Long Lean Sweater: Week 7 Almost there!

I cannot wait to wear this sweater!  Still, it needed to be blocked, and as you can see, here it is unblocked and while it is being blocked.  I hope I did it right.  It needs to dry for a while, but it should be ready by Wednesday.  I am going to be rocking my first sweater!
Blocked and Drying
I used this cool wool wash to while soaking it called Eucalan.  It’s lovely.  It makes the Noro yarn nice and soft.  I got the unscented kind, but it comes in a range of scents.  LYS’s usually carry it, so go grab some for your next project.

Oh, don’t forget to vote in the poll in the right hand side.  What should I do next?  I’m having a hard time deciding.

Long Lean Sweater Weeks 5 & 6

I am in the home stretch!  All I have to do is finish the border, sew the side seams, do the pocket borders and sew them together, and block.  This is exciting!
Since I didn’t update last week on my progress, I finished both sleeves and the back.  The back took FOREVER to finish.  The sleeves were a fairly quick process.  I was able to put most of the parts together at class on Saturday and start picking up stitches for the border. 
I am chomping at the bit to be finished with this project.  I even have my outfit planned out to wear with the sweater.  That is silly, but that is how much I want to show off this piece. 
I know this picture show the sweater in a big bunched up ball, but with the hojillion (which is 398 or so) stitches on one needle, this is how it has to be for a photo this week.   I would love to show the pieces that I have sewn together better and how the look on me, though.

Long Lean Sweater: Week 4

I’m still working on the back panel of the sweater, but I have finished the back shaping and hope to start the raglan edging tonight.  Then, on to the sleeves! 
Otherwise, not a whole lot to report on my progress.  I did take another few days off on the weekend and knit a sock in that fantastic yarn I got from KareDan Farming Initiative.  It’s just a tube sock, but it looks cute on my foot.  I will publish the finished pair probably sometime next week, as I have to start the second one. 
I have next week off as vacation, so, between cleaning binges, I will be knitting and working the sweater.  I also plan on sending off some of my charity knitting as well, and I will tell you about that when the time comes. 
Interested in my previous progress?

Long Lean Sweater: Week 2

Here’s my progress on Week 2 of the Long Lean Sweater!  I’m very happy with how far I’ve gotten on this sweater.  Yeah, I’ve had to rip out on section on the left side TWICE, but I managed to do it without freaking out.  Whew!
During the second week, I’m working on the right side.  I all I have to do is the raglan and neck shaping, and I hope to have that done tonight or tomorrow.  Plans may change, frogging may occur, who knows, but that’s my goal.  I have two weeks until my next class, but I’m going to keep on chugging away. 
One thing that did throw my off last night was the obscure abbreviation of p2togtbl.  Eh?  I did figure it out to be “purl two stitches together through the back loop.”  Ah, ok.  After a few tries, I think I got it.  It has to be the most awkward decrease, but it does the trick.  I understand it is mostly used in lace knitting and is even rare to come across then.  If you are curious as to how to do it, I recommend checking this out.
Previous Progress

Long Lean Sweater: Week One

I’m working on my first sweater, and think it would be a fun to share my progress here on the blog.  I’m currently in the first week of knitting, and have made good progress since my first class at Kitnit Fine Yarns, my LYS, on Saturday. 
The pattern is what we are calling the Long Lean Sweater from the Noro Catwalk 2 book by Jenny Watson Designs.  I’m knitting it in Noro Kureyon.  I love the character and colorways in Noro.  As l leaf though this particular book, I am interested in knitting more out of it.
Of course, the first thing you do is knit a gauge swatch, but we are also using our swatches as pocket linings.  No frogging the swatch!  I made two liners for the two pockets.
The target of the week is to finish the right front of the sweater.  So far, I have the all the ribbing done at the bottom and am starting on the regular stockinette stitch for the rest.
I’m proud of myself on this particular part as I navigated a confusing line of the pattern that was riddled with parentheses and brackets.  And I managed to come out correctly in the row of knitting on the first try.  YES!
Here, you can see my progress so far, with the two pocket liners and the ribbing.  I hope to accomplish more, and next week, I will update on my progress on this particular UFO.  (For non-knitters, that’s UnFinished Object.)