Friday, February 24, 2017

Dragons be here

I am working on Little Man's dragon, as well as his sweater.  The sweater is easier to travel, as I am just knitting the body, and have about 8 inches left before the ribbing (read great TV knitting).  But the dragon takes more focus.

I have completed several parts, and am working on the arms with fingers.  The construction is different for me, which means it is a learning opportunity and takes concentration.  I had to label several items as well.  The best thing is that I had little pieces of paper and safety pins ready to go from the Master Crocheter's program. 

After I finish the dragon and sweater, I have several projects that are waiting.  I have items for my Etsy shop, items for myself and even something for Christmas waiting!  It is all just a matter of time.  What are you working on?

Monday, February 20, 2017

The second sweater

I did finish the dragon sweater, and it was not too soon.  I chose a much simpler sweater for this year's birthday sweater.  I know I am still behind, but here is this one.

This is KnitPicks Palette yarn, in the color Whirlpool.  A few months ago, I found an incredibly great deal and I couldn't pass up on yarn. So I got all the yarn for this year's birthday sweaters for the kiddos. 

I still need to block the dragon sweater, but here it is in all its glory.  Not too bad for a sweater that caused me a bunch of problems.  And as usual, it is now too warm to really wear it.  But he should be able to wear it next year as well.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fast as a snail, on a good day

This sweater is still on-going.  The head is all that is left.  I hope to finish it this weekend.  Poor kid has been waiting for over a year for this sweater, and although we keep having some colder days, spring is on its way.  I hope that it will be big enough to last next winter as well.  I have honestly been off and on with this sweater.  It just takes so much concentration, it is hard to work on during the day.

I have plans for after all Little Man's stuff.  I am working on the Master Crocheter's program, and I think I plan on something for me.  I have a couple of ideas, and some projects waiting for myself.  So far, it is turning into an interesting year.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Still working on it

I finally finished taking out the front and all the duplicate stitching to fix the front. I did not take out all the dragon, as evidenced by the picture.  Speaking pf dragons, I am also working on his red dragon.  I will take a picture of that soon too. 

I have started the Master's Class for Advanced Crochet Techniques.  So far, it is proving thoughtful.  However, I am not quite sure what to think of the yarn requirements.  It specifically requires acrylic yarn.  I can understand that, but not that I agree with the reasoning.  Any thoughts?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Seaming

I am just not sure about this sweater.  The side seams do not line up like I thought they would...apparently there are more rows on the front than on the back.  I am tempted to take it out and make the front shorter, instead of the back longer, because I am almost out of yarn.  I mean, I have to undo the swatch in order to seam it with blue.  I think for now, I will finish it, and then when he outgrows it, I will take it apart and reknit it, and he can wear it again.  But it bothers me. 

So I started his second sweater.  It is the Flax Light pattern from Tin Can Knits, and I am using KnitPicks Palette yarn in Whirlpool. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Still working

I still haven't finished the sweater.  The hood gave me issues.  They are not for the faint of heart.  For whatever reason, I had the hardest time with it.  The directions were easy enough, even to understand, but my hands would not obey.  I think in trying to hurry, I did not pay enough attention.  But, the hood is done.  The duplicate stitching is not, but is looking well.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Don't spare the pins

I should have done each piece as I finished them, but I waited and blocked 3 of them at once.  And I ran out of pins.  Pins are not to be skimped on when blocking.  You need more than you think you do.  I don't usually have this issue, because I like to knit sweaters in the round.  

Sometimes though, it is good to change things up.
But not having enough pins can be a problem.

I guess I need to get more pins, for just such occasions as these.