a chill garment.

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Shadow Checkerboard – Illusion knitting

I haven’t gotten very far with my Shadow Checkerboard blanket but it’s coming along nicely.    The above photos were taken outside this morning in the shade.  The one on the left shows it at an angle and you can see the checkerboard pattern emerging.  Because I’m using a variegated yarn from my main color – that makes it not quite as distinct – especially at this point. I think when I get more done it will show up more clearly but I the bottom row I have variegated squares and then squares that look like blue, in the second row, variegated  squares and brownish squares and then I am working on repeating the first row colors.   The photo in the upper right is taken from straight above the work and it just looks like striped sections. Here’s some photos taken inside which might show it all a bit more.  The larger photo below is the back side which is pretty too.

My June Camp Loopy project is soaking at the moment.  I  finished off the last piece last night and will get it pinned out to block soon.   As I was looking at the crocheted edging chart for the little sweater, Black Baccara, I think I figured out where I want to place the beads (and how to read a crochet chart since I’ve never crocheted anything with a chart) so once it’s dry and seamed I can start the fun part.

Camp Store discount week for July Camp Loopy has opened and you can find all the info onThe Loopy Ewe Blog.   I’m going to be in the Botany Lab for July and instead of working from stash, I ordered some lovely yarn for a project I’ve been wanting to make since I first saw the pattern come out.  Unusual shape, pretty lace, one of my favorite colors of yarn, some fringe that I may take my fringe twister to and/or add some beads– more on that project later.

Sunday June 7, 2020

I’m still neglecting the blog but working remotely makes me not want to get on the computer much on the weekends. Last week we started a rotating schedule to get people used to being back in the office and the new rules that go along with that to keep us all safe. I went in for the first time since mid March last Wednesday; this week I’m in the office two days. It’s nice to get back into the office even if it seems really deserted.

I also went back to the ortho doctor last week and finally got an x-ray of my broken arm – first x-ray since breaking it due to Covid – and it is healing very nicely. And now that I know that I can work on getting back more range of motion. I will be a slow process but progress nonetheless and I can do some of the things I couldn’t before, like comfortably write, eat with my right hand, open jars, etc.

I have been knitting. Let’s see – I just finished this wee baby sweater and little hat. The sweater still needs to be blocked but it was a super quick knit and the hat was really easy as well. The sweater is the Fuss Free Baby Cardigan and this is the hat pattern.

undefinedI’m also working on my Camp Loopy project using stash yarn. I’m making the Black Baccara pattern using some Wollmeise I had in my stash called Tulpe. Little sweaters are sort of like instant gratification since they knit up so quickly. I have the back, both sleeves and one front done and the second front is about half done so shouldn’t take long. Here’s one of the sleeves – it gets gathered a the top of the sleeve when sewing it in to make it puffy, just like when sewing regular clothes. I love this bright bright red color. The fun part will come once it’s sewn together and I get to add the crocheted edging and some beads.

I have also started on a baby blanket for a co-worker who is expecting. It is an illusion blanket, where you knit a specific way and if you look straight on it looks like stripes but if you look at it from an angle, a checkerboard pattern appears. There are some very interesting illusion patterns – this is just a very basic one I’m doing and doesn’t look like much at the moment. I’m also using a variegated yarn which is a bit of a gamble but I love the colors so even if the “illusion” part doesn’t show up as well because of that, I’ll still have a pretty and oh so soft blanket.

So I think that catches up things for today…… Stay healthy!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

It’s a raining, dreary, gray Sunday here.  There will be a bit of cleaning as soon as I have had a sufficient intake of coffee. :-)

I made some progress on the Clapo-Ktus Shawl (free pattern).  I finished the first cake gradient and am ready to start the second one sitting in the photo.  So half the shawl is finished and now I’ll start the decrease side of the shawl.  There will be a definite line color change right down the middle of the shawl because I’m just using a similar gradient cake but since it’s down the very center I think it will look fine.  On the decrease side you start dropping the purl rows so they unravel all the way along so looking forward to seeing those.

The June Camp Loopy challenges have been announced. It’s Science Camp this year.  I’m going to be knitting my project from stash and have changed my mind several times already on what yarn I want to use.  Now I think I’m going to change the pattern from the shawl I had planned to make to a little girl’s sweater.   Stay tuned…. there’s still a lot of days left until the June 1 start to change my mind yet again.

Another finished cowl

This was the cowl that I started for a ESK KAL.  It didn’t get finished by the end of first quarter as I had intended due to that arm incident but I finished it a few days ago finally finishing the seaming.

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It will be great when those frigid winter winds blow.  It’s knit as a tube so double thickness to block the wind and I made it wide enough that I can pull it up on my head like a hood and it will still be tucked into my coat collar keeping the back of my neck warm.  It’s definitely a heavy cowl but some days you just need a wind stopper. :-)

Ramp up to Camp Cowl

Each summer (June thru August) The Loopy Ewe has virtual knitting “Camp.”  It’s always fun.  This year, with so many people sheltering in place, there was a “Ramp Up to Camp” project for May.   It used themes from three past years of camps and the project specifications for all three projects for each of those camps.  You could choose what project/camp you wanted to do and use stash or buy new yarn.  Low key, something fun to knit and chat with on Ravelry for the month of May.

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Allstar Cowgirl Roundup quilt made for Camp Loopy June 2018

I was just looking back and Cowboy Camp was held in 2018.

I did two quilting projects and two knitting projects for that summer’s Camp.  I was definitely very busy.

This was the first quilt I made for that Camp.

So for Ramp UP To Camp  I chose the option which included “use a favorite yarn” and chose some from  the stash that I had been holding for just the right project.

It’s Dream in Color Cosette which was sold as a mini skein set called Love is Love purchased back in August 2016.  I had used a couple colors from the mini set previously.

The dark purple at both ends of the cowl are a different yarn I had in the stash – Malabrigo Rios in Purpuras.   This cowl turned out so squishy and warm.  It still needs blocking and some ends buried but the knitting is finished.

It’s such a gray and gloomy day – which squelched my plans for taking out garbage, getting the mail and maybe going for a walk to get some fresh air since first it was raining, then it turned to snow, now back to rain – and it’s cold!   I’ll save that walk to the other end of the apt complex to get the mail for tomorrow – so I’ve been rather lazy today but did just talk a great smelling and great looking quiche out of the oven for dinner later.  It has asparagus, ham, onions, mushrooms and cheddar in it and I will be making some Red Lobster knockoff garlic-cheesy biscuits to go with it and some fruit salad.  Yum, almost sounds like a real meal which I haven’t made many of lately.  Now I’m just debating if I  mix up that coconut pudding to make a quick dessert or save it for another day.

 

Combining Quilting in Knitting

 

 

Is this not the perfect wrap for a Quilter?  I came across this pattern the other day and couldn’t get it out of my mind.   It is made/assembled in sort of an interesting way and between the beads for a bit of bling and the intarsia, it will be an interesting project.  Everything has been ordered and I just need to wait until I see the yarn in person as to which color will be my second “main” color.  The Midnight Blue will be the “background.”  I’m leaning towards the Poppy for the second main color (in place of the green in the pattern cover picture) but might also use the green.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted the beads to match the yarn, contrast, etc. so got some of each color.