I can’t believe how much I’ve been slacking on showing off FO’s! I seriously finished my Hatteras Hat almost a week ago. Voila:
I did indeed run out of yarn at the brim, so I switched to some pretty purple I had in stash. Purple is the recipient’s favorite color, so I think she’ll be pretty happy with it.
Last night I ALSO finished…dun dun dun…the Black Hole Sweater!!!!
It is nice and cozy, and for all the hours I put into it I will sure as hell wear it. Sadly even with my alterations it’s still not that flattering though.
The back-waist shaping and the narrower sleeves just weren’t enough to keep it from overwhelming me. Oh well, it’s still going to be well-loved as cold as this winter’s already been.
I ALSO also finished my very first skein off the wheel this week. Well, I finished plying it. It has yet to actually come off the wheel and take a bath.
It seems to be about worsted weight, overall, but it’s definitely not my most consistent skein. Still, not bad for a first attempt with a new tool. Let’s hope my next skein is more up to my standards! Since this week has been a week of Finishing All the Things, I think next week(end) I will let my Start-itis roam free. There’s no way that can go wrong, right?
Baby it’s cold outside! I don’t know what the weather’s like where you are this weekend, but here were in for the first snow of the season. It seemed like a good time to reintroduce Esmeralda. Nothing about the actual pattern has changed, but we have redone the photos.
I feel like these photos show off the sweater a bit better, but even if they don’t I’m sure a lot happier about them! With all the cold and nasty we’re in for in the next few days, I see some prime knitting hours in my future. If your forecast looks like mine, this would be a perfect opportunity to start a new sweater!
To celebrate Esmeralda’s re-release with new photos, I am offering the pattern for $1 off, this week only. No coupon code is necessary. Happy knitting!
Amazing Hubby ran the Marine Corps Marathon today.
That’s him in green!
Naturally, I came out to cheer him on. But while I was waiting for him to pass, I had a little marathon of my own – a knitting marathon.
Because this is the Black Hole cardigan, the photo probably doesn’t look appreciably different from the last one I showed you. However, in the couple of hours it took for Hubby to pass my viewing points, as well as the Metro ride back, I did manage to finish the body of the right front and about half the armhole. Progress! Sort of.
I went away over the weekend, and didn’t really expect to get a whole lot done. After all, we had lots of fun stuff planned for the weekend, both historical:
and decidedly seasonal:
None of the things we had planned were really knitting friendly, so I didn’t pack too much. However. Awesome Husband offered to drive both there and back, which means I got about 6 solid hours of knitting time in. I was a little extra nervous about running out of knitting now, but it turns out I needn’t have worried. Apparently I have stumbled across a knitting black hole. You know those projects where you knit for hours and hours and hours and never seen any appreciable change?
Yup. Where the heck do all those stitches go? It sure doesn’t seem to be into the WIP. I’m pretty sure the only reasonable explanation is that I’ve created a black hole. Clearly all the stitches I make are getting sucked into it, which is why I never see them again.
Maybe I should cast on for a new sweater. You know, just to teach this one a lesson.
I’m going out of town for the weekend and this sweater WIP is all the knitting I’m taking with me.
There’s no way on earth I’m getting 3/4 of a sweater done in 2 days. Still, I’m a little nervous. One WIP? Really?
Yes, I know it’s no longer September. An unexpected search for a new tech editor slowed this pattern down some, but the fact is the sweater still looks like a September thunderstorm, regardless of when you wear it. And I do wear it, often. September Storms is a study in contrasts – lightweight but warm, elegant but casual, dark but bold.
Like the skies in the heart of hurricane season, it’s an utter chameleon, changing moods at the drop of a hat. The variegated Unisono in the blue stripes of this raglan echoes the variety of blues you’ll see in the sky in early fall. The sharp change to black with each stripe reminds me of the sudden appearance of a thunderstorm, and the just as rapid return to blue also holds true to nature.
Knit in fingering weight wool, this effortless top-down sweater is just a little warm, for days that are growing just a little cool. Its boldly colored simplicity also makes it functional for a day in park, but still sophisticated enough for a night on the town. The broad stripes at the shoulder and hip contrast intriguingly with narrow stripes at the waist. This both narrows the appearance of your own waist, and creates an impressive effect in what is otherwise a very easy stockinette pullover.
Interested yet? Sales-pitch aside, I really do wear this sweater more than almost any other in my wardrobe. I’m sure you’ll love September Storms as much as I do; go check it out!
It feels like I haven’t finished a project in at least a decade, but finally here are two!
This cropped cardigan has actually been done for a while except for the buttons. It took until this morning for me to finally make it out to a craft store and buy buttons. Still not sure I’m thrilled with the buttons, but I like them enough for now. I am definitely ready to start wearing this thing!
And yes, that is the shawl FINALLY blocking. I can’t wait to get some actual, quality pictures of this thing! It is so, so pretty and the quickie photos I’ve been posting really just do not do it justice.
The Knit Picks blog is saying some lovely things about my Misty Morning sweater! Check it out!
My Favorite Independent Designer Photos by Hannah via the Knit Picks blog
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That’s not strictly true, but I have been coming home late and putting in several more hours of paperwork and planning from home pretty much since I went back to school. While I do try to get at least a row or two done each day for sanity’s sake, there has definitely been a lot less knitting time than normal lately.
But I have accomplished this:
Maybe by this time next week it’ll be totally done! How sad is it that that may actually be over-ambitious?
As I’ve been slogging through boxes I uncovered some beautiful red Berroco Peruvia, along with several skeins of the same yarn in grey. They look really nice together and I immediately thought of my current pressing need for cardigans. Unfortunately there’s not quiiiiite enough for a regular full size sweater, but there should be enough for a cropped one! That should serve my layering purposes just as well for the rest of this summer and into fall.
Of course, none of the patterns I found on Ravelry look anything like what I want, so being me I just dove right in without a pattern! If I like the result I’ll write it up for you guys when I’m done.
I can also feel a major yarn binge coming on. Between the need for cardigans and the new Twist Collective, this could get ugly.