wip: snoqualmie cardigan.

46443156644_c07bc256a2_c

It’s been slow going, for some reason, on my Snoqualmie Cardigan by Michelle Wang. I’ve found even though the cables are easy to memorize and not technically difficult, if I can’t concentrate, I make silly errors, or my brain can’t memorize the sequence I’m on. Maybe it’s just where I’m at right now; so despite casting on awhile ago, I’m still working on the back section.

Sigh.

46949786051_fd3d1bac1d_c

I will make progress in the coming weeks; I have to set this goal for myself.

Here are some progress shots of where I am at. I haven’t made enough of a dent in this project to know whether I’ll actually like the finished project.

46252479065_c2d26b6323_c

More to come, hopefully, on this one, in the next few weeks.

wip | turtle dove sweater.

43522542950_6b639e49a9_c

This is my first time using a Woolfolk yarn, even though my sweater club has been sitting in a box waiting for me about half a year now (and it’s filled with Woolfolk yarn).

I’m currently rounding the finish line on the Turtle Dove sweater by Espace Tricot using Woolfolk Luft bulky yarn, in the blacks color way. This yarn is so ridiculously soft and it has a bit of a halo. I love it.

The Turtle Dove sweater is a dream of a pattern; super fast, easy to read, and the Woolfolk Luft is a perfect yarn for the project. I can’t wait to wear it; I have but one sleeve left. Here’s to hoping the dolman style sleeve doesn’t make me look like a fool.

 

f.o. | eugene pullover.

44738657671_b478c535d5_c

I’ve been addicted to the Cascades collection by Whitney Hayward since it was released. I’ve even knit more than one Withrow hat from it. I’d love to have every one of these items in my wardrobe.

I bought the yarn for the Eugene pullover about a year ago, but finally cast on for this sweater at the bitter end of summer. It didn’t take long to knit the body, and then I let the sleeves languish for a few weeks in favor of a hat project, a sock project, and finishing the Ramona Light cardigan.

And then yesterday, I finally finished the sleeves and the neckline. I actually really love it. The shape is short and boxy pre-blocking but still fits well. I think a good soak will get it right to the specs I’m hoping for. I could have knit this on 8s instead of the recommended 9s because my gauge was ever so slightly off, but I’m loving the fit anyways–I don’t think there was drastic impact like I anticipated when I finally noticed after nearly completing the body (gah!).

Cheers to finishing projects and feeling great about them, though I may ultimately gift this one to my mum. Next up in this collection I’d like to knit the Rainier pullover and the Holden wrap.

Finished snaps, soon. What are you finishing this fall?

My project notes are here.

wip | ramona light cardigan.

44738689371_6f0747152d_c

For some reason, this has been on the needles since 2017. I knit nearly 70 percent of it in a fury, in less than a week. And then, instead of immediately picking up the sleeve stitches and carrying on, I let it languish for more than a year.

Until now.

I finally finished this Ramona Light Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith this week. It feels great. And I really love the fit and the color, still. This often never happens when I knit a sweater, especially one that I wait so so long to complete.

The buttons I think will work, I’m not entirely sure of yet, but finished snaps of this one, hopefully, at the weekend.

41211080871_97d8ed018a_c

This lighter version of the original Ramona Cardigan was knit up in Quince and Co. Chickadee in the honey color way. It’s a dream; the loft of the yarn is beautiful and it’s buttery soft. Plus this sweater looks a bit green-ish, a bit tan-ish, a bit yellow, depending on the light, and I love that.

What’s a project you left on the needles forever?

See more from my knitting sketchbook here. Read my project notes for the sweater here.

wip | coffee cross stitch.

35906058903_40bc9b0a88_c

I worked pretty feverishly on this cross stitch back in August. And for some reason, I lost steam. This little chart of different kinds of coffee drinks and the components that make them will eventually be art for my kitchen. Or I’ll gift it off to a friend.

Consider this a push to finish this project.

What projects do you have languishing?

striped.

I decided I need a comfy orange and greenish striped sweater as temperatures in Boston chill. I’m using Tea with Jam and Bread as my base because I’ve made it before and I loved the way it fit.

This time around, though, I’m doing 2 inches of striping in contrasting colors throughout the whole of the sweater and omitting the bottom pockets. I’ve also decided to do a split hem at the bottom.

This is yet another completely stash busting project, which thrills me to no end. The orange is Louet in the Riverstone light worsted  in gold leaf and the greenish gray is Cascade 220 heathers in fog heather. Project notes here.

Hopefully, I’m done in no time.

circles.

Since I finished my Willard pullover on Sunday, I’m thinking about the few scattered projects I have around that need finishing. A sweater; a wide wrap. More importantly, when checking in on what was started and never finished, I’ve been better. In the last couple of years, there’s been less and less on the needles at one time. I’m pleased as punch with this progress in not starting new things as soon as I see them and know I want to knit the pattern.

But, in my inventories last week, I discovered piles and piles of these crocheted circles, which were meant to be for a blanket just like this.

Should I get back to it at some point? Most people I’ve already asked say yes. It seems so far away, so long ago, that I started that project (I actually think it was 2008 or 2009–don’t judge me!). Still, it can be so great. An afghan to have for life. And I’m almost halfway there, right?

What do you think? Get back to it or abandon? Is any project too dead in the water?

finish line.

Last sleeve of my Willard Pullover by Hannah Fettig. I’m so close I can taste it. One more day, and I can check this one off the list. I’d like to finish this sweater called Scatter next (which I started in early November but abandoned because I forgot the needles I needed one weekend so lost steam–does this happen to you?), but the tug to knit a pair of Valentine’s socks for my guy, as well as Grettir for my mum’s birthday are pulling at me.

Has anyone knit Grettir? I just love it. I have to knit one for her and one for me.

willard.

Here’s the progress I’ve made in the last week on my Willard Fair Isle Pullover by Hannah Fettig. I love the results so far. It’s a really quick knit. The only finnicky part so far was the tubular cast on. I don’t know why mine was coming out so loose, so I definitely took it out more than once.

This sweater is knit up using Quince and Co Owl in tyto for the main color and canyon for the yoke color work. I love the combination and I don’t have any of these colors in my wardrobe. It’s a perfect move away from gray and more gray and gray.

The fair isle portion takes no time at all and is really easy to memorize. I should have this done shortly, but it’s been sidelined for some Christmas gifts, which I did say I wasn’t going to do this year. Sigh. I always get myself into stitches.

wip, umbrellas.

IMG_7526

My Umbrellas cardigan is blocking out once before I finally add some sleeves. The pattern calls for a nice short, capped style, but it’s not really practical in Boston, given our weather most of the year, so I’m modifying it to include a full sleeve.

Umbrellas is knit using Malabrigo Yarn Sock in cote d’azure for the main color, and then solis and terra cotta for the accents because I had bits of them laying around.

This is a pretty quick knit once you get passed the short–and simple–color work section. Loads of stockinette in the round which is perfectly mindless for meetings, train rides, movie watching.