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Knitting as a lifestyle and identity - beyond just being a hobby
Classic Knitting Book - Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick
Now that the kids are in school and my husband is re-employed (!!!!) I finally have the confidence to bring Knit Luck to video form:
This week we talk Fall 2014 knitting magazines. Check it out!
Another week, another Sunday of Year of Projects. That Startitis I talked about last week didn't come to fruition. I bummed myself out when I realized that one of the yarns I wanted to use was in storage. Visiting my storage space is a sad feeling because it reminds me of all of the crap we had to deal with last year: moving in with my mother in law, getting rid of almost all of our furniture and putting most of our books and things in storage. It doesn't help that the storage unit is packed to the gills and trying to find anything in there is an exercise in patience, strength and perseverence.
Instead I went running to the Textured Shawl. It's easy enough. I even found the pattern in my car!! I finally gave it a looksee and discovered that I'm almost done with the darned thing and if I make it my go-to project for a few weeks I'll have another finished object on my hands (or shoulders as the case may be). I've knit through a good twenty rows this week. I'd say another week or two and this thing will be finished. Guess I should find myself some blocking wires.
Here's my progress for the year!
Mitered Block Blanket (100% done.)
Hannah Hat #2 100% done
Christmas Socks #2 (100% done)
Pepperberry Knits Hat (100% done)
Holden Shawlette (100% done)
Christmas Socks #1 (100% done)
Dahlia Cardigan (100% done)
Luxuria Air Marle Beret (done)
Beachy raglan (100% done)
What's new with your knitting?
It's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too! We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year!
I'm still in gauge swatching limbo with a new sweater, plus some yarn that I thought I had turned out to be in storage (ack!) so my startitis has been put on hold. This means I'm turning back to an old project, the Textured Shawl. I love the radiating rings on this semi-circle shawl and I'm starting to get motivated to finish this thing. I'm still reading the Mistborn Trilogy, but I'm moving slowly on this book because well, I'd rather be knitting ;)
What are you knitting and reading these days? Got any favorite high fantasy books you like? Let me know in the comments:
One sweater finishes another sweater begins. I'm still on a swatching spree for the Eileen Fisher Dolman Sleeve Pullover from Vogue Knitting Fall 2014. This is one of those deals where some major stashbusting will be accomplished if I knit this sweater. The trouble is that I'm not getting gauge. I keep going up a needle size and it still doesn't get gauge. I'm going to wash my swatches soon to see if washing them has any effect, but until then I've had a little secret weapon to help me see what I'm trying to achieve with the yarn and the gauge: my mother in law's dolman sleeve Eileen Fisher sweater that she bought ages ago. It's not the exact same sweater as the Vogue Knitting design, but it's very similar. Two piece knit across and seamed together.
When you see the sweater all stretched out like this it doesn't look awesome, but it looks great on my MIL
This sweater has been washed a bunch of times, which means I need to wash my swatches to see how the yarn behaves. I'm such a stickler for gauge, mainly because I actually like to wear the things I knit. Funny how that works out.
The gauge on this is rather stretched out, which is disturbing for a super tight knitter like myself, but seeing this seater in person and seeing the gauge I'm able to understand how the yarn is supposed to behave. The lose gauge gives the cotton yarn drape which will hopefully look attractive. Knowing this gives me the confidence to keep going up knitting needle sizes to get the yarn right.
The smaller swatch was done with size 8 needles, the one on the right done with size 9. I still haven't gotten gauge and you can see why. The swatches about are still tight and not as loose as the finished product behind, which is roughly the same gauge as the knitting pattern. I could either try a pair of size 10 knitting needles or wash these swatches to see what they do. Since I lean towards a tighter gauger I'm going to try washing them first to see what happens.
The sad thing is that this isn't going to be the only sweater on the needles. My mom gave me a copy of the Fall 2014 Interweave Knits and it has me swooning with more stashbusting. There are two cardigans that I MUST KNIT with yarn in the stash. I'm astounded that I have so many sweater quantities of yarn, but if I get three sweaters finished in the next two years, that's a lot of yarn stashbusted. I just might be able to to justify buying some new yarn. One could hope.
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Miracles have happened and husbeast received and accepted a job offer at his dream company last week. He starts work soon. We are breathing sighs of relief and expecting great things ahead.
I'm knitting. I've been caring for my two sons, living at my MIL's house, volunteering at our local co-op preschool and gardening. Trying to find time to write and to redefine this blog to embrace my current reality.
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