Walnuss Testing…

Started another test knit for Anke. So far so good, I am really liking the wool cotton I chose for this. I have had it in my stash forever and only now realize how much I love this yarn! It has nice stretch and it still cottony. Of course plenty of people must already know this but I am glad to finaly knit with it and will probably want to buy more if I ever use up some more stash first :)

I am hoping to knit this mostly in the blue color and then just do the neck and trim work with the grey but I am not sure if I have enough blue so am also thinking stripes or shorter sleeves if need be. We will see as I go along.

Hope Returns to the Needles

Since I actually finished knitting a whole sweater I am going crazy and thinking hey I can finish projects after all! So I picked up Hope, a sweater I started knitting back in 2003!!! Goodness me, I had the whole back already knitted up and part of the front and then it has been sitting in a zip lock ever since. Shameful, as is the condition of so many of my started projects. So I have now already finished the front and am a quarter of the way through the sleeves, am knitting them at the same time so they hopefully turn out the same. The great news is that the gauge is working out well so where I left off looks just like what I am doing now, phew! The sad news is I must have been dumb back in the day cause the pattern says I need 11 balls for the size I am knitting and hello I only have 10 balls. I am just crossing my fingers I can squeak it out somehow, we shall see…

Voila! Ma Mandel c’est fini!

Love the slouchy sleeves!

Finally I have some photos of my finished Mandel! Yes they are bathroom night shots but hopefully you can still see it well enough. The yarn did indeed start to grow after blocking and some wearing, perhaps I should have stuck with the smaller needles afterall :) but it is still nice and comfy all slouchy like and I am loving the long sleeves. I might redo my neckline with fewer stitches and a tighter bind off to keep it from growing too large.

Yay the shoulder pleats show up better after blocking!

The next time I knit this I will do the saddles on a smaller needles from the rest of the sweater and maybe even knit the size down just for the saddle as I have tiny shoulders. I will also not do the extra rows after the body increases so that the underarm is a little tighter to my armpit.

Check out those side pleats!

One of my favorite details in this pattern is the faux seam carried along the sleeves. Isn’t it pretty?

Nice and tidy faux seam!

I love this sweater and the sheen in the yarn is really pretty in person, sorry I could not get it in the photos.

Thanks again to Anke for letting me test knit this pattern. The Mandel pattern is up and available on Ravelry now so go check it out and knit one too!

Test Knitting…

I have been working on this loverly test knit for the Mandel pattern for Anke. I really love the classic design and the subtle details in the pattern (ooh pleats! and a saddle shoulder!). The silk I am using is very drapey so I worry that it may grow once done, but currently the fit is great and I bound off tightly in case it helps. I think this would be cute with any length sleeve as I saw when trying it on as I went along, however I am going to go all the way and stick with the original this time around. I am dreaming of making another already as is so common with other test knitters in the group. It is very interesting to see how different and still flattering it is in different yarns and with different amounts of ease. I think skinny stripes would be fun! I also think I want to try it in something like Rowan Kid Silk Haze. Ok I should stop day dreaming about another when I still have a sleeve to go with this one :) Almost there!

The combination of pattern and yarn have really thrown me back into the whole knitting thing. I have been struggling to get my mojo back for some time now and this got me going. Thank you Anke for designing and writing up such a great pattern! With the start of this project I have also decided to commit myself to fewer projects at one time, and be monogamous when it comes to works in progress. Crazy talk for me I know but it seems to be the only way for me to finish anything. So I pretend I have no stash and that is helping. Ok really now back I go to my Mandel sleeve. Ciao!

From Snowtopia to Icehenge!!! (and new mittens!)

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Look look I finished knitting something that fits and I love! Yay, these are the Fletcher Mittens and I made them with some awesome Mushishi yarn to match my pom pom hat I made awhile back. I love them, did I mention that yet? They fit great and are nice and warm, so I wear them every day right now!

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Not surprising to see more snow pics, but I had these from a couple storms ago this year, so here you go!
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Yup we put those giant icicles to good use in our little ice garden we call Icehenge. It continues to grow due to that little ice storm we had the other day. Man those were some serious icicles we had going on, much bigger than in my pics here but alas I was not out photographizing that day. Makes ya feel like some hot cocoa doesn’t it? And of course I have not had one decent cup this whole season. it might be time this weekend to whip some up at long last, ok off to buy me some marshmellows!

For Cold Hands!

So I am taking a shot at knitting again. I never really stopped but I have barely been knitting, and certainly not focused on finishing anything for some time now. So of course now I have hit knitting trauma, everything I have tried to pick up I could not remember where I was, and things I start anew seem to go all wrong. But soon I will have a new finished project that I can wear and will wear all the time. That will be the fletcher mittens I am working on. 

But for now I am showing you my really pretty and yet totally going to rip out fingerless gloves. I got the yarn and started them while visiting Carolyn and all seemed pretty good, but then they were loose so I have already ripped back once. I just can not stand how it feels to have such a long glove on my arm, so I know I will never wear them, plus it is a bit too big at the wrist which is fine if it were loose all over but just there it will make my OCD go into overdrive so I can not have that. But here is a shot of them before they are gone forever :)

First Fine Arts & Craft Sale

So I did a little craft fair and sold my soaps for the first time this past weekend. It was fun! And was also fun making all the soap before hand. It looks soooo cute when you have a bunch of strawberry cheesecakes and cookies all together :) Plus the kitchen was all full of good smells as if I were baking but nothing fattening here. Phew!
In the end I also made up lots of labels and business cards and put up a little web page. I will be updating it at some point with individual pics of all the types of soap I make, but for now it is a holder and a way to contact me if you want to place an order or what not. Anywho I am so far loving making soap even though I ran out of time to make my whipped shea butter and lip balms I will still be doing it at some point. yay soap! (p.s. I do still knit, see the little face cloths under some of the soap?)


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Sheer Shrunk Poncho

Oops!!! Presenting my not so sheer poncho anymore. I tried washing in cold water on the hand wash cycle of the machine today, turns out jagger spun zephyr yarn felts even under those gentle conditions, next time I will have to wash by actual hand only!!! Even though it used to be a nice soft shoulder cover up, the fabric came out super even and pretty and so it does kinda work as a neck warmer. Not a total waste.