Mystery: Week 5

Mystery: Week 5

This weeks clue was the Cam Cable for the Yarnspirations Mystery Afghan. Less of a square and more of a rectangle as the approximate size will be 9 in by 34 in. This week we only need to make too.

If you’ve read any of my other posts you’ll know that I don’t like to knit cables. They are not my favorite. But this time I decided to make this one. So my mom and I are knitting them at the same time.

Cam Cable
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Cam Cable
Working on the cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern is 28 rows and is repeated 3 more times. As of right now we have completed the pattern 1 and a half times. Doing it once took us about an hour and a half. So it is a little time consuming which is why we only have that much done and its Friday. We better get working.

It isn’t very difficult to follow the pattern and the abbreviations are a big help. As someone who doesn’t really knit cables I really needed them and to work on it at the same time as my mom is really helpful. And since we’re doing it together we’ll both be done and we won’t have to knit another one.

Abbreviations:

3FC = Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K2 from cable needle.

4FC = Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K3 from cable needle.

4KFC = Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K1, then K3 from cable needle.

BC = Slip next stitch onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K1, then P1 from cable needle

C5F = Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K4 from cable needle.

C5Finc = Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. Kfb, then K4 from cable needle.

FC = Slip next stitch onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K1 from cable needle.

Kfb = Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch

M2P = Make 2 stitches by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and purling into back and front of loop.

These are the abbreviations that are used for this weeks clue and they are really well explained. I’m getting it and the piece is starting to look good.

Cam Cable

 

This is one repeat of the pattern. I’ll update this post or add another one of the finished Cam Cable.

If you’re doing this KAL/CAL let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

Also I recommend checking out Yarnspirations Facebook page. A lot of people share their progress, its great to see the different color combinations that people have chosen.

 

Mystery: Week 4

Mystery: Week 4

This weeks clue was the Daisy Stitch. It’s different than the last couple of weeks because of the four row repeat until you get to six inches. I do like this stitch but the video was necessary in understanding what to do and how to do it. Also the instructions just said to do the Daisy stitch without written instructions. Even the chart just says Daisy stitch.

Here’s a link to the video Yarnspirations posted

It definitely helped and now I’ve got it.

 

The thing about the Daisy Stitch is that the WS is where all the work is done. It’s really interesting because the RS and the WS are so distinct.

Right Side
Right Side

 

Wrong Side
Wrong Side

The pattern is a 4 row repeat. I repeated them 5 times and then row 1 and 2 to get to the six inches and then cast off. It’s really important to stay loose and keep an even tension through out. It sort of ends up a little rectangular but when I stretched it a bit it became more of a square.

I have to make 8 squares but I only have 4 done so I have to get working.

Update on last weeks clue, the instructions were to make 8 and I only had 4 done when this weeks clue was released. My mom has taken them over and she has two left to make.

 

If you’re doing this KAL/CAL let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

My Second Sweater

My Second Sweater

Last year after I finished my first sweater, I decided to start a second one. And it took a whole year to finish.

Well not really, I started on the sleeves and knit them both at the same time, then the back and the front was started and not finished. It was left on the needle for more than 8 months until I got it back out to finish it. Then I cast it off and it stayed in four pieces for about a month until my mom seamed up the sides for me. We also did the collar after it was seamed together and then the last thing added were the sleeves.

I don’t seam things up myself, my mom always does it for me and I’m grateful because she does an amazing job.

Sweater

 

If you remember my first sweater it ended up being way to big and bulky and it was short and boxy on me. What I did to make this sweater better fit was to modify the first pattern I used to make this one. I put my first one on and pulled the sleeves and body to me and marked it and then subtracted the number of stitches and that worked.

I used the same yarn as the first one, Lion Brand’s Heartland in Olympic. I love this shade of blue and this sweater looks much better than the first. It may have taken a long while to finish but I’m grateful its done.

I love it so much that I’ve worn it two days in a row.

 

Also I’ve listed new items in my Etsy shop. A baby blanket and a lap blanket.

 

Has it taken you over a year to finish a project? Let me know in the comments.

 

Mystery: Week 3

Mystery: Week 3

This weeks clue was some what delayed, so I took the time I was going to spend on that on finishing a baby blanket. Its done and now I have a new item for my Etsy shop.

Baby Blanket

The clue was to make a striped corner to corner square. The last two weeks we were to make 4 squares each but this week its 8. I only have 3 done because the clue was late and I was busy finishing projects and starting others. I’m really liking the colors that I chose and the way that the stripes have ended up.

Yarnspirains Week 3

 

It is very cold here so knitting is how I’ve been spending most of my time while watching my favorite TV shows. A little bit of a tangent Parks and Recreation ended last night and I loved every second. You should all watch it.

I love knitting in public and on Monday night my brother was in an orchestra concert so the nice orchestral music was good to knit along to. I had to start something and take it with me as the baby blanket was to big at this point to fit into my bag so i started a 4 by 4 rib scarf, and in the hour and a half we were there I knit 9 inches. That’s not to bad for me. This will be my new take-along project when I’m in waiting rooms.

Let me know what you’re working on in the comments, thanks for reading.

Mystery: Week 2

Mystery: Week 2

This weeks mystery clue was to make a cabled square.

Well I don’t like knitting cables so this week my mom made them. Cables confuse me but my mom says they’re the easiest if you follow the pattern and read the instructions.

Cabled Squares

These were much smaller than last weeks. They are about 6 in squares. They look very rectangular I think that it’ll work out.

 

Now we have 8 squares done. I can’t wait for next Tuesday and Week 3.

If you’re also doing this KAL let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

Today is…

Today is…

…My Birthday!!

Well it’s a good day. My parents made my favorite foods and my family came to celebrate with me.

But the best part of today is my cake.

Birthday Cake

My mom made it and I decorated it. I love purple so I put food dye and colored it.

I had to decorate it with a ball of yarn and some knitting. I love it.

It’s been a good birthday. Thanks for reading.

Mystery: Week 1

Mystery: Week 1

Today started the Yarnspirations Mystery Afghan KAL-CAL. I’m doing the knit version so I’ve been waiting for today since I signed up.

The first week is to make four mitered squares. There were instructions and a video to show how to do the stitches. It wasn’t a difficult pattern but I only have one of the four done.

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One thing I did do before I stated was write down each of the yarn colors and making sure that I assigned the right contrast color, A through E.

I even put the letter on each skein so I know and won’t confuse myself.

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If you’re doing this KAL let me know how you’re doing in the comments.