Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Long Hiatus

I have done almost zero knitting since finishing all those sweaters. I was looking through my posts and FO page and noticed I had not shared any photos of the sweaters I made for my friend's baby shower. The patterns I used were Anders (Ravelry link) and yes, another Flax (Tin Can Knits website link).



The Anders was finished on October 5 and the Flax was finished October 12.




They're expecting a boy.

I cast on for a Bonfire blanket yesterday, another pattern by Tin Can Knits. I'm very excited to be starting on something new, and something that isn't a sweater. I've done enough of those this year!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Finished Sweaters

I'm finished with all of the sweaters for my family. Here are the last two I haven't shared yet!

My husband's sweater is the Severus Pullover from the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine. I used Ella Rae Worsted. It is 100% wool.
Front

I asked my husband at the beginning of the year, what kind of sweater he would actually wear. I've made two sweaters for him in the past and they never get worn because they're just so ugly.
Back side

He requested dark green or navy. I didn't find green yarn I particularly liked so navy it was. He also said he prefers a zip up to pullover, as long as the zipper was metal. I decided to learn steeking for this project and I'm glad I did. It was tough to get the cables lined up perfectly when I sewed the zipper in, and there are still places where it isn't 100% lined up perfectly. So before I wrap things up for Christmas I'll look at it with fresh eyes and decide whether I want to adjust and fix it.

True to actual color
The above is a photo I snapped shortly after installing the zipper. It is next to impossible to get a picture with accurate colors. I had to doctor this to get it to look like the sweater.

And the last sweater is the Flax, by Tin Can Knits. I finished it on the 25th. The collar turned out a lot looser than the other three, so I'll have to figure out a way to fix it. But for now, it's fine. And he couldn't wait to model it for me!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Project Updates

I've finished all the pieces to the cabled sweater I've been working on since February. I am even done with that second sleeve, and put it on the blocking board today.  All I need to do is sew it on and add the collar. Should be able to finish tomorrow.

I also finished another Christmas sweater for one of my kids, and started another Flax Sweater for the last one.


So in my absence, I've been very productive! FO posts coming soon!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Yarn Review Monday 34: Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted

What is YRM: I honestly believe there are good things and bad things about every type of yarn, no matter how much you save or how much you break the bank. 

This is for the lay-knitter, not professionals. This is for people like me who might not necessarily be fiber experts despite being a crocheter or knitter for a long time, but need an honest opinion about yarn before they dive into a project with it.

The yarn: Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted

218 yards, 200 meters
100 grams, 3.3 oz 
  • 100% merino wool
  • Colorway: Caribbean sunrise in 12-24 month size,orchid in 2-4T size
The Project: Flax Sweater by Tin Can Knits

What I liked: The colors are beautiful. Generally keeps its shape and size when blocked. It is soft and squishy in the skein but light and warm when knit up. Tolerates being frogged really well and doesn't seem to pill when ripped out and re-knit. Machine washable, although these sweaters are Christmas gifts so they haven't required a good washing yet.

What I didn't like: I really can't complain at all. I ended up having to track down a second skein of the Caribbean Sunrise color to finish a sleeve on the baby's sweater which was a bit more difficult than I had expected. I ended up buying the second skein from a gracious stranger's stash on Ravelry, because that was the only place I could find it. (I originally bought it from someone having a sale on Etsy.)

Affordability:  I only had to spend $10-12 per skein, which I think is incredibly reasonable for this quality of yarn.

Rating: I think this yarn is pretty, affordable, and the colors are so vibrant (the photo does NOT do these sweaters justice). 5/5 stars. I would definitely buy this again, and probably soon.

For a list of Yarn Reviews, click below:

 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this or asked to review this yarn by any store or the company itself. Opinions are my own.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Yarn Review Monday 33: Candy Skein Yummy Fingering

What is YRM: I honestly believe there are good things and bad things about every type of yarn, no matter how much you save or how much you break the bank. 

This is for the lay-knitter, not professionals. This is for people like me who might not necessarily be fiber experts despite being a crocheter or knitter for a long time, but need an honest opinion about yarn before they dive into a project with it.

The yarn: Candy Skein Yummy Fingering (sock weight)

463 yards, 423 meters
100 grams, 3.3 oz 
  • 75% merino wool, 25% Nylon superwash

Colors used in my project: Poppy seed (main), green bean casserole, green olive, pumpkin spice, cranberry sauce (top stitched monogram)
The Project: Dumbledore Socks from Harry Potter Unofficial Knits

What I liked: Beautiful stitch definition. The yarn is so soft and beautifully dyed. Very fun to work with. All of the colors have food related names which is kind of fun. But more importantly, the colors are absolutely stunning in person. Photographs really do not do justice to this beautiful yarn. The dyer does a lot of fun stuff, like seasonal colors, monthly colorways, and cross stitch.

What I didn't like: I really can't complain, although as wonderful as it was to work with I found it to be out of my price range. I was a little bummed out that the mini skeins were just barely enough yarn for the toe and very top stripe of the socks. So the greens on these socks are not the same. (There was enough in the mini skeins to at least have matching heels.) But after all, they are just sample skeins.

Affordability:  I bought everything in the top photo for $70 total. That was for the out-of-season (leftover) Thanksgiving themed mini skeins and one whole skein of the "Yummy fingering," and shipping and handling. I bought this yarn in January of 2015 and don't remember details. I'm sure prices have changed. One skein of Yummy Fingering is listed for $22 on the Candy Skein website. Definitely worth it though!

Rating: I think this yarn is beautiful, albeit way out of my usual budget. 5/5 stars. I would definitely buy this again when I have the chance.

For a list of Yarn Reviews, click below:

 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this or asked to review this yarn by any store or the company itself. Opinions are my own.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Plans

I seem to be apologizing in most of my recent posts for my obvious neglect of the blog. The way things have been going, every time I pick up my needles I am immediately interrupted. No knitting, nothing to share.

I do have two Yarn Reviews in the works which I am planning to post in the next few weeks. As in, I am planning to publish one this upcoming Monday, and the next one two weeks later to help with my otherwise sparse updates. I was looking through my last of yarn reviews and realized I have actually been keeping up with my reviews when I finish my projects, but I missed one last year and I have one to write for the sweaters I made my daughters.

Hopefully this will give me enough time to finish another sleeve on the sweater I most recently steeked.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Adventures in Steeking

I did it. I cut 5 months and countless hours of knitting struggling down the middle this weekend. And it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be!

Countless YouTube videos said that as long as you used one method to anchor your stitches before you cut, you shouldn't have to worry about unraveling. I ended up using the crochet method, we've though I ended up machine sewing it later anyway since I was planning to install a zipper.

You can tell I don't crochet!
After I anchored the stitches it looked a little lumpy. All of the tutorials said to use the same color yarn to anchor the stitches as the yarn in the garment, however, I used a very obvious contrast color so that I could see the stitches easily when cutting. Since this was the first time I've ever steeked a sweater, I wanted to make sure I got it right the first time.
Then, the moment of truth, time to cut!

What I had when I was finished cutting:

Then I pinned in the zipper and ran it through the sewing machine. I only had to redo about two inches where the knitting stretched and caused the pattern to be misaligned while I was installing the zipper. Which is a huge improvement on the last project I put a zipper into!

So here it is with the zipper installed, inside view. I sewed the sides down where the sweater edges are crocheted.


All that is left is the sleeves!