Happy New Year!

Last night we hosted the tiniest Harry Potter-themed New Year’s Eve party.  We had Harry, a witch, a dementor, pumpkin juice, sausage rolls, and a viewing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  It was fun!

Harry Potter themed nye party, complete with pumpkin juice!
 Today we started the new year off by seeing Rogue One for the second time.
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I have also casted on for my Cablepalooza project, Julissa. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/julissa I’m using Miss Babs’s Yowza, and although I only have about an inch done, it’s looking good.
So I’d say that’s a good start to 2017.  Happy New Year!

 

Back to normal?

Well, after a few days of frustration with WordPress, it looks like I can insert photos again.  We get so used to instant gratification these days that it is actually kind of nice to take a break from the constant digital connections sometimes.

However, I did want to show you the plethora of baby hats I’ve been working on.  In total, I whipped up 8 Magic Coffee Baby hats in 11 days, while the Rainbow Marley (from a previous post) took me 2 weeks, on and off, because I found it so boring.

2 of the Magic Coffee hats aren’t pictured because the mama-to-be had her baby shower last week and I wanted them to arrive in Minnesota on time (they did!).  I sent 2 more off today, but I plan to make a few more items for the last mom on my list before I send her hats to her.  I have two left over that I’ll probably donate.

There are some scraps left over, but I think instead of more hats right now, I’ll put them in my bear yarn stash.

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And….. in bigger news, last night at Knit Night I finished my French Toast sweater!  It fits great, although I wouldn’t mind if it relaxed slightly from blocking.  I soaked it in Eucalan and now it’s lying flat while I think about evaporation.  I’ll get a better photo when I can.

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Now that the sweater is done, I have wound the yarn for my husband’s requested socks, and I’m trying to figure out if I have the right yarn for a hat to squeeze into the last few days of Cablepalooza.  I have my eye on the pattern Hermione Hearts Ron.

Almost French toast!

Yesterday I finished knitting the second sleeve of my French Toast sweater, and tonight I knitted the 1/2 inch of neckline ribbing. The bind off was supposed to be a “sewn tubular” bind off, but I found that it wasn’t that stretchy, it was tedious, and it didn’t look that good, so I frogged back and just bound off loosely in pattern.

  I think it looks fine. I only wish I’d known about continental purling earlier- it would have made the center cable panel much nicer. Oh well. At least my ribbing is snug and neat.

 Speaking of ribbing, the last bit of work on this sweater is to re-knit the hem ribbing. You can see a little in the above photo how the hem flares a bit. I don’t like it! I’ll go down to the needle size I used for the sleeve and neckline ribbing, and do the magical continental purling to neaten it up.

 
I forgot to take a photo before I started frogging, but I bet you excellent crafters can see the difference in the ribbing. If all goes well, this sweater will be washed and blocked within a day or two!

French Toast on the go

At knit night tonight, I finished the body of my French Toast sweater. The fit is great, but I don’t like that the designer says to do the hem ribbing with the same needles as the body. Usually it’s done with smaller needles, but I trusted her explanation on Ravelry. It looks too big and sloppy, so I’ll reknit it with smaller needles later. For now, I’ve got a good start on the first sleeve!

   

Sweater progress, and socks-to-be

A sweater in DK yarn can go quickly, and because the pattern I’m using is so simple, this French Toast pullover is flying! Progress as of five minutes ago:

  I’m about 11 rows from the ribbed hem, then on to the sleeves and neckline.
The fit is good- not too tight, not too loose, comfortable with a layer underneath. I have high hopes for this sweater!

In other knitting news, yesterday when I checked the mail, I got to tell my husband for the first time ever, “your yarn is here!!!” Seriously! He’s overcome his trepidation at wearing handknit socks (“they’re too special!”), and actually requested a replica of his favorite ones(Mr.Pitt’s Socks), in the same yarn (Berroco Ultra Alapaca Light) different color (Salt and Pepper).  

  
Maybe I’ll  wind the yarn when my sweater is done…. 😜

French Toast

My French Toast pullover is speeding along nicely, even though I didn’t touch it yesterday.

Before I did any knitting today:

  And just now:
  

It will have a ribbed collar later- I’m really looking forward to seeing that done, as the collar looks so big and floppy right now. 
I tried it on twice today- at the time I took each photo. The first time was to check the fit before committing more time to the project, the second was to make sure I hadn’t been dreaming the first time; the fit was so perfect. 

I’ve made very few pullovers in my knitting career, but suddenly I’m feeling interested in them. Let’s see how this goes!

Cablepalooza

One of my knitting friends has done what she has dubbed “cablepalooza” over the past few years, just after the holiday knitting rush. During cablepalooza, she knits a bunch of interesting cabled hats, thereby learning more about cables and ending up with lovely new hats.

This year, cablepalooza has spread to our knitting group, and some of us have decided to knit things other than hats. Me, I’ve decided to knit a pullover. I’ve been feeling the need/want of a simple, neutral, very useful knitted sweater that isn’t a cardigan. Another knitting friend suggested the pattern French Toast, and this, combined with two skeins of Miss Babs Wowza in Pewter, seem pretty much perfect. 

   
  

wowza indeed! these are giant cakes of yarn!


I’ll swatch tomorrow.  I’m worn out from an outing to the Asian Art museum this morning, and much time with the kids all afternoon and evening. I’ll leave you with some highlights from the museum.

 

when you see ukiyo-e and you realize you’ve been to the place depicted.

  
  

awww!

  

tiny tea making!

  

i think the wee boy would love this.

  

nyan!

  

ganesha