Couldn’t help myself!

I just had to finish Oshima. I was thisclose, you guys. It was gnawing at me. After the endless Hugo sleeves, I just kept looking at my 3.5 inches of knitted Oshima collar and I really really wanted to finish the rest of it. It was all put together with ends woven in, aside from finishing the collar. That’s almost done! Then the snowy icy weather hit us, and I really wanted a new warm pullover to wear. So, I did it.oshima

We’re in love! I used Jo Sharp DK Wool Tweed. This isn’t even close to the yarn called for in the pattern (2 strands of Loft fingering weight yarn held together), but it got me gauge, and I got to use up most of this lovely yarn I’ve had stashed since 2007! It was soooo cold, so I only got a couple of shots outside, then I had to come in. Most of the shots made me look really cold and hunched, so I settled for some indoor ones.

oshima-2I love the details of the upper body on this sweater, especially the shaping on the back.

oshima-4I’m not used to this much positive ease on a sweater. This is the 38″ size. The recommended positive ease is 4-5″, so this seemed like the best size to make. I wish the back had a little less fabric. If I ever make this again, I’m going to use the 38″ front numbers and the 34″ numbers for the back. It is really comfy though. I’ve been living in it since I took it off the blocking board this morning. I like the long turned cuffs, and the cowl neck is perfect: extra warmth without being up against my chin.

oshima-3This yarn is also much softer than I expected. It doesn’t have a super soft hand when knitting it, but I’ve been wearing this with just a tank top underneath and it hasn’t made me itch even a tiny bit. I really like the yarn, but unfortunately I don’t think it’s distributed in the United States anymore. I ended up using 1,428 yards of the yarn. That’s a bit more than called for in the pattern, but I did add about 4 inches in length overall.

Now I can fully focus on finishing Hugo! I’m 10.5 inches into the front in about a day’s worth of knitting, so I think I’m in decent shape to finish on time in the next few nights! Thanks to timely shipping from WEBS, I will receive the last ball tomorrow, which I will definitely need. I’ll have more progress on that soon. Happy knitting!

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!

Forgotten knits

In the whirlwind of NaKniSweMo knitting I nearly completely forgot my beautiful Oshima, until I saw this Instagram picture of Cara‘s Oshima, and I remembered my sad little sweater, shoved in a project bag and set aside for almost a whole month. Unlike the misbehaving Hugo, Oshima wasn’t on an intentional time out. There were just so many deadline projects all in a row, and then NaKniSweMo started and it seemed appropriate to begin a new sweater for the challenge, so I pulled her out over the weekend and finished up the front…oshima

You can see the sleeves on this post. I just need to finish the back shaping (not much at this point), then I can put it together and work that glorious cowl neck! I did add about 3.5 inches to the body because it seemed way too short for my long-waisted torso. Look at this gorgeous shaping: oshima-2

Hugo is still on a deadline, yes, but maybe I can slip in some work on Oshima here and there. It feels like it’s only a day and a half of work at this point!

So many knits, so little time! My brain is working on designs too. Can I just retire from this dissertation work and go full-time with knitting already? Sigh. Back to the needles.

This post is brought to you by the letter O.

Super secret projects aside, this is what I’m working on when I’m not knitting baby/toddler socks.

oshimaThe pattern is Oshima by Jared Flood. I finished the sleeves awhile ago. It’s nice to have them done. They were fairly simple. I enjoyed trying a different kind of double decrease that I’ve never tried before on the sleeve cap. I also love that they have doubled cuffs because that mean’s I’ll have an extra long sleeve when I’m chilly and want to pull it down over my hands.

oshima-2I’m a few inches into the body. So far nothing exciting to report. I like the way the yarn feels. It has a lanolin feel to it that is pleasant. It’s Jo Sharp DK Wool Tweed in Blueberry. I’m looking forward to some brioche at the top of the body. I think I will add about 2 inches to the body, because I’m long-waisted and I prefer a 15 inch length from armpit to end of sweater in most sweaters.

I have a lot of stockinette going on in my life, as usual. These kinds of projects let me plow through ebooks while I knit, like the Sookie Stackhouse series. I’m on Dead Reckoning. Having some quick and easy reads really take some of the stress away from research articles, plus my library has had all but the last 2 as ebooks to borrow. Sweet! I’ve also read the first book of the All Souls Trilogy. I devoured it. I’m holding off on reading the second book just yet. I think I’m surprised at how much I love delving into the paranormal fantasy genre, but it’s captivating sometimes. I also recently acquired The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes. So far it’s lovely. Who doesn’t love a good knitting essay? I also love audiobooks. I finished Code Name Verity and I highly recommend it. The audiobook had lovely accents. It’s set in WW2, told from the viewpoint of two friends: one a pilot, and the other a spy of sorts. It has great narration and a gripping storyline.

Any book recommendations? I have an audiobook credit coming up soon on Audible…

WIPs on the rise!

I just can’t help myself. I’m casting on new projects as if I have 8 hands to knit them! While I am waiting for the Rowan Felted Tweed for my Blank Canvas to arrive, I decided that I must go ahead and swatch for Oshima. So I did. I wanted to use up stash yarn if possible. I thought it would be fairly easy to get gauge with worsted weight yarn, and that opened up several options for me.

oshima swatch

I took the Jo Sharp DK Wool Tweed and Cascade 220 from my stash to the lake last weekend to swatch. I tried the Jo Sharp first. I seriously believe some yarn manufacturers are just playing jokes with these yarn specifications, because “DK” is starting to lose all meaning for me. I started with a brioche swatch in the recommended needle size. Nope. Went down to an 8. Nope. Tried a 7 and it still looked too large. I sighed and set the swatch aside. I was going to start up with the Cascade 220 after dinner. After waiting an hour or so, I picked up the Jo Sharp swatch and it had relaxed a bit and now looked much more like the correct gauge. Crazy stuff. So I swatched for the stockinette portion and decided I would stick with this yarn. I did wash my swatch and let it dry, just to be on the safe side.

Picking the color was the hardest part for me so far. I love the darker purple and all its tweediness, but I think the brioche would have also looked amazing in the lavender Cascade 220.

It’s a little insane that this pattern takes 5 different needles (and I’m only counting 5 because I magic loop everything). But what the hell. It’s a Jared Flood sweater. That man has such great taste, so he can pretty much do whatever he wants with a knitting pattern and we’ll drool all over it.

oshima swatch-2

This pattern starts with the sleeves, and so far I’m through the cuff that turns up and I’m starting on the stockinette and increases, doing both at the same time. It will be nice to have sleeves done first to eradicate some of the sleeve ennui that often hits me later in patterns.

More fresh WIPs to come soon.