Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It looks a little bit like a sweater.

After finishing my hats I was itching to start my sweater. I have been working feverishly on it the last 2-3 weeks. It was a little hairy getting started. I had to start over once because I really screwed up the shoulder detail. Other than that it has been pretty smooth sailing, a couple little hiccups but they are pretty small (and hopefully unnoticeable, I think they are). 


Now that it is looking more like an actual sweater, I've been a little obsessed with wearing it. (Hopefully that isn't weird, haha) The more I work on it the more anxious I'm getting with wanting it to be finished so I can wear it. It seems to fit pretty well so far. I did have a dream that I finished it and when I put it on it was all kinds of crazy. I'm crossing my fingers that doesn't happen. My goal over my spring break is to finish it and maybe start my next project.

What have you been working on lately?
Jess

Friday, March 14, 2014

A hat knitting fool


I've been trying to find some knitting projects that will take me down the road to knitting a sweater. That's my ultimate goal, and I am determined to reach it. I found this hat from on Pinterest and really liked the scalloped stripes. The blog was in Dutch and the little bit that Google translated seemed that the pattern was for a child's hat. So I took to Ravelry and found the Varia hat from Dull Roar. In a split second I added that pattern to my cart and the next day headed out to the yarn shop. I decided on Cascade Pacific because it was easy to take care of and it's super soft and plush. I started on my hat that night. I was a little nervous about the color change. I had no idea how to do it, and charts in patterns freak me out. I worked the first band pretty quickly and saved the rest for a craft day, aka Crafterday, I had planned with a couple of girlfriends. My friend Hillary is a more experienced knitter than me and figured that she could help me. It was actually really easy. I finished the entire hat in only a couple days. It was so easy and fun to make!

This is actually the second  and third one I made because the first one was the wrong size and way too big. I decided to add a pom pom to the top cause who doesn't love a pom pom? I feel like Edward Scissorhands when I trim it. Maybe next time I'll try some topiary with them. My hat seems a little bit floppier than in the pattern picture. I don't know if it's the addition of the pom pom or if my gauge was off. I measured it but I don't really know what I'm doing so it's a definite possibility that gauge is the problem. My hat was hardly off my needles and my sister requested a hat for herself. She wanted a purple pom pom instead and I kind of like it better than the beige one on mine. I've made 3 so far and could probably get another one out of the yarn I bought, the pattern doesn't use much at all. It was so fun to make I ordered Weekend Hats in hopes of making some more.My next project is the Mandy Cardigan in a pretty gray/purple color.Wish me luck!

Jess  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

An actual finished knitting project!

 I have been wanting to get on the knitting bandwagon for quite a while now. I drool over all the beautiful sweaters, shawls, and accesories wishing that I could make the same items. I was always afraid to take the leap from crocheting to knitting. I was mostly scared of mistakes and not being able to just pull the stitches out easily and try again. Mark bought me some knitting classes for Christmas a year or so ago and I really enjoyed it. I started umpteen little projects that I never finished and just hoarded patterns of things I hoped to make one day. I think that I was wishing that I would magically become an amazing knitter and beautiful items would just fly off my needles effortlessly. Unfortunately I don't live in a perfect world and the only way to get there was to start an actual project and gain some experience. My sister, Tracy, bought me some yarn this Christmas and I decided that with one ball I was going to knit and actually finish a project. After browsing through my stacks of saved patterns I decided on this scarf. Purl Bee has the most lovely patterns and this one seemed pretty basic for a beginner. It took me a few tries, needless to say I have gotten really good at long tail cast on. After I figured out that I need to slow down and take my time with this new craft things went much more smoothly. Believe it or not, I finished my first real knitting project!! I was so excited that I finished and it looked like the picture in the pattern.

I used Lion Brand bulky yarn. I wish my wallet allowed me to use the Purl Bee yarn suggested but that will have to come after my days as a student. I bought some Soak wash and it softened it up quite a bit and it smells really nice and light. It's a cozy scarf that is nice to wear under a jacket since there is no bulk in the back. The short rows had me scratching my head a bit but after some you tube videos and my kitting book it didn't take too long to get the hang of it. I can see where I went from stockinette stitch to straight knit stitch. My purls are so much looser than my knits.  Now, I've been hit by the knitting bug and can't wait to get some more projects going.  

Have you tried any new crafts lately?
Jess