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FO Friday- cardigan edition

It’s finished!!!!!

The OLAS cardigan of blue nuppiness is finished and…I’m kinda sad. It’s nothing to worry about, the usual end of large project meh-ness.

It has pockets, which in the end was awkward. I had forgotten to put in a row of stitches for an ‘afterthought pocket’, so I had to pick up stitches and cut the yarn for it (which low-key terrified Kita, but it was all good).

It also has massive sweater paws…as in larger than planned. I had planned sweater paws of a small measure, but in the end the sleeves ended up longer than planned, so the ribbing needs to be folded up more than expected. It’s all good though

The cables on it are awesome

Thoughts and planned mods for next time (aka my version)

-shorter sleeves. I dislike sweater paws, and so will plan for my sleeves to stop at the cuff. I might actually do a provisional cast on and do the ribbing down after to ensure they stop where I want them to

-good body length. I can’t remember whether I actually kept a record of when I started shoulder/neck shaping, but if I did, I want to use that length again on mine

-reflect all the cables. The small twisty ones don’t reflect, which makes them look strange at the shoulders. So I want to reflect half of them (although I can’t remember which half…)

-I kinda want to make the shoulder seams shorter- i.e. have fewer stitches on the shoulders. I’m not yet sure how to do this, since there isn’t a good way to remove any of the other cables in it…

-I would quite like to have  different pockets on mine. I want to have…I don’t know the right language for pockets, but I want more sideways one, with a curved edge. No idea how to do this, I might need to knit a few practice attempts…

 

However, my next attempt will have to wait for a while, I really want to get on and finish the wolf cross stitch, and then move onto the wedding sampler I have to do!

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FO Friday- multiple projects edition

So I guess I can add one to the 2017 finished object pile- I (finally) got around to sewing on the poppers and buttons to finish it.

I started this (finally) back in June, although it has been mostly finished for a while now- I just had to wait until I went to my parents place for Christmas to block and sew it together. The sleeves weren’t the same length (there’s a whole post coming about sleeves…), but apart from that I’m really please with how it came together. I even didn’t wait to sew the buttons on before I started wearing it as a slouchy cardigan on Christmas Eve! And now I get to wear it as a proper cardigan!

Yes, there are 5 buttons on it. They’re all different colours, but I made a point about matching the embroidary thread to the button colour. It’s so delightfully tacky!

I also finished, blocked and gave my mum’s shawl to her for Christmas. No picture of that because I’m a muppet, but it was well received (along with the shawl pin I got her). In the end I needed to do another 3 inches of stocking stitch before I could cast off and block, but it was totally worth it!

And the seagull! I don’t think I mentioned this when I started it, but I decided that my aunt should have a seagull to go in her beach hut cupboard, and proptly started making her one. It was made and delived on Christmas (it stands if the beak is bent, rather amusingly), and my aunt has decided that it’s too cute to live in a cupboard and only be seen by people who are being nosy, and so will live on the mantlepiece.

(almost) FO Friday- rainbow cardigan edition

Well, as mentioned on Wednesday, the rainbow cardigan is nearly finished!!!!! Woot!!!! I was getting rather sick of the tackiness of it by the end! But all that needs to happen now is blocking, sewing together and buttons adding. Oh, and the poppers since I’ve decided to use poppers rather than figure out where the buttonholes would go before knitting the second side.

But all that has to wait until I head back to the parents for Christmas, since I don’t trust the landlady’s ironing board and this is acrylic. So I’ll use my parents one without letting my mum help (she has a habit of killing acrylic things). Must remember to pack buttons and the blocking wires!

So, want a picture? Here it is in all its rainbow goodness 🙂

I am thrilled that this thing is finished. It may have been languishing in my stash for a while… actually I just looked back and I can’t find when I acquired the yarn and pattern, so who knows??? But it is finally finished, so yay for me. Well, nearly but it’s close enough to count in my opinion 🙂

FO Friday- fish socks edition

So, as I mentioned on Wednesday, the fish socks have been finished! Woot! This turns out to be perfect timing, as my viva is next Friday, so I will wear the for the first time then. Very excited about that!!!

So here they are in all their glory.

*lesigh* Socks are such a pain to photograph yourself… Ahh well. And I’m not that keen on the line caused by the heel flap…

So, these are knitted from a zauberball, with the pattern ‘Farmer McGregor’. I completed 4 and a half rounds before going for the heel, as instructed by the pattern (errata says 3 and a half rounds, but I don’t think that 4 and a half makes them ridiculosuly long. And I didn’t read the errata until after knitting, and I didn’t want to frog that much…). They are also a smidge tight, but I expect that they will loosen over time.

I also keep reminding myself why I despise doing socks cuff down…kitchener stitch is a royal PITA. Ahh well, I have a while to forget that before my next socks as I’m not (shock horror!) casting on another pair of socks immediately. I do have a pair of socks to knit for Christmas, but I’m not in any great rush to do that. More on what I’m doing instead on Sunday 😉

FO Friday- Rohan scarf AND some more socks!!!

Well, firstly the Rohan scarf. It was finished just in time for my dad’s birthday, so yay for that! Not just-just, it was finished and wrapped up on Sunday, and given to him on Monday, but still!

I stopped keeping track of how many hours I sunk into this project, but wow it’s a lot! At the half way point it was 28.5 hours work. So about 60 all together probably (maybe more, when I got home I wasn’t speeding along as fast as I could on it, but then again I’d mastered the double knitting part of it, so that was probably quicker, but then again the finishing…). This is slightly more than I expected (I think I was expecting about 50 hours,) but useful for future refernce!

Finishing double knitting involves kitchener stitch. *lesigh* If I’d known that from the beginning…well, I probably would’e procrastinated more about knitting the last few bits, resulting in finishing it after the deadline, so probably a good thing I guess! But because kitchener stitch adds a row of whatever colour you’re using, I was a bit sneaky. You have to split the stitches up into front and back, so I knitted another row (of the cream) while I did that, and then did the kitchener stich in the brown, so there are three plain rows of each colour at both ends. Yay for logic!

I really want one for myself now, which is slightly problematic since I’ve started cincentrating of Christmas presents (and the one more birthday present I need to do…) I’ll probably get over it, I don’t really wear scarves all that much. And I have some pretty yarn earmarked for a cowl, so hopefully that will scratch that itch!

And I also finished my bluetit socks 😀

These are really cosy (and my mum really likes the colourscheme, so now I need to see whether I have enough left to do her a pair of similar socks, or whether I’d need to get another ball of yarn…).

Well, they’re all my finished objects 🙂 Better get back to crafting I guess!

FO Friday- stocking edition

The latest stocking has been finished!!! Woot!!!!Not exactly Christmassy, but nice and wintery! I especilly love the snowman, even if it doesn’t seem have any eyes!

This is an extra 3 hours 40 minutes on top of work already done, for a total of 7 hours 10 minutes. Not bad really, I do think 🙂

I’ve been watching the snooker whilst stitching these- calm enough that I can concentrate on the stiching, but important enough that any really impressive shots are repeated so I can see them! Excellent all around really!

Is anyone else watching the snooker???

FO Friday- cross stitch edition

imgp0649Finished!!! Well, it was actually finished a while ago, but I was too busy to blog about it 🙂 According to my stopwatch app, this took me 4 hours 25 mins. Plus an extra 10 mins I forgot to turn the stop watch on for! D’oh!

This was an interesting stitch. I was very eager to get started on it, but then it started dragging. I find it harder to pick up cross stitch to work on than knitting, so I’d make excuses to work on my knitting, rather than set this up. This might just be what I’m like, or it might just be because I had it kept out of the way all across the room… So I moved things around tidied up a bit and put everything I needed for it on my bed side table. Much better 🙂

In future, when I get a proper flat for myself, rather than a room in a shared house, I hope to have everything I need for cross stitch in a bag/folder by my evening chair, so it’s easier to work on. After all, if I have to get up to go get something, guess what? I’m not going to work on it.

How do you store WIPs? I’d love to read about it all

I finished something!

So, while I didn’t finish my cardigan last night, I did finish it this morning (and consequently had better lighting for photos!)

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This cardigan has been in the works for quite a while. I started it over a year ago (June 28th, according to ravelry!). The first blog post about it was July 5th. I’ve had ups and downs with it (remember when my sleeves were different sizes?). But it all came out right in the wash (and block). I asked peoples opinion on the number of buttons (and then promptly changed my mind and decided on 8 :P). And…now it’s finished.

It’s been a long road. The blog doesn’t really show all the sweat and tears that went into it, I think. I don’t want to start the next cardigan yet (which will involve steeks). Although this project has been picked up and put down quite a lot (lesson learnt- you can hide a multitude of sins with a good block), it’s still the end of an era. This was the first cardigan I started (and then ignored for NaNo last year…), and it’s taught me a lot. And now it needs to let me spread my wings and knit another 🙂

So, what have I learnt?

  • Blocking solves everything
  • I prefer my sleeves and body slightly longer than (this pattern, at least) calls for. At Christmas I’m going to get a complete set of body measurements for future reference
  • Next time I’m knitting the sleeves in the round, although they weren’t that bad to seam
  • Knitting all the body in 1 was an excellent idea 🙂
  • Sewing sleeves into shoulders isn’t that bad, just put in lots of stitch markers to line everything up nicely
  • The number of buttons the pattern calls for it probably the best number to go with
  • When going on a yarn crawl, take the thing you need buttons for!
  • I detest twisted rib, but the effect is *sigh* worth it
  • Holy wowsas I look good in fitted cardigans!
  • Knit the buttonholes closer to the body next time

I think I need to have a lie down now while I figure out what to do with the rest of my life!

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