This is a little slightly blurry phone pic from last night, but I finished the knitting on my Wispers and I was too excited to wait and take a better picture to post. I hope to have a modeled shot sometime this week. As shown above, the shoulders are not put together, and I still have a little bit of finishing around the neckline to work after the shoulders are put together.
I finished this baby by the skin of my teeth, y’all. Really, I made this top 1.5 times because I had all but the back shoulders after the neck bind off to finish on Saturday morning and I was really and truly going to run out of yarn. Crap crap crap. I knew I was cutting it really close since I’d added about an inch in length to the body, but I wanted that length. So when I finally accepted that I was going to run out of yarn mere yards from the finish, I started to rip. I’m an optimist. I held out until the last second.
See that middle orange section? The one with the waist shaping? I ripped back to that one right before the waist increases. I allowed myself to still add a bit of length, but I just made the narrowest part of the sweater a bit longer and I also added 2 more rows between each waist increase, letting the sweater grow in length without having to work as much width. This time I made it, keeping a close eye on my yarn, measuring tiny balls with my digital scale to ensure I’d make it. I did.
Tonight she will get some shoulder finishing and blocking! If I love this top as much as I think I will, I just might have to turn my other Black Trillium gradient kit into one too…
Since the weather turned colder and we got hit with a couple of snow days, I have been working away on my BlueSand Cardigan much more than on my Wispers. It’s in the same state as my last post about it. BlueSands has proven to be much more intriguing than a typical raglan cardigan.
I’m doing the combination yoke version, and there are many things to pay attention to on the shoulder shaping. Luckily, the designer has provided line by line instructions separated by size so the pattern is easy to follow in this area. Though I’m using fingering weight yarn, I’m not adding many additional rows to each stripe, because I anticipate the sweater growing lengthwise with a wet block, as superwash yarns are wont to do. I did wet block my swatch, but that doesn’t really account for the weight of the finished garment.
Sleeves are usually my nemesis on a sweater project, so I decided to take a break after the first body stripe and go ahead and make my sleeves first. I made a bit of a modification on the sleeves. I left the first stripe section as plain stockinette, and started the decreases in that section. I made the second stripe the slip stitch section, inspired by the elbow patch slip stitch section on this Raveler’s project page. I did make more repeats than called for in this section. I just kept trying it on and repeated until it appeared to be evenly spaced over my bent elbow. Scientific, huh? I love knits that you can try on as you knit them.
I was browsing Etsy for some self-striping hand dyed yarn awhile back (dangerous, I know) and I came across this yarn from Julianna’s Fibres:
It’s her Sparkle Self-Striping superwash yarn in the colorway “Truly Outrageous.” The name and colors immediately made me think of the Jem and the Holograms theme song from a cartoon I used to watch.
So naturally, I had to have the yarn that evoked my 80′s cartoon nostalgia. I’m not disappointed. The stripes are fun and bright. It’s a good defense against the SNOW we got over the last couple of days. Hello, March. Shape up a bit, will ya?
I’m crossing my fingers for spring, even in the midst of predictions for freezing rain in the next few days. To prod spring along, and as a nice respite from all the blue-grey of Pensacola. I am also in the mood to cast on all of the things!
Here’s my progress on Wispers. I love how quickly fingering weight goes on size 6 (4mm) needles. I’m on the fourth color of my gradient kit from Black Trillium. Getting to each new color is really motivating me to go faster and faster. It makes me really happy.
I’d also been thinking about casing on a BlueSand Cardigan since it’s release date, but it was another thing I wouldn’t let myself do with the Pensacola deadline. The pattern calls for DK weight yarn, but I have 1600 yards of Blue Moon Socks that Rock in Blue Moonstone that have been crying out to become something for awhile. I did a gauge swatch and I’m going up a sweater size to get a pretty similar result to the 34″. The lighter blue will be the main color, with the teal Squishy Anzula as the top contrast stripe and the yellow Vice Carnal Corpses Christi as the other contrasting yarn. It seems a little silly to begin such a large cardigan this time of year, but realistically as much as I wish for spring, I’ll probably have many opportunities to wear it. I’m happy for the super cheery colors.
This is only the tip of the iceberg, color-wise. I have some Blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea Sport coming for the New Girl KAL and some intensely colorful and fun sock yarn that I’ll post about when I get a bit further into the stripes. I’m committing to a spring full of COLOR!
Pensacola is finished! She will be on her way to the UK in the morning. I did all but the snaps, since they’re waiting for the sweater’s arrival.
The main yarn is Blacker Classic Lleyn Wool in Slate. The contrast trim is Rowan Angora Haze in a blinding white. That’s not actually what it’s called, but I lost the yarn label, so that will have to do.
Oddly enough, even though the pattern for this had a scant amount of information, when I followed it fairly exactly each piece did make sense when I got to it. It was pretty fun. I can’t wait to see it on film! It’s called Tell Them of Us. They’re also doing a Kickstarter fund for the film. If you want to contribute, check it out. I’m really proud to be part of this project.
The Rowan Angora Haze is heavenly. I did sneeze a little bit since it sheds a lot, but it’s softer than a baby kitten.
I’ve been a very busy bee the past couple of weeks running dissertation stats and planning for THE END. I will defend my dissertation on April 10th. I scheduled a room. It’s for real, y’all.
Pensacola should be fully dry after blocking tonight, so I can seam it this evening. I can’t wait to see it all seamed up and on the dress form. The project that pushed me to finish the knitting (because I wouldn’t let myself start something more fun and abandon it) was this:
I’m making the Wispers top by Veera Valimaki. I didn’t happen to have 600 plus yards in any one color of my fingering weight yarn, but I did have this lovely Terra Cotta gradient kit from Black Trillium, which has 635 yards total. I won’t be able to make my stripes an even width, due to shaping in the sweater, but I think I will like the overall effect.
This kit is a nice color shock to the system. I’m starting with the darkest yarn and moving to the lightest. I’m also making the 32″ size. This sweater has a lot of positive ease happening. Doing the math on this size, there are about 34.5 inches at the waist and 6″ ease at the bust for the pleats. That should still be plenty flattering, and having a little more wiggle room on the yarn means I’ll get away with possibly adding some extra length if I want.
I’m so excited for springtime knits! I’ve loved making a bunch of cold-weather sweaters this season, but I’m ready for something refreshing. Matt is a little sad that he won’t see a new sweater until next fall, but I just couldn’t bring myself to knit a huge Aran weight grey thing right now. On another fun note, Angela and I are going to do a little KAL with an incredibly adorable skirt starting mid-March. Basically, Angela has impeccable style and she said on her blog that she was going to knit it, and I said that I needed to do that too. Anyone that feels like making a skirt mid-March, please join us! There will be no incentives, aside from some mutual skirt admiration and the implicit rewards that come from making these knit stitches over and over. The designer, Allyson Dkyhuizen, happens to have the skirt half off this week, so if you want to knit it, it’s a good time to get the pattern!
I pictured all kinds of cute mother/daughter poses for these matching socks, but in the end, Matt shot what he could as fast as he could, and we got a couple of somewhat clear shots. Z and I are wearing our matching Prufrock socks. For hers, I used my Kiddo Kicks pattern, increased by 2 stitches (one on instep, one on sole) for the 1-3 yr size, and I left out one repeat of the wave stitch in the Prufrocks.
I’ve only made her straight stockinette socks up to this point. I’m quite enamored with the look of her little patterned feet. I didn’t have enough yarn to make her a 3-inch cuff like I would have wanted, but I think they’ll be cute as ankle socks too.
This was part of my Ravellenic 2014 goals. I sort of flopped on my stated goals from the last paragraph of this post. I did complete the Hundertwasser socks, these Prufrocks for Z, I started new socks for Matt and got past the gusset pickups (going toe-up two-at-a-time) and I finished the knitting on the Pensacola Sweater for the film Tell Them of Us. That sweater is blocking right now, and I will do the seaming in the next couple of days. I did a lot of knitting, but I thought I would be making arm warmers for all of us, and I ended up focusing on socks. I did want to have Pensacola ready to ship by today, but it’s close enough to make me feel satisfied. I had a little bit of a carrot on a stick to inspire me to finish, since I purchased the pattern for Wispers, but I wouldn’t allow myself to cast it on before finishing Pensacola… More about that soon.
Happy Monday! Did you all meet any Ravellenic goals?