Friday, January 25, 2013

Stealth Projects

A lot of stealth knitting happens at my house. Whether it's a birthday or Christmas present, I often can't blog about what I'm working on until after the gift is finished and given away. So for today, here's a picture of the yarn for my current secret project. Can you guess what it's going to be? Hint: it's a winter accessory. Post your guesses in the comments section below!

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Cranberry, Orange and Semolina

Friday, January 18, 2013

A little on blocking

Have you ever given a sweater a bath? Wet blocking a sweater can really define the stitches and bring out the beauty of the work. I finished the back section of my Aidez sweater and am currently giving it a nice bath. I like to wet block my sweater pieces before seaming the sweater together. I find it makes it a bit easier to sew it together because the edge seams have flattened out and are more defined.

I block most of my knitting in this large plastic storage box - it allows the larger pieces to spread out nicely. I like to use either Soak or Eucalan Wool Wash, although currently I'm really getting into the Eucalan. The eucalyptus scent is amazing.

Just one teaspoon per gallon of water - fantastic!

After the sweater soaks in the bath for approximately 30 minutes I squeeze out the excess water (never twist!) and then pin it on my blocking boards to the specified measurements. Then I just have to let it dry, which usually takes about 24 hours. (But if you're impatient like I am sometimes, a strategically-placed fan can really speed up the drying time.)

Here's the back section of my Aidez, pinned down and ready to dry!

What's your preferred blocking method?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Making Progress

Hi there!

Back panel of Aidez Sweater

Sorry for the silence around here. I caught the horrible cold that's been going around and pretty much all I've been able to manage is going to work and then coming home to collapse on the couch. However, today I'm feeling a bit better so I managed to get quite a bit done on the back of the Aidez sweater. I'm pretty fascinated with the cables - I keep wanting to do "just one more row" to see how it looks. So take a look - tell me what you think! Is anyone else out there obsessed with cables?

Check out those cables!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Kitten in a Tree

Project #1 for 2013

I finished my first knitting project of 2013! It's another stuffed kitty - a friend of my Mom saw a picture of Lydia's Christmas kitty posted on Facebook and asked me to make one for her. Turns out they recently adopted a stray kitty with the same coloring. So now this kitty is waiting to go to her new home! Check out my Ravelry project page here.

I used some basic Lion Brand Jiffy yarn (charcoal & white), just as before. I'm mot thrilled with the acrylic-based yarns, but it met my needs for the project. I think if I were to make this pattern again, I'd like to try the Biggo yarn from Knit Picks.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A New Sweater for the New Year

I finally picked a new sweater pattern: the Aidez by Cirilia Rose. After making a trip to my LYS earlier in the week, I decided to use Berroco Vintage Chunky in a very nice light gray color. Normally, I tend to pick darker colors but I chose the light gray to highlight the cable work. Here's a picture of my little pile of yarn! Now I'm off to wind some yarn and work on a swatch.