Monday, January 30, 2012

Zachary 2

This little jumper has been my Large Project of the Month. It's Zac's birthday jumper (2 on the 22/1/12) and I saw the pattern in the magazine Kelly had sent Mum for Christmas. Not wanting to borrow hers (and risk it getting wrecked) I found a copy and started making it early in the month.

It's been a while since I made something with seams like this! I did the plain back first, and then started on the front. Then I discovered my hatred for Vile Intarsia :) and it stalled while I mucked around with other projects. I picked it up again when the time limit started looming, but only got as far as the top of Timmy's white body before the torture became too much, and I finished the rest in green. (There's a headless picture on the rav page linked above :) if you like headless sheep)

I did the rest in green, finishing the crazy-long arms (as you can see, much longer than necessary) a day or two after his birthday, and duplicate stitched the rest of Timmy, which I quite enjoy doing. I sewed it together (not as much fun) and ribbed the neck (fun, now that I'm knitting Continental). There's a split on the left where you put some buttons, and that was fiddly. I didn't pick up and do more ribbing for a button band, but made loops. In the end, I discovered it fits over his head well enough without undoing the buttons at all!

Unlike his first birthday jumper (which was too small in weeks) this one will fit for a while. And he loves it! He didn't want to take it off, despite the fact it was 31 degrees celcius. He did want to dip his arms into the bucket of water he was playing with, though, so I took it off and put it away for a few months!

In other news, I have a handful of other January projects to report ;) in a few days, and all my OWL yarn is spun into singles. It should be plied up soon, so that will add a few meters onto my spinning ticker :)

I also started my next pullover yesterday. It's a top-down seamless one, and I got almost down to the underarms last night during night shift. Unfortunately, I think I've left my Interweave Knits magazine at work, so I'm not going to get much further until I find it. I find myself hoping it will take a lot less yarn than I have, so I can use the same color for Jasmine's birthday jumper. She'd love the pinkness!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Knit All the Things!

So far in January.

Finished off a hat in my handspun (Detention)

Dyed my merino in green-blue. The rust spots were an unexpected present from the wire mesh basket I made to lift it from the slow cooker, but its ok. Just adds flecky interest...

Jasmine, wearing the woven scarf I made her (Potions) in Three Hours. It's 2.6m long.
New baby lamb, and her mum, Daisy.

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn.

LL Solemates sock yarn

Manos del Uruguay Silk blend

More Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend

More LL Shepherd Sock :)

And a jumper-worth of Madelinetosh Vintage in Sequoia. Very pretty red-brown.
I've spun 2 of the 5 braids for my OWL (into singles, anyway) and then, bored of plain blue-green :) dyed some merino-silk into rainbow colors. Half of that is spun so far. I've started Zach's 2nd birthday jumper (11 days to go); I've done the back and half the front, though the intarsia is hateful challenging frustrating something that I won't bother to do again for a while! (The concept is simple. The ends are making me crazy!). I've also started two hats, one in handspun and one in Noro scraps. For Quidditch this term, I'm going to make lots of little sheep, I think. (At least, I'll make one and see if it makes me want to make more) And for my Order of the Phoenix mission, I'm approved to make Ginevra's Pullover.

I feel busy.

The Slytherins have a saying: Knit All The Things!! It comes from this funny blog post, which always cracks me up. It's hard to read it and not say "Oh no... that's me!" hehehe.
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