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.

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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.

 

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever

For the past five years my extended family has done a Secret Santa. On Thanksgiving we all write down something we may want and pick names.

Every year the first thing I write down is the same thing; yarn. I love yarn and getting it as a gift is wonderful.

And that just what I got, six skeins worth. I was very excited and here’s proof.

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Needless to say I was excited. My dad put it on Facebook and commented “she loves her yarn.” Well I do love my yarn, thank you very much.

The best part was I received the yarn I love to work with, Lion Brands Homespun. All in beautiful colors that I would’ve picked myself.

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6 skeins

Before I can start using any of it I have to finish some projects that I have promised to make and today my dad asked for a new hat.

It was a good Christmas and I loved that most of the family was able to get together and share the evening.

 

How was you holiday?

Scarf of the Day: No. 25

Scarf of the Day: No. 25

Today was filled with baking in my house. We’re getting ready for Thanksgiving so we made 6 pumpkin cheesecakes.

No they’re not all for us. My dad and brother are each taking one into work and one is for the neighbor. We’ll still have an extra, just in case.

I also made the double crust for my first attempt at a homemade apple pie. I’m too tired tonight to finish it, so first thing in the morning.

Now to why you’re really here, the scarf of the day. Its another cowl.

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It’s an arm knit cowl that I made when I made my blanket, in my very first blog post.

I like it but don’t wear it that often. As you can see I have very many scarves and some get less attention than others.

How have you been getting ready for Thanksgiving?

Scarf of the Day: No. 22

Scarf of the Day: No. 22

Today’s scarf is a pseudo-cowl. It’s another Enterlac piece that I made.

My first blog post about Entrelac can be read here, my very first Scarf of the Day. This wasn’t really a pattern in the book but just the tutorials in the beginning included how to do Entrelac in a triangle.

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I had bought three skins of Lion Brands Hometown USA, I knit something up but didn’t like it. So when it was all done I undid it and made something else.

I ended up not liking that either so I undid it and made this instead.

I love the way it ended up and how the colors helped enhance the pattern. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get something right.

Have you ever finished a project just to undo it and start over again?

Scarf of the Day: No. 7

Scarf of the Day: No. 7

Today’s scarf I made from leftover yarn when I finished the first shawl I ever made. The triangle shawl called for 3 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn. I ended up using 2 and a half because it was getting to big for me.

I love the shawl because it keeps me so warm in the winter and half the time I use it as a lap blanket.

 

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I squished it up to get the picture.

 

The scarf is a diamond pattern and really helped me learn how to increase and decrease with even tension. I can’t remember where I found the pattern but essentially you start with 3 stitches and then increase to 20 stitches then decrease to 3 then back to 20 and then 3. Do it over and over again until its the length you want.

I used up what was left in my stash so the scarf is long and I can wrap it around my neck three times.

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see the diamond pattern

Have you worked on a pattern to use up some of your stash?

Can you believe its already been a week already?

 

Scarf of the Day: No. 6

Scarf of the Day: No. 6

The Infinity Scarf, in sort of a basket weave pattern.

For this scarf I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in Dallas Gray. I had bought the yarn for something else and used it for a project. I had some yarn left over so I started this scarf. Well since I decided to make it an infinity scarf I needed more yarn so I went and bought some.

Now I know what you’re going to say, “When starting a project make sure that you buy a sufficient amount of the same dye-lot.” I know, I know, big mistake. And because I didn’t the yarn didn’t match, not so much the color but in the thickness of the yarn. It is not noticeable to the naked eye but still I can tell.

 

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This was a quick knit because the yarn is a category 6 weight and was made on size 13 needles.

I’ve used this yarn again and again because I love how quick it knits up and the warmth it provides. Its also great because it is Made in the USA and is machine washable and dryable.

 

Have you ever run out of yarn and not have the dye-lot match?

WIP’s

I have a lot of projects I’m currently working on. Some knitting, some not, but all using yarn.

After my last blog post about my new Pom-Pom maker I’ve made about 30. I saw something and had to make it for myself. No pictures yet as it is not done but here is a picture of the pile.

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I’ve also started a hat. I thought why not, I have yarn and I just put my Foolproof pattern up so why not make one myself. I found this pretty red in my stash so why not use it up.

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And finally this lap blanket, so simple and easy to make. It takes two skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn. You can find a similar one in my Etsy shop here. I’ve just added the second skein and when it’s completed it’ll be added to the shop too.

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I have a couple more things I’m working on but I’ll leave those as a secret for now.

Thanks for stopping by.