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Checkered Baby Blanket

Posted by Andi on February 21, 2015

I haven’t posted in a while, but I have been knitting. Of the three projects I’ve been working on since I last posted, two are gifts. One of the gifts if finished, and one is nearly done. The third is something I’m making for myself, but it’s nowhere near done. Anyway, I wasn’t going to post anything about the gifts until after I give them to their recipients so that it’s still a surprise when they get it. However, in thinking about it, I realized that one of them doesn’t know I have a knitting blog, so I can post about that one.

Checkered Baby Blanket
Pattern: Baby Alpaca Baby Blanket by Lorraine Matsuo
Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love in Antique White, .4 skein (408 yards)
Needles: US 8
Date started: December 27, 2014
Date completed: January 25, 2015

My coworker and his wife are expecting their second daughter in April, and this blanket is for her.

I made some modifications to this pattern. The pattern called for bulky yarn, but when I went shopping for yarn for this project I didn’t see any bulky yarn I wanted to use. I was too lazy to even try to figure out on the spot how many yards I would need if I bought worsted weight yarn, so I bought a skein of Pound of Love figuring that would be more than enough. Have you ever seen a skein of Pound of Love? It has to be the largest single skein of yarn I have ever seen. It’s comically big. But it’s lovely because I was able to knit the whole blanket from only 40% of the skein. The only ends I had to worry about weaving in were the cast on and bind off ends.

I went down to a size 8 needle because that was the size needle recommended on the ball band for the yarn. In order to get a decent size blanket I had to cast on more stitches to add an extra square (the original pattern had three squares across). I also had to do more pattern repeats to make the blanket long enough. I made the border per the pattern instructions.

So that was the first gift. I’m almost done with the second gift – I finished the actual knitting so only some seaming is left. I’m going to wait to post that one even though I don’t think the recipient reads this blog because she is a Ravelry friend and thus could find it easily enough.

After receiving some sock yarn scraps I was really in the red, having knit only 47.4% of the total yards I had acquired so far this year. After knitting this blanket I had really shrunk that hole, and was up to 87.9%. I have knit some and bought some since then, so this number is no longer accurate.

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Hat Trick 2015

Posted by Andi on January 25, 2015

I was really looking forward to January rolling around this year in order to participate in the Puck This! group on Ravelry’s January Hat Trick. The timing is perfect. I have yarn I want to destash, and I had some yarn I knew I wanted to use to make a hat. I have completed my hat trick. Here are my goals!

The Proverbial Cap
Pattern: The Proverbial Cap by Meg Swansen
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in 893, .62 skeins (136.4 yards)
Needles: US 4
Date started: January 1, 2015
Date completed: January 4, 2015

This was my first hat to make sure I got it done by the end of the month. One of my friends is collecting items for a charity auction next month. We knit red items because the theme is Go Red for Women. The had had to be finished by the end of the month. The first few rows took forever, and I thought this hat might take the whole month. However, after a few rows the pattern started to become more intuitive, and I was able to finish it quickly.

Hallgrim Hat
Pattern: Hallgrim Hat by Charles D. Grandy
Yarn: Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop DK in 444, .66 skein (169.6 yards)
Needles: US 4
Date started: January 4, 2015
Date completed: January 11, 2015

I bought this yarn when I was in Pennsylvania back in August with the intention of making a hat. I held onto this skein of yarn until January for that reason. I thought the cable in this pattern would be interesting and show off the yarn well. My head is small and I have really thin hair, so hats are often big for me. But the first hat fit fine, and I went down a needle size with this one, so I thought I would be fine. But, as you might be able to tell, it’s a bit loose. It’s not loose enough to come off, though, so it actually reduces hat head. This is that hat I will wear when I need to be in a professional situation or I’m going somewhere nice.

Karn
Pattern: Karn by Norah Gaughan
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in 300007, 1.72 skeins (172 yards)
Needles: US 8
Date started: January 11, 2015
Date completed: January 17, 2015

I used this yarn to make a sweater, and I didn’t think I had enough left to make much other than a hat. I’ve had this pattern book for years. I started to make a shawl in it, but didn’t get very far and quit. I did a library search on Ravelry for hats made with aran yarn and found this one. The stitch pattern is interesting, but it was knit flat and seamed. I debated knitting it in the round, but decided to get some seaming practice. My seam looks crappy because by the time it came to seam it up I really just wanted to be done with the hat and didn’t take the care with it that I should have. The great thing that came out of making this hat is the fact that I determined that the yarn I had for that shawl I stopped making is enough to make a cute top in the pattern book, so I discovered something else I can make later in the year.

I was glad to get some yards out right away in the beginning of the year: 478 yards! However, a friend gave me some sock yarn leftovers for my Beekeeper’s Quilt, and I estimate about 1,008 yards of sock yarn was in that bag. So I’m at 47.4%. I have a lot of work to do!

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2015 Resolutions

Posted by Andi on January 18, 2015

I have made some knitting resolutions just year, just as I do every year. I made fewer this year because most years I make a bunch of resolutions and don’t stick to most of them, so this year I only have three.

1. Finally knit my vegetables. I need to get many skeins of Cascade 200 wound and ready to make vegetables. They will be the perfect project for the summer because they are small — no sweater or blanket on your lap in the summer!

2. Go through the bin of damaged knitwear, and either repair or frog as needed. As you may remember I had a moth or carpet beetle problem so that I ended up with small holes in some of my knitwear. They have all been washed and have been sitting in a bin with moth balls. I need to decide which things I’m going to repair and wear again, and which I’m going to frog. I never wore some of the shawls, and I figure I should repurpose the yarn.

I’ve been holding off on some of the repairs because in my mind they seem difficult — they are in places with intricate stitch patterns, and may involve more than one stitch. My goal was to start with a pair of fingerless gloves with an itty bitty hole in the inside of the thumb. The yarn is black so, which it will be difficult to work with, it will be difficult for others to see it.

However, I ended up starting with a sweater I recently made, which I found last week had a hole in it. This wasn’t due to a moth or carpet beetle, it just caught on something, or I wove it in poorly and the ends came out.

Sweater repair

Since it was pretty much just a dropped stitch I thought this would be an easy repair. And it was. I started by lifting the stitch back up.

Sweater repair

I threaded a bit of yarn through the stitch, pulled it to the wrong side, and wove those ends in. The hole was fixed, and I think it looks pretty good!

Sweater repair

So I have to keep progressing on the other things that need to be repair. Some will be basic fixes like this, and some won’t.

3. Yards in/yards out — knit more yards than I acquire. So far I’m off to a good start. I have three FOs, and haven’t purchased any yarn yet. The problem is, since I’m going to be frogging projects and repurposing yarn, that means more yarn is going to be entering my stash… again. I know there are at least three projects I’m going to frog, so I figure that is somewhere between 700 and 900 yards. Ugh! So I’m going to have to be particularly careful with purchasing yarn this year.

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Last 2 FOs of 2014

Posted by Andi on January 3, 2015

After completing my Christmas knitting and my Mosaic Mitts, I had to figure out what to knit for the rest of the year. I wanted to knit things that I could easily finish by December 31. I came up with two more things.

Outlier
Pattern: Outlier by Laura Aylor
Yarn: Needful Yarns Woodstock in the 5368 colorway
Needles: US 11
Date started: December 20, 2014
Date completed: December 24, 2014

This was a mystery knitalong that was described as something you could wear as a cowl or a poncho made out of bulky yarn. This yarn was left over from a sweater I finished four or five years ago. I had enough of the yarn to make a short sleeve one-button cardigan, but that idea started falling flat when I started wearing the sweater more often. I really didn’t want two garments out of the same yarn. So when this pattern came along, and it was free at first, I decided to give it a go.

There truly are many ways to wear this. You can wear it with the point on the side, much like a poncho, as I did in the picture. Or, you can move it about however you wish. I also thought it would be helpful to wear with my winter coat which had lost the top button — I would wear it with the point down in the middle in front. However, before I could do that, I got a new winter coat so that’s no longer an issue. Anyway, this is something that can be worn as a way to keep warm outside or inside, so that’s why I like it.

My First Möbius
Project: My First Möbius
Pattern: Jacky’s Birthday Moebius Cowl by Diane L. Augustin
Yarn: Tahki Yarns Pixie in the 003 colorway, 1.22 skeins (85.4 yards)
Needles: US 11
Date started: December 27, 2014
Date completed: December 27, 2014

This one had to be done, and here’s why. One of my friends from knit group hosted a pre-Christmas gathering at her home. If we cared to, we could wrap up some knitting-related gift and have an exchange at the party. I went to my LYS and bought a skein of yarn, and of course I felt totally smug because it was yarn I could buy and not have to count the yardage because I wasn’t keeping it. It as an excuse for me to go yarn shopping. How cool is that?

What I failed to consider, however, was that I might get some yarn in exchange. Which I did. Two balls of Takhi Yarns Pixie. It’s bulky yarn with only 75 yards per ball, so I figured I could make something out of it before the end of the year. I found this pattern in one of my knitting pattern-a-day calendars. I had never knit a möbius before, at least not on purpose, so I wanted to give it a try.

I had a hard time with the cast on at first, but eventually I got it. It was kind of cool to make. It takes a long circular needle which ends up being coiled, so it seems like you are knitting two rounds for every round, but you aren’t. Here is what it looks like.

Today I'm learning möbius knitting.

I’m happy with how it turned out. This isn’t really an accessory that can be used to keep warm, but it will still be fun to wear.

But that’s not all.

I started knitting a baby gift for a colleague whose wife is pregnant. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t even know about this blog, but I’m not going to post anything about it here just in case.

And finally, I still have a bit more knitting time available to me over the holidays, even after I finished these two projects. Lookie what I did!

Hexipuffs

Hexipuffs! Twelve of them!! I think that’s more than I made the rest of the year. I made maybe four of five of these on New Year’s Eve itself. Of course, now that we are in a new year, and I started another challenge (the Hat Trick, more on that later), I have put my hexipuffing supplies away.

And with that, on to my knitting totals of the year. I don’t know how much yarn exactly each hexipuff uses, but I think I remember the designer saying each takes about 10 yards of yarn, so I’m going with that. Thus, I was able to add 120 yards of yarn right there at the end of the year. That brings my total yards knit to 11,861.8. Do you know how much that really is? 6.7 miles of yarn!! As to how much I acquired, adding in the 140 yards of Takhi Yarns Pixie I got (the last to go into my stash) I acquired 11,213 yards of yarn. Doing the math, I knit 106% of the yards I acquired. I’m in the black for the year!!

I enjoyed keeping track of how much I knit and how much I took in. It really got me thinking of what yarn I have and what I can use. I will be doing the same challenge in 2015.

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Mosaic Mitts

Posted by Andi on December 31, 2014

I started the Mosaic Mitts back in March as a way to truly stash bust. All of the yarn I was using was leftovers from other projects.

Running out of yarn

The yellow came from a sweater I made for Tim several years ago. I think I used the red to make a baby hat and mittens for a friend who had a baby a few years ago, but I didn’t like how they turned out so I made a blanket instead. I think I tossed the hat and mittens, but I had some of the red left over. I figured I had the least amount of red, so it had to be the color used the least.

Onto the green. I thought the green came from a multicolored hat I made for myself several years ago. I chose it to be the color that gets used the most in these mitts because I have a second skein of that yarn in my stash. If I was able to just use the part of the skein I made the hat from that would have been great, but I did have extra. Or so I thought.

So I started these mitts in March, and finished the first mitt in maybe a couple of days. It was a quick knit given how intricate it looks. This pattern uses slip stitches instead of stranded colorwork, so you only knit with one color on each row. Easy!

I got partway through the cuff of the second mitt and was running out of the green yarn, so I went into my stash to get that second skein. That’s when I made a terrible discovery. It wasn’t the same green. It turns out the green I had been using wasn’t from the hat I made for myself, it was from a hat I made for a friend. And they were both Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn, both in shades of green, but not the same green. I did not have any more yarn from the hat I made my friend. It was gone.

Ugh, how did I not check before I got started? What was I going to do? I put the mitts into hibernation and ignored them for a few months. Sometime in the summer I realized I have a bunch of different shades of green in Cascade 220 that I am going to use to make my vegetables. I didn’t need too much yarn to finish the knits so I could finish the mitts, and still have enough for whichever vegetable I was going to make out of the skein. Certainly one of those had to match better than the Wool Ease! So I checked. None of them matched any better. The mitts went back into hibernation.

As the year was coming to the end, the mitts started nagging on my mind. Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows that I’ve been counting the yards of yarn I acquire and the yards of yarn I knit, in the hopes of knitting more than I add to my stash. I really wanted to finish the mitts by the end of the year, and if I had a replacement yarn I knew I could finish them quickly. After I finished my holiday gift knitting I started pondering what to do about the mitts.

I should add here that I thought about going to the store and buying another skein of the same green. The dye lot might be different, but it was probably the closest thing I could get. But given the whole yards in/yards out thing, I really didn’t want to buy an entire skein and only use a small fraction of it. I quickly dismissed it.

Anyway, so I was thinking about it again, and I realized that I had two shades of green left over from some Christmas stockings I made a few years ago, with an extra full skein of each. I got them out of my stash, and found that the fern color was the closest to the yarn I had been using as I had come across so far.

Best substitute I have

This picture actually makes it look more different than it is. The lighting is off. You know, these mitts are for me. They aren’t a gift. I’m not going to be wearing them in fancy situations. So I figured, screw it, I’m moving forward.

I brought the yarn to a get together one of my friends from knit group was having the Saturday before Christmas and worked on them there. I showed the other knitters, and they all agreed it was close enough. When I didn’t hold them directly next to each other they almost looked the same. So I carried on, and sure enough I finished the mitts that evening.

Mosaic Mitts
Pattern: Mosaic Mitts by Sandy Cushman
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Avocado, Yellow, (a red with unknown colorway name); and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in Fern, .3 skeins, 120.5 yards total
Needles: US 4
Date started: March 10, 2014
Date completed: December 20, 2014

Yeah, they look different. But when I’m wearing them and they are on each had on opposite sides of my body it’s hard to tell. You would have to look really closely to notice the difference. Well, if you are reading this you now know they are different and would be able to tell. But let’s play a game. Let’s see how many people who don’t read this blog notice.

I was glad to finally finish them. They are very warm, probably the warmest fingerless mitts I have. I love them.

Now, the yardage. These mitts took up 120.5 yards. That’s 120.5 yards of true stash yarn, leftovers that I wasn’t sure when, if, or how I was going to use.

I’ve been looking for more and more projects like this — multicolored projects that only take a small amount of yarn in any one color. Perfect for leftovers!

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Finally, What I’ve Been Working On

Posted by Andi on December 27, 2014

I hadn’t posted much about my knitting progress until I finished my Jozi socks because what I had been working on was mostly Christmas presents. The presents have been given, so now I can post about them without spoiling any surprises.

Bigger on the Inside
Pattern: Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherley
Yarn: The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Cobalt, 2.38 skeins (523.6 yards)
Needles: US 3
Date started: November 2, 2014
Date completed: December 22, 2014

This didn’t take nearly as long as the date completed suggests. I actually finished knitting it on November 30, I just didn’t get around to blocking it for a few weeks. This was part of Tim’s sister’s present. We got her some Doctor Who t-shirts, and I made her a Doctor Who shawl. I tried to find yarn that was as close to TARDIS blue as possible. This picture doesn’t show the yarn color correctly, but we were in a rush to take pictures and wrap the gift so I didn’t have time to find better lighting.

Here is a close up of the lace and TARDISes.

Bigger on the Inside

You may notice that this photo is taken of the wrong side of the shawl. I didn’t even notice that Tim was holding it backward until the shawl was already wrapped, so there was no chance to go back and take another picture.

This shawl has an interesting construction. The lace portion is knit first, and the bottom is actually the side of the shawl. Once that is done, the work is turned and you pick up over 300 stitches to start the TARDIS section. I had to wake up early on a Sunday morning, have a cup of coffee, and work on that part in silence. Once I picked up all the stitches the rest was cake.

Neapolitan Socks
Patterns: Vanilla Latte socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes and OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply in Brown Rose Marl, 1.16 skeins (192.6 yards)
Needles: US 0
Date started: December 1, 2014
Date completed: December 14, 2014

Originally the shawl was the only Christmas gift I was going to knit, but I decided Thanksgiving weekend to make socks for Tim’s mom. We found the yarn on Black Friday. I had been hearing lots of good things about Patons Kroy, how well the yarn wears, so I hoped they would make a good gift.

Normally, when I use self-striping or variegated yarns I don’t care if the socks match exactly. To me it’s part of the fun of having hand knit socks. But I know not everyone holds that view, and because these were for a gift I decided to try to get them to match. I used the OMG heel because all of the shaping is under the foot. In order for there to be some additional interest in the sock I used the stitch pattern from the Vanilla Latte socks. The stripes came out pretty close. It’s not perfectly exact, but Tim and I hoped his mom would think they were close enough. I really like how they turned out. I may have to buy some Patons Kroy to make some socks for myself!

This year I had the right balance of gift knitting. I made some gifts, but they weren’t the sort of things that I had to rush to finish. There was no stress over knitting too many gifts and not having enough time. I had plenty of time to get these done.

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Jozi

Posted by Andi on December 20, 2014

Jozi
Pattern: Jozi by Clare Devine
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Solemate in Cermak, .76 skeins
Needles: US 1
Date started: November 9, 2014
Date completed: December 19, 2014

Finally, a project I can talk about! I haven’t posted much because most of my knitting has been focused on holiday gifts. Those are all done now, so I’m back to knitting for myself. I started these socks in early November, then put them aside to work on gifts. I was able to start working on them again on a trip to Denver this week.

I made these socks as part of the Where I Live KAL from the Pink Hair Girl Podcast. She is from South Africa, and recently released a book of patterns inspired by South Africa called Mzansi South Africa on my Needles. The idea behind the Where I Live KAL is to make something that is somehow inspired by where you live. This is my project.

I live in the Chicago area. The yarn I used comes from a Chicago company. The colorway name is after a road that goes through the Chicago area, and is in my town. The road is named after Anton Cermak, a former mayor of Chicago. He was of Czech ancestry, and so am I. When the road was named after him it ran through a part of the Chicago area that had a large Czech-American population.

This is the first time I’ve worked with the Solemate. I liked knitting with it. It has a lovely sheen. The purpose of Solemate is that it is supposed to keep your feet warm when it’s cold and keep them cool when it’s warm. Today is the first day I wore them and I’ve been inside most of the day, so I can’t say how they work as far as temperature control goes. They are comfy, though.

These socks used 323 yards of yarn, bringing my total to 11,420.4 yards knit so far in 2014. I acquired 11,073 yards of yarn as of the time I finished these socks (yes, I got more yarn since then, but that’s for another post) bringing my percentage up to 103%. And although I bought more yarn, I can assure you that not only is the total acquired still lower than what I have knit up, but that I’m still knitting so that total is going to grow!

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Zombified!!

Posted by Andi on November 26, 2014

In at least one previous post I referred to new yarn I bought. I finally got around to taking a picture of it.

Undead Yarns Vampyre

This is Undead Yarns Vampyre base (80% superwash merino and 20% nylon) in the Zombified colorway. It’s too bad I didn’t have this in time for Halloween! I’m debating whether I want to actually make socks with it, or if I would rather make a scarf or cowl or something so that people can see it. We’ll see.

I have several things on the needles right now I just want to get done. I’ve started a pair of legwarmers. I bought a dress last month, and some tights to go with it, but on really cold days I thought it would be nice to buy some legwarmers to go with it. I started one pattern, but they were clearly too big, so I started another pattern last week.

Christmas knitting. Outside of some stocking stuffers I’m only making one gift this year. It’s still going to take a while, but I should finish it well before Christmas.

I feel a little bad that I’m not doing more knitting for others right now. I’m not doing any charity knitting, and as I said, I’m only knitting one Christmas present. I’ve just been motivated to knit a few things I really want to knit, and I’m working towards those. I have so many projects in the pipeline where I already have the pattern and the yarn. I want to get to those. I’m really looking forward to getting to those. I figured if that’s my motivation, and it’s leading me to be productive, I’m just going to go with it.

Oh, and a question for anyone who reads this. What are your favorite machine washable bulky yarns? A coworker’s wife is pregnant, and I already chose a pattern. It calls for bulky yarn. Any suggestions?

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Bears OppAtt

Posted by Andi on November 15, 2014

Bears OppAtt
Pattern: OppAtt by Jeannie Cartmel
Yarn: Hearthside Fibers Vanilla Sox in the Rivals colorway, .63 skeins
Needles: US 1
Date started: September 28, 2014
Date completed: November 9, 2014

These socks were the result of a football challenge with my friend Mimi, who is a Packers fan. The goal was to start the socks when the Bears played the Packers the first time, and finish them by the time the second Bears-Packers game ended. That game was last Sunday night.

I had actually finished most of the second sock a couple of weeks earlier, and was waiting for the day of the second game to do the toe decreases and kitchener stitch. And my initial plan was to do it while watching the game, but in the end I decided not to. After all, the Blackhawks were going to be playing at the same time as the Bears game (and of course hockey takes priority over football in my life). So I decided to finish the socks in the morning instead.

That was a good call. I was watching the Blackhawks game, and had my Twitter feed open as per usual, when I started seeing very angry and depressed Tweets about the Bears game. At one point I flipped over to the football game during a commercial in the hockey game, saw the score was 35-0 and it was still the first half, and decided I had seen enough. I watched the rest of the hockey game and never turned the football game back on.

Even though the Bears lost both games to the Packers, I did finish my pair of socks first, and therefore I won!!

I learned a new skill working on these socks – cabling without a cable needle. I knew it was possible, but never bothered to learn how to do that. The OppAtt pattern has instructions for it. It doesn’t actually tell you to cable traditionally, it only says how to do it without a cable needle. Perfect! Now I know how to do that! At times I thought this yarn might be splitty, but I think that was a function of cabling without a cable needle. Most of the time when the yarn split it was when I was trying to do that, and I was probably inserting the needle through the yarn. When I was just plain knitting or purling I didn’t seem to have any problems.

These socks didn’t take a lot of yarn — only 255.2 yards. That brings my total knit to 10,078.7 yards. At the time I had finished these socks I had purchased 9,301 yards of yarn, meaning I have knit 108% of the yards I purchased. Since then I received a new skein of yarn so I’m down to 104%, but still ahead! I have at least three projects I want to finish by the end of the year, and as of now I have no plans to buy more yarn. I have the yarn for all three projects. I’m on track!!

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Whirlwind

Posted by Andi on November 8, 2014

Whirlwind
Pattern: Whirlwind by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in 300007, 9.56 skeins
Needles: US 10.5
Date started: September 21, 2014
Date completed: November 2, 2014

I was inspired to knit this sweater because the Puck This! group on Ravelry is currently doing a cozy cardigan KAL. Many of the women are making Snowbird, but I didn’t have the right yarn for that. I wanted to make something with this yarn since I already had a sweater’s quantity. A member of my knit group gave it to me a while back, and I hadn’t made anything with it yet. So I started looking for cozy cardigan patterns that would work with this yarn, and I stumbled upon Whirlwind. It was a new pattern (I guess it still is technically), so I am excited to be one of the first ones to knit it.

This was a pretty easy knit. It’s mostly stockinette. The cable in the back pulls in a bit, so there is no need for waist shaping. Easy peasy! This would be a great pattern for a first sweater project. The “hardest” part was picking up for the collar/button band (if you use a button). Although the pattern tells you how many stitches to pick up, it’s not as if there is any shaping or anything, so I just picked up the number of stitches that looked best to me. That was the only modification I made.

Whirlwind

The pattern has an optional single button hole, which I didn’t use. I had planned on using a button I got at Michigan Fiber Festival in 2013, but ditched that plan for several reasons. First, the button is really pretty and I want it to be the focal point of whatever garment I am wearing. I envisioned a single button cardigan where the button was near the top by the collar. This button was down lower, so I didn’t think the button would get the attention I wanted it to get. Second, it was going to take me a while to figure out how to alter the button hole to fit the button. The button is larger than the pattern calls for, so the button hole in the pattern wasn’t going to be adequate. Third, I remembered I won this great shawl pin (the one in the picture) from Knitter’s Pride, and I thought it would be perfect. So there you go!

I mostly knit accessories, so this has been a banner year for me. This is the fourth garment I knit this year! It will probably be the last. The projects I currently have on the needles are accessories, and everything else I plan to knit in the near future are also either accessories or for use in the home. But still, four garments!! Three for me!!

This sweater used 956 yards of yarn from my stash. Yay! That now brings me to 9,823.5 yards knit in 2014. I have purchased 9.301 yards, so I’ve knit 106% of the total yards purchased. Oh, wait. I just ordered another skein of yarn. I haven’t added it to the total yet because I haven’t received it yet. I still think I will be in the black, so I don’t care!!

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