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Friday, August 18, 2017

A Cardigan Takes Flight

Bentley cardigan 
Or at least it begins to take shape.  I've separated the sleeve stitches onto holders so I'm just knitting on the body now.  I will need to go back later and add front and neck bands to the cardigan.  They aren't knit on as you go like the Beccs cardigan.  Maybe I'm weird, but I don't mind doing the front and neck bands separately.  I know a lot of knitters hate them, and when you're trying to get a sweater knitted quickly for some sort of time challenge, having them knit in as you go does save some time; but I've never minded working them separately.

I added a second ball of yarn when I separated the sleeve stitches, so now I'm alternating skeins.  Even though this is a pale color, it's still a hand dyed yarn and I don't want to be surprised by differences in the skeins.  I've figured out the hard way that it's better to just blend them together.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  I'll be knitting and watching The Defenders on Netflix!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

More Blanket!

Meditative blanket 
I'm still hooking along on my Meditative Blanket!  I've added two more rows since you saw it last, so there are now 18 rows.  My plan was to make it 36 rows tall (by 24 rows wide), so if I stick to the plan, I'm halfway there.

I started this in 2014.

I'm going to go weave in some ends now.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More Stripes, More Fun!

Canal Grande 
I've gotten some more done on my Canal Grande scrap wrap (and I've learned that I need to recheck my count periodically - holy magical disappearing stitches Batman!)  The more colors I add to this the more I like it.  I still haven't worked through all the colors I sorted when I began, but I'm enjoying working on it.

Just in case anyone was curious, I'm weaving in the ends as I go.  The pattern gives directions for working them in as you knit, so I won't have to go back later and deal with them.  That could have been a problem!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Bentley

Bentley cardigan 
I'm moving right along on my Bentley Cardigan.  I know that compared to the Beccs Cardigan I just finished in 10 days, my progress looks glacial, but not only is this project fingering weight (compared to worsted weight), but the gauge is pretty tight as well.  This should make for a cardigan that lasts forever which is perfect for a design that I'm pretty sure will get a lot of wear.  I have a store bought cardigan in ivory cashmere that I lived in last fall, winter, and spring and the lines of the Bentley cardigan are very similar.

I'm almost to the division of the sleeves from the body and I've now done enough on the fronts that you can see the texture.  The texture stitch is only on the fronts; the sleeves and back are stockinette.  This makes the finished sweater interesting, but the knitting moves quickly.  Or at least as quickly as fingering weight knitting at this gauge can move.  Forward progress!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Another New Cast On

Canal Grande 
In addition to the Bentley Cardigan, I also cast on for a new wrap.  After knitting the Marled Magic MKAL earlier this spring (or whatever it was called - the WestKnits MKAL), I still had leftovers.  Quite a few leftovers.  I had seen the Canal Grande pattern and thought that would be nice for my leftovers so the other day I sat down and sorted through them.  The design has a very Missoni feel to it and I think the more colors I use, the better it will look.

I decided to only use the solids and hand dyed tonal yarns and set aside the multicolored hand dyed yarns for another day.  According to weight and assuming 400 yards per 100 grams as an average, I have over 2000 yards of these leftovers.  The smaller size (which is still a very healthy sized wrap) takes about 1500 yards so that's what I'm making.  Once you've knit a few rows the pattern makes sense and you can start to see the zig-zag design.  I think this will work as a fairly portable project.  It's not as small as a pair of socks, but it's definitely not a high attention project.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Casting On!

Bentley cardigan 
Since finishing my Beccs Cardigan (and therefore not trying to finish anything in a specific time frame), I've been casting on a few things.  The first thing I cast on was another sweater, another cardigan actually.  This is the Bentley Cardigan.  I'm knitting it in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Cloud Nine in Winter Solstice.  I've used Cloud Nine once before and I love it.  Where most of the MCN (Merino/Cashmere/Nylon) blends are crazy soft and drapey, this one has much more body and a velvety hand (while still being crazy soft).  I think it will make a very nice cardigan and in this pale gray it will go with anything.

You can just barely see the texture stitch on the fronts at this point.  Once I get farther along it will be easier to see.  I'm making the cropped length with the 3/4 sleeves like what is shown on the pattern page, although there are also directions for a full length version and long sleeves.  I will do the little opening thing on the cuff because I think it's cute on the 3/4 length sleeves, but if I were making long sleeves, I would just do a solid cuff.  I'm not racing to finish this and I will be working on other projects while I'm working on this, so you won't see this all finished up by Monday morning.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A Sweater in Ten Days!

Beccs 
It's all finished and blocked!  This is my Beccs Cardigan, knit for the Q3 KAL for Eat.Sleep.Knit.  It's knit in Dream in Color Classy in the Juliette's Blush colorway.  I used exactly 900 yards according to the weight (you've got to love worsted weight sweaters!)  I chose this pattern because it was worsted weight, it was top down, and it has no additional bands to add on after knitting the main part of the sweater.  The cabled front bands are worked with the fronts as you go.  I did alternate skeins as I knit it to make sure there was no hand dyed color weirdness, but I'm honestly not sure if I even needed to.  These skeins were really consistent colorwise; more consistent than Madelinetosh or Malabrigo tend to be.  I tend to overlook Dream in Color for those other two, but knitting this sweater reminds me I really shouldn't.
Beccs
It was a fun sweater to knit, with the cables adding just enough interest to an otherwise simple design.  It's also something I think I will wear quite a bit. 

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