13 Days of Making

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Friends!

Long time, no? Well I’m finally on break from school and I have 13 days to do whatever I want. (get wrecked) Nah, I’m probably going to study at least half of those days, but I also want to challenge myself to put in hours making and what better way to track that but through the blog. Join me!

Day 1 – A few days back I noticed that I jacked up a cable more than a few rows back. Luckily some insta friends recommended I rip back only the cable. Never done this before, but so far, so good!

 

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Girlfriend started a sweater!

The day has finally come – I started my very first sweater!!

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oww weeee

the pattern.

The pattern I am using is aptly titled “My First Sweater” & is a part of a Craftsy course of the same name. Admittedly, I almost did not start this because the pattern is so simple! I ultimately decided the simplicity is a good thing. I won’t be distracted by crazy (fun) charts or cables and can dig into the foundations of raglan construction, which appears to be the base of many of the Ravelry and IG patterns I crush on. Because of the lack of waist or bust shaping, I decided to cast-on a size up from my measurements and really embrace the slouchy boxy fit. Come to think of it, my favorite sweater has that same fit…I just got a teeensy more excited!

the yarn.

I am using Berroco Weekend in Coast. It is aran weight, which is slightly lighter than the worsted the pattern calls for, but I fell in love with the color in the store and couldn’t walk away. I also fully intended on using this yarn for a lace tunic (which called for a DK weight), but it worked up heavier than I wanted.

This sweater was going to happen whether I liked it or not, it seems.

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It’s early, but I already have a confession. I don’t love this yarn. The resulting fabric is beautiful, but the first skein has been super splitty. I grumble a little bit just thinking about it! The shop I got it from is far away and I just don’t want to wait for a new skein to come in. It could also be the sharpness of the needles I’m using – knit picks options – they aren’t incredibly pointy, but they aren’t as blunt as needles I had been using in the past. I just, just made the switch, so maybe I will become more nimble and stop splitting it. Still, it’s not that hard to unravel the plies…

hashtag knitsgritsfirstsweater.

You can keep updated with my progress on insta- or check back for periodic updates. A weekly “omg I add an inch to the back” probably won’t be that exciting, but I will definitely blog about milestones. Like the (arm)pits. Ha!

happy thursday!

Did ya flip it?

It’s about time for a WIP post huh? Good ole instagram will have you thinking all you talk about is WIPs, but alas, you all know know the truth. I promise to get it together.

I currently have two WIPs: the never ending knee-highs and the Rose Trellis Shawl Vest (RTSV) by Vera Sanon.

Knee-high #1 is done. HOORAY! I am debating whether or not to keep the stitches live in case I want to add a little more length later, but it is definitely time to move on to it’s sister sock.

RTSV is moving along nicely, but we need to talk about how I was completely stumped on how to close the armhole the other night. I had no problem binding off in the middle of the work but when I got to casting back on, my brain went MUSH. Was I supposed to twist stitches, knit backwards, float the yarn across? Was there some magic technique that had escaped me? Surely, I thought, it couldn’t be that complicated.

Finally, I gave up trying to figure it out and went to my virtual LYS (Knitting Help) and found my answer, enter 2007:

Just turn the needle around to do one of the knitted cast-ons and you’ll be fine.

*facepalm* At least I wasn’t the only one who was stuck. This has happened before, where I over-complicated a step that simply required flipping my work. I blame it on this pesky sinus infection (is there a spring equivalent of the snow miser? whatever I touch turns to pollen in my clutch and jams up my airways).

THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!

Just in case, though, I made myself a little knitting troubleshoot. Just in case.

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