Sock Frenzy

I’ve been sock knitting like a crazy all weekend!  I actually managed to finish a single sock in a day and a half.  Wild, right?  I’ve been spending the days from 10 to 4 studying with a friend for our final exam, and every other minute I’ve been knitting to try and stay calm.

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These are the socks I mentioned in my last post:

I wore them today and they’re so nice and warm!  Finally getting them off the needles has reignited my love for sock knitting.  It helps that I have small feet so I can get through a pair pretty quickly.  My brother is a men’s size 13.5 wide, so knitting him a pair of socks this summer took almost twice as long as usual (and almost two whole skeins of sock yarn!).

After I finish the pair I’m working on (it should only take me a few days since I finished the first sock in two days!), I have a ton more socks I want to make.  I have a pretty big collection of sock yarn, since last year for Christmas my mom bought me two of those KnitPicks samplers of Hawthorne, and I’ve accumulated a bunch of single skeins.

I’m also still working on my red cowl, but I think I’ve almost finished that!  I want to try to use up the whole ball of yarn on it, but I’m not sure.

What have you guys been working on?  I see everyone doing a ton of holiday gifts (as well as a lot of gifts year-round) which is so nice!  I decided not to knit Christmas gifts this year (minus a hat for my dad), just because last year I didn’t finish on time.

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New Projects!

It’s been a very productive week for me, knitting-wise!  I managed to finally finish a pair of socks I’ve had on the needles for months, and I started a new cowl and pair of socks and have made decent headway with both!  I’ve just realized the new cowl matches my header font… Clearly I love these kinds of reds.

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The cowl pattern is my own.  I’ve been looking for a crisper, more sophisticated alternative to a lot of the drapey cowl patterns that I keep seeing (not that I don’t love drapey cowls as well!).  My style has become much more tailored lately and flowy scarves and cowls don’t fit in as well.  Basically, the cowl (or maybe neckwarmer is a better word) is going to be the neck part of a turtleneck sweater, plus a few extra inches in front and back slit up the sides.  There’s nothing I hate more than that gap between my shirt and my cowl.

Today was my last day of classes for the semester, so the finals madness is about to begin!  I have an eight-hour physics review session tomorrow (that’s right, eight hours straight), so here’s to hoping I survive that!

In other knitting news, I’ve put the Laurel Cardigan aside for now.  I’m so easily bored with big projects, unfortunately, and the fact that it’s so big makes it hard to transport (and I do most of my knitting on the go).

Chugging Along

Woo, it’s been a while!  The semester is winding down now and I’ve been so incredibly busy with schoolwork.  I’ve been slowly but surely working on my cardigan, but I’ve definitely slowed down.  I have bible cysts in both wrists and they’ve been acting up lately.  This week, they’ve finally stopped hurting so badly, so I’m trying to get my momentum back up.  I’ve finished the left sleeve and I’m about an inch into the body of the sweater.

In terms of my personal life, I had a great Thanksgiving week!  I spent it with my mom, stepdad, and brother.  We had a nice, low-key dinner.

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On my way home, my mom and I saw the most amazing rainbow.  You can’t see it in the picture, but we were able to see the entire arc, from one end to the other.

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The best part of being home for a few days was reuniting with this nugget:

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That’s Phoebe, my cat.  I can’t take her to school, no pets allowed in dorms, so I miss her so much!  She’s the sweetest little noodle.  Look at her tiny nose and feet!  I’m sorry, I’m such a proud cat mom.

I was also able to get all my holiday shopping done.  I pride myself on being a pretty fantastic sale shopper, and I certainly did well this Black Friday – Cyber Monday weekend, all without stepping foot into a single store!  I did it all online.

How was all of your Thanksgiving weekends?  I hope they were relaxing and peaceful.

Welcome to November!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  It’s one of my all-time favorite holidays.  Who doesn’t love getting all dressed up in a costume, hanging out with friends, and eating as much candy as you can shove in your face?  Or maybe that’s just me…

Anyway, last night my knitting and crocheting club had a great Halloween meeting.  We all showed up in our costumes, knitted and crocheted and sewed, and watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  It’s such a great experience to be able to sit with people my age, who have the same interests as me, and just have a great time.  I took a picture of us all, aren’t we cute?

I’ve been working on my Laurel Cardigan, but I’ve just been so caught up in midterms that I’ve barely made any progress.  I did finish the first top section and am mostly done with the second sleeve.

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I’m getting really excited about wearing this piece!  The color is great, a little darker and richer than the photo shows, and the moss stitch is so, so squishy and satisfying.  I have a feeling I’ll end up knitting this again in a few other colors.  Maybe charcoal gray, or a navy tweed?

 

Midterm Madness (but I still make time to knit!)

This week, I’ve been studying, knitting, sleeping, studying, knitting, sleeping…  I think you get the idea!  I’m about halfway through the semester already (it is totally wild that we’re at midterms), and I feel like I’ve been spending all my time studying lately.

I’ve made good progress on my Laurel Cardigan and I’m almost done with the top right portion, so that’s almost a third of the way done!  I’m planning on taking some pictures of the gorgeous cables and moss stitch in the natural light tomorrow.

In other crafterly news, my school’s needlework club (of which I am the president!) is finally getting started for the semester!  Unlike huge clubs, we don’t have a permanent room and need to be assigned a new one every year.  We’ve been held up for a few months in trying to get a room assignment for the semester.  There’s a lot of new people in the student government and things have been moving slooooowly.  Sigh.  Well, late is better than never, I suppose.

Anyway, I’ve been making up some posters for the club and I cannot wait to start hanging them up all over campus.  I really think this is the year we get our club off the ground!  All over campus I meet crafters who had no idea we even existed.  Wish us luck!

… And I spoke too soon!

Yup, it’s back to 75 degrees and sunny here on Long Island!  I suppose my chilly weather dreams will have to stay that, just dreams, for a little while longer.  It’s so weird to be walking around in a tee shirt when the trees are turning yellow and red.

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I didn’t work on my cardigan very much this weekend at all, but I did get past the first two cable repeats along the waistband, at which point I realized I’d messed up.  Whoops!

It turns out the cabling happens on row seven of the cable pattern, so it’s six rows of stockinette, the cable pattern, and then five rows of stockinette.  I misread the pattern so I did twelve rows of stockinette then the cable pattern for the first repeat.  For the rest of them, to make the repeats right, I’ll be doing eleven rows of stockinette and then the cable row.  The only bad part is I’ll have to remember to “mess up” again on the other side of the body, and that the cable pattern won’t meet in a perfectly pretty circle at the center back.  It’ll still be symmetrical and nice, just not the same as the sample knit.

Oh well!  I’m still super excited about the cardigan.

Thank Goodness It’s Fall

I hope everyone else is as excited as I am that it’s finally getting chillier!  All of my favorite clothes seem to be cool weather appropriate, plus knitting when it’s crisp out just feels right.  I always seem to get much more knitting done in the fall.

This past spring, I had a coupon to Michael’s craft store (no surprise there) and impulsively bought a sweater quantity of Lion’s Brand Heartland in Joshua Tree, despite the fact that the temperatures were swiftly rising and my stash was growing like an infection (again, no surprise).

I’ve been waiting since then for the perfect pattern for this yarn and I’ve finally found it in the Laurel cardigan!  This pattern came out with the latest issue of Knitty, which is an amazing online knitting magazine full of amazing patterns, if you’re not already familiar with it.  Here’s a link to the pattern.

What immediately drew me to this pattern was obviously the way it looks.  I love oversized, coat-style cardigans like this one, and I’m a huge fan of the nubbly texture from the moss stitch. I also like how the waistband is curved so that the hem is lower in the back than in the front.  I have a shorter torso so I hate it when sweaters go down too far in the front, but I still want coverage in the back.

Once I started reading through the pattern, I was really intrigued by the construction method.  To knit it, I had to cast on for the wrist of the sleeve and knit the sleeve back and forth.  Once I got to the shoulder, I cast on stitches for the front and back right top.  After I finish the right side, I’ll repeat going the opposite direction for the left side, and then everything is sewn together.  From there, stitches are picked up and knit from the waistband down to the bottom hem.

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The only modification I’ve made so far is to the sleeve.  I cast on 41 stitches, which is the stitch count for the small size, but did an extra increase row so that I can do the body in the medium size.  I have a larger bust so I think this is the best way to have the cardigan fit in both the arms and the chest.

One other thing that I’m loving about this pattern is how quickly I’m powering through it.  I started it on Monday evening (it’s now Saturday) and I’m already through a full skein of yarn (out of about five and a half total, according to the yardage estimates in the pattern).  I’m a college student with little free time, so that’s pretty impressive to me.

Once I’ve gotten a bit further into the body portion, I’ll try to take some nicer photos!  At least in this one you can see the gorgeous color of the yarn and texture of the moss stitch.  I think this cardigan will look great with the outfit I have on right now, actually, which is a grape-purple shirt and jeans.

Have a great weekend, and happy knitting!