Done! Tangled Yoke Cardigan

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Tangled Yoke Cardigan by Eunny Jang
Yarn: Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool
Needles: 3.75mm, 3.5mm, and 2.0mm Knitpicks Options and Knitpicks Classic Circular
Started: Nov 1 2007
Finished: Nov 22 2007

This sweater was my NaKniSweMo project for this year. The goal was to start and finish knitting a sweater within the month of November, to coincide with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The novel goal is 50,000 words. The sweater goal is a sweater, although I’m sure I did knit 50,000 stitches in this project. I did make some alterations, such as lengthening both the body and the arms with an additional increase. I like my sweaters a little longer than most designers do, apparently. Also, most obviously, I substituted Silky Wool For Rowan Felted Tweed. I’m pretty happy with the result. I’ve finally managed to make a sweater that fits! Now to find buttons…

And I’ve started the Tilted Duster for my sister. Boy, is that Peruvia some soft and lovely yarn.

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Hogwarts Sock Swap 2

I keep forgetting to post about my Hogwarts Sock Swap II package. Forgive me, Petunia. I took pics almost immediately after receiving it, and have worn the very comfy socks all around post. They kept my feet warm on 2 very cold days.

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First, there was the fantastic box that everything came in. It has my Hogwarts Alias initials on it (Helga Finch-Fletchley) and is beautiful. I spent some time just admiring the packaging. Inside I found Dobby socks (mirror-images) in the Horcrux sock pattern from Susan Pierce Lawrence. In addition, there were stitch markers, a Harry Potter bookmark, candies, chocolate, and some Lisa Souza sock yarn already wound into a center-pull ball. Along with all of that, she included my first set of Addi Turbos and the Twisted Flower Sock pattern. All in all, a fabulous package by any standard.

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Progress

My Tangled Yoke Cardigan is coming along nicely. I have every expectation, barring some unseen disaster, that I will have it finished by the end of NaKniSweMo. I’ve attached the sleeves and am working on the stockinette yoke section before the cabling chart.

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The yarn should be here soon for my sister’s Tilted Duster from Webs, so I hope to get this off the needles by Thanksgiving so that I can start working on the new sweater. Wish me luck!

FO! Fetchings

I’ve been steadily working on my Tangled Yoke and my Unst Lace Stole. The sweater has made it to the increase section, and I have 2 increases to go before I finish off the body and start working on the sleeves. I hope I don’t get stuck on sleeve island. I plan to commit one week to making both sleeves. I want to get to the more complicated cable section with plenty of time to spare. I won’t consider this project done until it is blocked and has buttons, which means I have to finish the knitting with 3-4 days to spare. The Unst lace stole is in it’s second incarnation, this time in a sage colored Ornaghi Filati Merino Oro. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough yarn to finish with only 2 skein, so I switched to this color that I have 2 skeins of.

I also took out a couple of hours on 2 days to make myself some Fetchings. I’ve wanted to try this pattern out for awhile, and since I knew that they don’t take long, it wasn’t going to impede my progress on the cardigan. The yarn is really pretty, and oh so soft. Unfortunately, the cables don’t show up so well in this variegated yarn. No worries, though! I don’t care that much and plan to wear them often this winter. I’m also going to make another pair to go into the Xmas gift pile I’m thinking I’ll make some Dashings too, just to change it up a little.

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Pattern: Fetching by Cheryl Niamath
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay color 118
Needles: 3.5mm Inox DPNs

So, Shetland Lace

I’ve been contemplating a Shetland lace project for quite some time. The thing that always stopped me in the past is the fineness of the yarn( thread, really) that is used to create these masterpieces. That, and the pattern every row thing. I always got the inpression from blog posts I read that this was a very advanced lace skill, and that one needs to be more experienced before attempting it.

Now, I will admit that I’m basically fearless when it comes to taking on a new project. It’s only knitting, after all, and it’s my time that I spend on it. There’s no one I have to please with my projects. For the most part, people don’t even know I’m making them something when I’m working on it. Everything is for me, unless otherwise indicated. That way, nobody’s disappointed when it takes me forever to get something done. Because that’s the other thing. If I don’t like it, I’m completely happy to rip that sucker out and start all over, or scrap it completely. This kind of makes it hard for me to put my WIPs in Ravelry because inevitably they go from WIPs to UFOs to Frogged in a matter of months.

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Enter Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller. I found this book in a booth at Stitches East. I was always interested in getting it, but the price kind of put me off. I wasn’t very interested in spending that much on something I couldn’t see first, no matter how much others raved about it. I did peruse it there in the booth and happily forked over my $55 after checking it out. I’ve throughly enjoyed reading the book and have picked out a long-term project to practice my knitted lace skills on. It is the Unst Lace Stole found in the Patterns section. I plan to work on this project on the weekends, and Tangled Yoke on the weekdays. It requires my full concentration, but I’m enjoying it. I’m using some Ornaghi Filati Merino Oro in Dusty Pink, and so far so good. Hopefully by the time I finish this (months from now) I will be ready for the Princess Shawl, which is on it’s way to me from the Heirloom Knitting website as we speak.

NaKniSweMo

I’m going to attempt to participate in this KAL. I’ve picked out my project, the Tangled Yoke Cardigan by Eunny Jang found in the Fall Interweave Knits. I’ve got my yarn, some Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool I picked up at Stitches East in the Webs booth. It’s a wonderful chocolate color that will look good on me. I made my swatch last week, just to be sure that I’m on gauge (although we all know how those can lie). I’ve got 3 balls of my yarn wound into cakes to work from. I think I’m going to use the cakes as a measure of my progress. 2.5 cakes per week and I should be right on target. I cast on at 1:30 am due to a bad bout of insomnia. The good part is that I got the frustrating cast-on and set-up row completed at a time when I won’t remember my feelings of frustration except in a vague sort of “I hate casting on 226 stitches” kind of way.

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I think I’m in good shape so far.