Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hot Cocoa Cassatt - Collar Done, Body Done

After finished up my Burgundy Pullover I went back to my Hot Cocoa Cassatt.  I really love the yarn for this one.  It is soft and I love the colors.  I worked on the right sleeve for a while and then I checked my yarn usage to see how I was doing.  I'm not doing any shaping on the sleeve until I get past the elbow (my arms are a little muscular and I usually have trouble with the fit of sleeves on my upper arm in store bought clothes) and I wanted to make sure that I would have enough yarn to still complete the collar.  So I decided to take a break from the sleeve and finish up the collar.  I used up the remnant of the second ball from the body and then joined the fourth ball that I hadn't used any of and finished up the collar with that.  Now I know that all of the yarn that I have left I can use on the sleeves.  I haven't decided how much shaping I will do on the lower arms, but I know that I want some ease.

I've already received an email telling me that the third sweater kit will be shipping soon.  I really liked this club and hope they run it again.  You know in advance what the sweater patterns are and you only have to order the ones that you want.  I went for all three patterns.  Then you get to pick the colors that you want for each kit.  I must admit that I'm not as big a fan of mysteries as I used to be and at this point in my knitting career there is only one yarn dyer that I let surprise me - The Unique Sheep.

Pattern:  Cassatt (part of the Sweet Paprika Sweater Club) by Elizabeth Sullivan
Yarn:  Sweet Paprika Minuet in Hot Cocoa
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Burgundy Pullover - Finished!

I finished up the second sleeve yesterday afternoon.  I really liked working the sleeves from the top down.  I did make one slight modification to the lace pattern - I switch the s1k2psso to a Central Double Decrease or s2k1psso.  I figured that would help make the lace not quite so obviously directional and I think it worked.  I have enough yarn in a dark blue to make one more of these pullovers.  There are currently 5 projects for this pattern on Ravelry, and I've done 4 of them.

Pattern:  Ladies Sweater - 1838 from Moments No. 005
Yarn:  SMC Select Extra Soft Merino Fino
Needles:  US 2.5 (3.0 mm) and US 3 (3.25 mm)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Snow Queen - Clue 6

This is the penultimate (I love that word) clue of the Snow Queen shawl.  I did not add any extra beads to this clue, or to the final clue.  I've been plugging away at the second sleeve on my Burgundy pullover, and I received the yarn for a test knit yesterday.  I'll probably spend the weekend finishing up the pullover and getting started on the test knit.  I transitioned to my 5th skein towards the end of this clue - where the purple really starts to dominate.

Project:  Snow Queen by Janine le Cras
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Marici Fingering in Dusk on the Fjord
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Burgundy Pullover - One Sleeve Done

I finished up the first sleeve last night, which is good, because it is pretty boring knitting, but I can't read while I'm doing it.  I'm happy to say that the chart that I worked out for the short row shaping was perfect.  Now on to the second sleeve.  I'm really trying to finish up some projects so I can start some new ones.  There are so many things that I want to knit, but I don't want to have a whole bunch of works in progress.

Pattern:  Ladies Sweater - 1838 from Moments No. 005
Yarn:  SMC Select Extra Soft Merino Fino
Needles:  US 2.5 (3.0 mm) and US 3 (3.25 mm)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Unique Sheep Retreat - 2015

Last weekend was The Unique Sheep Retreat at Hawkesdene House in Andrews North Carolina.  Although I took my camera with every intention of taking pictures I didn't take a single one.  I think I was just too immersed in the experience to detach myself enough to take photos.  Photo taking compels one to become an observer, and last weekend I was just being, completely and thoroughly in the moment.  It was wonderful.

I made the felted sheep in the top photo.  Her name is Roxanne.

I also dyed yarn.
And three silk shawls.
I had to dye three shawls so that the Beadcats (Carol and Virginia) could each have one.

I have never done a knitting retreat before - but it was so much fun and I'm already signed up for next year.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Burgundy Pullover - Body Done

I also took this project along to work on during the Match Ceremony.  It was a pretty cool ceremony.  They pulled the envelopes at random from a pillow case and at noon, once everyone had their envelopes, they all opened them at once.

I'm working the sleeves top down, so I picked up my stitches around the arm hole edge, figured out the stitch count, which worked out to 72 stitches or 9 repeats of the lace pattern, and charted up the lace for all of the short rows.

Pattern:  Ladies Sweater - 1838 from Moments No. 005
Yarn:  SMC Select Extra Soft Merino Fino
Needles:  US 2.5 (3.0 mm) and US 3 (3.25 mm)

Jazzberries and Lemon Drops - Finished!

We took the day off from work yesterday and went to Charlottesville for the Match Ceremony at the UVA Medical School.  Amy was learning where she is going to go for her residency (UCLA).  I brought this along to work on during the car ride.  I finished it up on the drive home.

Pattern:  Over the Moon by Vicki Mikulak
Yarn:  Luxe in Jaded Jazzberry
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)