weeks 300-301

The main body of the cardigan, minus the sleeves and button placket is finished. And, hoo boy, the cables are wonky and messy, but I like that. Once I begin the sleeves, the cables will join up and it will be more cohesive. Or not.

I have 15 live stitches set aside for the shoulder seams, which will be done after the sleeves are made. Bit indecisive about what actually to do with the sleeves, so haven’t started them, while this whole bit was done last week.

front view of the block-colour knit cable cardigan
upper half back view of of the block-colour knit cable cardigan

The two grey panels still have no home, and the second one is solid. Solid one will be on the back, while the mesh will be in the front.

Another project that is slowly taking form is I’m going to turn the blue crochet thread, on the right, into a scarf.

the two grey crochet panels and blue yarn

I completely gave up on turning all this yarn into a open sweater from a certain Vogue Knitting issue and will turn this into a pullover. Originally the bottom was supposed to be ribbed but I messed up on my count and threw it off, so it’s moss stitch. It will be five inches of moss then cables. Go figure. On an even number, you get ribbed. On an uneven number, you end up with moss.

more blue yarn on needles. originally was going to become a sweater from a Vogue knitting magazine pattern, but not anymore

Since then, I frogged the red cardigan that was wore once, at one of Dylan’s IEPs. I removed all the solid red yarn and kept the other two. Originally was going to keep a huge chunk of it in crochet. After knitting a few rows, which I liked, it looked a mess. At that point, it was better if I started from scratch and undid everything.

After attempting to start over on larger sized needles, it looked too loose for my taste so frogged the bit done.

I’ve since done a few rows on needles smaller than the one originally on the first attempt. I went from 6.5mm to 8mm to 4.5mm.

Basically cast on 80 stitches, although on the first attempts I did 88. So… Co80. K all. *P2, P2tog. *K1, inc 1, K2. And repeat rows 2 and 3 until you’re satisfied with the length. It’s on a multiple of four stitches, so as long as you’ve calculated that number, you ought to be fine.

It will be in stripes, obviously. And the edges will be in crochet. (Also, this is a picture of most of the yarn, minus three balls. )

starting another knitting project with the frogged yarn from the cardigan

Oh. I almost forgot. I bought these on a spur. If you buy three, you get one free for each one you bought. I was surprised when they arrived, because was totally expecting just four. So, totally have to buy resin now. It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time so had to push myself a little.

six small resin molds

week 299

Since Dylan started summer vacation, I’ve become quite lax with time constraints and such. Personal projects lose focus when more immediate matters take up your attention. I’ve only really got chunks of time for a bit of knitting and whatever else catches my fancy.

The striped cardigan is slowly coming along. I’m only going to use the variegated yarn then bind off on a purl row. Except for the end, it will be in blocks of six, instead of the four, (except for the last block which goes k, p, k, then bind off), so it’s cable row, p, k, p, k, p. Also, never get overly ambitious when you think you’ve mastered something, when clearly I have not, and try to make shapes with cables. I’m not undoing it but letting the cables be wonky.

An upside down picture of the progress on the back.

upside down view of progress of cables on back of cardigan

I’ve decided to use up Yarn Collective’s BloomsburyDK in soot to make a front and back yoke, although I’m unsure what the main body will look like.

The back piece is done and has four rows of eight open mesh then a border and one long edge has a row of shell stitches. The front will be a various amount of open mesh and will narrow down to one, but the main body will still be rectangle like the back piece.

front part in progress, and back piece complete. crochet yokes in soot by Yarn Collective

week 298

And even more knitting. It’s going to look all wonky, even with a bit of blocking.

not very good cable knitting

My cables are not even and a complete mess but I’m just rolling with it. Middle will be that teardrop shape and then cables upward. The two on the side are going to flow onto the sleeves, and the fronts will flow onto the sleeves, so have to knit the whole main body before getting to decide what to do with the sleeves. After that business, knit a collar and button placket. I’m unsure how what sort of border around it all.

One another note, I’m making something for one of Dylan’s therapists, before she starts in her new position next month. I’m going to knit a simple cable cowl for her. Hopefully she likes it. Should also bake her a cake.

beginning of white cable cowl

Started this yesterday. Originally it was a wiggly line, but decided it would be better in a different way.

Basically. CO30. K30, P30. K30; P30; K10, 5/5LC, K10. P30; K30. P30. Then, on repeat: K10, 5/5RC, K10; P30, K30, P30, until finished, ending on a purl row, and will sew the ends together.

week 297

All I’ve been doing is knitting, for the past week, because knitting takes forever. Have no want to learn to speed knit.

I finished the panel with the cables and decided to make a cardigan with it, using up the yarn bought off yarnbox and the one from at a thrift store bin.

It’s a bit floppy right now but it’ll be nice once it’s finished. It’s wide enough that I’m knitting up until the part where it will be separated for the fronts and back. Haven’t decided for the sleeves, yet, but haven’t gotten to that point yet.

weeks 295-296

Knitting is a slow, slow process, so the cable scarf is being done bit by bit.

simple 3/3 cables scarf

A bit obvious where I joined the second ball of yarn. Need to get a bit more yarn then do a second half then connect them in the middle.

This will take a while.

Meanwhile, I spent the weekend trying to figure out how to use dpns and failed. Mostly knitted a hat (crocheted a few rows to make the brim smaller).

semi-blurry picture of a rocking horse wearing a beanie or beret, with a view of the scarf nearby

Not sure why but have yet to take a clear enough picture of the hat.

Oh and made another pillowform.

fabric scraps made a pillow form

What was formerly a couple bags, I separated them then sewn all the pieces together into a huge rectangle. When it’s fully stuffed, I will sew closed the open end.

week 294

As I pointed out last week, not much was done over the past week, because being glued to one’s laptop for half the week isn’t conducive to much of anything getting done.

The capelet is almost finished as it just needs four buttons. It ends right below my elbows.

puffy pastel capelet

An even closer view of the button placket. Originally was going to knit the buttonholes but it just looked off, so everything is crochet. In the future would have to make sure the holes don’t expand, so will have to currently make them a tad smaller than they are now.

no buttons on up close of button placket of puffy pastel capelet

The other bit of anything is learning how to knit cables. It’s decent for the second time. (First time involved trying to knit the cables back and front on the piece when it’s just worked on the front. The problem this time around is the holes forming on the sides of the cables, which I’m guessing is normal and fixed in the next row.

basic cable knitting

Originally I was doing 12CL/12CR cables but they didn’t look right, so frogged and halved everything. It was K10, P10, 12CR, P16, 12CL, P10, K10, then P80 but now it’s K5, P5, 6CR, P8, 6CL, P5, K5 then P40. At times I’m counting 41 stitches so messed up at some point but it looks nice and will look nicer once it’s blocked.

week 293

Expect next week’s post to be about a paragraph long, as Eurovision has rendered me incapable of focus. The second semifinals doesn’t start until the next hour, so have time right now to blog. People can protest all they like, because of where it’s located this year, but the point of Eurovision is to give people an excuse, at least for a few hours, to come together and celebrate the commonality and community of music. I can’t give my two cents on who I want to win, as I haven’t seen the second set of performances. So far, I’m indecisive between Australia and Greece. Iceland will do well with the televotes, but unlikely with the juries, although I will laugh out of joy if they are in the top three in the final on Saturday.

I didn’t get much done over the past week.

So, it won’t be another crochet cardigan. It will be a buttoned capelet.

striped capelet without button placket and the top of the front parts

It’s going to look nice when it’s done. I haven’t done the top of the front parts, and the button placket between them. Not sure if I will add anything to the bottom, maybe just outline the shells.

Have no idea where I’m going with this.

start of anotherknitting project

My mission to learn how to make cables starts here, because I’m adamant it needs to happen. Mastered simple purls and knit stitches, so want to stretch out to being comfortable with cables and lacework.