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WIP Wed: Coquette Vest Part 3

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Full view, all scrunched together

I’ve been steadily getting some work done on my Coquette Vest. I was thinking that I would put it away while I worked on holiday presents, but I can’t really bare to do it. Right now, the plan is to use the breaks that I have to take anyway (there’s only so much time I can spend working with lace weight before my hands hurt) to make little accessories. When I get to the part where I divide for the back and front, I might have to put it away so I can work on some of the bigger projects I have in the works.

A little bit better detail shot of the lace

Still, it’s going really well. I’m on about row 155 of the lace chart, and I think that I’ll divide around row 200. That’s a little before what the pattern calls for, but I’m going to have to mod for my more petite figure. With a fitted garment, I’m trying to be very careful that I don’t make anything too long. Most of my problems with machine garments, especially fitted tank tops and camis, have to do with different parts being too long, especially straps. So I’m going to keep a very careful eye out for these problems while knitting, and I expect a pretty stressful blocking session as I stretch out my lace to such exact measurements in the future.

What’s left of my first skein

I’ve been keeping an eye on how much yarn I have left. The pattern calls for 2 skeins of Zitron Filigran (100% merino lace weight), which I bought on a complete coincidence. I am definitely happy that I did- it’s pretty amazing to work with. I’m still on my first skein, and if you can read the yarn scale, I have about 25g left. At the rate I’m going, I’ll probably have to use some of the second skein, but probably not too much of it (leftovers!). That’s a little strange because the next size up needs a third skein of yarn. I guess the designer just wanted to be on the safe side with her estimates!

For more WIP Wed., check out Tami’s. And I will definitely be back on Friday, because I have something to show you all!

WIP Wed.: Coquette Tank

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This WIP Wed. post is brought to you by the Coquette Tank.

Right side= pretty

Believe it or not, a lace-weight tank is not the quickest project ever. Who would have thought? Still, I’m getting used to working with lace weight and enjoying the process along the way. I may have to abandon this project for holiday knitting, but I think that I will be happy to come back to it. Besides that, school has been a little bit insane, so I don’t have too much time to talk. I hope your week is going a little better!

Wrong side=ugly

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WIP Wed: Daniela

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Eternity Scarf!

For those of you just tuning in, I’m working on a new design, the Daniela Eternity Scarf. New designs always take a little bit longer to knit, so it’s pretty slow going. Two days ago, I got to what I thought was half way through the pattern, decided that I didn’t like it, and ripped. Woops. I’m almost back  to where I was before, and I think that I’ll like the finished effect a lot better. Basically, I got rid of the border, and now just do the stitch pattern twice. I think this will provide more flowy-ness, making the ribbing a little less jerky. I guess we will see after I block the finished object 🙂

Close up of the first half of the stitch pattern on the outside.

But, besides that, the project is going really, really well. The yarn, Knit Picks City Tweed DK, is so light and fluffy, with just a little bit of a halo, that I was afraid that there would be problems ripping. There weren’t, and I was even able to pick up the stitches on the second row instead of ripping all the way back to the begging. Trust me, I was avoiding having to cast on over 190 stitches. Such a pain.

Close up of the stitch pattern on the reverse side.

That’s about all that’s going on in my knitting world. My attention has been stolen (just a wee bit) by classes starting up. I had my first this morning, and it was so nice to see some of the people in my program (education) again! I ended up having lunch and spending most of the afternoon with them, which severely cut into my knitting time. Still, if I’m almost half way down with the eternity scarf, I think that I’m doing quite well. But if you want to read any other (cough, longer, cough) WIP posts, check out Tami’s!

WIP Wed: Still working on the socks

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I am so close to almost being finished with these socks that it’s not even funny. I literally have 9 rows of 1×1 ribbing and a sewn bind-off left. That’s maybe an hour of work. I can feel it. It’s going to happen. By the way, they’re Pillars Socks made in Candy Skein Yummy in Arctic Mint, converted to Toe-Up.

Ok, I’ll admit it: this is the first sock. The second one is downstairs by the TV. So far away!

I also put some time into my Zest Cardigan yesterday. In the morning, I stopped by Hancock Fabric for buttons. Did I mention to you guys that Hancock is around the corner from my apartment. It’s a good thing that the best yarn they have is Wool-Ease, or I would be stopping there every morning on my walks. In the end, I decided on cheap (really cheap- 70 cents for 6) black buttons. They blend really well with the sweater and are light enough to not warp the fingering weight lace at all, which is pretty good.

Buttons!

I tried to make afterthought buttonholes, tried being the operative word. I don’t know how well they’ll hold… I followed a couple of tutorials that I found after a google search. I had looked in a couple of the knitting encyclopedias in the library (you know, the ones that are so big they would probably make a shelf collapse), and they had surprisingly little information about them. Even Principles of Knitting didn’t have more than a short entry. Still, I think they ended up working out. I’ll make sure to get pictures for Friday!

Buttonholes. I’m afraid they’re growing…

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WIP Wed.: Footy Fever

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I can’t believe that it’s been a week since my last post. I have absolutely no excuse: I haven’t been that busy, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting, etc. I SHOULD have been posting. Oh well, all’s well that ends well.

As far as my Zest Cardigan goes, it’s still sitting in a corner, mostly finished. I even wove all of my ends in! I still need to solve the button problem, however. I don’t have any buttons yet, and I’m afraid to get any until I figure out how I want to do it. The pattern calls for a couple of button loops around the top so the sweater can flare out, but I usually don’t really like that look. Plus, I went up a size, so there’s considerably more ease then I think the designer intended. I am considering doing afterthought buttonholes so I can wear it like a regular, button-up cardigan. Does anyone have any thoughts?

Candy Skein Yummy in Arctic Mint

In the mean time, I seem to have caught sock fever. I finished my striped socks last Saturday, and immediately started looking for another sock pattern to pair with stash yarn. After settling on my leftover skein of Candy Skein Yummy in Arctic Mint, I browsed through the sock patterns in my ravelry queue. By the way, did you know that you can organize your queue by tags? I’ve done it so that I have separate lists for socks, things I want, and present ideas. It made life a lot easier!

Pillars Socks

From that list, I picked out the Pillars Socks. Of course, me being me, I had to convert it to toe-up, which I think may have messed with the design. Or maybe it’s just how I knit. But as I almost finish the first sock, I keep thinking to myself that I would have been much better off with another pattern, maybe these. Anyway, here’s my goal: without stopping, I am going to finish this pair of socks. I will not rip. I will not be disenchanted. It will happen, and then I will move on to the pattern that I want. I promise!

I dunno. I just think it looks a little…strange.

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WIP Wed: Zest Cardigan, Part 4

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Well, it’s been over a month since I last talked about my Zest Cardigan in any depth, and the end is in sight! With the crazy-ness of my internship I didn’t exactly have a lot of time for knitting, but in the last couple days I’ve been watching the Olympics nonstop, and knitting for most of that time. As a result, I’ve gotten through the entire second sleeve! It’s a bottom-up raglan worked in mostly 1 piece, so this morning I had the chance to join all of the pieces together. I used my Knit Picks interchangeable needles for everything, so putting everything together was pretty easy. I would just unscrew the needle from the part I had been knitting from and put it on the next part, using those little end things to keep myself from losing any stitches. Pretty painless, considering how badly it could have gone. Right about now, it looks something like this.

Back of the sweater, including the cable panel in the middle and the mesh lace everywhere else

I apologize for the strange pictures, it’s storming outside, so the light is a little spotty, and this is all my camera could do. I do assure you that the Knit Picks Palette that I am making this out of is BLACK, not charcoal or some other shade of grey. I promise. Did you notice that the cable panel on the back is looking a lot like arrows at this angle? I wasn’t planning that AT ALL- this mainly comes from me trying to do tricky knitting on a plane. It’s still not as awesome as the cables on the original pattern, but its a lot better then I was expecting- yeah me!

from the side- you can actually see how this is going to be a sweater!

Anyway, that’s about all I have to talk about. I’m going to go jet off to watch some beach volleyball (which I didn’t know was so fun to watch- I’m such a big fan now!). For more WIP Wed. posts, go check out Tami’s.

WIP Wed: Molly

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After a life of crazyness both at school and in the computer arena (long, long story that I will probably post some other time), I finally have a WIP post for you guys! Sorry about the crappy photography, but I took the pictures at work.

Molly Hat

I’m currently working on a Molly hat using some Malabrigo Merino Worsted from my stash, or “babies,” as one of my students put it. The hat is a gift that is going to be given this Saturday, so it’s been going pretty quickly. I went up a needle size for more drape. I didn’t end up changing this stitch count at all, as my guage is still pretty close and my recipient will probably LOVE a really, really big hat.

gurgle…MALABRIGO

The puppy got to the ball of yarn this morning as it sat next to my backpack waiting for a new work day, so it’s a little deformed. I think that it was revenge for not letting her go back to sleep in my bed. Hopefully it isn’t tangled! I know that it’s a really, really short post, but I only have a few minutes, and there’s not really that much to say about this hat. Hopefully I’ll have a full report on Fri. for a FO Fri. post!

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