Sunday, October 31, 2010

This Year of Sweaters is kicking my Ass!!

I've had enough!! I'm officially sick of sweaters. I want to knit everything but sweaters. I'm dreaming of stranded mittens and hats and more hats. And I want to make some cowls with my New Handspun. All my Knitting fantasies are about everything but sweaters!!!

OK, I feel better now.

Back to the Sweater Knitting:

I'm working on a simple top down Raglan based on the Spud & Chloe blog posts. I'm working on it in Reynolds Allagash I had in my stash. It's a bulky yarn, and I'm working it up on size 11 needles.

One would think it would go fast, but I feel like I've been knitting on it for about 6 months and I only have the shoulders and 1 sleeve done. I know it has not been 6 months, but I thought I could get this sweater done in about 2-3 weeks. Not so!! I guess this shows how apathetic I am about knitting sweaters right now. I've decided to force my way through this sweater, but it may be my last for a few months. I wanted to do one more before the end of the year, but I just don't think I can. I want my hobby to be enjoyable not forces.

That being said, as an escape from my sweater knitting, I've been spinning alot. I finished 4 oz of Crown Mountain Farms Superwash merino in Stand by Me colorway. It's about a sport weight 3-ply and I got 235 yards. I think I will make a cowl out of it. It's really nice and soft, and I like the colorway spun up. Even though I was not super loving the colorway of the roving.

I've heard that the uglier the roving the prettier the yarn. I've starting to believe that!!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Baltic sweater is complete!

I've finished it! Yeah!!!! That is officially sweater number 4 for 2010.

It came out perfect. The fabric is not too thick. The Dark brown yarn was about 15 WPI or close to a light sport weight. As I previous discussed, I'm not sure if this yarn was hand spun or not, but it has a handspun quality about it. The Moorit color is a handspun and it worked perfectly with the dark brown. The sweater is wonderfully oversized. My kind of weekend sweater.

As you may have noticed I omitted the patterned collar and just completed the garter stitch colorwork part of the pattern. In all the Ravelry pictures I was not overly pleased with how the collar laid on this sweater. NancyBE did this collar style and I loved it. It suits me perfectly.

All the information about my sweater is here on my Rav page.

I'm thinking of designing a hat to match this sweater using the Cuff pattern for the bottom edge of the hat. We'll see if that comes to be....

I am already planning my next sweater. I still have more than 3 full sweaters worth of different yarns. But the next one will be out of Chunky weight! I want it to go faster than the Baltic!!

These sweaters are really eating up my stash. I love it! I love it! New and Exciting yarns will be coming into my life soon