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WIP Wednesday

After going over my 2014 knitting plans, I finally cast on for a new sweater. I’ve been pretty gun shy about sweaters, since I don’t have any that I’ve knit and wear on a regular basis, so I decided to go ahead and make a CustomFit sweater. I swatched with two different yarns: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in Chocolate (purchased in August 2007) and Valley Yarns Northampton in Fawn (purchased at Stitches Midwest, also in August 2007). These are definitely deep stash! They both worked up to 5 sts and 7 rows per inch, so I had CustomFit create a relaxed fit, V-neck cardigan for me. I chose the wrong sleeve option, so I had to go and figure out how to have them taper down, but it wasn’t too bad.

So far, I’ve knit both sleeves and the back. Oh, and run out of brown yarn. Ha! I ordered some more from Knit Picks two days ago, so the project is on hold until it gets here. It’ll be interesting to see how much, if any, difference there is between the dye lots. Wish me luck on that one. Here’s a crappy iPhone shot of the back.

Striped V-Neck Sweater back

Since I had to stop working on the sweater (just two fronts, button bands, and finishing to go!), I decided to ride out my sweater excitement by swatching with some of the (few) yarns that I have sweater quantities of in my stash. First up: Rowan Calmer in Garnet. I’m swatching on US 8s and 6s. After this swatch is done, I’ll be swatching some Berroco Ultra Alpaba in Peat Mix. Obviously, the Calmer is a better choice for a summer sweater, not to mention nicer to knit in hot weather, but we’ll see which one I end up wanting to cast on.

Calmer Swatch

Swatches are definitely good bus knitting. The bottom section is on US 8s.

I’m not sure what either of these yarns will end up being, but I’m going to let gauge decide. I don’t think the Calmer is really my color (which is a bit redder/less pink than the picture), so we’ll see what I do about that. Maybe overdye with blue or purple?

I’ll be in the suburbs for most of this weekend, so I should figure out something to bring with me, since the yarn reinforcements won’t be in by then and I think I’ll be done swatching, too. Maybe socks? Probably socks.

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2014 Knitting Plans: update

I decided it was time to see how my plans for this year were going so far.

Knitting

  1. Knit myself 1-2 sweaters.
    Nope. Haven’t even started one. I think swatching and starting on a sweater should be my goal for June.
  2. Knit socks, at least 6 pairs for me.
    Four pairs so far, with three of those being for me!
  3. Knit all 4 M Club patterns.
    On track: 2 down, 2 to go.
  4. Knit at least 2 blankets (1 for me).
    Still plugging away at Chrysanthemum, which I started in November. It’s about 70% done, if I’m planning on using up all of the yarn.
  5. Try to not have too many WIPs.
    Hmm…there a few things from last year (and some earlier than that) that are just sort of hanging out. My real I’m-working-on-this-at-least-once-a-week projects usually number no more than 3, which is good.
  6. Knit some Xmas decorations.
    I need to reassess what I want to do as far as this goes, since I started a couple of things that I think I may frog.

Yarn

  1. Only buy yarn that is cast on right away.
    So far this year, I’ve had 22 new yarns come my way: 10 that I purchased and have already completed the projects, 4 from the M Club (2 used), 3 from the Sunnydale Yarn Club, 2 that I won from the UILI contest on Stash and Burn, 2 superwash yarns I bought for baby knits, and 1 gift.
  2. Stop buying yarn online.
    I made an order for the Monster Mobile and got a couple of balls for a baby sweater,  but haven’t ordered any other yarn online this year.
  3. Get more self-striping sock yarn.
    Came up empty at YarnCon, but that may be my next purchase from Windy Knitty.
  4. Destash some stuff.
    I tossed some stuff on my trade/sell page on Ravelry, but haven’t gotten any nibbles yet.
  5. Work with scraps.
    Nope, but I’m thinking of using my Cascade Heritage leftovers to make Vivid.
  6. Use my handspun.
    Nope.

Spinning

  1. Spin.
    Nope! I think I need a plan some concrete goals.
  2. Reduce fiber stash (by spinning).
    Obviously not. I’m contemplating possible selling some.
  3. Don’t buy fiber.
    At least I’m not buying any fiber!
  4. Use my spindles.
    Nope.

Etc.

  1. Make at least 2 more quilts.
    I have plans for one and probably most of the fabric I need for it, too.
  2. Sew a small project or two.
    I haven’t used my sewing machine in forever. I need to clean my crafty room.
  3. Publish a knitting pattern.
    Nope. I’ve been really busy knitting, but not coming up with ideas of my own, really.

Not too bad. If I could make some specific plans for my UFOs, spinning/fiber, and sewing, I’d probably be able to get on track. Luckily, I’ve been knitting up a storm (and not buying much), so that is going really well. Hurrah!

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