Inspired

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Free Stuff!

Do you like free stuff?  Yes!

Do you love knitting and crochet? Yes!

Do you love coloring pages for adults? Hmmmm I haven’t really tried it. 

After spotting this free coloring book on Love Knitting I might have to give it a try.

Let the creativity begin!

Up and Down

Hello all! Sorry for it being quiet around here. I have not been feeling in the blogging mood. Despite my lack of writing, I have been knitting quite a bit. Currently, I am working on two sweaters.

My Plain and Simple Pullover is going well. I finished the first sleeve and started on the second one. I casted on 90 stitches and knitted until a 1/2″ above the elbow. Then I decreased 2 stitches every 10 rows 4 times. After that I knitted a 3×3 rib for 3 1/2″ to finish off the cuff.

A few days ago I started the top down sweater On the Beach. This sweater seems super speedy compared to my sweater above. I am using Cascade 220 Sport and size US 8 needles. My fiancé was a little upset with my color choice as it happens to be the colors of the Seattle Seahawks- rivals of the SF 49ers. Whoops!😳 I didn’t even realize it. Don’t worry I will still wear it…just not during football season.

So what are you working on?

Ugh…

So this weekend was not as productive knitting-wise as I thought it would be. Was I super busy doing fun things every hour of the day? Nope. I was feeling sick. Not super sick, but sick enough…like when you just don’t want to be bothered or have to function aside from breathing. I was attempting to downplay it, but my inner self was like…

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I have 4 more hours left of work until I can go home. Can I just shut the lights off and lay on my desk? UGH.

 

Mmmmm Cake!

Me:”I’m gonna make some cakes tonight.”

Fiancé: “Oooo really? I’m hungry.”

Me:”Ummm you might not want to eat them…”

 (Cascade 220 Sport in Primavera and Blue Velvet.)

Hahaha my poor fiancé will one day learn the lingo. He gifted me a wool winder and umbrella stand for Christmas and I finally got to use it. Yay yarn cakes! 

I don’t know what took me so long to get on board. It use to take me 45 minutes to roll one ball using my two chair method. With the wool winder, I made 5 cakes in 20 minutes. Can’t wait to cast on!

WIP Wednesday

Crafting is off to a slow start this year. I am currently trying to finish up two WIPs from 2015. One is the pink Baby Burrito Blanket that I am making for a friend. The baby is due on Thursday so I believe I have just enough time to finish the edging and wash it. The other is a sweater that I have been knitting since October. It was on hold in November due to all of my hat making for the craft show. Thankfully,  I had two weeks off for the holidays so I got quite a bit completed. I am using Veera Valimaki’s Plain and Simple Pullover pattern as a template for a sweater dress. 

The original pattern is  made from the bottom up using light fingering weight yarn. I am using my turquoise alpaca blend from Peru. Remember how I bought 10 skeins for $35? The needles (US Size 2) and yarn have made this a slow going project, however, it is great TV knitting as it is almost completely stockinette. So what did I change?  

 

  1. I am using US Size 2 needles versus Size 2.5. This was purely due to the fact that I only have Size 2 and the tension with Size 3 needles was a little too loose for my taste.
  2.  I had to bust out some math skills to rework the gauge as I was working a half needle size down. I was aiming for the size Small dimensions listed on the pattern details. I ended up casting on 294 stitches in order for the piece to loosely fit over my thighs and hips.
  3. I used the “eyeball method” (it is very scientific) to figure out where I needed to begin the decreasing for the hip shaping. I decreased every 5 rows until I got to 250 sts. I then decreased 4 more times every 10 rows to add a little waist shaping.

I am following the pattern as is for the shoulders and collar. The original has short sleeves, however, I have enough yarn to make it long sleeved. Check back for my finished object😊