My First Sweater: A Look Back

See that person up there?  Yup, that’s me, modeling the first sweater that I ever knit.  I wore it yesterday, actually, on the recommendation of someone said that I should. So, here’s a look back at my first sweater.  It’s Pattern 13 in the Noro: Catwalk 2 book by Jenny Watson.

I am often afraid to wear my sweaters because I’m worried I’ll damage or ruin them.  On the other hand, I should wear them because I’m proud of the work I do!

I knit this sweater during a class at Kitnit Fine Yarns, which is now The Speckled Sheep, in Lancaster, PA, USA.  I didn’t want to tackle shaping and picking up stitches alone, so I enrolled in this class which, in the description, said it would be a good project for the first time sweater knitter.  I took the plunge.

I’m proud of my work!  It’s a little big for me, but I don’t care.  It’s warm, it has pockets, it’s mine.  Here are some of the statistics for the sweater.

  • Knit from 11 skeins of Noro Kuryeon wool yarn
  • It took me well over a month.
  • The pattern had the dreaded p2tog through the back loop decrease.  It was horrible.  I looked on the Internet for advice on how to accomplish this, and found that if you p2tog stitches together, pull the stitch of the left needle and turn it counterclockwise once, you get the same result.  Here’s a video of how to do this technique properly, without cheating.

Back in the Ludicraft days, I did a week by week saga of how the sweater progressed.  You can wander down memory lane in the list below.

So, that’s basically the story of my first sweater.  As a note, it’s also featured in the pattern page on Ravelry.

What was the first sweater you every knit?  I’d love to see your project.  If you haven’t knit your first sweater yet, don’t be discouraged!  Take the plunge.  Find a teacher or research stuff on the Internet.  Knitting your first sweater is a very rewarding experience.  It was for me!

 

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Taiyo Shawl: Blocking Time!

I have finished knitting my Taiyo Shawl, and now it’s blocking time!  Time to get out the mats, pins, and wool wash.  I’m anxious to see how this piece’s lace section open up.

Unfortunately, I ran out of the Taiyo yarn about 2/3 of the way through.  I should know better by now, but the Frog Tree Brushed Suri yarn I bought along with it is the same weight, and worked well in completing the project.  It should feel nice and soft against my shoulders when I wear it.

Frog Tree Brushed Suri Yarn

Strangely, knitting this shawl has inspired me to pick up another shawl that I had been working on, my Faroese Elpsa Katrina shawl.  I knit one skein’s worth of the project, and sort of put it down.  Other things and projects came up, I guess.

Still, that other skein of Einband that I had bought for the project was staring me in the face for almost a year now, until I picked up the shawl back up, started knitting, and ordered more of the yarn I needed.  I can keep working on this.

So, that’s where I am with my projects, namely shawl stuff.  If you want to see the updates on Ravelry, you can see them here for the Taiyo and here for the Elspa Katrina.

Has another project inspired you to work on another different one?

WIP: Taiyo Sock Sleeveheart Shawl

I love Noro yarns.  I love the funky colorways and the variations in the yarn itself. I know it’s pricey, but I get it about once a year as a treat for myself.

This year, it’s the Noro Taiyo Sock yarn (that is being discontinued by the way) that I bought at the Ball & Skein Shop in Lititz, PA, and is included in the stash flash post here.  I also got the free pattern, Taiyo Sleeveheart Variation by Julie Kubitsky, at the shop, too.  You can also get it on Ravelry.

I knit a lot of the shawl by watching the Olympics, especially over the past weekend, when the games were winding down with some big gold medals matches and races.  I got a lot knit over a few days, since I only started the project on Thursday, August 18.

I will post the final completed shawl after blocking and such.  I think it’s going to be lovely!

Also, if you’re interested, here are the details on Ravelry.

I’d love to hear about what you’re working on right now.  Let me know in the comments!

Pokémon GO and Knitting

Yup.  I’m playing Pokémon GO.

I caught some special Pokémon this morning, and decided to see if Ravelry had any special knitting patterns pertaining to the pocket monster I caught.  I was in luck!

I had a very productive Pokémon GO session.  Sam, my DH, was driving, and I managed to catch a Pikachu, Poliwag, and a Jigglypuff on our commute to work.  Yay!

Magmar up there was hatched from an egg that took a lot of walking to hatch.  I haven’t found a pattern for anything for him, yet.

Let’s see….

Pikachu

Pikachu is probably the most recognizable Pokémon, as he was in all the cartoons and movies.

A screenshot of my Pikachu

This lovely pattern, created by Mary Lucas, is available on Ravelry, and is adorable!  He’s a chocolate orange cozy!

Jigglypuff

Jigglypuff is another Pokémon that is seen in the cartoons and movies.  And, here’s a great pattern by Emma Whittle that helps you create your own Jigglypuff.

Jigglypuff screenshot. MINE!

Poliwag

Poliwag is adorable, and you can knit your own with another great pattern from Emma Whittle on Ravelry.

Screenshot of my Poliwag

Other great Pokémon patterns?  Check out my search on Ravelry, and you will see many wonderful things to knit.

Are you playing Pokémon GO?  Let me know!  What’s your level and favorite Pokémon?

Experimenting with Chevron Stripes

First off, sorry about the blurry photo….it’s all I got today.

I’m experimenting with a chevron pattern and stripes right now on a scarf.  Strangely, it’s something I’ve always to play with, but never really did, until I came across Benjamin Matthews’ Chevron Study Scarf pattern (It’s free on Ravelry.).  I’m not following the pattern exactly, but rather using it as a guide for my own experiment with a chevron knit pattern and stripes.

I’m using small-ish (US5) needles and DK/almost sport type wool yarns on this one.  It makes for a slower go than I usually like, but sometimes it’s good to slow down and do a pattern in finer yarn.  I’m sure it will look fantastic when it’s done and blocked.

This is a good play with color and patterning.  I recommend it to an advanced beginner knitter who wants a challenge or and intermediate knitter who is curious about stepping up their game with a new idea.

 

FO Fun: Finished Alpaca Projects

Remember that beautiful skein of alpaca yarn that I showed off a few days go?  Here are the FO’s that I created from it.  It love these finished alpaca yarn projects!

First off, I knit I scarf.  I used a lacy rib stitch I got out of a book called The Essential Stitch Collection.  It’s a simple pattern that was easy to do while relaxing.

Here are few pictures of the project.  If you are interested, head on over to the project page on Ravelry, too.

When I finished the scarf, I noticed I I could probably get a hat out of what I had left.  So, I did.  Here is the Fishtail Hat!

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The detail shot in the beginning of the post is actually from this hat.  I got the pattern out a 2008 page-a-day calendar with knitting patterns.  I got the collection at a creative reuse store.  Some of the patterns are a little dated, but most of them are pretty timeless, and I only recently have been referring to the collection for inspiration.  I sort of forgot about it, but rediscovered it when I was looking for something new to knit.

Again, if you are interested, here is the project page for this hat is available to see on Ravelry, as well.

So, that’s what I knit with my beautiful skein of alpaca yarn.  I quite pleased with the outcomes, and I am wearing them when I go outside today.

 

Stash Flash: Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca

I received this skein of Aslan Rends Royal Alpaca yarn through a Ravelry swap I participated in. I have been holding on to it for a quite a while, as it is one of the few luxury yarns I have right now.

I guess you could say I was saving it for a rainy day.  Well, I started using it yesterday, but it’s raining today.  Close enough.

This is gorgeous yarn!  Alpaca is by far my favorite fiber to work with.  And this blue is just yummy, and is one of my favorite colors.  Whoever was my swap partner at the time sure got my preferences right.

I started a lacy scarf with it.  I have quite a bit done of it, and there’s a lot of yarn left.  I guess I’m about half done.  I’ll show photos of the scarf once it’s done and blocked.  Oh, and as for the recipient of the scarf….it’s me.  My favorite fiber and one of my favorite colors?  Of course, I’m keeping it!

See the photos  below for dye lot and other info about the yarn.  I also have a stash page on Ravelry about this particular skein.