Continued blue

My SSKAL 2014 Coda is on the blocking board and almost ready for some final finished pics, but in the meantime, I decided to cast on something for Z.  I happened to have a few skeins of Cascade 220 superwash in the same color as my Coda so I decided I should make her a little fall garment. like sleevesIt’s called Like Sleeves for kids and I think it will be a lovely garment for transitioning as a fall, winter, and maybe even spring layer.  I’m making the size 3-4, which might be a little big, but I have enough yarn for that size and it can work as an oversized tunic/dress for awhile.  That’s my favorite part about knitted tunics and dresses.

I love this color, Summer Sky, and am thrilled to launch into another project with it.  I hope to get Coda pics up in the next few days and shortly after that reveal the finished secret sweater design I’ve been working on for Matt.  I feel a round of finished objects coming on.

Coming attractions

I’ve been working on a secret project for awhile now.  It’s a large garment, so it’s been eating up some of my knitting time.  I’m working on a men’s sweater design.  Naturally, Matt was putting in orders for fall and winter sweaters and I really wanted to come up with a new design, so it worked out well.  I’m nearing the finish and the pattern has been sent to the tech editor, so I feel like I can make some mention of it now.matt's fall sweater-3It’s an Aran weight men’s pullover with some cable details.  I hope to have the pattern released by mid-late September.

matt's fall sweaterI’m still working out name details.  Feel free to make suggestions!

One sleeve at a time

If some knitting can be done in pairs, I usually do so.  I always knit socks in pairs, and I almost always do the same for sleeves.  This time I changed my mind.  coda-6The sleeves are simple enough and could be done two at a time, but I have several projects going where I’m pulling from both ends of a wound ball and I get tired of untwisting it, so I decided to just do these one at a time and avoid that on this project.  Much of the raglan/yoke shaping is tracked row by row in the pattern, so it will be easy to keep things identical.

coda-7This sweater is making me long for colder weather.

Warning: Cables and short rows are highly addictive

Coda has captured my attention for quite a few evenings this week. It’s my SSKAL14 project this year, and it’s delightful to knit. It was smooth sailing through the stockinette. I threw in an extra waist decrease and knit an extra 3/4″ length for my 37″ bust size.  Then I got to the cables and really fell in love. coda cables-3Especially when the cables turn into an arch with short rows. I just want to keep going and going and finish the section. I will be a little sad when they’re over. coda cablesThis is definitely a knit where I’m soaking up lots of pleasure from the process. I highly recommend the pattern.

SSKAL14 begins!

The yarn came Monday afternoon!  Now I can turn this: 

summer skyinto this for this year’s Summer Sweater KAL. The yarn is Cascade 220 in Summer Sky heather, one of the most truly gorgeous yarns my eyes have beheld. codaMmmm.

coda-2Though the unstretched ribbing looks like a sweater fit for a child, it does indeed fit over my hips. I tested it just to be sure.  I’m making the 37″ size and I might add a tad more waist shaping than called for in the pattern, but it looks like it will be an interesting part of the journey when I get to the top, and in the meantime, the subtle heathered blues will enchant me.  The KAL started a week ago, so I’d better get going!  I have a couple of secret projects that may slow me down, but I’ll make time for the beautiful Coda.

Mini stasher

I have gotten some yarns recently that I haven’t been on top of getting in my Ravelry stash, so yesterday I was trying to get pics of some of these and catalog them.  If you don’t already use Ravelry’s stash page to catalog your yarns it’s an AMAZING feature of the site.  It really helps organize knitting projects by what you already have.  And then if you’re like me you can quickly see that you don’t have exactly what you need for a certain project, so therefore you must buy more yarn.  Ahem.

It’s also fun to organize your queue with specific yarns in mind, and it’s much easier to do a quick stash browse for a project knowing exactly how many yards you have left.  When you start a new project and say “Use stash yarn” on the yarn choice, you can pull from the stash.  If you are diligent and weigh the remaining yarn and put an accurate amount in the project page, Ravelry automatically subtracts from the total stash for that yarn and keeps track of what you have left.  Cool, huh?

I have a lot of yarn.  I’m not SABLE (Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy), but I don’t hesitate to hoard  collect sweater quantities of sale yarns, and I especially don’t hesitate to buy beautiful sock yarn when I feel I must have it, (which is often).  My stash page definitely took a good amount of time to set up, but it was worth every moment of effort, and maintenance is pretty simple once you have it going.

So, the yarn… Z was “helping” me take pictures, and I got a few of her absconding with some DK weight Happy Feet.  stasher-2Every time I put the yarn down on the table to take a pic she promptly picked it up.

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stasher-5She’s not even two yet, and I think she’s hooked on this stuff.

hermiones-3She turns 2 on the 31st!  Can’t believe she’s that big already.

Some recent yarns I’ve gathered: happy feetPlymouth Yarn Co Happy Feet DK in Lemon-Lime Sherbert for a Pinwheel Blanket.

londonOn-line Supersocke in the London colorway for future socks for Matt.

new yorkOn-line Supersocke in the New York colorway for a future secret project.

aimeeLouisa Harding Aimee in the color Cupid for a 3/4 sleeve Gemini for me.

louet orchidAnd some Louet Euroflax in Orchid, because it was a new color and I think it makes the best summer tops.  I don’t have a specific one in mind, but I’m sure I’ll love making something with it next summer.

I’m already ready for fall knits.  Am I crazy, or what? This SSKAL announcement has me all fired up to make a fall sweater.  I’m thinking Coda.  I also started a men’s sweater design out of Cascade Eco+, a nice thick Aran weight.  Perfect for upcoming August weather.  Ha!  I reorganized my queue  to get fall/winter things toward the top.  Once I finish the Linum Tee, I think my summer knitting is over.  With that finished, I will have completed 6 spring/summer tops for the season, and I’m ready to move on to the heavy hitters.  The school I work at starts August 5th, so that’s probably feeding into my fall frenzy as well.  Is anyone else ready for fall knits?  What are you planning on knitting this year?

Endless sleeves!

I thought I would wait and post about these Hugo sleeves when they were finished, but it seems that they will never end, so I’ll go ahead and tell you about them now. _DSC0034They’re pretty straightforward, with a narrower version of the pattern that’s on the body and increases in the moss stitch. I spaced out the increases a little differently than written in the pattern, somewhat between the increases recommended for the 38″ and 41.75″ size. I worked to the length specified for the 41.75″ size before the shoulder cap shaping. I’m finally there. I’m bet it will seem a little faster now with decreases cutting into the row length.

After these babies are finished, that puts me at about 2/3 done! I love the look of this sweater, but the allover pattern definitely slows me down. At least I’ve memorized the chart, so I don’t have to glance at the pattern anymore. I know I’m going to love this on Matt, and I’ll be so proud when it’s finished, but my mind has definitely been wandering to other present and future knits.

I’m obsessed with Antrorse from the new Journey Collection by Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond. Yesterday I bought some Cascade Eco+ in Satine, a gorgeous teal/gray shade. It’s coming in the mail so there’s no chance I can cast it on right this second, keeping some focus on Hugo. I also have a couple of small things to whip up before Christmas, and I’m at the collar on Oshima! I’m about 3.5 inches into the collar, which feels like I could be done very soon. If it seems like there’s time for a pause, I may have to take a day off from Hugo this week and finish up Oshima. Ok, Hugo, let’s get through this!