Thursday, November 15, 2007

Before AND After

Here is my completed Top Down Raglan Sleeve Sweater made of Berroco Ultra Alpaca in a yummy chocolate color~!

This is BEFORE~!

This is AFTER~!

I ended up frogging it. I had not calculated the gauge correctly and didn't realize it until I got to the sleeves and ran out of yarn by then end of the first sleeve. Frogged that and tried twice to redo the sleeves. Ended up with about an elbow length and just was not happy with it.

So here is what I have learned from this project.

Check your gauge more than once near the beginning of your project. Doing a swatch is great, but also checking before you are too far along is important too. PLUS, always buy one extra skein of yarn, JUST IN CASE!

Now I have to figure out if I want to try to reknit this using the same needle size and doing the size smaller sweater, (this one was a tad bit bigger than I would have enjoyed) or do I try using a needle that will get the proper gauge and just modifying the sweater to be a short sleeve one. Decisions ... decisions.

This is the scarf/ascot length, that I have made to compliment Jill's socks for christmas. The pattern is Enjoyable-Rib Scarf and I found the pattern on Ravelry.
I am working on my Friday Harbor socks for the Knitting on the Road KAL. I have decided to make them for Rachel as a stocking stuffer.
I will now start the socks for Rose's kids that I want to make them as gifts for Christmas. My main problem is, I'm spending TOO MUCH time on Ravelry looking and searching for great new things I want to knit!
Today is a rainy day here and I had hoped to spend the whole day knitting, after I got the stew in the crockpot. However, I have ended up updating my projects file on Ravelry and then I wanted to update this blog. But, I did frog and wind the yarn from the sweater, so I guess that counts to some degree as knitting, doesn't it?!

Monday, November 5, 2007

November Socks and Christmas gift

These are the socks I have completed for Jill for Christmas. They are made from Plymouth Galway Highland Heather in a sage green color. This is the first time I've used this wool, while I have done this pattern before. It is the first cable that I learned to do as an Easy Sock knit along when I first began doing socks at the beginning of the year. I figure she could use them for house socks since they are a worsted weight.

I am also making for her a scarf, Enjoyable Rib, it is called. I found the pattern on Ravelry and I thought it would be perfect for Jill.

I have also found another pattern, called Reversible Winter Caplet, that I plan to begin while I am visiting with Aunt Bette. It will only take two skeins of Red Heart Suede and I have it in red and thought it would be good for christmas.

Well, that is all I have time for now. Until next time.....

Friday, November 2, 2007

Life gets in the way sometimes!

Well, I am not even sure when the last time was that I up dated. I just figured I would log on and get to work.

I have finished Rachels birthday gift of socks and fingerless mittens.

I have started on a pair of cable socks for Jill for christmas. I am going to do some fingerless mittens for her as well.

I have the Friday Harbor socks on hold at the moment, as I have to have undivided time to work on them because of the chart and being new to it. But I do think I have to the first repeat done on them. Did I mention I have ripped them out once already?

I am on the first sleeve of my raglan top down sweater in the alpaca, the brown one. It is still coming along nicely and I have gotten wonderful compliments on it when people see me knitting it.

I am trying not to start anything new until I get atleast the sweater and Jill's socks completed. It is already November and for how fast October went past, I won't get them done in time at this rate. I have to carve out some morning time before I truly begin my day to just work on them as I want to make some socks for Rose's kids for christmas as well.

I'm sorry there's no pictures at the moment.

Remember, always stop and admire your work!