One month to go: The sweaters for mom and dad, the backs completed. Mom's is the small squares pattern from Kaffe Fassett, and dad is just the extra long tails from when I cut the yarn for the sqares for mom. They will both be V neck cardigans. I think a month is an appropriate time for a beat the clock christmas sweater segment, don't you? The color is a little off: They actually are both more green than anything.
I finished a sleeve of my mom's sweater - have the right front and one more sleeve to go (finished the back and left front and one arm)and 5 balls of yarn left - (they had 15 and it called for 15) - I'm praying hard that I have enough of this color - there is no more of this dye lot; I bought all they had and it's the PERFECT "mom" color - I know that I can knit a row with the exact color, change yarn and purl back with the same color (different dye lot) when doing SS - has anyone done this before? I'm worried that it might show up - I am thinking that even though I might have enough yarn I may do this with the other sleeve - just to try as a little insurance policy - I'll do the right front first (all with good yarn) and then I'll do the last arm in this technique and pray a lot that it works -
does anyone have any suggestions on how to make yarn go further if you think you might be running out? (besides making sure there's extra yarn?) haha
thanks for everyone's input and comments - it definately helps!
So I finally finished these damned mittens. And a Sock out of malbrigo oh and a hat. I had a busy knitting day. I've gotten it to the point where my professors let me knit in class.
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So I don't know if people use the term frog to express the fact that they have undone an item. Well this hat is frogged and has been recasted on bigger gauge and more stitches, poor me , my head is very big LOL. I may have more pictures by Monday. I will actually know if it is the correct gauge for my size in the next two or three hours. Thanks for stopping by.
Notice I said "boredom" not "too much time" - there is a difference...
anyway mix the knitting, boredom, 'Harry Potter' and stir well - the story is over here
I still have to weave in some ends...
This month I read in two knitting technique books that one should let a knitted gauge/tension swatch "rest" for 24 hours before measuring.
I'm wondering: does anyone do this? I'm always so keen to start working with the new wool that I just jump right in.
I'd fancy knowing your thoughts on this.
I am getting ahead in my double pointed needles, and I am half way done with another hat in reds and greens in a circular needles. The pattern is very funky and the material is very nice. 100% merino wool Aurora 8 from Karabella.
I also got some new yarn for socks today from Smiley yarns, lots of great colors and nice textures with different kinds of wool blends. I am attemping to do some knited socks later on, here is a picture of my crochet socks.
I am very excited because I think I got back my kniting groove again. Woohoo! I am working on many projects, but it keeps my neuropathy away of I take turns between crocheting and kniting.
Will keep you posted.
I was so worried that the client might not like my renditon of the family christmas stocking...(I had made it wider, done more Swiss darning, embroidery, changed the intarsia a little). Well, she gave me an order for two more, so suffice it to say, she was pleased. So, I can honestly say that I paid this month's rent with christmas stockings. Actually, yesterday was a very good day: I delivered all my knit/crochet repair work to clients, (along with the stockings) and everyone was delighted. I think I will try to put together a repair & finishing business to see me through the winter months. I'll let you all know how it goes.
OK I'm sure lots of you don't like books (haha!) - or you already have them - but I found a deal at crafters choice - it's a website -- 4 books for $1 each - and you only have to buy I think 2 more books within the next two years - it's a deal where you can say "no thanks" to the selection online too -- which is cool -
I bought an extra book and I ended up spending $32.68 for 5 knitting books - on edging, socks, merino wool (from Morehouse farm which is beautiful), etc...
a good deal if you like getting books - it's true, however, that we can get lots of information and ideas straight from the internet, but I have already found a few patterns/ideas that are cool in just my 30 second scanning of these new arrivals!
Just in case you want to check it out :)