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Today is the last day of a Month of Craft Photos. Thank you everyone who participated and congratulations those of you that made it all the way to the end. I’m going to continue to keep an eye on the group on Flickr so if you discovered the prompts late you’re more than welcome to give them a try in March. If you’d like to host your own Month of Craft Photos and continue to use the same group, please e-mail me and we can talk about getting you set up as a moderator over there.
This week’s batch of photos is very orange because I’ve been so focused on my orange cabled sweater. This project has made me more aware of how much orange and red stuff I own. I really like warm saturated colors. I’m not sure if my photography has really improved through this, but it’s been fun.
Instead of being a responsible student and working on my Melville essay, I watched a lot of Buffy and knit a sleeve and a neck band this weekend. I ran into my friend and he asked me, “What did you do this weekend? Work on stuff?”
I said, “Nah. I watched a crap ton of Buffy and did some power knitting and pattern writing.”
To which he replied, “So you worked all weekend?”
It’s nice that my friends realize that my design stuff is real work because I already have a hard time conceptualizing knitting as work when it doesn’t feel like a drudgery. Pattern grading? That’s work. Knitting a sweater? That doesn’t feel like work to me even though it’s part of my pattern writing process.
I usually work the sleeves and neckband in the same order when I knit sweaters. I always knit the neckband last for some reason, but I put this one on after I knit my second sleeve so I could try my sweater on with clothing. While I own a lot of things that go with orange, I had a specific dress in mind when I came up with this design, but I was worried that the neckline would be too low on my sweater. Pleasantly, this neckline almost perfectly matches the one on my dress and my dress doesn’t peek out awkwardly. I always find myself trying my half knit sweaters on with different outfits when things start to come together. Do you ever do that? It seems to help me get through the last chunk of knitting because I get excited about the project all over again when I start to think about how I’ll get to use my FO.
I finished the body and today I’m hoping to get started on the sleeves. I haven’t worked out the math for those yet so I’m not sure if I’ll actually get to do any knitting today, but I’m hopeful.
I like how the body turned out, but it’s not entirely what I planned. I was over cautious with the neckline because I didn’t want it to be restrictive after I add the neck band and now it’s a bit deeper than what I intended. I like it despite that, but it means that I can’t play around with a funnel neck like I was hoping to. Funnel necks have been on my brain lately even though I’m fairly convinced that I’m not built right to pull one off. I had been planning on putting one of the sweater to see what it looked like and then ripping back and doing a normal ribbed neck band.
I really need to come up with a name for this sweater. I was thinking of naming it after a character from Nero Wolfe because I was watching A&E’s Nero Wolfe when I sketched and swatched for this, but Lily Rowan is kind of the only female character in those. Any suggestions would be welcome.
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This week was a lot better than last week in terms of photos. You can see some glimpses of the projects I’ve been working on here. The 6th photo, day 21, shows what I did the most this weekend. I was sick and, when I wasn’t working on essays or other school things, I was watching Buffy, drinking tea, and doing crafty things.
I’ve had these granny squares lying around for a while since I scrapped the original project I had planned to make with them. I also had a really blank wall that was between two windows. I decided to solve both problems in one go and made my granny squares into bunting to hang between the windows.
The construction was simple. I chained two stitches, slip stitches across the top of a square, and then chained two more stitches before moving on the the next square. After that I single crocheted back across the top. The squares ended up nicely spaced and they look good up on my wall.
The only problem is that this bunting is kind of heavy so it falls down occasionally. It’s longer than my knit bunting, but I was still surprised by how much more the crocheted bunting weighs. I guess that’s the downside to crochet.
I’ve reached the point where most of my photos are terrible because I’m just taking them to take one, but I was pleased with this photo.
The prompt was “A New SKill” and it reminded me that I had started needle felting a few months ago. I made a little goblin man just to try it out, but I never did it again. I don’t really know what to do with needle felting. I’m scared to needle felt on my knitting or crochet in case it turns out terrible. I don’t want to ruin hours worth of crafting by practicing needle felting on it. I’ve decided that when I get a chance I’m going to crochet something small to felt and needle felt something on it because that’s the only way I’ll feel more confident about my skills. I was thinking of making a pot holder, but I’d love to hear other suggestions,
I was motoring along on my orange pull over and I got to the point where I cast on the underarms to join everything in the round. I worked a round or two and then I noticed that my knitting was strangely twisted. I figured that I had joined it in the round wrong so I ripped back a few rounds and tried to straighten things out. I kept twisting my knitting around and around and it stayed strange. I finally realized that I had joined the neckline with the shoulders twisted. I didn’t want to frog the front yet again, so I picked apart the stitches I had picked up and put them on stitch holder.
I left them dangling for awhile, but they got annoying so I sewed the top of the sleeve back up. I didn’t do a proper grafting job so they’re not perfectly identical. The one under my thumb is the slapped together seam. The stitches on the front lay strangely, but I don’t think it’s too noticeable. I’m thinking of just leaving it like that because I’m lazy and I want to get the body finished this week instead of fussing over a small detail.
These are the photos I took this past week for A Month of Craft Photos. I’ve been ridiculously busy so a lot of these weren’t taken in the greatest light, but I’m pleased with most of them.
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Days 7 and 8 are the most interesting for me. Day 8 is the graded sizes for the orange pull over I’m working on. I’m not sure if it’s going to be special enough to bother publishing, but it’s easier to do the grading before I start knitting. That way I don’t end up with things like these twocardigans that are really awesome, but only work in one size. Day 7 features some yarn my mom bought me for Christmas. I’m excited to finish with my orange sweater so I can start playing with this stuff.
This is pretty much identical to my grey cowl, but I knit it out of Rowan Big Wool. It took two skeins and I have quite a bit leftover. I probably should have added an extra repeat because the loft of the yarn make it hang quite differently when twisted than the alpaca and I think it needs the extra length.
I told my sister she could have it because I have a Big Wool cowl and I have a cowl in this stitch pattern, but now I’m wishing I didn’t because I love this stitch pattern in all yarns. I might need to get some chunky yarn and make myself one like this, but we’re having some strangely warm and sunny weather and I have lighter knits on the brain. I know the sunny weather is going to disappear soon, but I’m tempted to put away my worsted weight cabled pull over and start something in a finer yarn.
The first day of A Month of Craft Photos is “You in action” so I snapped a picture of myself working on my orange pullover. I set it aside for awhile to decide if I really wanted to rip it back. In the end I realized that it wasn’t quite what I had in mind so I did frog the front for a second time. I haven’t made much progress because adjusting to the new semester’s work load took some time, but I’m starting to get used to my schedule so I’ve been able to work on it again.
You can see how other people interpreted “You in action” over at the Flickr group. To keep this project from completely taking over my blog, I’m only going to post my pictures here once or twice a week.