Posts Tagged ‘yarn minnesota’

January Sweater Week 2.5

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

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Hello All, here is my latest sweater knitting update for you.  I must say, I love, love knitting this sweater.  I am so excited to see the final result.  And I must also say this is simply the most easy sweater I have ever knit.
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At times it is almost boring.  Then I think about how awesome it will be to felt this sweater and I get down right giddy.  This is going to be the first time I have ever felted and there is nothing I enjoy more than learning something new.  In keeping with my felting excitement, keep an eye out for more updates on this sweater, as we are planning a couple of felting forays to your LL (local laundromat) with our own felting expert Kate.
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Wow, what a back!

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So far, I have finished knitting the back, the left front and the half of the right front.  I knitted an extra 3″ to the length before decreasing at the underarm.  And because I chose to lengthen my jacket I decided to have 4 button holes instead of 3.  I spaced my button holes at 5″, 11.5″, 18″ and 24.5″.  I think it will look more balanced with the extra button down the front.
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Left Front

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Speaking of buttons, I realized that since I need to have this completely done by the end of the month, I’d better get some buttons.  I know…rules, rules, rules…I have to follow our rules too.  My button hunting expeditions were unexpectedly productive.  I didn’t think I would find something I liked so quickly, but I did.  And I found the awesomest buttons ever.
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Perfect Buttons!

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Aren’t these just the best?  I’m so excited to see the finished product.  And I have been thoroughly enjoying seeing all of your progress as well.  Keep sharing with all of us here at DKA.
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Last but not least, I am here to help.  Stop by and we will help keep your progress going.  We’re halfway through!
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– Jennifer

July 18th 2011

Monday, July 18th, 2011

I realize I have not been documenting my July sweater very well.  I guess like most of you, knitting isn’t my priority in the summer.
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We’ve got ice cream trucks…

ICE CREAM!!!!

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Water fun at Grandma and Grandpa’s Wisconsin cabin…

Water fun

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Wisconsin fish to fry…
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WI fish to fry

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Bridges to wait for…
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Bridges to wait for

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Birds to watch…
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Birds to watch

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But ok…I have done some knitting.  Here are some updates.
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I started knitting and got 6 hours in and only had 3″ of knitting done.  This ain’t no stockinette stitch:)
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6 hours of knitting= 3"????

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I got all messed up, it may or may not have involved my favorite cold summer drink.  I’m not saying…
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see the extra twist on the left at the bottom??

Anyway, I was going to rip back a few rows and then re-knit and then my very special facebook fan Cori (gotta love her) gave me the nerve to just drop down and twist it the other way.  Yeah, sure Cori, I’ll just do that.
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Well..I started ripping back and kind of freaked.  I thought maybe Cori wasn’t crazy.  So, I just went for it and sure enough, did it.  Yeah Cori!!
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see the nice new twist on the right now? Yipee!!

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One skein down…
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All with one skein!

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Here come the armholes
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Arm and neck decreases

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Closer...

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By the way…let’s take a closer look at all of these photos.  The color green doesn’t look the same in any of them.  Might I say that is a great reason to buy yarn at your local yarn shop and not online:)  Just a little plug for the little guys!
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So, almost done with the front.  The back is pretty much a mirror image.  Wonder how stockinette would look instead:) Hummmmm.

6/9/2010

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

I am clicking right along with the June sweater.  I was feeling some serious sweater exhaustion and then I started this one.  Happy again!
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June Begins

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Look at this pretty raglan.  I love a raglan.  I am knitting this out of Blue Sky Alpacas, Alpaca Silk.
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Pretty Raglan

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I also finished the Springtime Bandit shawl.  LOVE this thing.
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Springtime Bandit Finished

3/28/2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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It is a good thing this design is so darn cute or I might just have to say forget it.   The numbers on this thing are really far off.  Must not have done much test knitting for this pattern.  Makes me think about how hard it is to find a very well written pattern.  Wonder why?  It’s kind of a bummer to spend money on a pattern that isn’t right.  Oh well…onward and upward.
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I have decided (with help from some other March knitters) that I am going to rip out the sleeve and start the decreases immediately.   Look how big it is.  Really?
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Gigantic Sleeve

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I am ripping now…do you hear it?  The sound of me weeping?  Actually, had  I started this sweater with a good attitude maybe I would be done by now.  I spent the first 10 days complaining.  Live and learn.
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One of my lovely customers kindly pointed out that it is 12 in 12…so technically I have until Dec 31st to finish this right?  Right?
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3/21/2011

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Yep, that double pointed needle is supposed to be there...it is for the button band.

I was not a math major.
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I never took statistics.
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I am not particularly interested in numbers (just ask my accountant)
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But, knitting the body of this sweater was so mind numbingly boring that I had to do something with my time.
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So, I decided to time myself knitting.  Yeah, I know it is pretty lame, but I had to do something with my mind.
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I got out my iphone and started timing myself.  My husband has been reassured that I am still crazy.  I timed myself for a good hour of knitting…I think that is a good sample right?  I think it’s called a sample anyway.
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The body of the sweater is 197 stitches per row give or take a few (who’s really counting at this point  anyway).  It took me, on average, 4 minutes 25 seconds to knit a row and 5 minutes 30 seconds to purl the next row.  Yep, that’s about 10 minutes for 2 rows…holy crappoly.
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Here comes the math part.
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The sweater from underarm to the held off stitches is 13″.
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I am getting 8 rows for every inch.
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13″ x 8 rows = 104 total rows
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Divide the total rows by 2 (cause we have a knit row and a purl row) and you get 52
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Multiply 52 x 10 and you get 520 = total number of minutes to knit 13″
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Divide 520 x 60  and you get 8.6666 = total number of hours to knit 13″
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8 1/2 hours to knit from underarm to the held off stitches.
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So…now that I have it written out it doesn’t seem so bad.  Funny.
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Generous armholes

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Carly wanted to be sure I mentioned the very generous armholes in my sweater.  Perfect for my ever growing Beach Body Biceps:)
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3IG and DKA

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Darn Knit Anyway is giddy.
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We get to welcome Sharon from Three Irish Girls for a workshop.
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The class is from 10-1, on July 17th.   She’ll talk all about knitting with hand dyed yarns.  Do you like the pooling, hate the pooling…she’ll explain it all to you.  We’ll have time for practice, questions, and perusing the special yarns she is planning to bring with her.  This class is for knitters of all levels, from beginner to advanced.   All you need to bring is a pair of size 7 needles, cause you’re gonna want  to swatch these yarns.
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Call us 651-342-1386 or email us aimee@darnknitanyway.com to register.  Space is limited, so call your friends and made a day of it in Stillwater.
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Here is the event flyer…I think you should print it and hang it on your fridge.
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