Finished something!

This has been mostly done for over a year but since it is still snowing and cold here I finally finished it and still get to wear it right away! Love the yarn and color and pattern. Yup loved everythig about this project by Bergere.

  

Next up is this color changing yarn. So far am done with the ribbing on the back piece. I love knitting with sock weight yarn for sweaters! Am curious to see how this will turn out.  I bought 2 different lengths of yarn as I was not sure how much I need to get through the gradient. We shall see how it goes.

 

One Down! One to Go!

Pardon the crappy phone photo, but I knit this simple sock using Noro sock yarn. I have never tried this yarn before in sock weight or any other weight before. Crazy I know, but it certainly does make a fun sock. I knit this puppy in two days when we holed up over the holidays due to snow. So let’s hope I don’t drop the ball and never get to the second sock! The hubs might look a little goofy with just the one.
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Easter Treats Wrap Up

Made lots of fun treats this past week to celebrate with.
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  1. A spring Easter suds order. Soap and hand knit washcloths.
  2. Tie Dyed some eggs.
  3. Made ‘cadbury’ cream eggs, I added a hint of coconut.
  4. Also made peanut eggs and marshmellow eggs.
  5. Made homemade peeps.
  6. Also chocolate dipped some strawberries.
  7. Baked cake eggs, these seem like a great travel cake!

Need Buttons!

So I have my walnuss all blocked and ready to go, but I only had 4 buttons of the ones I would like to use for it, so I need to go and see if I can find me some more this weekend. The pattern uses 6 buttons, but I opted for more and since I added length as well I need a total of 9 buttons. Anywho here is a little photo of it as it stands for now.

I ended up not ripping back when I ran out of blue and doing the stripes I thought I would, but rather added a thick grey band at the bottom of the body and sleeves. I really like the double pleat bind off in this pattern, it is very sturdy and clean. I added another pleat and some length to the body and my sleeves are shorter than the pattern, but I used up every bit I could of the yarn I had on hand and it hits right above the elbow which is a comfy place for me so I am happy with it.

Workin’ on Walnuss…

As I mentioned before I am hoping I am going to have enough of the blue yarn to knit a mostly solid version of this test knit. I just got it stuck in my head that way. And then I plan to do the trim in the gray as below.

But in case I do run out of yarn, I had to know what it would look like if I go with stripes in the end. So I did a little color test in Photoshop. It is cute I think, just not my preferred for these colors, so I am willing to re-knit it that way if need be but am holding out for the solid version.

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!