Sunday, October 28, 2012

Big News and Old News

I'm doing a WIP Wednesday post on a Sunday, but I wanted to share my progress with you guys. Hurricane Sandy is coming this week so I'm anticipating a bit more time for knitting, and I wanted to post these pictures before they became irrelevant. The reason I forgot to post this Wednesday is that I've been working on my study abroad plans for next semester! I'm officially studying in Granada, Spain this Spring and it hasn't really become real for me yet. I'm very, very excited, but I am definitely going to have some separation anxiety from my friends at school and from my family. I'm hoping I'll just be having too much fun to have time for homesickness!

I also need to scope out some knitting stores :)


In the meantime, I am trying (once again) to design my own sweater. I bought the Fishermen's Wool and decided on a bottom-up chunky cable knit. I haven't decided yet if I want to do raglan sleeves (I recently bought Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman - My knitting life has officially been changed) or set in sleeves.

Here's the swatch:

I definitely had an issue with my gauge calculation. I based it on my stockinette swatch instead of my cable swatch (gaahhhh!) and got this far before realizing I definitely hadn't cast on enough stitches:

Well, I ripped it out and started fresh, but all I currently have now is the ribbing.

The second WIP is my Inspira.

This is incredibly fun to knit and I see myself wearing it all the time (as long as the Lionbrand Amazing isn't too scratchy).

I hope everyone had a great pre-halloween weekend!

Friday, October 19, 2012

FO Friday: Infinity for a Friend #2

It's been very busy at school the past few weeks. I've started a few new knitting projects (including my own designed aran sweater - it's very exciting! Expect pictures Wednesday!) and am still chugging away on my Amiga. However, I wanted to share another FO that I completed just in time.

I don't know if you all remember this post from a few weeks ago, but I was able to finish a purple version of my Blues Infinity Scarf for my friend Candace for her birthday. She has graciously allowed me to use a photo of her wearing it (and looking her fall-best)!

Happy birthday, Candace!

Interested in knitting this scarf for a friend of yours, too? Blues Infinity Scarf is a free pattern of mine that only takes one skein of yarn to create! If you've already made one, I'd love to see pictures, please send them to me!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, October 12, 2012

FO Friday: Laminaria Shawl

I finally finished the shawl that caused more headaches than happiness, which is always sort of disheartening. It really had nothing to do with the pattern and more to do with the fact that I'm a distracted, impatient knitter.

Nevertheless, despite the mistakes I'm sure exist in the shawl it looks pretty normal. I'm not normally one to wear shawls and will probably attempt to wear this as some sort of scarf, but the binding off on a shawl and watching it grow when blocking is just my favorite thing.

And it seriously grew:

I literally had less than three inches left of yarn at the end. I don't think I've ever cut any knitting project so close.

I'm not super crazy about the motifs, and I'm not super crazy about the way it looks as a scarf. But the experience I gained while knitting it will hopefully be worth it. The only difficult thing about the pattern was that there were double yarn overs and triple yarn overs, but, eventually, I was able to handle them correctly.

Also, I always have trouble at school finding a suitable lighting/background situation that doesn't involve me (embarrassingly) taking pictures of myself outside in front of every passerby... I'll try to work on that. For now, enjoy the fake wood of my closet door: