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WIP Wednesday (for once!)

(Hey! It’s a thing! I never publish my work in progress posts on Wednesdays. It’s a Thanksgiving miracle!)

I know you are probably having a slow day in the office, just ticking down the minutes until you get to leave work and enjoy your long weekend of giving thanks. I’m in Michigan right now snuggling puppies and babies, but I couldn’t leave you hanging. My needles are going to look pretty bare, compared to what they have been looking like lately, but here’s what I’ve got cooking.

Glittery Short Row Sweater

And I might as well start with my most guiltiest knit. If you follow me on twitter you probably saw me start freakishly obsessing over Purl Bee‘s new sweater pattern, the Short Row Sweater. I got in my head that I needed it in Knit Picks new yarn Stroll Glitter, and before I knew it the yarn was on it’s way. I cast the sweater on (all, like, 380 stitches!) a couple weeks ago and haven’t been working on it too much because I feel guilty every time! I’m saving it for when I’m home for Thanksgiving and can’t work on anyone’s Christmas presents.

Vauge Striped Stockinette Stitch? YES!

I’m making progress with my unnamed stockinette stitch something or other.

MORE SHEEP!

And does this look familiar? I knit two of these Baby Sheep Hats already, and they turned out so cute that since I’ve got three pregnant ladies in my life right now I might as well knit three more. I’m knitting all the hat parts first, then knitting all the faces and tails and ears. Baby Sheep Hat assembly line might be the cutest assembly line in the history of assembly lines. And being from Michigan I KNOW my assembly lines!

Ruffle Rose Pillow #2!

I might as well sneak an FO in here at the end! I finally finished my second Ruffle Rose Pillow! It’s a mirror image of the first one I crocheted – one pound of Caron Pound of Love, one 16″ circular pillow form. And it turned out just as amazing as the first one.

See? Despite these selfish projects I keep managing to pick up, I’m getting my holiday knitting done! And I didn’t even tell you about my new obsession! … shit.

Have a great Thanksgiving, Americans! Don’t eat so much that you can’t knit!

Work in Progress Round Up: How Much is Too Much?

How much is too much? Six is probably too much. Let’s have it:

1. Baby Nolan’s Christmas Present – A Tiger’s Candlestick

Candlestick

This adorable baseball sweater, Candlestick, designed by The Yarniad, has been on my must knit for Nolan list since he was born. It’s a bottom up raglan sleeved cotton sweater that I’m working up in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Detroit Tigers colors, this great orange, and the sleeves will be blue when I get to them.

I was working on it at a pretty good clip right up until the Tigers lost to the Rangers in the ALCS on Saturday. I need to take a little break from those Tigers colors until my heart heals. I miss baseball, and if I didn’t care about the sweater I would be washing my toilet with it to get back at it for dumping me.

Perfect Knit Hem

There isn’t a rib in this entire sweater. It’s all perfect folded hems that complete the t-shirt look of this sweater. I can’t wait to see Baby Nolan‘s adorable little face in this sweater!

2. Ruffle Rose Pillow #2

Another Pillow

I’m chipping away at another Ruffle Rose Pillowthe first one had taken me so long to complete that I figured I should work a few rounds when I can so I’m not stuck crocheting around and around and around and around these pillows in the days before Christmas.

3 – 5. Kinda Secret Knitting Projects!

Seed Stitch and Cables

Seed Stitch and Diagonal St st

Seed Stitch and Stockinette Stitch

More about these projects soon!

And last but not least, the first six inches of my Aidez cardigan for the knit along, which is falling behind the pack right now. I’ll make time to catch up later and share pictures tomorrow.

So with six WIPs, I’m a little in over my head! What is the most projects you’ve had on the needles at one time?

FO: Ruffle Rose Pillow, the First

I first shared the Ruffle Rose Pillow project a couple weeks ago, and then the project stalled. Between needing to finish the wedding shrug and then getting caught up in the Vogue Sweater disaster, it just hit the sidelines.

Velma and Ruffle Rose Pillow

I picked the pillow back up this week and finished it! After getting through that ruffle on the front, the back was a breeze, and it came together around a 16″ pillow frame really quickly.

Ruffles!

It looks fantastic, if I do say so myself. I’ve got two more pillows to make before Christmas, but this pattern is going to stay in my queue so I can make a few for myself. They feel awesome, it’s a great size, and looks really cool.

Yarn Suck!

I used all but about 5 yards of the white Caron One Pounder I picked up on sale at JoAnn! The pillow takes up a comical amount of yarn. The tiny ball of yarn I had left after I got done seaming was pretty ridiculous.

Even The Back Is Awesome

The ruffle part is only on the front of the pillow, but even the increases all lined up in sections on the back of the pillow looks cool, and because of the sizing of the front and back, you can see the front is ruffly.

I love this project, and better yet? The pattern is easy to read and correct, unlike what I’ve been use to dealing with. One pillow down, two to go!

Pattern: Ruffle Rose Pillow by Tracie Barrett

Hook: Size G

Yarn: Caron One Pound in white

Ravelry Project Page

Work In Progress Round Up: Issues with Vogue Sweater

Last week I had three projects on the needles, and despite the fact that I got my Wedding Shrug bound off, I still have three projects on the needles this week!

Sheep Baby Hat!

This is a pattern you’ll be seeing a lot of over the next few months. It’s Sheep Hat pattern from the book 60 Quick Baby Knits! Is it the cutest?! I hope I like it so much after FOUR of them. One of four got a good start this week! I’m using Knit Picks Swish Worsted, which is fantastic for baby hats because it’s washable and one of the softest yarns Knit Picks has.

Tiny Ruffle Rose Pillow Progress

The Ruffle Rose Pillow was the odd man out this week. It’s too big to carry around and when I had been home I’d been working on the wedding shrug and Vogue Sweater.

#25 Rib Yoke Topper

And that is where all the problems started. I finished the back easily enough, and ass you can see there is some crazy shit going on with the front. The bottom rib section got put on a holder to add pockets later, then stitches are cast back on and each side is worked one by one.

PROBLEMS

I finished the front as written and it was very wrong. The decreased section was way too long, and didn’t leave enough room for the side to increase back out. You can tell in the picture for the sweater and the schematics for the sweater that the decreases don’t go up that high, so I ripped one side back and tried something else.

In the picture above, the left side of the sweater is the pattern as written, then I fudged the increases to get back to the right stitch count in the short amount of space left. On the right side of the sweater I did a sssk decrease instead of ssk, and that got the decrease section in the place it should be by repeating that decrease 14 times to get down to 13 sts. That let me follow the increases as written in the pattern for the most part. I still ran out of room at the end and had to increase at a quicker rate, but as you can see it looks a ton better than the first try.

So I’ll be ripping back the left side, too, and matching the shaping for the yoke.

But how crazy is that? I don’t understand how the pattern can work out as written. My gauge is spot on. Even if it is a tiny bit off, following the pattern as written gets a REALLY bad result that can’t just be my gauge. I’m hoping there aren’t any other surprises in the rest of the pattern.

This is my project for the weekend, so hopefully I’ll have the majority of a sweater to show off next week! Baring any more incidents.

A Pillow, a Shrug, and a Sweater: WIP Round Up

The knitting content has been a little lacking around here lately. With yarn orders getting held up, a move, and a craft show – it’s because the actual knitting has been a little lacking!

Ruffle Rose Pillow

First up, though, is a crochet project I started a few weeks ago. For the first time ever I grabbed one of those free patterns that hang in the yarn aisles at Michaels and JoAnn, and it was for this Ruffle Rose Pillow. I immediately thought they would make fantastic holiday gifts, and I’ve got three of them on my to-make list this holiday season.

Ruffles!

On the pattern sheet I took from Michaels, it says this project will take 10 hours. That is the biggest crock of shit! It’s a 16″ pillow that goes up to something like 229 half double crochet stitches at the biggest round, AND THEN you have to go back into each stitch to make the first round of ruffle, AND THEN do it again! I’ve been working on the ruffle alone for 10 hours.

But it looks fantastic. I bought 3 Caron 1 pound skeins in white because I read on Ravelry that the pillow is a yarn suck, and as usual Ravelry was right. Now I just can’t wait to get done with that darn ruffle!

Wedding Shrug #2

Another project I’ve got going right now might look familiar. Remember the wedding shrug I was hired to knit back in January? The one that I hated knitting and hated the yarn and promised myself I’d never knit again? Well, my friend Rachel is getting married on October 2nd, and I said I’d knit her a little something to wear over her dress, and here we are.

Mohair? Yep.

The only redeeming factor here is that Knit Picks came out with a super kid mohair yarn called Aloft, and it’s lovely. It’s less than half the price of the yarn I used for the last shrug, and it’s the tiniest bit more sturdy, which makes it easier to knit.

(I also upped the needle size from 4/6 to 7 – don’t tell anyone)

#25 Rib Yoke Topper

But the project I’m enjoying the most? The #25 Rib Yoke Topper in this fall’s Vogue Knitting magazine, that I blogged about a couple weeks ago, and that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about! I cast this on during the first football game of the season a week ago today, and have been rolling on it since. Worsted weight yarn and size 9 needles and this top is flying.

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed

And this yarn is fantastic. Knit Picks Wool of the Andes I’ve used before, but the new line of tweed colors are perfect. It’s knitting up so pretty I can barely stand it. And I can hardly stand working on my other projects! I want this sweater. I want to knit it and I want to wear it. Immediately!

Alas. Rachel’s shrug needs to get finished before her wedding, so I’ll be working on that until it’s done. BUT THEN! Then, #25 Rib Yoke Topper, it’s just you and me.