Here's the latest update on my Timely Sweater. I'm finally done with the body of the sweater and on to the hem! Yay!! Finally, something other than stockinette stitch. The hem of this sweater is done in a K1tbl, P1 or P1tbl, K1 (depending if you are on the right or wrong side). Working through the back loop slows me down, but I really like the look of it. It simply twist the stitch you are working in. That's it, nothing more. I think it makes the ribbing stand out a bit more. Maybe that simply because my eye is drawn to it. Long story short... I love it! Here's a couple pics of my progress.
I'm headed out to go camping next week, so there probably won't be much progress on the sweater for a bit. Who knows, maybe I'll get crazy and knit up a storm and finish this sweater before the end of summer! Fingers crossed!! Be sure to post pictures of your projects on our Facebook page. I love seeing your progress on all of your projects as well.
Ok, so I took a break from my not so Timely sweater and crocheted a shawl! I love how it turned out!! I didn't use a pattern, just kind of winged it, so I thought I'd share it with you.
I used an H (5.0mm) crochet hook, 250 yards of the main color (the pink multi), and 150 yards of the contrasting color (the white), both are fingering weight yarns.
With the main color chain 4. Starting from the 2nd chain from the hook (you will always start in the second chain from the hook, this will help keep the sides nice and straight), single crochet 2, put 2 single crochets in the last stitch. Chain 1 and turn.
Row 2, single crochet 4 across, chain 1 and turn.
Row 3, single crochet 2 together, single crochet to the last stitch, put 2 single crochets in the last stitch, chain 1 and turn.
Row 4, 2 single crochet in the first stitch, single crochet across, chain 1 and turn.
Now, repeat row 3 & 4 until your shawl is the size you desire (or you run out of yarn). Obviously, the bigger the shawl you wish to have the more yarn you'll need. Add striping details as you want or use 400 yards of the same color. It's up to you! You can use the same pattern and use a heavier yarn with a bigger hook to create something perfect for winter time. Play around with it and create your own look. Once you've made a few and get comfortable with the pattern you can start adding fancy stitches and decorative features. That's my plan! It's time to start getting creative! And time to go back to my Timely sweater :) I promise I'll finish it.
Oh yea! Something important to note. Depending on how tight you crochet, your shawl will probably curl as you go. Don't worry about this. Once you are finished block it and it will be just fine.
Be sure and share your shawl photos with us on our Facebook page! We love seeing the projects you create. Have a great week and next time I promise to have a great update on my Timely sweater.
I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm not getting anything done these days. I'm still taking it easy from my hip surgery, I still can't do everything I used to do yet. I guess all those weeks of literally relaxing with my feet up have slowed me down. I don't know if that's good or bad.
How are your projects going? Anyone finished yet? Has anyone knitted this sweater in the past and have photos to share? If you are like me and still knitting, don't give up! We will finish this project!!
It's been a little over a month since my last post. During which I had minor hip surgery, a lovely pinched nerve as a result of the swelling from the surgery, and several mental breakdowns from having to lay on the couch for soooo long. I never thought not being able to clean and do dishes would bother me. FYI - I also watched wayyyy too much netflix. The good news is I'm finally feeling better and on my way to a full recovery, just a lot slower than anticipated. Better late than never, right?
Ok, so update on my sweater. I'm bored! This always happens to me at this point!! I'm at the waist shaping where you repeat a row of decreases and then knit 11 rows. Then you repeat that 3 more times.... just keep knitting, just keep knitting...
Anyway, that's why I knitted 3 shawls during the last month as well. It gave me something to focus on instead of the tv. Check out our facebook page or instagram to see the shawls. I love knitting shawls. I actually don't wear them very often, but they are so pretty! So I knit them and send them to the store to sell or display. Perfect!
Back to my Timely sweater (that I'm not finishing in a timely manner, but that's ok). I'm loving the stripes! So pretty, it will make a great spring sweater for next year. lol! It will probably be too warm for it by the time I finish it. A big bonus... so far I've even got all the stripes in the right order! If you find a mistake, please don't tell me about it. Let me live in blissful ignorance!
Tell me how your sweaters are going? Are you moving right along? Maybe even finished? I hope you are enjoying this pattern as much as I am. I always love a simple cardigan. It goes with anything and the fact that you made it makes it even better.
Ok, I'm back on track so check back in two weeks for an update. I'm hoping to be onto the sleeves by then. I should be with no problem, right?
I am crazy excited!!! I took a break from knitting yesterday and decided to try dying yarn using food coloring. I've never done this before, heck I've never dyed yarn before, so I used a skein from The Yarn Barn's discount bin. I figure if I mess it up and have to chuck the whole project no biggy. Turns out it was way easier than I though and incredibly fun!! Here's the a quick tutorial of what I did:
Because food coloring and vinegar is food safe, I just did everything in my kitchen sink and MICROWAVE. Yes, you read that right. I used my microwave for this. I thought I was going to have to get pots and pans out and boil water... blah blah... Nope!
The first thing I did was tie the yarn in 4 different sections using the figure eight style tying method. You can see this in the picture above. You can secure more sections if you want, but I wouldn't go less. This keeps the yarn from getting all tangled up when soaking and washing it. Do this 4 or 5 times around the skein of yarn. I just grabbed some scrap yarn that I had laying around for this part. Tie it loosely so that the dye gets under the scrap yarn pieces. If you tie it tightly it may leave a white line where the dye couldn't get into the yarn. Who knows, that might create a really cool effect!
Next I filled my sink with room temperature water about 4-5 inches deep. Then I added 1 cup of vinegar. I didn't really measure, I just guesstimated. That's how I role, I really don't want to wash another dish if I don't have to. Mix the vinegar and water up, then add your yarn. Gently push the yarn into the water so that it is completely submerged. Remember this is wool and we aren't felting, so be gentle. The yarn does need to soak up some vinegar to help the dye stay in the yarn, so make sure it's all submerged. You can even put a plate on top of it if needed. I let my yarn soak about 20 minutes.... or about the time it took me to jump in the car, drive my son to track practice, drop him off, and drive home. I'm sure there are exact times and measurements out there for this process, but I was just having fun enjoying the process. Maybe I'll get more exact next time when I'm going for an exact look or color. For now... I'm having fun!
I'm loving my stripes! So glad I made a color swatch on my computer first, I've been using it as a guide to make sure I get my colors in the right order. Very helpful! I'm also loving the simplicity of the pattern. I can knit when ever, where ever, and not have to think about what I'm doing. The only problem with that is I am off a couple stitches on the back section.... I forgot to increase somewhere. I was probably watching an episode of something on Netflix and not paying attention to what I was doing. Oh well, it happens to the best of us! Thankfully, this pattern doesn't have any embellishments in the design so those couple stitches won't be missed. Yep, that's the kind of knitter I am :)
April, but I'm having surgery soon and I'm not sure how I'll feel afterwards. Nothing major, I just tore something in my hip (trying to be wonder woman and doing too much) and need to have it stitched back together. I'm planning on feeling great afterwards and having lots of time to knit. So I have 2 shawl patterns ready, plus working on my Timely sweater, while recovering. That should keep me busy.
I hope you're having success with your sweater as well! Please share pictures on our facebook page.
My next update will be on Wednesday, the 28th. My surgery is the 29th and I guarantee I won't be up to blogging, knitting, or anything else on the 30th. Make sure you check in sometime that week though, we'll have another give away!!
One last tip. Can you see the page behind the pattern directions with the stripes on it? I am knitting my sweater with Honeydew as my main color, then I have 4 other colors for my stripes. I created a stripe color swatch on my computer. This helped me determine what order I wanted my colors in without having to knit multiple swatches and will serve as a reminder of the order as I knit. Hopefully I won't get the stripes in the wrong order. And no, I've never made that mistake so far :) and I hope not to make it a first time either... fingers crossed. If you are using two colors like the pattern calls for there isn't a need for the color swatch, but who knows, it may come in handy on another project.
What are the steps you take when starting a new pattern? Please comment below or share on our facebook page your tips for starting a new pattern.
Awesome! I'm excited to see your progress as we go. Please post lots of pictures of your work on our facebook page. I will be checking in with you and blogging my progress every two weeks. I haven't set a goal finish date yet. Any suggestions? By next spring? lol!! Just kidding. We'll come up with something. You may even finish before I do!