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Fell: Planning stage

I’ve decided to take on a more measured, thoughtful plan for this blog (and life in general!). Specifically, to think and prepare more for each thing I make and how I should change bits to suit me more. And also document how I go about planning things for others to see and maybe take inspiration from (if anyone knows other blogs that do this I would be delighted to hear about them 🙂 )

The pattern I’m talking about today is Fell (Ravelry link), also available here (Rowan website). I’m using a dark red yarn from Brooklyn Tweed (Quarry, I had to buy it from a Canadian website and get it shipped over here to the UK).

First step is a gauge swatch. I get 12 stitches to 4 inches (4.5mm needles), the pattern calls for 14 stitches. I like the fabric I have, so I’ll reduce the numbers to make it work. The size I want is the smallest, so I can’t just sneakily knit the next size down. The last page of the pattern has blocking measurements, and I like the length of the sleeve, but the body seems a bit long. I’m doing the sleeve first for a number of reasons, and there’s some interesting stuff going on with the body anyway.

The next step is to have a look at the project notes- most people don’t have much to say about this. A few people say it comes out big, a few others say it comes out true to size. One person specifically mentions the sleeves are wide, so I check that- I’m going to be making the smallest size, and according to gauge the sleeve comes out at 14 inches around. I want about 12, so I definitely need fewer increases.

So, I want about 2 inches fewer, which if I had gauge would be 7 stitches. (Lets round that down to 6, because even numbers are much nicer for sleeves). Given that the pattern only calls for 10 stitches increase, I think I’m also going to need to reduce the number of stitches I cast on for the ribbing of the sleeve. In the first instance I’ll guess at 6 (I would usually do half, so 4, but then I’m also knitting it in the round and you lose 2 stitches to sewing up so I’ll take out 6 and see how it goes). I can always frog if things don’t work out.

Looking through the pattern gives some interesting gems as well. The pockets- when I helped a friend do a simpliefied version of this pattern, we omitted the pockets because I couldn’t figure what was actually going on with them. Looking back at them now, I have no idea what I was thinking because they make perfect sense…*facepalm*. So I’ll be doing the pockets as written, or maybe making them slightly deeper (at the moment the opening goes all the way down to the bottom of the pocket, which to me feels like it’s a recipe for things Falling Out). The other thing about the pattern is that the sleeves and body pattern has to match at the underarm. This is…slightly awkward if you only notice when you want to start the sleeve cap. I’ll be getting around that by doing the sleeves first, and seeing where on the sleeve I want to start the body patterning, and work off that.

I’m also going to knit the sleeves in the round and the body all in one piece, because what sort of heathen doesn’t? (This is a joke. There are many reasons why you may want to knit sleeves flat, and the body in pieces and seam. If I didn’t hate seaming so much I would do so 😉 ). The only other thing I think there is to say is that I’m going to try and find some antler buttons for it, because I’m trying to use less plastic and antlers seem really cool!

So, my total plan of attack for this jumper:

  • Knit the first sleeve cuff and edit the number of stitches if necessary
  • Knit the second sleeve cuff, and then the sleeves at the same time, in the round (I have a very bad history of sleeves not matching if they are knitted separately, and I quite like TAAT knitting)
  • Check numbers for the body, and cast on for both fronts and the side together. I will consider putting in a fake seam down the sides, but probably won’t bother
  • When I’ve finished the ribbing for the body, ascertain where on the pattern to start the main body
  • Knit the rest pretty much as standard. Play around with numbers again for the button bands- I should make sure I have buttons before starting the button band, so that I can make sure I get the button band big enough, and the buttonholes the right size.

Time to get knitting I suppose!

Hiiiiiiiii *shoos the dust bunnies away*

So yeah, long time no see. Life has been crazy, and is definitely not planning on slowing down until August at the earliest.

 

Anyway, I inherited my mother’s old sewing machine, and pulled it out to shorten some jeans. No pictures because I am focussed, but have some timings:

I had 4 pairs of jeans to shorten. Because I am a muppet very enthusiastic I didn’t note what time I started, so the first jeans took more than 15 minutes to do. I then did the other three pairs all together, which took an hour to cut and pin, and then an unknown amount of time to hem them all. (I know, I really rock this timing thing…). I think had to support the thighs in one of the pairs (thinking back I should’ve done all of them…), for which I used the offcut from the hems. It took an hour to hem and support the thighs, so in total maybe 2 and a half hours??

In future, I hope to have more accurate timings for things (I’m recording time spent knitting etc as well, it’s a bit of a learning curve to get used to it, but I think it will be useful and eye opening to learn how long things take me!)

Paris jumper: FO edition

I’m really pleased with how this came out

It fits almost perfectly, I’m very happy with the legnth (no better picture bc my lap is now owned by the cat…). Trying it on so many times definitely helped, and it ended up being a smidge longer than I thought I wanted. Lol!

After the kerfuffle with my last jumper, I wasn’t at all confidant about my shoulders fitting properly, and so I left the balls of yarn attached to more easily frog (I don’t think this yarn would like being frogged at all!), but in the end it all fitted perfectly up there. I think I really like this saddle shoulder idea, it’s quite novel to have the sleeves come up and over! And I think it was easier to sew than trying to fit a sleeve into a body more ‘normally’. Definitely one to try again at some point!

The only thing I’m not too happy with is the sleeves.

The inside of the sleeve is considerably baggier than the outside. I was thinking this while knitting them and now I’m kicking myself for not quickly washing them to check, rather than doing the ‘oh, it’ll come out in the blocking’ nonsense. *sigh* If I’d’ve checked I could’ve thrown in some short rows to deal with some of the excess, particularly around the elbow. Oh well, I guess time will tell on whether it will eventually just stretch out…

Now that it’s done, I kinda miss having it around to knit on. After not being at all sure of the cables in the beginning, they rather grew on me. Oh well, onto the next knitting project I guess!

What I’ve been up to (infodump edition)

So, in between working, having a few mental breakdowns, losing my sleep schedule, I’ve also been crafting up a storm. More detailed posts will follow, but this is just an infodump to get it out of my head!

 

I finished the Paris sweater(this is the most recent picture I have of it, it will get its own photo shoot when I work out logistics)

I started knitting with my handspun!!!

(Again, old most recent pic!)

I’m doing a massive amount of spinning!

Some crochet

and I’m still cross stitching the 50 shades of blue

Longer posts to come on most of these!

More spinninggggggg

I’m having a whale of a time with the spinning at the moment, even though it’s decidedly not my favourite spindle. I finished the blue

It’s very smooshy and warm and I pet it routinely. (it’s sat next to me right now). It’s a very gently 2ply, which I love after the chunkyness of the 4ply I ended up with.

I’ve hit 10 WPI (which apparently makes it thicker than DK, which I’m not sure I believe at all). And I’ve got about 220 yards, which is hard to measure without a niddy noddy, so I may be off. I think it wants to either be a hat or a scarf/shawl thing, but it’s going to have a few days more to decide before I cast on.

And I was going to have a break and finish the jumper, but then I tripped and started this. Spinning from rolags wasn’t my favourite at the start but I think I’ve got the hang of it now. I’m thinking I’ll knit a scarf diagonally- I want to keep the width the same for the stripes, but slightly more interesting than just knitting. Suggestions happily taken!

The previous spinning is now knitting!

Quite how I got the stripes I have no idea! But hey ho. Turns out I need more of the fluff. Luckily they had one more braid of it in the shop (it’s not at home with me!). Along with quite a lot of other fibre! Hopefully soon it will be spun and I can get on with this! In the meantime, I’m having fun with other fluff!

Stay sane, everyone!

And some other knitting to spice things up

So, many many moons ago (ok according to ravelry I started them 2 years ago yesterday!), I started some socks. I decided that now would be a good time to drag them back out and have another stab at finishing them.It’s rather strange knitting a sock from the cuff down after doing so many toe up, but I think I’m liking the challenge!

Jumper weather

One of the projects while on lockdown is this really nice green cabled jumper. I finished the sleeves before lockdown started, and I’ve been getting on quite well with It fits! I tried it on for the first time yesterday, and it fits pretty well. I’m very happy with this, and am carrying on with it at a rate of knots. It helps that the pattern is really easy when it’s been set up, and there aren’t any fiddly increasing/decreasing so it really does count as almost mindless knitting.

Have another picture of the main cables slightly more close-up

Back to the knitting now I guess!

Spinninggggggg

So, on Saturday I got my first new bit of squishy mail

So, naturally I had to stop the cross stitch I was doing and make a start spinning it. I did originally aim for a fractal spin but then realised I wanted more than 2 plies so I gave up trying that and just went for it.

The brown is magical. It doesn’t look that pretty by itself (or maybe I’m just biased against brown), but paired with the pink it turns into rubarb and custard, and paired with the turquoise it gives jade and amber. *sigh* It is so smooshy too- it’s jsut spinning a cloud.

And then very quickly I had 4 turtles. Two of them go pink/green/pink/green/pink and the other two go green/pink/green/pink/green so I *really* thought those colours through. Oops! I may have ordered some more to have more fun with it, so I’ll try something else next time (if I can wait!)

Then I made a plying ball, which was a massive new experience for me. The turtles look so cute on their back!

Next step is to ply it all. I’m making a bigger spindle to hopefully get all 100g on it…wish me luck!

Alllllllllll the projects

I somewhat suspect that I’m the opposite of alone in starting all the craft projects right now…at least I won’t be bored (I’m also now working from home, so it’s not all insane free time!)

So, let’s have a bit of a WIPround up:

The Paris jumper. I finished the sleeves and have started the body. That’s coming along at a rate of knots.

I’m knitting it in the round because I’m not a complete idiot this time, which means I won’t have to sew up so much. Woot!

I have the green fluff to knit a scarf with. I’m wildly procrastinating on this one, I want the finished object but I don’t want the terror of knitting with my handspun. Which, now I say that is slightly insane, so there we go… will do a longer post on this later I think!

I started a SAL, which I’ve got with me but I’m not feeling the love atm, so I don’t know how much I’ll get done on it

There’s another cross stitch of a fairy with a unicorn, but I haven’t started it yet.

It’s mosylt blues and greys and white so I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to stand working on it, but I’m hoping to start it later today.

I’m crocheting this (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/memory-throw) but again, no picture. I’m going down a hook size to get gauge (story of my life!).

The half hexies are continuing (well, I brought them with me to do, I don’t yet know whether they will get done!)

Spinning has also been brought.

Oh, and a sock!

(It’s very lacy and stretchy)

I may have also gone slightly wild with buying things online last night (no pictures of those, obvs yet!). I was going to go to wonderwool, but that was cancelled, so naturally the only thing to do was trawl through the exhibitors list and see what I wanted. I might have a second trawl…who knows at this stage!

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