Whelp, That’s Done

I finished my sweater. Instead of a fancy photo, I thought I would show you how the sweater will be used: over pajamas, accompanied by a cup of coffee.20190414_100437771528131040570003.jpg

Should I block the button band? Yes. Am I going to? No. I sewed on the buttons, and that is enough.

With the completion of this sweater I’m back in the black on my yarn diet. Now I can start daydreaming about the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival in June.

WIP Wednesday

I am ever so slowly making progress on my sweater button band. I’m past the button holes, so I’m getting close. The rows take a long time and the sweater is huge and awkward to work with, so I’ve been avoiding working on it. 20190410_1444488050085804356508407.jpg

I’m making knee-high slipper socks for Audrey. I’m using Cascade 220 that she picked out when we visited the yarn store.  I’m not worried about her walking through a pair of slipper socks before she grows out of them, only because I’m  pretty sure I’ll accidentally felt them before that happens.

I’m very loosely using the Basic Sock pattern from Sweaterscapes. I changed the heel to my normal heel, ribbed the top of the foot, and didn’t even look at the directions for the toe. Audrey loves them and can’t wait to wear them. I’m looking forward to finishing this project because I have a skein wound and ready to go to make myself some socks next. 20190410_1443465472141720597454433.jpg

It’s a cold and windy day here. I might use that as an excuse to spend the afternoon knitting instead of cleaning. I hope you are enjoying your week.

Finished Socks

I finished my Green Bay socks. I think they will be perfect for sitting around watching football. They will also be perfect for wearing around town, but I knit them specifically for football season.20190405_1031421446827877649906737.jpg

The yarn is by Biscotte Yarns. This is my second time working with their yarn, and won’t be my last.

I decided to darn my socks. I didn’t bother looking for yarn that matches or coordinates, I just grabbed some yarn. You won’t be able to see the fix when I’m wearing shoes so I decided not to bother. While darning them I noticed how thin the rest of the heels are. I don’t think these socks will last much longer. I won’t be patching them a second time.20190405_1006075135611101747399003.jpg

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday. It feels like I just wrote a WIP post, but the calendar assures me it was a week ago.

I’m past the gusset on the second Green Bay sock. I’m at the point where I should wind yarn for my next socks, but I don’t want to clear off the dining room table to make room for the swift.20190403_1411243148836536475322676.jpg

Before I start my next pair of socks I might darn a pair. I usually throw away socks once they get a hole, but these are some of my favorite socks. They are also some of my newest socks, which makes the hole rather annoying.20190403_141208382421476104437377.jpg

My sweater continues to chug along. I finished the sleeves, seamed, and blocked the sweater. It was clear I wouldn’t have enough yarn to do a shawl collar, so I bought some contrasting yarn to use.  I am using Burly Spun from Brown Sheep Company, Inc. It is a stark contrast to go from rustic farm yarn to mass-produced commercial yarn. I would not normally refer to Brown Sheep as soft yarn, but it is compared to the rest of the sweater. 20190403_1413013904334253372981099.jpg

I decided not to dye the sweater after all. Once the sweater was seamed it was clear that I didn’t like it enough to go through the effort. I will use it as a house sweater on extra cold days. I think it will be too warm for any day above freezing.

I decided to make up my own collar and button band as the collar in the pattern seemed wrong to me. I didn’t want to knit it and then sew the band on. I also wanted to make sure the collar had enough depth. I want a big shawl collar, and making it up as I go will give me that.

I don’t know what I’m going to use for buttons. I’m thinking I’ll dig up some random buttons from my stash instead of buying buttons. We shall see how that ends up.

I really want to be done with the sweater this week. I’m ready get started on my Everyday Shawl again.

What are you working on this week?


WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been so busy sewing I haven’t made much progress on my knitting.

It was a nice morning here, so I got some park knitting in on my Green Bay socks. If it weren’t for that I would still be on the cuff of the second socks.20190327_1356425520654069272675325.jpg

I’m on the second sleeve of my sweater. I’m pretty sure I’m going to run out of yarn before I finish the collar. That is one of the dangers of using unknown yarn and guessing yardage based on weight. If I do run short I think I’ll dye sweater and then buy contrasting super bulky yarn for the collar and button bands. I’ll make some pockets out of the same contrasting color and sew them on. Then I’ll convince myself that it was part of the plan all along to have a contrasting collar. 20190327_1357163824713383651186423.jpgIf I find the gumption to work on the sleeve I should be able to seam the sweater by the weekend. I’ll let you know what the yarn situation is like when that happens.

I hope you are making progress on your projects and are not in danger of running out of yarn.