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December 12 in 12 – 2013

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Water and Stone

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Water and Stone

 

Water and Stone Mid Month Update:

 

Hey all. Just checking in with my progress on the Water and Stone cardigan for December’s 12 in 12. I’m so happy I went with the cables along both sides of the collar, and straight down the back. the symmetry pleases me, and it gives more ‘action’ to the knitting. Just a little more cable to make it more exciting.

 

I also added the sleeves as soon as I finished the skein after the sleeve split, because I’m afraid of how boring they are, and I want to use up every last yard. This way, I can just knit on the body until I run out of yarn.

 

Currently, my next right side row will be the beginning of the hip increases for the waist shaping, and I’ve got two full skeins of the Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport to go. Will see how long it gets! My goal is to finish up this week, so I can have it at the shop in time for the 12 in 12 celebration.

 

happy knitting!

kate

Aidez Cardigan – November 12 in 12

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

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We’re 3 days in and I am done with the back!
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Now, to be fair…I started early.  We have an Aidez class that started last week so we all got a bit of a head start.
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It’s been a fun pattern so far.  The lovely Heather, here in our shop, made this great cheat sheet for the back chart.  Feel free to use it too if you want.
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I made a cheat sheet too, this one is for cabling without a cable needle.  If you want to try it!
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One change we made to the pattern is to to a purl row right after the ribbing and not a knit row.  Knitting that row made a purl ridge that we didn’t love on the right side.
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Still time for you to jump in:)

 

August 2013 Week 2

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

 

Stay tuned for a message from the sponsor of this post, Jennifer.
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Hello Fellow Chambourcin Knitters,
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As of today I have about 19″ of the back knit.
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Chambourcin

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Chambourcin

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Its beautiful and I am happy with how beautiful it is to this point. But, now I am stuck. I have started the arm hole. I am about 2 inches in and I have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to decide what to do with the lace pattern at the underarm. The designer does not specify, at least I can’t find it anywhere, on how to progress with the lace pattern, once you start the decreases.
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I checked out how the various sizes have done it on Ravelry. Some have carried 1/2 of the lace pattern up to the top and others have dropped the lace pattern and carried stockinette stitch rest of the way to the top. I like how the stockinette looks, but most of the finished garments that I looked at only had 4-5 rows of stockinette. After, I’ve finished decreasing I have nine extra stitches remaining. I think that would just look too wide and not right.
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So, I have thought about decreasing 3 more stitches on each side, so that I only have 6 stockinette stitches at the edges. Generally I find my armholes rather gaping on me so perhaps this is what I’ll do. Needless to say, I just can’t come to a decision that I’m comfortable with…..
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Oh decisions, which way would you proceed?
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All input is welcome. I’m so rarely undecided about how to handle knitting patterns and their corresponding idiosyncrasies, but this one just happens to have me stumped.
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Yes, I really, really like my sweaters to turn out perfect. I guess some would say that makes me a perfectionist, but indecisive, now that’s not me. Please, help me get out of this quagmire of choices!
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Cheers, and happy knitting and decision making!

-Jen
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August 12 in 12

Monday, August 5th, 2013

August Sweater Begins

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Jennifer has cast on for August and is loving this yarn!  She’s knitting Chambourcin out of a Phydeaux Designs yarn base.
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Looks beautiful to me, but let’s let Jennifer tell it…
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“I cast on tonight. The first two inches are complete and I’m switching down to the next smaller needle. I love, love,  love the knitted fabric is creating. It’s beautiful, non pooling with a subtle sheen. I truly think this is one of the most beautiful and luxurious yarns that I have ever knitted. I was dragging my feet to get started on this sweater and I’m growing more interested and excited with every row I knit.”
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It’s still not too late for you to get in on this sweater.  Are you knitting August?

June finished!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

It’s done.
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June.
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It was fun to knit, I love it.
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Pattern: Dark and Stormy by Baby Cocktails
Yarn: Hikoo Simpliworsted color Old Gold

June Sweater Weeks 1-3

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

I’m sorry I’ve been slacking on the sweater updates.
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AHHHHH!  I don’t know about you, but June is such a crazy month for us.
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Kids had their last day of school and now the summer of kid juggling begins.
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Maggie is playing softball and Max is playing baseball.  So, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday AND Thursday nights we are scrambling to get home and get to a ballgame.  WHAT?  How do parents do this?  How do parents with 9-5 jobs get their kids places?  Our kids are only 8 and 9, so we’ve got 10 more years of it!
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I don’t remember my parents coming to every one of our sporting events.  Do you?  Did yours?
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I played softball when I was little and tennis when I was in high school.  I do remember my dad coming to  sometimes and I am sure my mom did too, but I don’t remember.  I remember riding my bike a lot and getting rides from my friends.  I can’t imagine our parents cared less than we do?  Maybe my parents were there a lot and I just don’t remember.  I’ll have to ask them:)  I wonder how they remember those days…
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Anyway…on to the sweater.
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I am knitting Dark and Stormy from Babycocktails this month.  I really love it.  It is turning out great and it fits very well.  I am pretty sure this will be a very well used winter sweater.
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I am knitting it out of Simpliworsted by Hikoo.  It is an aran weight yarn, so a heavy worsted.  The sweater could be really dense at this gauge, but they yarn is so light and squishy that it feels great!  We are starting (very slowly) to get some yarn online for purchase.  This is one that is now online.  Check it out!
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I did have one little hiccup.
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There is short row shaping on the collar so that the collar folds over nicely.  I knit the short rows as written and then found that there was a bunch of excess “fabric” on the fronts.  I didn’t like it.  You can see the folds of fabric on either side of the collar.  The short rows are written to be centered over the lowest point of the V neck.  That seems to give too much weight to that part and then the fabric buckles.  It might not happen as much with a lighter weight yarn and gauge, but with my yarn, it sure was noticeable.
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So, following some guidance from Ravelers, I pulled out that first collar and reknit the short rows centering them between the raglan increase and the lowest point of the V neck.   It’s much nicer for me.  I could have probably done a few more short rows to make the collar a little bit more robust, but I think when it’s blocked it’ll be perfect.
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I’m on to the sleeves this time.  This sweater needs long ones:)
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Good thing I have a baseball game to watch tonight.
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May Sweater Week 3

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

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I’m getting there.
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It is a super easy knit.  Boring and super easy.  I am having a hard time being interested in knitting it.
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It’s actually so easy that I am trying to go really fast and am being sloppy.
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So sloppy that I somehow make this big loop of yarn on the back side?  Weird.
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I’m going to rely on really great blocking of this alpaca in the hopes that it will all smooth out:)
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I have 9 days left in May and the weekend off, so I think I’ve got this one.
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Are you doing June with me?  I get to knit that one too.
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Dark and Stormy is the sweater for June.  I haven’t chosen a yarn yet.  Have you?
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Dark and Stormy

May 2013 Week 1

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

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It began easy enough.  Garter stitch in the round alternating every 2 rows between a solid and a multi colored yarn.
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Specifics
Pattern: Olive
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Tonos Sock and Handpainted Sock
Needles: US3 24″ Circular
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I got gauge, but I felt like the collar was going to grow too much when I blocked it and that I would be always pulling at the sides to keep it on my shoulders.  I would hate that.
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Plus, the jogless stripes really looked bad.
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So, I re knit it.  I went down to a US2 needle and I added one additional row of decreases.  I think I ended up at around 130 stitches on my needle when I cast off.  20 some stitches less than the pattern called for.
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A beer and a couple collars

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I knit this one flat too and seamed it.  I think the seam looks better this way.   The seam goes on the top of the shoulder too, not in the back.  Interesting…
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Seams?

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The collar is cast off and then 211 stitches are picked up at the cast ON edge with a US5 instead of the called for US6.  The first round increases the stitches to 388.  Now, we are knitting stockinette stitch the rest of the way.  Easy peasy.
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I am alternating skeins too.  It is hand dyed afterall.  Better safe than sorry.
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Sorry about all the funny photos.  I got a new photography app on my phone and I am learning:)  It’s called Hipstamatic if you care…Carly made me do it!
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April Sweater Week 4

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

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Jen is soooo close!
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Sleeve 1 done

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As of Monday, Jennifer had 3 rows left on one sleeve.
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Pretty Cuff

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This sweater fits her like a glove too.  Wait until you see it.
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Speaking of seeing it…her goal is to have it done and blocked (and hopefully dry) by this Saturday, April 27th.
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We’ll be at Yarnover again Saturday and we can’t wait.
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We have awesome hand dyed yarns from Huckleberry Knits, Phydeaux Designs, Zen Yarn Garden and Vice Yarns.
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Haven’t heard of Vice before?  Here’s a teaser…
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Vice Yarn Plain Jane

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The market opens at 8am.  You might want to get there early:)
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March Sweater Week…It’s DONE!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

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It’s done!
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Carly’s March sweater is done and beautiful.  She’s had it done for a while now…I’m just finally getting around to posting about it.  The back is amazing…you should see the hood!  I”ll post more pics soon.

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She’s pretty protective of her sweater.  She won’t leave it at the shop yet for others to admire.  So to catch a glimpse of it, in person, in the wild you’ll have to be fast.
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Well done Carly!
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