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Stash Down

New Year started with revising my stash. It’s ridiculously enormous. It’s a paradox, but the fact that there are very few yarn shops in my town makes my stash grow every year. As I don’t have a constant access to the yarn goodness, I go crazy every time I travel. I buy bags of yarn and justify it with “I won’t be able to buy anything for months, even for a year”. Running out of yarn is my biggest fear.

If you don’t count a huge bag of acrylic yarn that I donated to my school for craft classes, I have more than 100 (!!!) skeins all over the house. Something needs to be done!

So when I saw My Sister’s Knitter Stash Down KAL/CAL, I jumped right in. It came just in time. The KAL/CAL will last 4 months (January 1 – April 30) and I am determined to bring my stash down by the end of April. Thank you, Andi, for inspiration!

I don’t have any WIPs left from 2014, except for a machine knitting project. So I am starting fresh. Last week I started to work on two projects.

The first stash down victim

Knitting Crochet Yarn

I bought this yarn one year ago in Mexico City. I fell in love with the color – Azul Rey. 100% mercerized cotton of very good quality. It’s perfect for crochet, as it gives a very nice stitch definition. I used this yarn in a different color for my Wildflower Crochet Dress. I am very pleased with the result. Also it has generous 360 mts (394 yd). New crochet project is in progress.

Knitting Crochet YarnThe second project is planned to be a very heavily modified version of St. Brigid. I don’t know exactly what I’ll get at the end, but it’s a part of fun. It’s still in the swatch stage.

Knitting Crochet Yarn  This swatch makes me so happy. Gosh, I love knitwear!

By | 2016-04-10T09:02:27+00:00 January 8th, 2015|Crochet, Knitting, Yarn|2 Comments

Fitted Raglan Pullover. Details.

My off time is over. I am really grateful for these 18 days that I spent mostly reading, walking, meeting with friends, exercising  and knitting/crocheting. I really needed this time off. Now, full of energy I am getting back to my working routine.

My favorite sweater of the vacation time was the Raglan Pullover from Creative Cables. It kept me warm during chilly mornings and nights.

Knitting cable sweater

Ravelry Project: Fitted Raglan Pullover

As I promised I am going to walk you through all the modifications that have been done, just in case if you need it someday.

It was my first raglan shaped pullover! I can’t believe it took me so long to get to it. Usually I prefer set-in-sleeve or drop-shoulder sweaters.

Knitting Cable Sweater

First of all, I chose the simple stockinette stitch background instead of the rib pattern. I loved the cable panel so much that I wanted it to stand out as much as possible, and the stockinette seems less busy to me.

Knitting Cable SweaterEdges. I just don’t like when cables start growing out of nowhere. The rib pattern was too complicated to introduce so it would naturally flow into the cables, so I took the easy road and made a folded hem knit on needles, size 3mm (the body itself was knit on 4 mm). I cast on with Backwards Loop (aka e-loop) method. It’s important to use this method, as it allows you to pick up the cast on stitches later when you fold the hem. Then I knitted 13 rows and on the 14th row I picked up the cast-on stitches and knit them together with the ones on the needle.  I think it gives the sweater a neat finished look.

Knitting Cable Sweater

The wrong side

Knitting Cable Sweater

 The same was done on the sleeves.

Knitting Cable SweaterCable panel. I decided not to repeat the cable panel on the back as the pattern suggested. On the one hand it surely saves your time and yarn, on the other hand you need to spend some extra time doing math to calculate the proper number of stitches for simple stockinette stitch back instead of cable panel.

Knitting Cable SweaterNeckline. I preferred the 1*1 rib pattern to 2*2.  I picked up stitches with 4 mm needle, knit two rows with 3.5 mm needle and finished with 3 mm needle. This way the neckline flows along your neck and doesn’t pucker.

Knitting Cable Sweater

As it was my first raglan sweater, I did a bind off on the front part similar to the set-in-sleeve pullover.

Knitting Cable Sweater

So I had to hide the extra fabric at the neckline in the ribbing.

Knitting Cable Sweater

I crocheted the chain along the neckline and picked the stitches from that chain. I think it helped to hide all the flaws.

Knitting Cable Sweater

I hope it helped if you are considering this pattern. I really enjoyed making it.

By | 2016-04-10T09:02:55+00:00 January 6th, 2015|Finished Objects, Knitting|8 Comments

The Last Project of 2014

Photography Elena Letitskaya

I finished my Fitted Raglan Pullover, just in time before New Year Eve.

Knitting cable sweater

As you can see it’s slightly different from the original pattern. If you don’t mind I’ll walk you through all the modifications that have been done to it in 2015. Meanwhile you can join me for a walk in Mexico.

Knitting cable sweater

As soon as I finished the last seam, I put the sweater on and headed for a long walk with my dear friend and dogs.

Knitting cable sweater

Knitting cable sweater

 

 

At the moment me and my husband are taking care of our friend’s two dogs, so our house is quite noisy and messy, but so much fun. Our guy is a little bit jealous, so he’s really trying to get all the attention he can 🙂

Knitting cable sweater

Knitting cable sweater Knitting cable sweater

For me the weather is calling for this sweater which is made with 100% Mexican cotton yarn. So comfortable, soft, squashy and perfect for windy evenings and mornings.

Knitting cable sweater

 

Knitting cable sweater

Knitting cable sweater

 

Knitting cable sweater

I think this is the most beautiful cable panel I’ve ever made. I am in love with it. Neutral color allows the light to play its game. Different shades come out from different light angles.

Knitting cable sweater

Knitting cable sweater I am looking forward to 2015, new horizons and new projects!

Knitting cable sweater

By | 2015-08-29T12:09:53+00:00 December 29th, 2014|Finished Objects, Knitting|3 Comments

Creative Cables Raglan Pullover. Finishing.

This weekend I have been finishing my Raglan Pullover from Creative Cables by Melissa Leapman for Debbie Bliss. This project has quite a history and it was important to me to put the final touches to it before the clocks would count the last minutes of 2014. If you remember, this was my second attempt to make this sweater after the original one had been destroyed by Odile. This project truly belongs to 2014 and has to be finished in 2014. So I am determined to put it on before 2015.

Sweater pieces ready to be put together.

Blocking

Knitting Cable Sweater

Seaming. Putting the “puzzle” together.

Knitting Cable Sweater

Knitting Cable Sweater

It’s interesting to notice how my attitude towards the finishing process has changed. When I started knitting, the idea of finishing always seemed so boring and time consuming to me. It was the reason for dozens unfinished projects at the back of the closet. But now I really enjoy the process, doing one thing at a time and not rushing. And I can say that the quality of my finished pieces has really improved.

 What is your favorite part of the project – casting on, knitting, binding off, finishing?

By | 2014-12-28T08:37:56+00:00 December 28th, 2014|Knitting, Work in Progress|0 Comments

Rowan Yarn

I am back. I took a week off from blogging to finish everything at work before my winter vacations. I am officially off work for 18 days!!! I love my job, but gosh it feels good to devote more time to family, home and crafting! So I am super excited and can’t wait to cast on something new! Usually I am very strict and restrain myself from working on more than 3 projects at the same time. Maybe I have to relax, just for vacation time. Especially now when I have something new and delicious in my stash.

Knitting Blog Rowan Yarn

I have been knitting and crocheting non-stop for almost five years now. But this is the first time I bought Rowan yarn. I fell in love with it without even seeing it  long time ago.

I am certainly NOT disappointed. Savannah. 100% cotton of rich chocolate color with silk threading – can a girl ask for more?

Knitting Blog Rowan Yarn

As usual I have no idea what I want to make out of it. So just randomly knitting with good old stockinette stitch… I love this uneven texture.

Knitting Blog Rowan Yarn

 

I hope you are enjoying this pre-holiday rush. See you soon!

By | 2014-12-21T21:42:02+00:00 December 21st, 2014|Knitting, Yarn|0 Comments

Knitting at Dawn

On the weekend I was listening to Woolful podcast’s interview with Jess from www.witchininthekitchen.com. She was telling about her day and how much time she usually spends on her crafts. Jess raised a very important question for me – how do you balance your life and include everything that you love to do without missing your meals and bedtime?

For me it’s always an issue. Afternoons and weekends are full with doubts and questions. Do I want to knit, to crochet, do some machine knitting, read a knitting blog, start learning to sew, read a book, watch Craftsy videos, do a workout, walk with the dog, organize my yarn, etc, etc?..

I have my own kind-of-schedule that kind-of-works for me.

For example I never have too many WIPs going on. I usually have one knitting project, one crochet project and one machine knitting project going on at the same time. If I have more, I get overwhelmed and can’t get things done.

I always wake up at the same time, 5:30 in the morning, whether it’s Sunday or middle of the workweek. Consistency helps me to stay focused. Morning is my favorite time of the day when the world is asleep, still and silent and I can have my blissful extra 40 minutes of knitting/crochet before going to work.

If not for the knitting time, the dawn is so worth to welcome just for this sky…

Knitting blog knitting time Knitting blog knitting time

No matter how hectic my life gets, I try to stop for a moment to feel grateful…Knitting blog knitting time

 What is your crafty schedule?

By | 2016-04-10T09:04:17+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Crochet, Knitting, Work in Progress|14 Comments
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