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What I’m working on…now

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So, as I showed off in the last post, my big project, the Livingstone Cardigan, is sitting on my floor blocking. Wet blocking and chunky wool will take another day or two to finish drying, so in the mean time I’m not giving much thought to it. Well, I am worrying about my yardage. It would literally take a miracle for me to finish this cardigan without buying another skein of wool. And because I’m using Cascade Eco, which comes in 250g skeins, I really would like to avoid that…The yarn is widely available, and I know my LYS here (I’m at home, not at school) has it, but I don’t remember ever seeing it at the LYS up there. Hopefully, I’ll know FOR ABSOLUTELY SURE that I need another skein BEFORE I go back…this coming weekend.

mostly finished hat

While I was waiting for the blocking to finish, I decided to cast on another hat. In keeping with my resolution to knit more from sources (books, mags, etc.) that I already own, I picked up the Edge of Lace Hat from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. Of course, I had to make it with my own twist. Part of that twist is that I *forgot* (sheepish) to do the little garter stitch border that goes around the lace portion. Woops. I didn’t notice that until it was already on the floor, wet blocking next to the sweater, so that’s just plain out the window. The pattern also told you to just stop knitting and do a 3 needle BO instead of a crown, which I was not about to do. I made up some decreases that seem like they turned out OK. It fit my head, at least! You can check out my ravelry project page for the exact decrease pattern I used, it was pretty simple.

just a wee bit left

All in all, this hat was a pretty great stash-buster. It used just a wee bit less than the 45g of Paton’s Classic Wool that I had left over from my Nantes hat. I don’t think that I’ll keep it for myself, but I’m trying to start a drawer of knits that can be used for gifts if I *forget* about another occasion, so I think I’ll just drop it in there after it gets off the floor and I get some actual beautiful pictures.

about an inch of ribbing, and the color is pretty true! now if I could just have remembered to lean back so that my shadow didn't show so much...

Speaking of beautiful pictures, I wish I had a FO SO BADLY today because it’s the first day in a while that it is bright and sunny and beautiful outside. Instead, all I have is this picture of some ribbing. It’s going to be the brim of a new hat design that I’m working on. I know that it’s going to be a slouchy hat knit using some Cascade Alpaca Lana D’Oro (50% Alpaca, 50% Wool) that I picked up at my LYS a couple of weeks ago. Still, about every five minutes I change my mind about the stitch pattern. I’m pretty sure that I want there to be some sort of twisting/traveling stitches (tentative title- ‘Twist and Slouch’), but I can’t decide how many. Plus, I have swatches from two other options blocking on my floor. The top part has a garter stitch background, but the bottom is only reverse stockinette. I like how the stitches in the garter pop so much, but I think the reverse stockinette has a simplicity that’s also charming. Any ideas?

top=garter, bottom=reverse stockinette. thoughts?

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Sunday…blocking

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As you may have guessed from the title, the Livingtone Cardigan has practically been knitting itself. In fact, it’s been going so well that, since my last post on it, I’ve finished the second front and BOTH sleeves. This morning, I got around to blocking it.

blocking on my floor...you may be able to tell that I got a little lazy on the sleeves. Whatever, they'll live.

Remember how I was complaining about the schematics in my last post? Well, you can take this as me still complaining about them. On the schematics, there is a 1/4 inch difference between the height of the sleeve shaping on the back and then on the right side (the left isn’t even pictured…). On mine, the difference is MUCH bigger. With blocking, I’ve fudged them to be even, but the fudging was much more on the front then the back. Not to mention that NEITHER of mine got up to over 8 inches- I think they’re about 7 3/4 inch tall, which should be fine for my arms. I didn’t have to pull the back at all to get it to fit the right size, but the fronts had to be pulled out a lot. I don’t THINK my guage changed at all, but it’s the only possible explanation that I have.

Cable detailing on one of the fronts. Left? Right? Right, I think...

Remember, I ended up going down a needle size but then up a pattern size to accommodate it. After blocking, I’m starting to get a little worried. I have a 34″ bust on the mark, but I would like a little ease from this roomy cardigan. Still, the modeled shot has the toggle-button-things closing the cardigan right under the bust. I’m really petite, so I’ll probably have the room I’ll need down there. Hopefully, it won’t look like I’m shooting out of the cardigan!

Livingstone Cardigan

On the other hand, I am almost absolutely certain that I will run out of yarn. I only have about 60g of Cascade Eco left, and I still need to do the really, really deep button band and shawl collar. I’ve been perusing ravelry, and it doesn’t look like there are any leftovers that I can purchase in the right colorway. If anyone has any extra brown Cascade Eco lying around and is willing to donate (seriously, I probably need less than 100g), it would save me from having to purchase another whole 250g skein from the yarn store!

Edge of Lace Hat

While I’m waiting for the sweater to dry (which may be a while…) I think I’ll probably run off a quick hat. In keeping with my New Year’s Resolution to knit more from pattern books that I already own, I’ll probably try the Edge of Lace Hat from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. It is by Cheryl Oberle, who has written a ton of books that I may have to take a closer look at if this hat comes out well. Lord knows what yarn I will use. Looking at the pictures in the book, it looked like a normal hat with some lace detailing. After taking a closer look at the pattern, you knit the hat, and then, instead of decreases, you just do a three needle BO. Of course, the picture in the book just cuts off the crown, so I had no idea. I’m glad I sneaked a peak at the pattern, because now I know that I’m going to improvise some decreases of my own. You know, forewarned is forearmed.