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

 

POP!

The Wee Boy was at school this morning, and the Wee Girl had a friend over to play, so I spent most of the morning with tea and my POP blanket.img_5387

I hadn’t been happy with the dimensions, so I decided to add 6 rows of single crochet before starting the border, which ended up being 3 rows of single crochet.  By late afternoon, I was done, and had just a small bit of the Cascade 220 left.

img_5402

I’m happy with it, I just hope that the bits that stick out will calm down when I block it.

img_5404-2

Big oops/oh, well

Last night I moved right along with my seaming on this blanket, but today I suddenly realized that I’ve been doing single crochet instead of slip stitch. This creates more bulk and uses more yarn. But I’m fine with the way it looks and I don’t fancy ripping out all the seams plus the woven-in ends!  

  
I feel silly though, especially after convincing myself that I totally remembered how to slip stitch and didn’t need to look it up. Lesson learned!!!

Moving right along

Last night I couldn’t figure out the crochet seams of my POP blanket. After a half hour, I was still at square one, literally.

  
Luckily, things clicked at Knit Night tonight, and I crocheted four columns.

  
I wove in the ends at home. Note to self and prospective blanket knitters: weave in the ends as you go! This was only four columns, but it was tedious. Luckily I’d learned early on to at least weave in the seaming end , but there were still many, many ends. The crochet is easier than I thought, and I’m kicking myself for having waited so long.

P.S. We saw the Force Awakens today! Loved it! Go see it, so we can talk openly about it!

Alpaca, spun!

Tonight I finished spinning my 8.9 oz of alpaca.  It’s more even and thinner than I’ve been spinning lately, so it feels like it’s taken a really long time!  

I’ll let it rest tonight and start plying tomorrow.

I also finished the heel of my Ziggy Played Guitar socks, but havent got a photo yet. The color changes are so fun- I expect to have both socks finished before long.

New sock II

Oops, didn’t hit “publish” last night, which explains my two posts in a row. I’m nearly at the heel! The changing colors really keep me going.  I only stopped because I need to  finish my spinning project.
Thankfully, the pattern calls for a short-row heel, so the rainbow-y gradation won’t be interrupted. My challenge was to start the heel before I reached the purple on the Noro, so the heel would stand out. 

What a fun knit!