You know how it goes….

Every year I come up with a plan for my Camp Loopy project and then I end up changing my mind for one reason or another – either the yarn, or the project or both – and this year is no exception.

My initial plan – to use the Camp Kit yarn.  But I want to use all that 600 yard hank of lovely yarn.  This was in the Camp Kit – remember it’s a space theme – hence the “Milky Way” – very clever.  This was the spoiler photo posted to Ravelry – not the actual hank I received.  I’ll take a photo of mine when I get home – colors can vary in intensity from one hank to another.

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I decided I wanted to wait to knit this and not use it for the June camp project.

(I have since decided maybe I want to weave a scarf with this yarn — time will tell but I may just warp up the loom this weekend.)

 

So my plan was to use these two yarns to make Rosebud.    (Scroll down a blog post or two and you’ll find the link for that pattern)

The yarn I bought to use for that arrived and one of them just isn’t going to go well with the other.

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These two will work really nicely together.  So now I’m set and very happy with my plan – just waiting for June 1 to roll around so I can get started on Rosebud.  It will be such a cute little girly sweater.

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Sunday stuff – 5-12-19

I just finished off the third quarter of my Rose cardigan.   On to the last section.  This photo was taken right before I finished off the last rows.

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Once again it’s a dreary gray day so it’s hard to get a good photo – plus it looks like a weird shape at the moment.  But I love how these yards fade together – the photo below had three different yarns faded into each other.

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I have one back section left to make which I will get cast on later tonight.  This weekend there has also been a good amount of baking going on.  When I was cleaning out the freezer yesterday I realized I had way too many bananas in the freezer waiting to be made into banana bread.  There’s still bananas in the freezer for another loaf but I made three loaves yesterday before running out of sugar – added mini chocolate chips to one of them – so some of the bread will go to the office tomorrow and a loaf for the freezer.  Today I made a pan of Seven Layer Bars which I have been very hungry for – although I only had the ingredients to make five layer bars – no nuts or butterscotch chips but I’m not really fond of the taste of butterscotch chips anyway.  So those will go to work with me too so I don’t eat them all myself.

I can’t believe that Memorial Day is fast approaching – another three day weekend coming up soon – so my plan is to get everything in the sewing room orderly so I can spend that weekend quilting.  It’s time to get a quilt layered and quilted because I have a couple other projects I want to finish before starting on a new one.

I recently go this cute jungle animal panel to cut up to make a baby quilt.

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The giraffes and elephant are my favorites but all the animals are so well done.

There was also a super fantastic sale on batiks so I got a few to use with this project – the bright colors will be perfect for a couple projects I’m working on as well and the prints are snake skin, giraffe and zebra so they seemed perfect.  The circular print is the backing for a different project.

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Camp Loopy Time!

Yes it’s that fun time of year — Camp Loopy planning!   I’ve done Camp Loopy – virtual camp with The Loopy Ewe.   The link will take you to TLE blog where all the info for camp is located – requirements, project levels, points to be awarded, etc.  And don’t forget the discount during Camp Store Week.

This year it’s Space Camp – in honor of the 50th anniversary of Armstrong’s walk on the moon.   The graphics are always so cute that they come up with.   I originally was just planning to do sewing camp but they’ve changed the format for that this year and its not something I want to make so at least for June, I’ll only be doing knitting camp.

For June you need to use a pattern published in 2019.  There are different yardage levels so you can pick your project based on if you want to knit 400 yds, 600 yds, 800 yds, or 1,000 yards or more.    There was also a surprise Camp Kit (just extra goodies you could pre-order a month or so ago) that included a 600 yard hank of fingering weight yarn dyed in a colorway to match the theme and some other goodies – all surprises because you didn’t get to see the yarn before it arrived nor know the theme until it was announced yesterday.  All the past Camp kits I’ve ordered have been great so I ordered this one too.  My Camp Kit should have arrived at work today (but dang, I took the day off) but I have seen spoiler photos of the yarn and it’s lovely. We could use this kit yarn for our June project if we wished but I didn’t know if it would arrive before the end of camp store week and what if I didn’t like it or want to use it for my project?!  Of course I came up with an alternate plan – maybe two alternate plans.

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I really liked the pattern for a little girl’s sweater called Rosebud.  It is so adorable and would be a fun little knit.  I’m kind of getting tired of knitting shawls  even tho I wear a whole lot of them – there’s only so much space to store them!  And little kids clothes are such fun  – baby gifts at the ready.  So the yarn on the right and the middle yarn I got to use for that.  The yarn on the right – well heck I just loved the colors in it and it was the only hank left of that color so I HAD to get it because I need that one for me for a cowl or something.

I’ll wait until I see the Camp Kit yarn in person but from the spoiler photo I think it would look really good in this crochet shawl pattern  – Flora Shawl –  I spied the other day.  I keep going to back to it and although I don’t crochet a lot, I think the yarn would look very nice in this and I can just keep crocheting until I use up all the yarn if I want.

Next week I should have photos of the actual yarn to show but for now – back to knitting on my fade sweater – I should be able to finish off the third of four quarter sections tonight!

Is it a snake?

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Well when pinned out it looks like the image above where the two colors fade into each other. I love the way these two yarns work together.   It is for an ESK Mother’s Day Flash KAL project.  However, it was curling up as I was knitting it, both sides into the middle, so even tho I was only about 100 yards from being done, I decided to make a smaller swatch and see how it looked after that.  It blocked open nicely, but after it was dry I hung it up over night and the sides curled back in.  It won’t hold the block. I think it is partly just due to the type of mesh stitch it is but also due to the fact that I’m using DK yarn and as the scarf hangs the weight of the yarn makes it want to curl.

Here’s how far I was when I took it off the needles this morning – looking rather snake-like.

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So I won’t waste my time finishing this since I wouldn’t wear it all curled up and I love the two yarns so will find a different project to use them in together.  Rats – all that knitting time wasted! 🙂

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A little more progress was made on the lace scarf.  I’m surprised out distinct those three blue stripes look in the photo — in real life they blend into the green a lot more since the blue is actually shades of blue/green/light purple.   This is going to be so lightweight and soft to wear.

When out running errands yesterday I found the perfect buttons for two projects at Wisconsin Craft Market.

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I had been having a hard time finding the right size toggle buttons for this toddler sweater but these should work nicely.

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These look a bit more reddish in the photo than they are – I needed buttons for this toddler hooded poncho type project – the buttons are sewn below where the armhole would be if the side seam was sewn shut (but it is left open all the way down except for the buttons).  Alas, I only got two and really should have gotten four so I could sew them back to back to each other (there’s no buttonholes) so will wait until the next time I get back there to pick up two more.  Also I had forgotten how skinny the edging was – while I could still use these larger buttons, I think they also had the same ones a bit smaller so I may have to check those out.

And believe it or not there was some new fabric that arrived this week.  I haven’t bought fabric in a long time (since we know I have an more than ample stash) but there was a fantastic sale on batiks I couldn’t pass up so had to order a couple pieces which will go into one of the wedding quilts I need to get back to work on and some couldn’t pass up llama tapestry fabric that will become a bag and some pillows I think.  I’ll have photos of that another day.

Pea Greens

I took Friday off from work so gave myself a 3-day weekend.  Caught up on lots of laundry and lots of knitting and watching movies.

I started on a 3S Shawl.  I’ve knit this one before and I like that it’s fairly long from end to end (actually it’s one of those you can keep knitting until you want to stop) but it’s shallow shawl/scarf.    I consider this shape more of a “scarf” than a “shawl.”  To me shawls are wrapped around the shoulder and arms to keep warm — this type is smaller and wrapped around the neck/top of the shoulders (at least that’s how I wear it).

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It can take a long time to make progress with lace weight yarn but then I’m not in a hurry with this project.  The pattern is actually written for a heavier yarn (or you could use any weight really) but this will be a light weight, cozy scarf to wear.  You can add in eyelet rows, or leave them out.  I love the look of all those tidy rows of garters stitch but will be adding in some eyelet rows, as well as changing colors, as I go.

The photo below is a bit truer in color for the yarns.  The yarn is Malabrigo lace – the green is Lettuce (one of my favorite, what I call “pea green” colors), the blue is Indigo, and the multicolored is Indiecita.  The Indiecita has both the lettuce color and the Indigo color in it plus lighter shades of blue and even a bit of light purple which is really pretty mixed in.  I just plan to change colors as the mood strikes.

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Super simple project which will be my bus knitting.

I also finally finished the buttonband on this sweater – another pea green color.  I have to wait until I get some grosgrain ribbon to attach to the back of the button bands before sewing on the buttons and lots of ends to weave in but it’s finally gone.  I’m afraid it may be a bit too large but hopefully not to bad.   I’m also contemplating actually redoing the button bands and band around the neck.  The yarn is a blend with linen in it so it isn’t as “sproingy” as other higher wool content yarns and I’m thinking I might be happier with the button bands and neckline knit with a smaller needle for the ribbing – even if the they will be a different width than the bottom band of the sweater.  In the meantime, I’ll contemplate that while I wait to find the perfect ribbon for the back of the bands.

 

I just love the lace pattern in this sweater.  I created the sweater in CustomFit but incorporated the lace pattern from Hedwig.

This will be sweater #4 completed of the 12 sweater challenge for 2019.    Must be time to pull another sweater from the “needs to be seamed” pile.  I’ll contemplate which one while I go knit on my Rose fade sweater.  I’ve earned my reward of knitting time/binge movie watching today.   I was up early and finished laundry and putting away clothes, made a batch of barbeque so have that for sandwiches for lunch this week, made some German potato salad to go with some ham I will be having for dinner.   Mixed up some of that corn/black bean salsa (which will go well with the barbeque) which reminds me I should go pull out the corn chips and give it a taste test now that it’s been marinating for a while.   Also stuck the ham bone in the crock pot and have a pot of split pea soup going.  I’ve been so hungry for that soup and I’ll have plenty to stick in the freezer.  Apparently in my yarn and even in my choice of soup – everything is coming up pea green this weekend.

 

 

 

Happy Easter 2019

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Happy Easter.  It’s a lovely spring day here – sun is shining, it’s in the 60’s and I actually have the door cracked open to let the fresh air in.   Went out to breakfast with a friend, a quick stop at the grocery store and now to figure out what to work on for the rest of the day.    There was a rabbit outside my door this morning in the trees – I looked about to see if he had left me any easter eggs but alas – no eggs in sight.

Yesterday I added the button bands, and seamed this little hoodie.    I just have to pull out the button tin and see if I have any buttons that will work for it.

I also have started to play catch-up on my Temperature Tracker project.  I had done several days in March previously but then forgot to put in the color band that denotes the end of each month.  I knew it would but me so I ripped it back to add that and and then it sat while I worked on my fade sweater, some socks, the hoodie above, another sweater — yes many projects in the works — but here’s where it’s at right now.

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The wide bands of  white specky yarn denote the end of the month so at the top by the needles I am just a couple of rows into March.

In the process of ripping back tho, I was able to measure the piece of yarn that I knit for each day (2 rows of high temp color per day) and for each day I now know that I need 9 yards.   With a bit of figuring that means when this project is done it will have over 4,300 yards in it!

I wasn’t going to make myself anything special for an Easter meal today but since we stopped at the grocery store after breakfast, I was able to find a not too huge piece of spiral cut ham and decided to get it so I think baked ham, baked potato and fresh asparagus will be my dinner tonight.  Actually I really wanted the ham for all the things I can do with the leftovers – I see a ham/fresh asparagus quiche in my not too distant future and I’ve been very hungry for homemade split pea soup so will have the ham bone for that, and of course I do like ham sandwiches….hmmmm maybe I should have bought a bigger piece!

Tidying up

I am so not tidy.  Things just seem to get cluttered up very easily around here and the worst part is I can’t blame it on anyone else but me! 🙂  Since it’s a rainy/drippy day here it’s a good day to do some cleaning.

I have a  counter area that runs along the side of my kitchen.  Between it and the breakfast bar – everything that doesn’t get put back where it belongs seems to get dumped or shoved onto one of those surfaces.  I couldn’t stand it anymore and have spent part of today cleaning out those areas (okay amidst many coffee breaks and watching a movie because I hate this kind of cleaning.)   Old mail, bills, health info, – all that stuff to sort thru to see what I really need to keep – those little booklets you get with new coffee makers and other cookware, plastic grocery bags, paper bags, some food boxes flattened but not put in the recycling – that side counter was just full of crap.  So I’ve sorted it all – making a bag of old bills and other stuff that I need to take to work to dump in our big shredder – put away the health info/ product warranty stuff to where I actually keep all that stuff, tossed out a bunch of stuff I don’t know why I was keeping, and put everything back in it’s rightful place.  I didn’t take a before photo – that would have been very embarrassing but I did take this after one so I remember how nice it is when everything is cleaned up.  And in the process found two gift cards I had forgotten about.

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I have most of the breakfast bar cleaned up but there’s two containers – basket sort of things – that contain more paperwork I need to sort thru and I’m just not feeling this project anymore so I may save that to sort through tomorrow night since I’ve got more laundry to finish and I just might do a bit of baking this afternoon – or maybe just find a good movie and go knit.

This is the project I started on yesterday.  One of the ESK badges is called High Turnover.  It’s for starting a project the same day as you get new yarn you ordered.   I wanted to knit Wend – a simple summery top and I had some Winning yarn in my stash (which is silk/linen/flax blend – very light an perfect for a summery top. But I had that yarn in my stash because I ended up hating one of the colors I bought so that original project never got made.  But I could use the other color and get one new color to work for Wend.

So when my new color arrived yesterday (Heritage – it’s the coral color) I just had to cast on for this project to get the High Turnover badge, right?!   The brownish color is called Raggedy Man and I’m a big fax of coral shades and brown shades used together.

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So I swatched – the swatch above is before I blocked it.  This yarn tends to bloom a bit when it’s thrown in the dryer for a little while and blocking did even out the stitches.  So last night I started on the sweater.  It’s made in four separate sections, two fronts and two backs, and then seamed.  I’m contemplating reversing the colors on two sections — so one half of the front would be Heritage with Raggedy Man stripes and the other side would be Raggedy Man with Heritage stripes — but I haven’t decided for sure if I’ll do that or not.  This will be a great bus knitting project since it’s basically all stockinette with very little shaping so I can knit long sections without having to refer to a pattern.

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I also like the lower edging on this project – it’s not ribbing – which has a tendency to flip up with some yarns on me. It’s basically short of triangles of garter and stockinette – very unusual and doesn’t look like it will flip – I’ll have to see if I can get a better photo of the edging later.

I’m also on the second section of my Fade sweater – which is coming along nicely.  This is the right front section.

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Fade KAL Project

I’m making Andrea Mowry’s Rose cardigan for my second quarter ESK Fade KAL project and it’s going very quickly.  The pattern is very well written with separate tables for each size that show row by row if you are increasing on one end, or making a cable, or increasing at the other end — tables make it so easy.  It’s basically made in four quadrants — right front, left front, right back and left back.

I generally don’t like doing cables but their is a cable that runs along the sleeve that I don’t mind doing at all.  You can really see the cable in my photos because it wanted to curl over at that edge. The sweater is knit starting at the sleeve end and knit sideways – reverse garter stitch is the “public” side of the sweater.

I’ve got one quadrant done since starting April 1.

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So the left edge in the photo above, the live stitches are on waste yarn – that’s where the center back seam will join the other back quadrant.  There is also a long ribbed cuff that will get added to the end of the sleeve once the sleeves have been seamed.

The second photo shows the colors more true.  I’m really enjoying working on this.

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Wisconsin Red Sweater

Living in Wisconsin, home of the Wisconsin Badgers where the colors are Red and white, I seldom had anything red to wear when there was a casual day/Badger Day wear declared at the office.   Red is just not a color I wear a lot but now I can wear this sweater which is finally FINISHED!!! and I wore it today.

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This sweater has been a long time in getting finished – mostly because I loved on to other projects and it got forgotten.  The timeline of this sweater – I bought the yarn in 2013 from The Loopy Ewe.  It’s Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton in Poppy Red – and it is a very bright red.

The sweater didn’t get started until May of 2015 (so nearly four years from start to finish – sheesh!).   I used Amy Herzog’s CustomFit program to generate this pattern  using these parameters.

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Things I learned and things I’d change if I made this again:

  • I don’t like seaming with cotton yarn – it doesn’t slide easily
  • I chose “relaxed fit” rather than “average” in CustomFit and it’s got a bit more ease than needed so I will choose average on next sweater.  I also need to go back and look to see which measurement set I used.  This pattern might have been generated before I redid my measurements.
  • Pima Cotton can make for a “heavy” sweater.  Not too warm but just hangs heavier than wool.  It’s not a bad thing but something I need to remember depending on the style of sweater I am knitting.
  • I would also change the scoop neck depth – I chose 7″ below shoulder and I would probably go 5″ to raise it up a bit especially if in cotton which may stretch a bit.
  • Cotton yarn does give great stitch definition to the lace section.
  • This is the first sweater I added grosgrain ribbon to the back of just the side of the button band where the buttons are sewn.  It gives it enough body sewing the button through the ribbing  that I don’t need to sew a backer button to the shank buttons to stabilize them (I hate having to add backer buttons).

Now – maybe I’ll get that green sweater finished off before the end of the month .

Ribbed and Re-ribbed

I got the seaming all done yesterday afternoon and starting on the neckline ribbing.  It was almost done when I decided it was very floppy looking – yep I had picked up the wrong needle size.  Ripped it back out and redid it with the correct needle.  So now just to the two front bands left to do – note to self – use the correct needle this time! 🙂

I did find that seaming a sweater with pima cotton yarn – not so fun. It doesn’t slide like wool does so you have to tighten up your stitches more as you go along, rather than what I usually do – seam a couple inches and then pull it to tighten them all in place.

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