Finished Object: Chuck by Andi Satterlund

This sweater! I am simply in love with it. It turned out so gorgeous and it is in my fave color. I can’t wait for Fall to get here so, I can really get to wear it. This pattern was really concise and written out very well. The cable portion was given written instructions and a chart. So, that was nice. Also, I really like the fit of the pullover. It is cropped which, means it won’t take long. Also, it looks so gorge with dresses and skirts. This sweater will definitely be getting a lot of wear. And I already have the yarn to make another in orange.

I used Knit Picks Brava Worsted for this sweater because I wanted a yarn that would be washable and durable. This yarn is acrylic so, I steam blocked it and it turned out very neat and precise. This is a fast knit garment but, it took me a little longer because I was doing the pattern testing for Andi’s A to Z cardigan.  As you can see, I really like Andi’s patterns and I plan on making her Marion or Agatha sweater next. I have the yarn and my fingers are itching to start.

Details:

Yarn – Knit Picks Brava Worsted

Level – Intermediate

Needles – 8 (5.0 mm)

Size – Small

Color – Rouge

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Uncomfortable Knitting Setting…

So, yesterday we had some pretty horrible thunderstorms. The winds were out of this world and you could literally see and hear them. I didn’t leave work immediately but, stayed in the building until the worst of it passed. When I was driving home there were so many trees down and the traffic lights were out. A tree actually fell on a few cars and I thank the Lord that mine was spared.

Therefore, it came as no surprise to me that  the lights were out when I got home. So, I thought they would be on in about an hour or at the most 2 hours. No, they stayed out for about 6 hours and didn’t come on until after 10 p.m.

Do you think that stopped me from knitting? Definitely not. I lighted some candles and got to work on my Chuck sweater. I finally finished the sleeves and plan on finishing the neckline today.

It definitely wasn’t the ideal situation but, I was able to do it. I mean they had to knit by candle light in the olden days so, I can definitely do it too 🙂

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Finished Object: A to Z by Andi Satterlund

collage of atozSo, as you know I have been working on this cardigan for Andi of Untangling Knots for some pattern testing. I really enjoyed making this and I would actually like to create another in the future for my alma mater in the colors of Old Gold and Crimson. Simply put, I love it!!

This pattern was started on July 2nd and I finished the pattern portion on this past Sunday, July 21st. I let it block and then I finally added the buttons last night. This pattern was very fun and concise and it introduced me to some new techniques that I had never tried. Techniques such as seamless pockets, intarsia, duplicate stitch and three-needle bind off. It’s amazing how easy these techniques were and I’m happy that I was able to try it out.

So, why did I choose this green with navy trim. Simply put, I saw an advertisement of Solange with a bright green and navy cardigan and I loved the colors together. I saved the image in my phone for future reference and when this pattern came along I knew it would be perfect in those colors.

My most favorite part about the cardigan is the initial. It’s such a simple touch but, it is such a delight to see it on the cardigan. Also, it really personalizes it.

Details:

Needle – Size 8 (5.0 mm)

Yarn – Cascade 220 Superwash (in Green and Navy)

Level – Intermediate

Size – 34 bust/Small

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Vintage Books

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In the previous post, I talked about the new books that were added to my personal library. However, I completely forgot to mention the vintage knit/crochet/sewing books that I found while on vacation in Panama City, FL.

We stopped by the Salvation Army and I was kind of aimlessly browsing around. Then, I decided to check out the book section. Lo and behold there were all these vintage books there! The era was the early 1970’s.  There seems to have been some sort of series put out by “Make it Yourself” and there were so many different volumes. I wish I could have gotten them all but, I did practice some restraint. My sister  picked up a few. And another lady saw what I discovered and she was literally hovering over my back so, I decided to choose the volumes with the best patterns. And she got the rest.

These books are too cool for words. There are many wearable projects in knitting, crochet, and sewing. Although, for the sewing the pattern sheets that probably came with the book aren’t available. The only thing I don’t like is that they didn’t list yarn weights for that time. They just show a picture of the yarn so, you can see the size. However, they do list gauge so, I can judge from there.

Below are just two pictures from a couple of the books to give you an idea of the patterns. I would actually like to scan my favorites so you all can really see just how wonderful these patterns are. So, expect that in the future…

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It is my goal to create at least 1-2 creations from these books before the year is out. So, I will share.

New Books Added to My Library

Ok, so I promised myself that I would not add any new knitting or crochet books to my personal library for awhile because I had actually purchased quite a few over the past months but, I failed 😦 However, one book actually wasn’t a purchase but, a gift from my sister Alison so, I am not guilty for that one 😉 And my Dad bought me another book but, I am kinda guilty of that one because I asked him for it.

So, here they are…

Modern Knits, Vintage Style – This was purchased at Hastings Bookstore and it was a used book. So, it only cost me $5. And I couldn’t pass up a book with gorgeous, vintage, and elegant patterns for only $5. So, I bought it and I am happy that I scooped it up.

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Knitting Stitches – I love this book! I want to one day design my own garments so, this book is  a great resource for different stitch patterns. It was bought at Hastings Bookstore too and it was used. So, I only spent $5 on this too! That is a great deal for over 300 stitch patterns. And I actually did pass up this book a previous time when I was at the bookstore but, when I went back many weeks later it was still there so, it was meant for me.

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Coastal Knits – Now this book was an absolute surprise addition! I was talking to my sister about this gorgeous book and how I had been planning to add it to my library since the day it came out. I had planned on ordering it but, it kept being put off. Every single pattern in the book calls to me but, it was this one particular pattern that I dream of making…the Rocky Coast Cardigan. So, while we were at the Sit N’ Knit at the Yarnhouse Studio this past Saturday she up and bought it for me! I was ecstatic!

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Sweater Design in Plain English – Now this book was bought brand new and full price by me at Books-A-Million (well, I did get a 10% discount with my card). It is pretty much self-explanatory. I want to know how sweaters are designed and constructed. So, I feel this would be a great resource for breaking it down. I am really excited to delve into this book.

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Now these next additions are not really books but, just little bonuses…

Stitch Nation, Collection 1 – This is more of a booklet that features knit and crochet designs. This was purchased at Michael’s because I was there to pick up some size 8 16-inch circular needles (which I later found out, I already had a pair hiding in my knitting bag). It was only $4 and my Dad got it for me.

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Knitscene, Fall 2013 – This is actually a magazine but, I still try to limit how many magazines I purchase because they will take up space. This is the reason, I don’t ever see myself subscribing to a magazine because I can’t have that many come to my house and every issue is not guaranteed to have great designs. However, this issue was phenomenal! I want to make everything out of it and I am still having a really hard time deciding what to do first. We shall see…

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Inspiration: Accessories

I am constantly scouring the Internet for patterns and inspiration. There is so much to choose from Ravelry to Pinterest to Blogs. I find myself flocking to sweater patterns more often than not. However, I really love shawls/wraps, wristers, gloves, mittens, socks, hats, etc. However, I find that I don’t often flock to the accessories as often as I do the garments.

Shawls/Wraps

There are some gorgeous shawls in a previous issue of Knitscene and the current issue of Knitscene magazine. Also, this previous weekend my sister surprised me and bought Coastal Knits for me. I have been wanting this book since the day it came out so, I am pretty excited to have this added to my library. There is this simply wonderful shawl in the new book that I really need to make. It is elegant and breezy–two things I like.

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Socks

I have not really found that many sock patterns that I plan on making in the future. I saw a rather cute pair in the now-canceled Your Knitting Life magazine that I plan on making and that I do have the yarn for in my stash. So, I may try that pattern for my first pair of socks. I have also been looking at a pair of crochet socks that was in a past issue of Crochet Today that I think I would like to try. It will be nice to compare knitted socks versus crochet socks to see the difference and feel.

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Gloves/Mittens

Every year the Winter issues of Vogue Knitting has some gorgeous mittens/gloves. I flock to the cabled gloves and mittens before the more standard pairs. I must admit that I do have a weakness for cables so, they really answer my call with this. Another gorgeous pair of mittens that I have been eyeing is from Alana Dakos Botanical Knits. It is such a gorgeous pair that I cannot stop staring at. So, I look forward to trying that out. But, I have to get the book first…

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Hats

I have made so many crochet hats since I have started crocheting in 2007. I do believe that a crochet hat was my first project that I made for myself when I was learning. However, the crazy thing is that I have never made a knitted hat even though I see so many gorgeous hat patterns. I do plan on making quite a few hat patterns for myself for this Fall/Winter but, I still have yet to get to it. I had plan on making some hats during my vacation and even took along the yarn, pattern, and needles but, I didn’t get to it.

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Well, that is what has been inspiring me of late. Just thought, I would share that with you all.

WIPs: Sweaters

I have found that I have more sweaters in progress than I usually like. And the thing is, all of them need sleeves! I have 1/2 of a sleeve on my Shapely Boyfriend cardigan done, I have 1/2 of a sleeve on my Chuck sweater done, and I have the beginning of a sleeve of my A to Z sweater done. So, my knitting is now overwhelmed with sleeves. I look forward to finishing all of these sweaters…

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Book Review: Superstar Knitting by Debbie Stoller

superstar knittingI simply love Debbie Stoller’s books. I currently own the Knitter’s Handbook, the Happy Hooker, Stitch Nation, and Superstar Knitting. The only book I don’t own is the one she made for men’s fashions because I don’t feel I would get much use out of it.

On to the review…

I like the concept of this book. Pretty much, it is for those of us  who want to advance our knitting techniques. The previous Debbie Stoller books had great projects but, they were limited in their techniques. This book focuses on cables, intarsia, fair isle, lace, steeking, and so much more! I am the type of person that loves to advance and challenge myself when it comes to my crafts. It’s the way I keep things interesting. So, this book definitely answers my call.

Pros:

1. 41 patterns

2. Beautiful and wearable patterns

3. Gorgeous photography

4. The book is divided by (1) instructions and (2) the patterns

5. There is a diverse set of patterns–for baby, house, accesories, and adults

Cons:

1. I don’t feel the instruction part goes into enough detail for complex techniques. There will be a need for further research.

Below are a few of my favorite projects…

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Test Knitting: A to Z by Andi Satterlund

???????????????????Well, the project that has been getting all of my attention lately has been the cardigan that I am test knitting for Andi of Untangling Knots (Did I mention how great that blog is?). For the most part, it is a simple stockinette stitch cardigan but, I learned how to make seamless pockets and did a bit of intarsia. The instructions were clear and concise so, I had no problem creating them. I did notice that there were  a few extra rows in the pockets but, I continued with the pattern and blended the rows in while weaving the strands from the pockets in. It should have been 4 rows shorter…

So far, there hasn’t been any major problems in the pattern that have hindered my progress and I think it looks great so far.

I do prefer top-down sweaters because you get to try it on as you work but, there has been some benefits from working this sweater from the bottom-up. First off, I get the big part of the knitting out of the way. Also, I was able to get those seamless pockets done, which I think will be the most complex part of this pattern. And I was able to get the intarsia done on the pockets. That was my first time doing intarsia and it was no biggy. Since it was such a small amount done, I think it was great practice. So, now I am just smooth sailing…

I am finishing up the body and then, I will divide the left front, back, and right front.

The yarn I am using is Cascade 220 Superwash, which was purchased at the Yarnhouse Studio. I decided to go with a vivid green and a navy to tone down the green a bit. I like that it has the varsity jacket feel with these colors. Then, I will get to add my initial on the cardigan and I think that will really add to it also.

Life has been busy but, I have been making sure to work on this whenever I have a free moment–everyday. We have been having Vacation Bible School at my church from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm for the past 2 nights and we have it tonight also. So, I have been pretty much going to work, picking up my nieces/nephew, then church, dropping off my nieces/nephew, and then arriving home just in time to wind down.

Oh yeah, I started going to the Sit N’ Knit at the Yarnhouse Studio Saturday from, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. It has been so much fun! I have always wanted to sit and chat and knit with others who shared a passion for this craft that has my heart. So, I have been enjoying it. This past Saturday, I worked on my sleeves for my Chuck. And I actually got quite a bit done just from that sitting. So, this weekend I plan on taking Chuck again and working on it. But, the majority of my attention is still on A to Z…IMG_7481[1]