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WIP Wednesday- blanket edition

So I wasn’t going to write about this blanket again for a while, but I kinda sorta accidentally (not really) finished the two things I did think I could talk about, so this blanket it is 🙂

According to ravelry I started this in November, which is slightly problematic since the yarn was (supposed to be) an advent calender to myself…oops. Well, I guess it doesn’t really matter since I haven’t yet finished the yarn I got (but have ordered quite a bit more ot carry on, since I have nearly finished it).

Isn’t it pretty???? I would say that I dislike following the crowd, and this blanet is no exception. Most people do mitred squares sock yarn blankets, my first one was hexagons. The second (the pillowcase) and third (this one) are using the ‘traditional’ mitred squares, but with different construction (corner out for the pillowcase, and middle out for this one). I also stick the decreases on the wrong side rows beause I dislike the ridge they form. The other side looks so much prettier in my mind 🙂 This is the back of it:

Well, that’s all from me for now. New post on Friday, since I have shiny finished things to show off 😀

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WIP Wednesday- 4 ply edition

I have been…rather busy, and I have a lot to tell you about in my end of the month post, which I will attach to a FO Friday post. Which means that I’m going to be talking about other things today, and in particular I will be focussing on 4 ply yarn (aka sock yarn).

But not socks. Well, there is a pair of socks but they’re at work and I’m not, so…

Instead, two things. Thing the first: an update on Kita’s pillowcase. Apparently I haven’t talked about this recently on here, so this has come along quite a lot since the last time you all saw it! In fact, it’s nearly finished!!! In fact, the little bit on the top left takes it as high as it needs to go (I think!) I will check when that’s done, but I think it’s just these last two and a bit rows and then sew it together. Very exciting!!!

And the second thing: the sleeves on cockatoo brae. Much less exciting! I have done 11 of the planned 18 increases (I reserve the right to do more if necessary!) *lesigh* The solution to these is to put something on my laptop to watch and just mindlessly knit (with the odd increase round added in!)

Right, that’s all from me for now. Bigger post to come on Friday!

WIP Wednesday- Christmas stockings

As mentioned a while ago, I might end up doing one of my new cross stitch tree decorations as an instant gratification thing in the middle of all my long term projects (socks get worked on so intermittently at the moment they’re long term projects, as weird as that sounds).

So I decided to pull out the stockings and start working on them (conveniently forgetting that cross stitch is slowwwwwwww). One has been finished, and the other has been started (excepting the back stitching, which I’ll do at the end because that uses different numbers of threads and I can’t be bothered to deal with that 😀 )

It’s been a bit of a learning curve, dealing with prepunched holes in specific places, and keeping track of whether a stitch can go in particular places or not. I’m not sure that this is my favourite medium to cross stitch (ok, I’m fairly certain it’s not), but once in a while it’s fun to do 🙂

Ok, I guess that playtime is over and I should go back to the big projects 😀

WIP Wednesday- Cockatoo brae introduction

So I guess this might have been better off as a Start-it Sunday post but I think I introduced it a while ago when I started it before and didn’t get gauge *mutter mutter*. At the weekend I started it again, this time on 2.75 mm needles I bought specifically for this project (and I get gauge on it!). So far it’s just a lot of rather boring stocking stitch, with some increases every 7th row. Which is just often enough to not let me get into the swing of things, which is wonderful!

A recap of my gauge issues for those who have joined us late: the gauge for this pattern is 7 stitches an inch, and suggests 2.75mm needles. I *never* get gauge on suggested needle sizes, I always have to go down a size or two. So I happily check gauge (knitting flat rather than in the round, but my gauge is pretty much the same in both of these things), and then leave it long enough that I can’t remember what needles I used to do my swatch *facepalm*. I need to work out a better system for that, but later. I assume that I get gauge on 2,5mm needles, and so I happily cast on for a size on 2mm needles for the ribbing(I forget which. I have later been told that the sleeves are tight and not going downa needle size for the ribbing is a good idea). These sleeves end up comically too short. This happens while I’m up in York for my viva, therefore forcing me to buy yarn for a new sweater (this was my viva jumper, and we’re not going to get into the issues I had getting home…)

Therefore, I use those cuffs for new gauge swatches, this time in a round an on a decent number of stitches (yes, my old gauge might have been a bit too small…). 2.5mm neeldes gives 8 stitches an inch (this is also the gauge I get on 2mm needles for socks…), 3mm needles gives 6 stitches an inch. Guess what I need??? I don’t own any 2.75mm needles, so I order a circular needle (150cm long), figuring that if this doesn’t get me gauge I’ll need to sacrifice to the knitting Gods, and getting a needle this long will allow me to try it on as I go. Luckily, I do get gauge on these needles (yes, it was washed and blocked as I intend to do the finished thing), so we’re good to go. Well, as good as I an be now at any rate. Gauge shall be checked again when the sleeves have been finished. I also decided to do a garter stitch cuff rather than ribbing, as I’ve found that I much prefer sleeves to not be tight. (After knitting 3 of the things…)

But anywhere, here are the sleeves so far:

(One of them has been washed and blocked to check gauge, so it had better not have been lying to me…*squints angrily at the sleeves*)

I’m knitting the third size, with longer sleeves and maybe some attempt at a longer body (and then probably some issues with dye lots as I’m not convinced I have enough brown for the body…we shall see). I also have plans of putting in afterthought pockets- I’m going to repeat the star motif around the neckline twice for the inside of each pocket, so you get a surprise whenever you look in them! I love this idea 😀 (I just need to remember when I reach a convenient point for putting in the knitting in another strand of yarn for the live stitches…

WIP Wednesday- intention edition

So this is more of a ‘I intend to start working on the wolf cross stitch’ post than a ‘look at how much further I’ve got at the wolf cross stitch’, because my life has been taken over by work at the moment. Lucky me!

So have a cute picture of the wolf cross stitch to tide you over until Friday, when you get to see a delightful FO post!

(Yes, the astute among you will notice that it’s the same picture as the last time you saw this…I haven’t been working on this for a while.)

I reserve the right to change my mind and do one of my Christmas tree ornaments as an instant gratification thing before I actually start working on this again…

WIP Wednesday- Catch up from Chritmas edition

Phew! Christmas really went on for far too long this year (last year?), partially due to visiting friends, which generally I had previously avoided. However, it is finally over (or at least will be when I manage to shift this cough), and we can all get back to normal.

So, let’s get back to business! Kita’s cardigan is coming along a storm, I have 37 of the 50 cm before armhole shaping done now (and 4/5 of the buttonholes), although I still haven’t memorised the pesky back central cable.

The sleeves have been completely finished, but that’s a whole separate blog post (remember my issues with getting matching sleeves? Still got that somehow)

And two pairs of socks have been started. One pair you saw last Wednesday, and they haven’t had any more doing to them since then (just a toe and some of the pattern), but there is also a sock which is much further on, so I’ll show you that one instead.

I’ve finally had enough of vanilla socks, but strong stripes like this generally don’t go with intricate patterns very well, so I’m trying variations. This is a waffle stitch (wich you probably can’t see…I’ll try and get a better pic later on)- 3 rows stocking stitch, 3 rows 3×3 rib (3 because I do 66 stitch socks). Repeat ad infinitum…I’m also trying an afterthought heel, put in when the sock foot length is from the tip of my middle finger to the wrist joint. I’ll keep you all informed how it goes 🙂 This is actually my second attempt at a pair of socks from this yarn- I got through the foot and heel of a pattern which involved slipped stitches, but I hated it so I decided to start again. I am much prefering this pattern, and think that (provided I learn how to count to 3 reliably…) this may become my go-to ‘vanilla’ pattern. We shall see.

 

And also, bonus update on the Wolf, even though I haven’t been working on it over Christmas. I stopped timing how long it was taking me, because it was starting to stress me out, but I have done quite a lot more than the last time you all saw it!I’m hoping to finish off the top by the end of January (including all the backstitching I haven’t yet done), but we shall see.

WIP Wednesday- shawl edition

Aren’t you all happy it’s not the wolf any more? Well, the shawl has come on quite a way now- in fact, I’ve finished all the lace. Apparently, despite all my grumbling about it, it was intersting enough to keep my attention.

Very pretty 🙂 So, now all that is left is miles and miles of (mostly) stocking stitch, with some faggot stich to keep things vaguely interesting. So far I’ve done 22 inches, which is actually quite a lot since the pattern in total calls for 59. Much better than I was expecting 🙂

So, another 37 inches to go (I take that back, that is quite a lot…) in just under 5 weeks. (Including blocking. I’ve learnt my lesson where that is concerned). So, say 4 weeks to do all the knitting, that puts me at 10 inches a week. *slightly nervous giggle*. Ok, that’s totally do-able, right? There’s a train ride back to Salisbury in there, and I don’t need to hide this project from my mum, so I don’t need to worry about secret knitting. Ok, I’ve got this. (Excuse me while I nervously procrastinate and cast on a new cardigan…)

WIP Wednesday- wolf edition (again!)

Ok, so this is the third week in a row I’m talking about the wolf…next week I’ll probably move onto something else (barring any major surprises!) But some good news: I’ve found the bottom right corner! And I’ve done some back stitch (enough to put me off it again, however much it’s worth it in the end!)

So, we were here, at 12.5 hours

You can’t really tell, but the bottom right brown bit is very nearly the bottom corner(I think it’s like 2 stitches off). The brown bits are branches, and the white snow is actually a combination of two shades of grey. Awkward much…

Anyway, 2 more hours of work put us to here:

Having reached the bottom right, I’m now swinging up and then around. I may change my mind and move off in a different direction, but for now that’s the plan.

Another thing about me and cross stitching- I park (leave the threads there to come back and stitch in later), but only after a while, and I can’t plan to park right from the off. It has to happen naturally. And it doesn’t always happen. *shrugs*. Just one of life’s strange things I guess!

After those two hours, I decided I should probably do some of the backstitching, in a bid to not leave it all to the end.

So I spent an hour and a half filling in some of the bottom right backstitching.

Ok, so I didn’t spend the whole time back stitching, but I think I did a decent amount before I got distracted- and I pretty much did all of it that I could do, given where the gaps are. So in total so far, I’ve done 16.5 hours. Pretty good really, even if I do say so myself. My new guesstimate for how long it’s going to take me is 80-100 hours. Let’s see how we go!

WIP Wednesday- wolf edition

In the last week and a half I have somewhat been focussing on the wolf. Mostly because I want to get it done so I can start the wedding sampler. Great motivation!

So I was on 2.5 hours here:

Another 1.5 hours got us here:

Then 2 and a half to hereAnd finally another 2 and a half to here

So 9 hours total. I may have been slightly optimistic when I thought 50 hours, but we shall see. Most of the background is half stitch which will be faster, but then of course there’s also some backstitching and french knots to do. Lucky me… Does anyone else want to guess how long this will take me??? I’ll include a picture of the finished item as well, so you can see how much I’ve done roughly as a percentage.

WIP Wednesday- jumper edition (again)

So I prefer showing different makes in my WIP Wednesday posts, however when I settled down to do some more on my Hello! cross stitch to show that I have worked on it, I accidentally finished it…well, for some definition of ‘accidentally’, at any rate.

So now you lovely lot get another post about this jumper. And I’ll finally explain the madness behind the sleeve.

But first, I’ve split into the front and back and have started knitting the back 🙂 I decided to start the shoulder shaping on row 11. This was so that the cast off at the neckline for the collar will happen on row 5, which I feel is a good spot with regards to the front large cables. We’ll see how that plays out. It also means that the ‘knit 40 rows in pattern’ for the back starts on pattern row 2. *facepalm*. So I’m counting the rows with my jazzy new row counter and I’ll stop after row 42. (If I don’t forget…) But it’s still so amazing, and quick! I am amazed at how quickly knitting can work up, if you don’t work in 4ply and 2mm needles…

So, this whole sleeve length fiasco. In my binder, I have a 32 inch chest, so I’m adding 2 inches of positive ease and knitting the 34 inch size. The pattern technically calls for 4 inches ease but people who wear binders generally want less ease than people who don’t need to wear them. And I figure that when I get top surgery I’ll lose another couple of inches there as well.

Anyway, getting back to the point. I’m knitting the 34 inch size, and the sleeve length is 14 inches.????? My arms are 20 inches (measuring down the underarm). So naturally I made my sleeves 20 inches before decreasing for the shoulder.(I did however forget that the increases should be more spaced out so all the increases happened before you reach my elbow. *facepalm*. Lesson learnt for next time…) Are my arms unnaturally long for my (bound) chest??? Or is there something weirdly wrong with these sleeve lengths? Like, nearly half as long again seems rather impressively out??? Ahh well, I guess it’s just one of these things!

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