New Stuff on the Needles

I managed to get some knitting in this weekend. Not as much as I had thought, but a nice amount. I started off by winding all my hanks of yarn from my Luskentyre kit from Virtual Yarns. I was totally loving all the beautiful colors. I thought I would be able to get all the winding done and the swatch, but that was not happening. Took me all night to wind the yarn.

 

Luskentyre Kit

Luskentyre Kit

I am sure everyone that has knit with her yarns will say that pictures don’t do her colors justice. They have a luminescence to them. My favorite colors from this kit are Golden Plover and Machair, but they are all stunning. So here is the picture of the swatch done on US2. Only had to go down one size.

 

Luskentyre Swatch

Luskentyre Swatch

 I also managed to get a start on Rachael’s Autumn Rose finally. It is now officially on the needles. 

 

Just the beginning

Just the beginning

Not much to look at yet. Just had time to get some of the ribbing done, but at least it is started. Once I get this a good way along, I will start something else.

Ready for the weekend!

 

I finished the gauge swatch for the Duxbury Point Pullover. This sweater is for Marc and will take a long time to make but I think I will really enjoy the pattern. I had originally started the swatch knitting continental and found I was knitting very tight so I switched back to English and it ended up much better. I guess I will have to knit the sweater by throwing. I will cast on for it this weekend. This project is very special. It will be the first sweater I make for my husband and it must be perfect!

Duxbury Swatch

Duxbury Swatch

Duxbury

Duxbury

I also need to cast on Rachael’s Autumn Rose sweater this weekend. I really want to get it moving. This one should be the priority as her birthday comes before Marc’s. I will knit it with the US5’s This is way larger needle size than suggested, but I am using Knit Picks Palette, so it may be due to the different yarn. BTW I love the Palette yarn. Can’t wait to show you some progress on this one.

Alba sweater is still on hold. I am rather forlorn about it. I was really believing I would love the colors. When I get some of my other projects going I will play around with it some more in order to get the right mix of colors. I did get a scan of the original colors that the Rowan pattern used from a friend on Ravelry and that will help when choosing replacement colors if necessary. I may keep the Prussian Blue and just change the Cinnamon and Sandelwood. Hopefully that will do the trick.

I have saved the best for last. I received my package from Virtual Yarns yesterday!!!

 

Luskentyre

Luskentyre

 

Luskentyre

Luskentyre

 

 

 

What gorgeous colors. I can’t wait to knit this sweater up. It will be so much fun. The yarn was very nicely packaged. When I opened it I was so impressed. I can’t wait to swatch it up tonight. This is the first thing I will do when I get home from work! Well maybe I should clean up the house a bit first…. Nah!

Victoria in the Emma Peel Dress

Just got home from a wonderful evening with friends. Brings it home how lucky we are and what is truly important in life. We had a wonderful time and as I suspected Victoria couldn’t wait to try on her new dress. So without further delay, Here is Victoria showing us the Emma Peel dress!

 

Victoria wearing the Emma Peel dress

Victoria wearing the Emma Peel dress

The other day I showed my delight in receiving my package with the yarn for my Alba Jacket. As you may have guessed, I knit up a swatch right away. Stayed up until 1 am because I couldn’t wait to see how the colors look together. And…..I don’t like it 😦  It is just not right.  Please tell me what you think. I can’t really afford to buy more yarn. I think the problem is the Prussian Blue is too ‘bright’ for all the warm colors I picked. Here is a picture of the swatch. 

 

Alba Swatch

Alba Swatch

The Prussian blue is that bright blue in the background of the browns.  All together I just don’t think it transitions nicely. It looks different then it did when I knit it with the Spindrift. Here was the original swatch.

 

Alba Swatch in Spindrift instead of DK

Alba Swatch in Spindrift instead of DK

Here I used a charcole grey instead of Prussian Blue. Sigh….I will try to figure something out using the colors I have. I will have to think on this.

I continue to swatch for Marc’s Duxbury Pullover. I just started the cable swatch. I will post some pictures when it is done. It is dawning on me that it will take a long time to get it done. It is a fingering weight yarn I am knitting it with, but I think I will enjoy the pattern very much and the yarn is beautiful. It is Simply Shetland Silk Lambswool.

My YaRn is Here!!!!

Oh, thank the Yarn Gods! My Jamieson DK has safely arrived from Canada. As I previously posted, Nina from CVF put a tracer on my package and sure enough it was stuck in customs! That was Tuesday. I got the package today and am so relieved. She was so nice too. She refunded me my shipping charges and gave me a call tonight to see if it got here ok.

 

MY YARN IS HERE!!! YAY!!!

MY YARN IS HERE!!! YAY!!!

I will start a swatch this weekend so we can see how my new colors will look. I can’t wait!!!!

Well tonight was our knitting meetup night and there was a nice turnout. I brought the swatch I am working on for Marc’s Duxbury Point sweater. This sweater is going to take a long time to knit. The Simply Shetland Silk and Lambswool is like a fingering weight. I am going to knit this top down too. Should be fun!

This picture doesn’t show the detail well, but this is really going to be beautiful. I can’t wait to do the cable swatch to see how this yarn cables. I think it is going to be well worth the time and money. I will have to be real careful not to make mistakes though! Could be detrimental!

 

Filler Stitch for Gauge - Duxbury Point

Filler Stitch for Gauge - Duxbury Point

 

 

I also have progressed nicely on MIL’s Fair Isle Cardigan. Here is how far up the body I have gotten. Did most of this during Dancing With the Stars! 🙂

 

CYO Fair Isle for MIL

CYO Fair Isle for MIL

I ask myself now what is my plan going forward.

  • I have Mr Foster on the needles and would like to get him done, but he is not a priority. Sorry Mr Foster 😦
  • I will do the swatch for Alba Jacket, but can’t start it until MIL Cardigan is done.
  • I will start Marc’s Duxbury Point
  • I will start Rachael’s Autumn Rose – this will ease my Fair Isle itch
  • I really would like to get some socks going too. Nothing fancy, just some ribbed socks. We’ll see.

 

I almost forgot! I fixed up the seams for the Baby Kimono. I think it looks 100 times better. I will block it again and iron it a bit and I think this will make it nice and smooth. Now all I need to do is weave in the ends and get some ribbon.

 

Baby Kimono

Baby Kimono

No More Monkey Business

I am putting the Mr Foster Monkey on hold for a bit. Not to say I won’t work on him at all, but not as fervently. I want to focus on getting my MIL’s cardigan done. It is coming along. I am holding a nice pace on the body now. Because I am worried about running out of yarn, I switched the colors around a little from how they are in the sleeves. I don’t think it will be badly noticeable. As a matter of fact they suggest it in the book as a way to change things up and make it more interesting. I think being it is a fair isle design it will come out nice.  Now that the body of the sweater is going strong I am enjoying this project much more.

I have finished the knitting up of the Baby Kimono sweater and started with the seaming yesterday. The sides came out beautifully, but the underarm seam looked awful! I took it all out and started a thread on Ravelry asking for suggestions for a nicer stitch for seaming these arms. Here is a picture of how it came out the first time.

 

Baby Kimono

Baby Kimono

I have gotten a couple of suggestions. One is a crocheted slip stitch which I may try. Or I will just try the grafting stitch again, but looser. You can see that my tension was not consistent and that may have been the problem. Here is another picture of it after. I will add that this Reynolds Rapture is soooo soft after blocking. Wow. Nice stuff.

 

Baby Kimono

Baby Kimono

And now for some depressing news. It has been nearly a month since I ordered my Jamiesons DK for the Alba Jacket I have been planning and it has not arrived. I spoke to Nina at Camilla Valley Farms where I had ordered it and she is putting a tracer on it. Hopefully it is just stuck in customs and it will arrive. I am hoping and praying it is not lost. If it is I will not be able to afford to replace it and the Alba Jacket will have to wait until next year. I am so disappointed. I should have had her insure it but did not think of it.

On a more happier note, I have sold a collectable book I owned for enough money to buy a sweater kit from Virtual Yarns! I ordered the Luskentyre. It was such a hard choice. I really love the Marina and Rona as well. Maybe someday I will be able to order these. The exchange rate has gone down enough that it is much more affordable to get these kits for VY and I did not want to miss my opportunity. This will not be on the project list for this year, but I will start it as soon as I can!

I have one more thing to share. I purchased a ‘pattern’ yesterday from Big Sky Knitting and I am very impressed. It calls itself a pattern, but it is more like a booklette for top down knitting. It comes in 8 parts and in these parts each step of the construction is meticulously spelled out. These instructions can be used for many patterns if you want to knit them top down. I am going to try using it for Marc’s Duxbury Point Sweater that I will be making for him. I plan on starting this very shortly. The ‘pattern’ is by Janet Szabo and is called The Follow the Leader Aran Knit Along or FLAK. Great stuff and only $8! Worth every penny! You will be hearing more from me about how this works out!

New Beginnings

This week has been the week of new starts. Although I did not knit much this week, I did get a little in. For starters, I was able to get my Mr Foster sock monkey started. This is a kit that Knit Picks was selling and the kits sold out in less than 2 weeks! Glad I got mine. I think he is adorable. Here are his 2 arms. I know. Not much to look at yet.

 

Mr. Foster's arms

Mr. Foster's arms

I actually had a rough start with the arms but was able to get help on the KAL forum at the Knit Picks Ning site. I am actually learning new techniques by knitting this little guy. Figure 8 cast on is one of them.  I am really enjoying this!  I have decided I am going to put some wire in Mr Foster to make him posable. 

The other thing I started was the body of my Color Your Own sweater for my MIL. I am forcing myself to trudge along with this project. I will be more exciting once I start with the color work. I am hoping to get this done quick. I know my first one didn’t take long at all.

 

Color Your Own

Color Your Own

I still have not gotten my package from Camilla Valley Farms! I am getting so anxious. It has been 3 weeks since she sent it. If I don’t get it today I am going to give her a call. Hopefully she has some tracking on it and kind find out where the package is.

I have not started Rachael’s Autumn Rose (AR) yet. I may get that on the needles this weekend. I did get all my charts made up though. I have the entire sweater color charted on my computer specific to her size. This will make it a lot easier. The charts in the book are so small it is ridiculous! 

Not much to talk about. Hopefully I will be posting my Alba color swatch soon and showing you the beginnings of the AR.

What’s happening to me?

I have finished up a few projects now and really enjoyed knitting each one of them. I have knit more in the past 6 months than I have in my life! I don’t know what happened, but suddenly I can’t get enough knitting. I think going to Rhinebeck last year was a trigger. I just can’t figure out how I went years without knitting!

I have knit sporadically over the years and enjoyed it. I think if I had more money and time I most likely would have knit a lot more over the years, but honestly I had little of either. Barely made ends meet and being a single Mom for 12 years, I had little time for myself. Now my kids are 22 and 15 (HUH!?!?!?) and I don’t have to pay babysitters and child care more than half my pay to watch my kids anymore. No more unruly (my son was the unruly one!)  kids taking up most of my time and attention. Now both my kids are doing well, I make more money and I am happily and peacefully married to the most wonderful man.  So what better to fill my time with other than creating beautiful things? I can’t wait to make all the projects on my list for this year! It is exciting! 

So here is a list of why I am loving knitting so much lately:

  • I love making beautiful things! It gives me great satisfaction. When I was younger and knit something I would make mistakes and just keep knitting. Not caring to fix. Now I am getting pleasure and pride by putting effort into making things well and paying attention to detail. 
  • Knitted items are gifts of love. My Mom loved the shawl I made her for her birthday. She rubbed that soft mohair against her face and looked at me with tearful eyes. She knew the time I had put into this gift of love and her reaction was all I needed to make every second worth it.
  • Challenges. Yes, I love learning new things and I am very good at picking things up easily. I can do this because that is how I have had to learn over the years. I could never afford classes for anything, so I would go to Barnes and Nobles or the library and read books. An example of this is my Color Your Own Sweater. This is the first sweater I ever made for myself and I learned how by reading Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified by Ann and Eugene Bourgeois. What a great feeling! Now I am stepping it up and will be making Autumn Rose and Alba Jacket which will be much more intricate than my first Fair Isle sweater.  I will do all I can to make sure they look perfect!
  • The recognition or shall I say, My Ego loves hearing the ooohs and aaaahs. It is nice.
  • It’s meditative. It flows and takes my mind away from stress. It relaxes me.
  • I like being creative. When I was playing around with color to plan my Alba jacket it was fun! I loved switching and playing around with the colors.

That is all I can think of but I am sure I could come up with more in time.

Here is Mom with that shawl on her birthday:

 

Mom's birthday present

Mom's birthday present

and here is that first sweater I completed. The Color Your Own Sweater

 

Color Your Own

Color Your Own

I don’t have much progress to report. I finished the dress for Victoria and I will block the Baby Kimono this weekend and then sew it up. I did get my Mr Foster kit in the mail today. This will be a fun little project for the side.  I also know I have made the commitment to finish the Color Your Own for my MIL before I start my Alba Jacket. I have finished both sleeves and now must cast on for the body. I am going to make the cardigan so I will have steeks up the middle. This will be my first cardigan. So you will be hearing about the Cardigan for a while now. I have not yet received the yarn for the Alba yet. It has been 2 weeks! I also have everything I need to begin the Autumn Rose which I will start soon. Maybe this weekend.

 

Until then, happy knitting everyone!