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.

weeks 290-292

Didn’t realise I had put this blog on the backburner and neglected it, as my head swore there was a post last week. It’s been three weeks of no posts and really there’s no excuse for not blogging, other than my focus has been scattered on various other things.

The gold lace fabric and dyed velvet are being refashioned into a cropped jacket. Sewing the collar onto the shirt was such a pain, so naturally, the next step was to take it apart and want to make a capelet, but then realised it would make a cute bolero. Some projects aren’t signalled four steps ahead and just whims.

Right now, it’s in pieces. Only the lining and main body are sewn up, but not attached to each other. The wrong sides are showing in this picture, and the sides are pinned together. Only the sides pinned together will be sewn then turned inside out, then the collar will be attached and the raw edge on top will be (hopefully) inside the collar.

main body and lining
sleeves and collar and hem of lace jacket, plus another top in pieces underneathe

The main body will be lined but the collar, sleeves and hem won’t be lined. Hopefully it turns out, but not sure why there isn’t enough material to line the sleeves. I’m guessing when I originally cut the camisole, it left a lot of too small leftover pieces.

Another jacket is in the process of being made, in crochet. Finally found a use for the yarn that was knit together then separated because it didn’t look right. Since it’s self-striping, the aim is just to consistently make sure the blue is on top.

start of the second front in crochet striped jacket

The knitted sweater is still a process.

I thought both sleeves were finished then attached the second sleeve and it wasn’t wide enough, so am reknitting the second sleeve. Ought to reknit the first sleeve but I’ll decide after reattaching the second. Also removed the button placket from the top front and will just knit one whole piece. Maybe the top should mirror the front, maybe it won’t.

start of the second sleeve on the knit sweater

I really need to learn how to plan out projects better.