Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Work-in-Progress Wednesday: Hemmed In

I had a lot of extra knitting time this week thanks to getting the oil changed, staying home from work because we had to get new hot water heater, and a weekend trip to see my family = car knitting!

1. Something New I finished the body, sewed down the hem and picked up the collar stitches. Based on suggestions by several ravelers, I picked up every stitch instead of 5 stitches per inch like the pattern said which I hope I don't regret. . . I have broad shoulders so  top down sweaters are usually very baggy on me so I added more waist shaping. In retrospect, I should have started the shaping an inch or so earlier because I had to increase back out faster than I would have liked. I tried it on and it seems to fit okay which is all that matters I guess.

2. Adagioro: I started this sweater 2 years ago May 10th! My goal is to get it done before May 10th of this year. . . The name of the pattern, Allegoro, reminded me of the musical tempo term Allegro. Since it's taking me sooo long to get it done, I combined the pattern name with Adagio, which means music that is to be played slowly.  I got quite a bit done in the car and calculated that I have 55 more rounds to go. The sleeves/neckband are only a few rows each so they shouldn't take too long. 

3. Hey Teach: I wove in the ends and sewed the buttons on = a F.O!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Hey a F.O.

I finally finished my Hey Teach! This project took entirely too long because it languished in the U.F.O basket for months at a time but it's finally done. I'm fairly happy with it. I have a waist and this sweater makes it look like I don't so if I had to make it again I'd use less stitches on the middle ribbing section or go down another  needle size. 

Also, the buttonholes aren't too great. I did the one row buttonhole method but the buttons were only 2 stitches wide and I read that that method works best if your button is at least 3 stitches wide.They work but it takes some effort to get the buttons through the hole and I'm not sure how well they'll hold up in the long run. I have 1 skein of yarn leftover so I could re-knit them some day if that happened. Maybe.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Work-in-Progress Wednesday: Joining In

As an incentive to finish the many U.F.O I have going, I'm joining the WIPW blogging group. Not that I'll be posting every Wed but hopefully every so often.

I started Something Blue last November as I was planning my wedding and had hoped to wear it on my wedding day as I was running around getting ready, but I didn't get it done in time. The wedding was February 18th and happily it was a warm day! Now that things have settled down somewhat I have started working on it again. I have just a few more rows left on the body.

The yarn on the side is what I'm planning to use for the underside of the hem.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Newlywed Bliss

Since it's been a while since I posted here's a quick update:


- I've been married for 3 weeks and 4 days and so far it's been great. The wedding day was beautiful (warm!) and full of joy. As promised, here are my something new, blue etc:

Something Old: I carried a handkerchief that belonged to my grandmother

Something Borrowed: I wore the garter my aunt and sister wore in their weddings

Something Blue: I carried a blue earring that belonged to my groom's late mother in a small pocket on the garter

Something New: my dress and veil


- I added my knitting projects with progress bars in hopes they will inspire me to finish the many projects I have going!


- I'll post a photo of a F.O. soon. Hey Teach just needs the ends woven in and the buttons sewn on! And an update on a new project that I had no business starting. . .