Oktober 19 2021

It’s growing, if slowly

still working on my yoke sweater

Yes, I managed some more rounds on my notorious yoke sweater. I changed both colours at the same time which gave it a new look and feel, and am now ready to seperate the sleeves. That will involve another round of pattern designing, and I’m thinking about doing different patterns for the sleeves.

I have nothing but praise for the yarn. It’s so amazing, it holds up so beautifully to being frogged time and again, it has a remarkable stitch definition, it’s soft enough to wear on the skin, and the colours are so lovely. I believe this is going to be remain my go-to yarn for all sweater purposes. Also, it fits in the budget nicely.

Bottom line: it’s growing, if slowly. But slow progress still is progress, right?

September 5 2021

Still Yoking

Just look at that, can you believe I’ve gotten so far? Well, I can’t. Still pinching myself to see if I’m awake. Boy, what a path that has been!
None of the patterns I tried really worked. I knit some, then frogged some, then knit something else, and none of the attempts looked good. There was one that I thought I might actually wear once it was finished but my tension was way off and it pulled and puckered in an odd way. In the end, I put all my stitch dictionaries and pattern collections back on the shelf, grabbed a sheet of paper and a pencil, and did it all my own way. I drew the wedge frame, starting with nine squares for the nine starting stitches, added one square on either side every eight row, marked a line down the middle „stitch“, and then just started drawing little circles and lines and triangles and adding to them as I went along. Once I felt I had something to start with, I grabbed my knitting needles, yarn balls, crochet hook and stitch markers, and started knitting along to „Downton Abbey“ (many thanks to Netflix for adding the show at just the right moment).

Things I’ve learned this time:

  • A provisional crochet cast-on really helps to set the tension from the start
  • Increases are best done with yarn overs that are knit through the back loop in the following row. That way, there will be no puckering, especially if you tend to knit tightly.
  • Knit slowly. If you rush through the rounds, you’re more likely to mess up your tension.
  • Take a break every now and then. Managing two strands of yarn, not to mention the growing sweater, and keeping up with the pattern at the same time can be hard on the shoulders and wrists. Besides, you’ll need another cup of tea every half-hour or so anyway, so you might as well get up and get it.

I’ve got about a third of the pattern I’ve written out to knit. After that, I’ll have to check if the yoke is long and wide enough to seperate the arms. Depending on that, I’ll have to decide how to continue the pattern on the body and arms. I might do different patterns since I’ll have to figure out how to include decreases for the arms. I’ll cross that bridge once I get there.
All in all, this has been a great experience so far, and quite a learning curve. I won’t say I’ve enjoyed every minute of it because I haven’t. Infact, there were moments when I was tempted to give up. Then there was this one moment when suddenly every single piece fell into place, and I was – still am – so happy with what I was making. I can’t wait for the sweater to be done so I can start designing my next one, and at the same time, I want to enjoy the process of finishing this one to the very last yarn end that needs to be weaved in.

August 1 2021

Knitting Through The Rough Times

Hello lovelies, here I am, back home after a difficult week. I missed last week’s YoP update because Steve had to take me to hospital on Friday with stomach cramps and pains and a general feeling of „meh“. I was released this Thursday, and without wanting to go into detail, I finally have a diagnosis and know now what it is that has been bothering me for almost three years. Nothing a little dieting can’t fix, or at least amend. It was the not knowing that was the really hard part. Now that I’m back home, I’m determined to change my diet, go for walks more often, and generally do what I can to improve my condition.

This is what I did to keep me sane. (I don’t have to explain that one, do I?) I packed my knitting along with my nighties, undies and towels, and spent almost all of Sunday knitting and finishing that sock. This is what was supposed to become my pair of Mojos but I didn’t like the pattern with this yarn, so I frogged it and decided on plain vanillas. Sock 2 was started on Monday, with good intentions galore, but Monday around lunch time the nurse handed me the bag that Steve had left for me in the morning (he wasn’t allowed in because of Covid restrictions, and also because I was thought to be contagious – presumed tummy bug – so he left the bag at the information desk), and in it were – among more undies – my laptop and my Alpine Knit Scarf, so I spent most of Monday watching the Saturday morning part of our annual convention, and afterwards listening to an audio book while adding a few rows to Alpine Knit Scarf.

Now this is what I would have shown you had I not been taken to hospital. I’ve played around some more with my October journal layout and decided to add some more magazine cuttings and a few butterflies. I’m not totally in love with it but it’s a completely different layout from the other ones so far, and it was so much fun to try something new. As you can see, I did not add any shapes or outlines to the daily photo page (and here’s another pro tip: don’t use cheap glue sticks, they won’t stick – see the messy parts where the paper doesn’t stick to the page below? I’ll have to cut them open with a knife and then either glue the paper back on or rip parts of it out *sigh*). So to keep track of how many photos I’ve taken during the month, I will add … no, I won’t tell you yet, you’ll have to wait for October.

I’m starting August on a much more positive note than all the months before. I bought the „Strandwanderer“ pattern today and can’t wait to cast on. I’ve promised myself to finish the second sock first, though. And maybe add a few more rows to Alpine Knit Scarf.